How to Hard Start A Car and Identify Problems
Hard starting a car can be a nuisance and may end up disrupting your plans or mood if it happens somewhere it shouldn’t or just when you have to leave for a holiday or work. Here’s how to hard start a car along with causes!
Hence, it’s quite important to know about how to start a car in such situations and save yourself some amount of trouble so you don’t get affected later on by a breakdown.
How to Hard Start A Car
No or Weak Crank, No Start, No Sound, as well as Unable to Unlock Car
- No or very dim dash lights
- Window scrolling down slowly(No electronics work or are weak)
- When key is rotated in the ignition cranks weakly
- Interior dome light is dimmed.
Common Possible Cause
- Weak or Dead Battery
- Check the terminals for making sure that the connection isn’t loose or corroded.
- Then, check’s the battery’s age and if it has passed its lifetime(ex 5,6 years), then it’s better to replace the car’s battery as compared to wasting money on diagnostics or recharging it as that weak battery or out of coverage battery might be the sole reason for the starting problem.
- However, if the connection okay, then try jump starting the battery and recharge as required. You should drive the car for 20-30 mins uninterrupted so that battery can sufficiently recharge.
But don’t stop the vehicle for checking if the vehicle can restart since the battery might have been a lot drained for it to be recharged. If recharging the battery isn’t working, then the only solution is the replacement of the battery.
A Rapid Chatter Sound and No Start
- The interior and dash lights are flickering.
- Electronic accessories operational
- When key is put in ignition, it yields cranking.
- Windows scrolling down a lot slower
Common Possible Cause
- Weak battery.
- Check the battery terminals for making sure that the connection isn’t corroded or loose.
- Check the battery’s age and if past its lifespan, replace the battery rather than wasting resources on diagnostics or recharging the battery unnecessary.
- Although, if the connection is okay, jump-start the battery using this technique that you can learn here. After jump starting, drive the car for 20-30 minutes so the car battery can get sufficient charge. Don’t stop the vehicle in the middle to check the charge and battery though, as the battery may not have charged as much as required.
A Singular ‘Click’ Sound from the Car’s Engine Bay and No (or Intermittent) Start
- When key put in the ignition yields a bit of cranking.
- All the electronic accessories in the car are functioning normally.
- The lights on the dashboard dim slightly and then look brighter.
Common Possible Cause
- Starter contacts might have worn out.
- Replace the starter solenoid assembly
- Or replace the starter contacts in the car’s starter solenoid(if the entire assembly comes out as out of budget right now).
No Crank, No Start, and No Sound
- The dashboard lights stay bright as ever.
- When the key on start or in ignition yields cranking.
- All the electronic accessories have been functioning normally.
Common Possible Causes
- Faulty starter assembly
- Faulty solenoid assembly
- Problems in the starter circuit that includes connections, wiring, clutch switch or safety neural switch, ignition switch, and starter relay.
- Replace the starter solenoid, starter contacts, starter assembly or might have to repair the starter circuit as required.
Cranking Only without Start
- When the key is put in the ignition, it starts cranking.
- All the features of the car are functioning normally, however, the car doesn’t start.
- There can be quite a few possible reasons, but one thing’s for sure, it’s neither a starter nor a battery issue. A vehicle requires fuel, air, and battery for ignition.
- This problem can’t be checked like this and will require a visit to the mechanic for a proper diagnostic.
Other Plausible Causes and ways of How to Hard Start A Car
Other no-start scenarios include:
- When the vehicle has been parked for a longer duration, and the starter starts cranking. A common reason for this happening is because of stale diesel or gasoline, or perhaps, even a seized fuel pump. For repairing this, you will have to drain the old fuel and might even flush fuel injectors and lines.
- If the car has an aftermarket immobiliser or an alarm system, a plausible cause can be the system failure of the device installed. For rectifying it, remove or replace the aftermarket component.
- When the key is turned in the ignition cylinder and nothing happens, it may be due to a problem with the ignition cylinder or the key. You can diagnose the worn key issues by reading this diagnostic tool here.
Now that you know how to hard start a car, you can avoid getting stuck in the middle of a road and can proactively work on understanding your car’s starting issues.