It’s 8:15 a.m., and you’re late to work. You grab a poppy seed bagel, a cup of coffee and hustle to your car.
You turn the key to the ignition and … nothing.
If your vehicle isn’t starting, it could indicate any number of issues, including a dead battery or more significant – and costly – problems. So to avoid a headache and frantic Google searching, here are a few possible reasons your vehicle won’t start.
The battery is the heartbeat of your vehicle, and if it’s not fully charged your car may not start. Dead batteries can be caused by anything from leaving exterior or interior lights on to a faulty alternator.
If you battery has died, it can be “jumped” by using jumper cables and another vehicle. Be sure to apply the jumper cables securely to the property battery cables before attempting to turn over your engine.
Please note, after you start your car you should immediately consult a professional to check the condition of your battery.
Here a few things to avoid to keep your battery charged:
Your vehicle’s starter, or solenoid, is the spark that connects your battery to your engine. If you starter won’t turn over, your engine won’t run.
The most common sign of a faulty starter is a clicking noise when turning the ignition. However, please note that a dead battery and faulty starter will show similar symptoms.
A common test for battery strength is turning the vehicle’s headlights off and on. However, a battery may have enough juice to power the lights but not the engine. It’s best to consult a professional for a thorough inspection.
Possible signs of a faulty starter:
Another issue could be a defective ignition switch, which guides your starter to turn over the engine.
If you suspect your ignition switch is defective, perform the battery test above and consult a professional. A defective ignition switch could cost you significantly more than a battery or starter so it’s best to explore all possible problems first.
Empty gas tank
With all the previous options explored, ask yourself: Did I remember to fill up?
The simplest solution could be an extremely low gas tank. An empty tank could mean you forgot to fill up, and the engine doesn’t have enough gas to turn over. Also, it could mean you have a gas leak, which would be a far more significant problem.
To avoid possible embarrassment, consider keeping a gallon tank of gasoline in your vehicle. Remember, gasoline can emit fumes that can fill the exterior of a vehicle if not properly secured. Be sure not to smoke around a tank of gasoline in your vehicle.
Give us a call!
If you've already tried to diagnose your vehicle and you still can't figure out what's wrong, call our tow truck company today! Most of our drivers have been working with automobiles for many years and can help diagnose many of the issues requiring roadside assistance.
If we can't determine what's wrong and get your vehicle moving again, we'll gladly tow you to one of the auto mechanic shops we recommend in Fort Wayne.
When you get verification your tow truck is on the way to your vehicle, you may feel a bit of relief.
No more worrying about how you’re going to get your vehicle off the road. No more concern about whether you have to do it yourself.
But all of that relief may make you overlook your most expensive asset – yourself!
Don’t worry; with a few tricks you can stay safe while waiting on a tow truck.
Stay out of the way
If you are in an accident or break down, there are few immediate things you should do:
Once all those steps are taken and you have contacted a wrecker service, make sure you stay away from active traffic. This rule is especially true if you are on a busy street or thoroughfare. Accidents involving stationary vehicles are extremely common.
If you have to walk any distance from your car, make sure you keep your eye on oncoming traffic. Just because you are on the shoulder doesn’t mean an oncoming car won’t drift and hit you.
If you believe you’re in a particularly dangerous situation, contact the police.
Watch yourself, your belongings
If you find yourself waiting on a tow truck, do not accept rides from strangers. An emergency situation can often leave you in a preoccupied state and more likely to accept help.
Unfortunately, there are those out there willing to take advantage of you in those moments.
Also important, make sure you keep your valuables on your person while waiting. That can include:
Know which locations are safe
Not all waiting locations are made the same, so make sure you find a good spot.
Most importantly, stay in a location at least within eyesight of your vehicle. That will help a professional towing service locate you and get you out of danger as quickly as possible.
If on a freeway, make sure you either get off the shoulder or as far off as possible. Also, don’t stand so close to your vehicle that if it is truck you could be injured.
It’s best to find whatever high ground is available. Again, if you feel you are in particular danger, call the police and ask for assistance.
Keep your vehicle running to stay warm
In the cold temperatures of winter, your body can quickly decrease in temperature, causing hypothermia. Keep your vehicle running with the heat blasting to make sure you stay warm.
If you've ran out of gas, stay inside your vehicle and don' open the door. Leaving the door closed will keep any residual heat trapped in your car while you wait.
If you happened to lock yourself out of your vehicle, and its very cold, you can hunker down on the side of your vehicle out of the wind. Keeping your body close together will help preserve body heat. Use your vehicle as a wind block to get out of the wind!
In conclusion …
To stay out of danger while waiting on a tow truck, follow these tips:
We have some of the fastest tow trucks in Fort Wayne, so if you don't want to be waiting on the road for hours, call our office for emergency roadside services.