DIY TIPS III

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With our one stop tips that guide you through what you can do by yourself to your car to ensure you enjoy driving it stress free, you can be sure to be liberated from occasionally visiting the mechanic’s. Missed out on our previous editions?  Read it here.

WHEN YOUR CAR WON’T START

Your first reaction when your car responds with a clicking sound or silence when you turn the ignition will most likely be to panic or call for help…except you know what to do in such a circumstance. So, here are some things to get it started till you can drive it to seek professional help or not if it’s just something minor.

Your car engine giving a click sound could mean dirty battery terminals, weak battery, stuck solenoid or a worn starter motor.

  • Step 1: Turn on the dome light (inner light) and start the car engine. If the light goes off, then the batteries are really weak and close to dead. You can heat up the battery terminals by ‘Key Cycling’ which is turning the key in the ignition off and on in quick succession.

 

  • Step 2: If the dome light stayed bright on, then the battery terminals can be tapped with a shoe, stone of anything hard enough (ensure it is not metal). Pop the hood open, locate the terminals and tap the corroded terminals so they can make better contact with the battery.
  • Step 3: You could also free stuck electric contacts in the starter motor by smacking them with an iron from the car jack.

No click sound when the engine is started

  • With your foot on the brake, move the shift lever to the neutral position and try starting the engine. If that doesn’t work, move it back to “Park” and try it again. Moving the shifter sometimes reestablishes electrical contact inside the transmission range selector (also known as the neutral safety switch).

When the engine is flooded

  • A flooded engine is the result of excessively rich air/fuel mixture in the internal combustion engine caused by wrong octane measurements. An engine in this state cannot be ignited and you know once you start smelling fuel. Simply press the accelerator pedal to the floor and hold it there while you crank the engine.

 

When the key won’t turn

  • This can happen for various reasons ranging from using a wrong key to a worn key. A very common problem can occur though when you park with the wheels turned all the way to one side and remove the key.  When you try to turn the key to start, there is too much pressure on the steering lock to allow the key to turn.  To correct this, force the steering wheel, first in one direction, then the other, while trying to turn the key. That should relieve the pressure and allow the key to turn.

Till next week with more tips, we hope you find these helpful.

 

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