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Auto Service Specialists
141 W 130th St., Hinckley Ohio 44233


(330) 220-4441

 

 

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Car won't Start?

 

Let's get your car started and get you back on the road

There are few things more frustrating than going out to your car, only to find that it won't start. There are a number of things that could be causing this.

Battery check, testing and replacementDead Battery
Perhaps the most common reason for cars not starting. If you turn your key but hear only a rapid clicking sound, it is likely that you have a dead battery and will need a jump (see below).

Corroded Battery Terminals
If, when you turn the key, absolutely nothing happens, then pop the hood and take a look at your battery terminals. If they are covered in corrosion, there is a good chance that a thorough cleaning of the posts will get your car started back up again.

Car won't turn over
If your engine cranks but won't start, it could be one of two things. Either you need more fuel, or, if you have enough gas, then you might need service done on you fuel injectors or ignition system to get them working properly again.

Arrange for your vehicle to be towed to our shop for diagnosis and we can figure out why it's not starting!

We have been providing quality auto repair and service for many years. We were established to provide honest, dependable auto service and repair at a fair price. We continue to make the investment in training and equipment to stay ahead of the rapidly changing industry. When it comes to car repair, we know the importance of fast, quality, well-priced auto repairs. We strive to offer you the best possible service when you come see us.

 

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Auto Service Specialists  141 W 130th Street

Hinckley, Ohio 44233

Ph. (330) 220-4441

 

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Business Hours:

Monday   8am - 7pm
Tuesday   8am - 7pm
Wednesday   8am - 5pm
Thursday   8am - 7pm
Friday   8am - 5pm

Closed Saturday & Sunday

 

Need A Tow?

We recommend:

Chippewa Towing & Recovery

708 Marks Rd., Valley City OH.

Ph. (330) 350-3011

Jump startdead battery

To safely jump start, follow these steps:


1. Take out your jumper cables. It's a good idea to buy a set of jumper cables and keep them in the trunk compartment. If you don't have jumper cables, you'll have to find a Good Samaritan who not only is willing to assist you but has jumper cables as well.


2. Place both cars in Park or Neutral, with their ignitions shut off and their emergency brakes on.


3. Connect the cables. The positive cable has red clips (+) at either end, and the negative cable has black clips (-). It's important to attach them in the following proper order:


jump starting your car batteryA. First, attach one of the red clips to the positive terminal of your battery (it has "POS" or "+" on it.


B. Attach the other red clip to the positive terminal of the Good Samaritan's car.


C. Attach one of the black clips to the negative terminal on the Good Samaritan's battery.


D. Attach the last black clip to an unpainted metal surface on your car that isn't near the carburetor (if your car has one) or battery.
Figure 1 shows how both the positive and negative cables should be connected.


Figure 1: Make sure to connect jumper cables in the proper order.

5. Try to start your vehicle (Do not have the Good Samaritan's car running. If your car has electrical issues it could damage their car as well). If it won't start, make sure that the cables are properly connected. Then try to start your car again. If it still won't start, your battery may be beyond help.


6. Disconnect the cables, thank the Good Samaritan, and resume your life.
Don't shut off your engine; drive around for a while to recharge your battery.

 

NOTE: Improper Connection of Cables can damage either or both vehicles charging system.

 


 

Your car might not be starting for a multitude of reasons. Here we try to provide you with a simple guide to help you figure out why your car isn’t starting.

 

The engine doesn’t crank over... No sounds, no lights, just nothingness.
Battery terminals are loose: This is a very common issue and it can be easily identified and corrected. Check by trying to wiggle the terminal loose by rotating it around the battery post. it shouldn’t move at all. If it does, remove the terminal from the battery post, clean, and re-tighten. In some cases, the terminal end will not tighten or may be too corroded to tighten, in each of these cases you will need to repair or replace the terminal end.

Battery is dead: Just like your phone, the battery in your car can go dead and nothing will operate. In this case, you can try jump-starting the car. One way is to invest in a battery pack, or grab your handy jumper cables and ask a good samaritan, or just call your insurance for roadside assistance. After jumping the car, make sure to drive it around and recharge the battery! If you’re experiencing this often, or a jump doesn’t work, it might be time to have the charging system check as the alternator may be bad, or the battery needs replacement.

Ignition switch is faulty: The ignition switch is the electrical switch for the engine. Just like a light switch in your house, when you activate it, it should send electricity to the light bulb, or in this case the starter motor. These switches fail both electronically and if you can’t turn the key, mechanically. Unless you’re an advanced Do-it-your-self'er, contact us to properly diagnose and fix the problem for you.

Immobilizer system is preventing the vehicle from starting: The immobilizer system is part of your vehicle’s anti-theft system. Your ignition key is programmed to work only in your car, similar to how a key card allows you into a hotel room. The card will only open your room door, not others. But sometimes these cards lose programming or the door cannot read it, and cars are the same. The car doesn’t recognize the key and it will not start. This is an issue that requires a visit to a qualified shop such as Auto Service Specialist, that has the equipment and knowledge to diagnose and repair these systems.

But there’s a clicking sound!
Battery is weak: If you hear a rapid clicking noise you may have a weak battery. Check the terminals and battery for a full charge and address as needed. See “Battery terminals are loose” and “Battery is dead” above for more details.

Starter is faulty: The starter is an electrical motor that uses battery power in order to start the engine. Just like any electric motor, these can and do fail. If the battery terminals and battery are OK, you may have a bad starter.

When replacing the starter, our technicians first disconnect the battery and then remove the electrical wiring and hardware securing the starter. The defective starter is removed and a new one is installed. Replacement can vary from easy and straightforward to time-consuming and difficult.

The car is cranking slowly...
Battery is weak: Make sure the terminals are not only on the battery correctly, but tight. If the terminals are tightened, you might just need a jump. You can invest in a battery pack, grab your handy jumper cables and ask a good samaritan, or call your insurance for roadside assistance. After jumping the car, make sure to drive it around and recharge the battery! If you’re experiencing this often, or a jump doesn’t work, it might be time for a brand new car battery.

And it’s accompanied by a grinding noise.
Starter is faulty: The starter is an electrical motor that uses power from the vehicle's battery in order to start the engine. Once the engine starts, the driver releases the ignition key from the start position, allowing the starter to disengage. The starter motor is located where the engine and transmission join together.

When replacing the starter, our technicians first disconnect the battery and then remove the electrical wiring and hardware securing the starter. The defective starter is removed and a new one is installed. Replacement can vary from easy and straightforward to time-consuming and difficult.

The car is cranking faster than usual…
And there’s a spinning noise.
Timing belt (or timing chain) is broken: A broken timing belt/chain can cause some serious damage to your engine, so you’ll definitely want to get your vehicle to a shop and have the damage assessed by one of our trained technicians.

Starter is faulty: The starter is an electrical motor that uses power from the vehicle's battery in order to start the engine. Once the engine starts, the driver releases the ignition key from the start position, allowing the starter to disengage. The starter motor is located where the engine and transmission join together.

When replacing the starter, the technician first disconnects the battery and then removes the electrical wiring and hardware securing the starter. The defective starter is removed and a new one is installed. Replacement can vary from easy and straightforward to time-consuming and difficult.

And it’s accompanied by a grinding noise.
Starter is faulty: The starter is an electrical motor that uses battery power in order to start the engine. Just like any electric motor, these can and do fail. If the battery terminals and battery are OK, you may have a bad starter.

When replacing the starter, the technician first disconnects the battery and then removes the electrical wiring and hardware securing the starter. The defective starter is removed and a new one is installed. Replacement can vary from easy and straightforward to time-consuming and difficult.

The car is cranking normally but won’t start...
Ignition switch is faulty: The ignition switch is the electrical switch for the engine. Just like a light switch in your house, when you activate it, it should send electricity to the light bulb, or in this case the starter motor. These switches fail both electronically and if you can’t turn the key, mechanically. Unless you’re an advanced Do-it-your-self'er, contact us to properly diagnose and fix the problem for you.

Fuel system fault: A solution to a fuel system fault could lie in a fuel pump replacement or be a fuel contamination issue. This should be examined by one of our trained technicians.

No spark: To figure out if your vehicle doesn’t have spark, you will have to perform a spark test, however, this can be extremely dangerous and better performed by a trained technician. With no spark, you may need an ignition coil replacement.

Faulty sensor input: A faulty sensor input can be determined by a technician and possible fixes may include MAF sensor replacement, IAC valve replacement, CKP sensor replacement, and/or CMP sensor replacement.
 

 

 


 

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Auto Service Specialist is a family owned and operated auto repair facility located in the northwest corner of Hinckley Ohio near the Intersection of W. 130th and Boston Road. Bordering Strongsville, North Royalton and Brunswick OH. Auto Service Specialists has been providing the highest quality automotive maintenance and repair to Medina and Cuyahoga counties from this location since 1996. While we do specialize in Honda and Acura service, we also service all makes and models, foreign and domestic for cars and light trucks.

 

 

 

Local Car and Truck Repair Service for Hinckley OH., Brunswick, Strongsville & North Royalton Ohio


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