You never know how important the car starter is until it fails. You probably take it for granted because well, you drive a Volvo. It is a machine that simply never fails. That’s true. But has it ever occurred to you that the starter can suddenly fail because of reasons that have little or nothing to do with the ignition system? It can also fail because of little or no maintenance. Here’s why the starter can suddenly fail and what you can do to fix the problem.
It is strange how this sometimes escapes car owners. The battery is responsible for supplying the car with electrical power needed to run the stereo system, the lights and of course, the starter. It should therefore be a no brainer that the car won’t just start because of low battery. It is easy to understand how it works. As your car runs, the alternator charges the battery. This means no electrical component will run if the battery is not sufficiently charged. The battery can die because of several reasons. You may have left the fog lights on without knowing. A loose wire somewhere may have drained the energy off the battery. The batteries lifespan could have expired or it may have poor conductivity because the water inside it may have expired. Try to jumpstart the car. If this does not work, replace the battery and ensure the battery light is off.
A Faulty Ignition Switch
The ignition switch is located along the steering column right behind the ignition lock cylinder. It is one of the most important car components for pretty much obvious reasons. Without it, your car won’t start. Unfortunately, it sometimes fails. This mostly has nothing to do with poor maintenance habits. It happens because the ignition switch is frequently used. It is therefore prone to wear and tear just like other components that are frequently used. Fortunately for you, the ignition switch will first send red flags before failing. The car may suddenly stall while you’re driving or it may start then suddenly stall. It may also have a problem firing other accessories. Your best bet here is to replace the ignition switch.
Clogged Fuel Filter
A clogged fuel filter will make it hard or impossible for gasoline to reach the engine. This means your car will not burn the fuel it needs to start and get going. This is exactly why you should change your fuel filters after every 15,000 to 25,000 kilometres. With that in mind, consider replacing fuel filters the next time you take your car for servicing.
Blown Out Fuse
Most electrical car components require a fuse in order to function. The fuse is simply a safeguard against sudden voltage spikes. It blows within seconds if too much voltage flows through it. This means it breaks the circuit. Relays work the same way too. Bad wiring can easily mean that the fuses and relays in our car’s ignition system blew off to save the system from further damage. Have your car inspected by an expert to ascertain if this is the case then make sure the wiring problem has been fixed and the faulty fuses and relays replaced.