Your car won’t start and you must go to a very important meeting! Don’t panic, you don’t need to be an exceptional mechanic to act properly. By following the tips in this article step by step you will easily get rid of the problem and restart your Chevrolet Cruze.
First, we will try to determine the reasons that might prevent your car from starting.
It is also possible that your car crancks but won’t start.
Reasons that prevent your Chevrolet Cruze from starting
The battery may not have supported leaving your headlights on all night, or the vehicle key may have been forgotten on the ignition.
To make certain that it comes from the battery, and not from other causes, first examine the lighting of your headlights. Indeed, a low intensity or no lighting is definitely a bad sign for your battery.
Let’s see the different causes of failure
In most cases, for a Chevrolet Cruze that does not start, the battery is implicated because it provides the starter the energy considered necessary to start the engine.
Check if there are any lights on your dashboard. Refer to the light on to indicate the failure.
If when turning the key you can feel jolts, this is a sign of a weak battery, and therefore it needs to be recharged.
A little trick that may help you a lot is to keep jumper cables in your Chevrolet Cruze, you will save yourself a towing.
If someone you know has the cables themselves, they can recharge your battery enough for you to restart the engine and the battery to recharge itself. Wait for a moment before starting even if your car is on, you don’t want to stall at the first traffic light and have to repeat the operation.
Let’s move on. Let’s imagine that your battery is recharged, but however your Chevrolet Cruze still doesn’t start. First, it is necessary to know that humidity and temperature changes create oxidation that can deposit on the battery terminals, clogging it and preventing it from working.
When in good working order, the terminals are a metallic grey. If they have changed colour, it is necessary to clean them. It is possible to do this with a wire brush or sandpaper. Apply a small amount of thick grease before rubbing.
Starter of your Chevrolet Cruze
Now you have followed our advice so far but your Chevrolet Cruze still doesn’t react. It is now time to focus your attention on the starter, the small electric motor that starts the car’s engine.
You should know that to keep it in perfect working order, a few simple and quick steps are required. You can give a few small jolts on the sharp part of the starter, which will release the coals and help in their passage.
It should also be noted that this part does not have a specific lifetime, everything will be based upon its use and as a result on the maintenance of your Chevrolet Cruze. When it no longer functions well, it is often caused by a bad electrical contact, itself often brought about by high summer heat. This lowers the conductivity of metals. If the weather is not hot, it is notto be blamed for
Another technique to try to start your car is to put your Chevrolet Cruze on a slope and by using the clutch pedal, the engine will finally start. This will succeed if your battery is dead and it has not been used to start the starter. In this solution, this trick avoids solliciting it.
If, on the other hand, after driving, your battery has not recharged, (so you still cannot restart your engine with the contact even after driving) two options, either your battery is dead, or it’s the alternator. Its job is to recharge it while driving. This means that your battery may be in good condition, but it has simply not been recharged by the defective alternator.
If despite all this you are incapable to identify the failure, it is still recommended to see a professional who can make a diagnosis to be more accurate. Bear in mind everything that has been mentioned in order to provide him with information that could make it possible for him/her to repair your Chevrolet Cruze.
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