Anchorage, Alaska
1131 E 7th Ave
Anchorage, AK 99501
(907) 276-5731

3 Mechanic-Approved Tips to Try When Your Car Won't Start February 14, 2018

Anchorage, Anchorage County
3 Mechanic-Approved Tips to Try When Your Car Won't Start, Anchorage, Alaska

Few things are as frustrating as a car that won’t start. Whether you left your lights on all night, or the vehicle is older and can’t quite keep up with your driving schedule, it’s important to know what to do when you can’t get your engine to spark up. While your first thought may be to rush the car into an auto shop where a mechanic can fix the issue for you, it’s worth noting that you may be able to address the problem yourself. Car repair expertise is usually only necessary if basic tricks don’t work to start the car or there are signs that you are in a dangerous predicament. 

3 Things Your Mechanic Wants You to Know About Starting a “Dead” Car

1. Check the Key

If you can slide your key in the ignition but can’t turn it at all, it’s likely an indication that you are either dealing with a faulty key or a parking brake issue. If you assume the problem lies within the key itself, try a spare that has not corroded or rusted. If you still can’t turn the key, move the steering wheel from side to side to relieve some of the pressure on the parking brake so that you can insert the key and start the engine.

2. Consider Your Battery

mechanicIf you can insert your key and turn it but only hear a quiet ticking sound, it means that your battery has died. This can happen for a number of reasons, including leaving your lights on or leaving the car running for too long. If you have the proper cables with you, you and another driver can attempt to jump the engine. If you lack the equipment or know-how, call a mechanic to do the job for you. In most cases, this issue can be resolved in a matter of minutes.

3. Fill Up on Gas

When you notice that your key turns but offers no signs of recognition from the car itself, you may simply be out of gas. Without at least some gas in the tank, your engine will not turn on. If you find yourself stuck in this situation, call a friend or mobile gas service to fuel up the tank. Then, bring the car to a mechanic immediately to check that the engine has not been damaged or otherwise compromised by a lack of lubrication. 


Drivers in Anchorage, AK, know that when it comes to car maintenance, there is no better name to trust than Dean’s Automotive Service CenterWhether you need an oil change or a full engine inspection, you can trust this knowledgeable group of mechanics to do a thorough job. For more, visit online or call at (907) 276-5731.

Other Announcements, Events and Deals from Dean's Automotive Service Center
3 Ways You Can Maintain Your Car's AC System, Anchorage, Alaska
When driving on an especially warm summer’s day, there is tremendous relief in being able to turn on the car’s air conditioning. Being met by a surprising blast of hot air makes for more
4 Ways to Prepare Your Car for the Summer, Anchorage, Alaska
Summer’s here, and many folks are already making plans for long, memorable road trips with family and friends. Because of the warmer temperatures in the summer, your car will more
5 Driving Habits That Could Damage Your Vehicle, Anchorage, Alaska
Even the most experienced drivers might have a few bad habits on the road that they've been meaning to kick. Whether you're aware of them or not, there are certain habits that more
3 Ways to Prevent a Tire Blowout, Anchorage, Alaska
One of the scariest hazards you might encounter on the road is a tire blowout—especially when you’re driving at high speeds. The sudden loss of control, coupled with the sound it more
Auto Shop Shares 3 Signs Your Vehicle Needs Suspension Repair, Anchorage, Alaska
The shocks and struts that make up your car's suspension system support your vehicle over many miles. Over time, these components will eventually wear out and could severely more