No-Start Experts
Starting your day off with a vehicle that won't start makes for a bad day. Southeast Auto Service is your "No-Start" expert. There are many things that might cause your vehicle to not start. A few of them you can check yourself. The rest should be checked here by our ASE Certified Technicians.

Electrical No-Start Problems

  • Check Your Fuses: A simple check of your fuses might lead to one that needs to be replaced. Your electrical connections are protected by the fuses so that a $ .50 fuse blows before a $100 item.

  • Battery Corrosion: Over time your battery connections can become dirty, or corroded. This corrosion breaks the connection your battery has with the rest of the car, and it won't start. Try cleaning your battery posts and try to start the car again.

  • Dead Battery: The most common reason your car won't start is a dead battery. If you have a battery tester that can measure cranking amps, test your battery to see if it's weak. If you can't test it yourself, you can test the battery indirectly by jump-starting the car. If it starts right away, your problem is most likely a dead battery. Replace the battery, and clean the battery connections to ensure good contact.
  • Bad Igntion Switch: If your battery checks out, but the starter is still silent, it may be a faulty ignition switch. Turn the key to the on position (not all the way to start). If the red warning lights on your dash don't light up (and your battery connections are clean), the ignition switch is bad. If they do light up, turn the key to the start position. The dash warning lights should turn off at this key position (most cars). If you're not sure, turn on the headlights. When you try to start the car, the lights should either dim (a lot) or turn off completely. If they do, your ignition switch should be ok. If not, the switch will need replacement.
  • Bad Starter Connection: Corrosion can not only keep your battery from connecting, it can affect any electrical component, especially the ones exposed to the elements like the starter. If your starter spins freely when you turn the key, the problem lies elsewhere.

  • Ignition Coil: This sends the electricity to the spark plugs. It might be bad need to be replaced. Southeast Auto Service will test the output from the coil.

  • Coil Wire: The starting problem could also be due to a broken or shorting coil wire.

  • Distributor Cap: Your no-start problem probably isn't caused by your distributor cap, but occasionally, especially during wet weather, a faulty cap can keep your car from starting. Remove your distributor cap and check the inside for moisture. If there is even a drop or mist of water inside, wipe it out with a clean, dry cloth. Inspect the cap for cracks and replace it if necessary. Once its dry, though, it'll work.

Fuel No-Start Problems

  • Electrical Connections: There are plenty of electrical connections in your fuel injection system. Each fuel injector has a connector on top. There are connections on the air side of the intake and on the cylinder heads.

  • Fuel Pump and Relay: If the fuel pump or relay isn't working, there will be no fuel sent to the engine. We can test each component to see which one needs to be replaced.

  • Fuel Filter: If the fuel pump is working properly and fuel is still not reaching the engine, the problem could be a clogged fuel filter. You should be replacing your fuel filter every 12,000 miles.

  • Bad Injectors: A bad injector can throw the whole fuel system off and keep the engine from firing, especially when the engine is warm.

Other Possible No-Start Problems

  • Faulty Cold Start Valve: A failed cold start valve will keep your car from starting when the engine is cold. It can also malfunction and keep your car from starting when it's warm!

  • Chipped Flywheel or Ring Gear: Your starter's gear connects with the gear teeth on your flywheel or ring gear (depending on transmission type). If one of these teeth becomes worn or chipped, the starter will spin. You'll hear loud screeches, scrapes, squeals and grinding if this is the case.

  • Bad ECU or MAF If your engine's main computer or any part of the system's electronics go bad, your car won't start.

This is only a small list of possible reasons why your vehicle will not start.
Our technicians are trained to diagnose and fix the problems.