Do you have a dead car battery?

Jumpstart cables

Perhaps nothing is more annoying than a car that won’t start when you turn the key. Try as you may, but nothing happens when you turn the key. So today, I’m going to show you what you do if your car doesn’t start. 

The first thing to do is to open your trunk and pull out your jumper cables. It’s important to have jumper cables in there already, or it’s no good. And as a mechanic’s tip, don’t buy those $15, cheap aluminum cables. They’ll melt. Get a good pair. These cost about $80, and they’ll last a lifetime. Then open the hood, and find the battery. Connect the red cable to the positive terminal of the battery. Then take the other red jumper cable, and put it on a positive terminal of your donor battery. If you get confused, just look at the big positive marks on the terminals. After connecting the red cable, connect the black terminal from your jumper to the negative side of the donor battery. Now, comes the tricky part. You don’t want to put the negative terminal of your jumper cable on the battery because it could cause an explosion. You need to put it on a solid metal part of the engine like the hook for pulling the engine. After connecting the batteries successfully, wait about five minutes for that battery to charge yours up before you try to start it. Then crank it up. Hopefully, it is a success!

But let’s say it didn’t start. Well then, you might have a bad starter, so here’s what to check next. Find yourself a big stick like an old broom handle, and then locate the starter so you can tap it. The starter motors are always between the engine and the transmission where they bolt together, either in the front or in the back. Now in my Toyota, the starter’s in the back, so you put the stick through the hole, and whack it a few times. Many times, this will get the starter to work again. But if it doesn’t…. then have one person in the car turn the key while the other person whacks the starter. That will often make the electrical contacts work so it’ll start one more time.

After starting the vehicle, then you can drive wherever you want to fix the starter. Just remember, don’t turn the engine off until you’re at your final destination. But let’s say you’ve got a different problem… Maybe your car engine cranks, but it won’t start. Well, here’s my last tip for the day. In that case, check your gas gauge. If it’s empty, stop trying to start your car. 

Modern cars have their fuel pumps inside the gas tank. These tiny fuel pumps are lubricated by the gasoline in your car, so if you run out of gas, the pumps will suck air and burn themselves out. It can cost you hundreds of dollars. So, please put gas in the tank. Don’t keep trying to start it, or you might burn that pump out. And now you know what to do if your car won’t start. And remember, if you have any car questions, just visit ELGH Motorsport.