Your stomach sinks as you put in your key, only to have your car not turn on. If your car won’t start, it’s often due to a malfunction of either the battery or the alternator. If it’s one of those two, placing the blame can be relatively simple.
Battery or alternator: what’s causing the problem?
Starting and running an engine, in its simplest form, is a three-step process. First, the battery delivers a jolt of electricity to the starter. This starts the engine running, which puts the alternator into action. Finally, the alternator completes this cycle by charging the battery.
Using the process of elimination, find the culprit by bypassing the battery’s role and jump-starting your car. If the engine starts but dies immediately, your alternator probably isn’t keeping your battery charged. If a jump starts and keeps your car running, but the car can’t start again off of its … Read more