After an accident, there could be several reasons why your car won't start. Here are some of the most common ones:
The battery is one of the most vulnerable components of a car in an accident. If your car's battery has been damaged, it may not have enough power to start the engine. Here are some signs of a damaged battery:
- The engine cranks slowly or not at all.
- The lights and electronics are dim or don't work.
- There's a clicking sound when you turn the key.
If you suspect your battery is damaged, you should have it checked by a professional.
The starter is responsible for turning the engine over and getting it started. In an accident, the starter could be damaged or knocked out of alignment. Signs of a damaged starter include:
- The engine doesn't crank at all.
- There's a grinding noise when you turn the key.
- The starter motor doesn't engage when you turn the key.
If you suspect your starter is damaged, you should have it checked by a mechanic.
Fuel System Damage
If your car's fuel system has been damaged in an accident, it may not be delivering fuel to the engine. Signs of fuel system damage include:
- The engine cranks but doesn't start.
- The engine starts but stalls shortly after.
- There's a strong smell of gasoline.
If you suspect your fuel system is damaged, you should have it checked by a professional.