Diagnosing Car Starting Problems

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To diagnose problems with a car starting, check the owner's manual for a troubleshooting section, and follow instructions for running diagnostic tests. If no reason is found for the engine failure, take a car that won't start to a mechanic with advice from a certified master mechanic in this free video on auto repair.

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Hello, my name is Mark Blocker and in this segment we're going to cover diagnosing car starting problems. To diagnose car starting problems you should get out your owner's manual, go to the troubleshooting section, and there should be a section in there on diagnosing engine won't run, or engine won't start. If you follow the simple diagnostic procedures that they have outlined in your owner's manual, there are some things that you can check as a operators level, as to determine why your engine won't start. After you go through this checklist, it's kind of a process elimination that will allow you to check basic functions and determine why your car won't start. If that can't be found using this diagnostic method, you're going to need to refer to a qualified service technician, or other personnel. There is a lot of expensive equipment required, with a lot of todays computer controlled cars, that we just don't have the equipment available to diagnose with. But, if you follow the simple procedures laid out in the owner's manual, you can often get through a won't start, or diagnose engine wont' run problem by use of the operator's owner's manual. So, those are some of the things that you can do as the operator to diagnose why your car won't start.

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