You may not know it but there are hundreds, probably even thousands of reasons why your car won’t start. Some are easy to fix, some are hard to fix. Either way, it is important to know a few basics about car ignition. Only then can you identify red flags that can give you a hint as to where the problem lies. Remember that when it comes to ignition issues, the faster you fix a problem the better. Ignore a problem for a few weeks or months and you may be forced to fix bigger problem which may force you to spend more than what you would have spent had you fixed the problem on time. To better understand your Volvo’s starting ignition system, here’s a list of why the system sometimes fails to start.
This is the most common reason why cars sometimes fail to start. You may have left the dome light overnight, cables could be faulty or water inside the battery may have evaporated which a setback that often leads to poor conductivity. Your battery could also be way too old to start your car. Try to jumpstart your car to see if the battery is too old to work. If this jumpstart works just fine, then there is a high likelihood that you are dealing with a dying battery. Clean all the connections or consider replacing it.
Bad Ignition Switch
Your battery could be new but your still won’t start. You may then be forced to start your car several times. This is often a sign of a faulty ignition switch. To be sure, turn on the headlights. The battery controls the dashboard and the headlights. If they turn on but the engine fails to start, a faulty ignition switch is the culprit. Replace it.
The starter provides your car with the necessary force it needs to get the engine started. In simple words, it triggers the engine. A slight glitch on the starter can therefore mean the car won’t start. Examine the starter often to find out if it’s faulty. A clicking sound is a sure red flag that it has a problem. The starter may also take time to start or it could be simply broken. The best you can do to fix the problem is to replace it with a new one.
Clogged Fuel Filter
Change your fuel filters after every 10,000 or 15,000 miles. This will prevent the fuel filter from getting clogged. As your mechanic will tell you, a clogged fuel filter will prevent enough fuel from reaching the engine. This means your car won’t start no matter how hard you try. The worn out filter can also damage other parts of your car, so replace the filter not just for the sake of the ignition system but for the car’s overall benefit.
Empty Gas Tank
It sounds funny and somewhat obvious but sometimes it is the only reason why your car won’t start. You were probably running on fumes for quite some time or you could have forgotten to refuel. The solution is as simple as it is obvious – refuel!