It can be frustrating when your car won’t start, but knowing some possible reasons for it can make it much easier for you. Plus, solving the problem yourself, if it’s a simple fix and you feel equipped, can save you from spending money on repairs.
There are a lot of reasons a car might not start, but the most common problem is that your battery has died because a light was left on. In that case, your best bet is to find a friend or another nice person with jumper cables to give your car a jump start. You can tell when your battery has died, if the battery clicks and won’t start.
If the car doesn’t make any noise when you turn the key, there may be a problem with your battery terminal cable connections. If you can start the car by forcing a screwdriver between them and forcibly separating them, the cables need replaced.
If you can hear it turn over, but it won’t start, it could be a problem with the spark plugs or the fuel supply to the engine. There might also be a problem with the carburetor, in which case you’ll need to see a professional.
If you’ve ever watched a scary movie, you know that the car always breaks down in the middle of the woods right before a storm and your cell phone isn’t going to work. Thankfully, cell phone towers are pretty strong nowadays, and most scary dark roads aren’t on your way home, but it’s still smart to be prepared in case of an emergency. There are a few things you should always carry with you.
Probably one of the most important things you can have with you is a good flashlight. With battery-less options out there now, you won’t have to worry about them going dead (like they do in those same scary movies). Check out wind-up emergency lights that also have built in red blinkers to signal for help. If you do prefer to have a flashlight with batteries, invest in a Maglight® . Not only are they super powerful, but the heavy weight can be used as a weapon if need be.
Jumper cables better be hiding in your trunk as well. While you may have a membership to a company like AAA, a quick jump from a friend could save you a lot of waiting time. Just make sure you know how to use them safely. Remember- positive to positive (red to red) and negative to negative (black to black). Trust us; you’ll know if you do it wrong.
Lastly, pack a little survival kit just in case you are stranded for a while. A few water bottles, packets of crackers or imperishable food, a blanket and a jacket could make a huge difference for you if you end up staying the night in your car.
Whatever else you have rolling around the trunk of your Nissan is up to you, but make sure to have these things handy and you won’t regret it. With great cargo space, the Altima would make for an easy travel companion and leave plenty of room for the less important stuff, like those shoes you kicked into the back one day and forgot to take out….. Just remember to watch out for those ax murders on dark and stormy nights!