Knowing what to do when your car won’t start can save you a lot of time and money!
If your car won’t start, there are a few things you can do to test what the problem is and see if it’s something you can fix. If it is, you’ll save money on a tow truck.
If you can’t turn the key and the engine seems to be stuck, you may just have a problem with your wheels being turned too far from when you parked. Turn the wheel back to a straighter position and try again. If it still doesn’t work, try a spare key if you have one.
If you turn the key but nothing happens at all, this is usually a sign of a bad battery. Your battery life may be running out or your connection may be weak. Try to turn on the lights. If they seem dim, this is a sign of a dead battery. Call your roadside assistance or a good friend with jumper cables and ask them to come out and help you jump your battery. Then take it right to a parts store to get tested.
If the car cranks but doesn’t turn over when you try to start it, this is a harder problem to figure out on your own and it’s time to call for a tow or roadside assistance. Often the problem is a frozen fuel line, and it’s something you need to take in and have looked at.
Get your car in tip-top shape before you go back to school!
It’s that time of year again: back to school season. And as you know, with back to school season comes back to school car maintenance. So, before you start the school year, you will want your car to be in top shape.
Here is a list of some routine maintenance to keep in mind:
- If your car is due for an oil change, now is the time to make an appointment.
- Consult your owner’s manual to discover the optimal tire pressure, and see to it that your tires match that amount.
- Make sure that both your air conditioning and heating are working properly, especially if you haven’t used one in a while.
- Fill up your windshield wiper fluid reservoir with fresh fluid.
- And lastly, consider stocking your vehicle with a first-aid kit if you haven’t already, as well as some fresh water.
To meet with someone in our service department or, of course, to take a new vehicle out for a spin, contact us anytime at Jimmy Michel Motors.
If you’re driving in areas with low light, it’s important to ensure your headlights provide maximum visibility.
If you’ve notice that your headlights have lost their luster, you’re not alone. It’s common for headlights to become foggy, reducing the amount of light that gets through and making your car look aged and worn out. While replacing the plastic lens that protects your headlights is certainly a viable option, we recommend cleaning them first, to see if they actually need to be replaced.
Here is our guide on how to clean foggy headlights.
First, you’ll want to purchase a headlight restoration kit. These kits come with everything you need to polish and clean up your headlight’s plastic lenses. The Turtle Wax Headlight Lens Restorer is one example.
The plastic lens usually becomes yellow on the outer layer from oxidation and scratches from dirt and debris. These kits usually provide an abrasive paste and sandpaper to help remove the damaged outer later, and some also provide a protective “UV-block” clear coat that protects the lens from becoming foggy again.
Follow the directions for whichever kit you choose, taking your time to thoroughly buff and clean the area. If you find that the kit doesn’t quite do the trick, it might be time to have the lenses replaced. Contact us at Jimmy Michel Motors to learn more about how our Service Department can help!
For more headlight-cleaning tips, visit wikihow.com.