Friday, January 14, 2011

Car Engine Won’t Start – How To Solve It?

Bookmark and Share  From the time a driver gets its “P” or probationary license until the day he or she finally decides to give up driving, a driver will face countless emergencies.

Broken windscreens, fires breaking out in the engine compartments, brake failures and the car being unable to start, are but some of the major troubles faced by a driver.

Today’s article will therefore concentrate upon one of the above troubles which a driver faces. The topic selected especially for this article is none other than the problem of a vehicle not being able to start. How do we solve this problem?
Some people believe it’s only the old cars which usually cannot start. And the new cars usually provide no trouble at all to the owners. In fact, this is a wrong assumption.

If you know nothing about vehicles, you will understand that mechanical problems such as a vehicle not being to start pertain to both old and new cars. Whether a car can start or otherwise, depends on one important factor which is the condition of its battery.
There is one thing I should advice you before continuing any further with this article. It has always been reiterated before that an automatic car cannot start if it does not have a good battery.

If you are faced with such an emergency, there are actually 2 things which you can do:
1) Push start the vehicle. (For Manual Transmission Vehicle Only)

2) Jump start the vehicle.

And if you do not wish to opt doing the above 2 things, the only alternative is to replace your car with a new battery.

First of all, let’s deal with the problem of “push starting” a car.

Push Starting A Car

Push starting a car is dangerous. It should not be done by people who do not know how to do it. Therefore “P” drivers and drivers who have very little experience should avoid to push start a vehicle.

It could lead to unforeseen accidents. An incident that happened sometime ago with inexperienced girl was asked to sit inside the car to control it. Her friends push started the car.
When the car suddenly started, the girl lost control of the car and it crashed through the walls of a supermarket, went down the escalator inside it. It was reported a young girl, doing her shopping, was killed in the incident.

How do we push start a car exactly?

The steps to be followed are:
i) Put the ignition on.

ii) The driver controlling the car should ideally put the car in gear 3. Some suggest gears 1 or 2. It does not really matter which.

iii) The driver should press the clutch down as his friends begin pushing the car.

iv) When the car had gained enough momentum, the driver is advised to leave up the clutch suddenly. The car then jerk violently and this should then start the engine.

v) The moment the car starts, the driver should quickly step on the brakes, free gear and rev the engine quickly.

Do not permit the engine to die off. This would then require the car to being pushed again.

Jump Starting A Car

Next, we move to the question of how to jump start a car with a pair of jump cables. Jump cables in fact are one important item which we should have in our car. Good jump cables can be obtained from supermarkets and spare parts shops in town.
One good jump cable, which I wish to recommend to readers is Bosch. It costs around RM75 – RM90.

If your vehicle’s battery system is weak and the car cannot start, this is what you have to do:
i) Either bring the donor car alongside the car whose battery is weak or arrange for both cars to be with its head facing one another.

ii) The jump cable has 2 poles. Red (positive) and black (negative).

iii) Taking the positive pole, connect it to the positive pole of the car whose battery is weak.

iv) Connect the negative pole to negative pole of the car whose battery is weak.

v) Start the ignition switch of the donor car. Rev its engine hard to ensure a strong surge of current is supplied to the car whose battery is supposedly weak.

vi) Another driver who is at this time manning the car with the weak battery should attempt starting the car.

If done correctly, there should not be any trouble starting the car now.
When the car with the weak battery starts, the driver manning it should rev its engine hard in order to keep it running. When the engine begins to idle perfectly, it’s now time to disconnect the jump cables one pole at a time.
With the completion of jump starting the car, it’s now time to roll up the jump cables for safe keeping in the booth. We may not know when the next time will be when we will need it again.

After jump starting a car, mechanics suggest that the car should ideally be taken for a spin for quite a distance to allow the dynamo system to charge the battery.
However, it would be better if the car battery be sent to the battery shop to have it recharged for a few hours. Recharging a battery takes but only a few ringgit.
It is hoped that with this article, drivers who have very little experience in either jump starting or push starting a car, will now have the necessary know how to perform it.
Happy driving and have a nice weekend.

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