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No-Start Problems:

When your car doesn't start, it could be due to one or more common problems. For example, corroded battery connections, battery failure, or inconsistent starter operation. A more complicated problem, as to why your car may not start, include electronics. If you have a no spark situation, for example, this could be quite complicated and expensive to repair. The way that modern engines are designed and built today, it makes for difficult access to certain parts because there is very little room to work under the hood - very frustrating indeed! The other major problem could be that the motor is not getting any fuel.

The most common cause is that the electric fuel pump may not be working. What most people don't realize about this situation is that most modern fuel pumps are located in the gas tank. This has been a common practice for about 15 years or more. Therefore, the gas tank will have to be removed from the vehicle. This job should be done in a shop, also because of safety reasons (such as fire). Some European and Japanese manufacturers have installed an inspection plate over the fuel pump, without having to remove the gas tank. I can do these repairs - please inquire for your make and model. There is a minimum charge to try and diagnose a no start problem because it can take up to an hour (but no more than two) to find the problem.

Another no start situation, especially with an older vehicle, is a mechanical failure with the engine. For example, the timing belt is broken or may have slipped. When this has happened, usually the damage is catastrophic for most cars and very expensive to repair. Again, this repair will have to be done at a shop. So, when you phone for a no start problem, please be patient until the diagnosis is found.

Before You Call:

When you first phone in, it is helpful to have the following information:

  • make, model and year of your vehicle
  • engine size, if you know it
  • age of the vehicle (I prefer to work on vehicles that are no more than 15 years old, with some exceptions)

** In order to work on your vehicle at your home, I require a working area such as a garage, car port, or driveway (preferably flat). For customers who live in an apartment or housing complex, it may be necessary to ask permission from the landlord, to work on your vehicle in the parking lot. **

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