There is nothing more frustrating than being all ready to go somewhere, getting in your car, and then finding that the car will not start. Car problems can throw a wrench in your whole schedule and ruin the day. This scenario has happened to all of us at one time or another. We know that everything that has mechanical parts has the potential to malfunction or break down. That’s just how it is, even when vehicles are up to date on their routine maintenance.
For an internal combustion engine to work, it must have three things: fuel, spark, and air. Therefore, the first thing you can check when your Audi won’t start is the gas gauge. It may sound silly, but this is something that can be easily overlooked and just as easily remedied.
The most common reason that your Audi might not start is a dead battery. This kind of car problem is easily identifiable, too. The car will try to start, but it will be slow in attempting to turn over, and it will get slower with each attempt to start it. If the battery is completely dead, you may just hear a clicking sound. If this happens, you can start your car by using jumper cables hooked to a car that is already running. That will get you started and off to the shop where you can get a new battery.
If the alternator is going bad, it won’t charge the battery. You’ll know if you have a faulty alternator because of a warning indicator light on the dashboard. If your Audi doesn’t display that, you might still notice that the headlights or interior lights are dim or flickering. You might experience failures with other electrical systems. If you’re sure that the battery is not the problem, the alternator may be the culprit.
Another possible reason your Audi won’t start is that it needs a new starter. You will know this because the car will have the energy to start, but it will make an unusual grinding, spinning, or clashing sound. Or, it may not turn over at all. Your mechanic can inspect it and replace the starter to get you on the road again.
Sometimes the car won’t start because the steering wheel is locked. Insert the key and gently move the wheel back and forth while turning the key. Another car problem can happen when trying to start the car with the wrong ignition key. Security issues may cause a delay in being able to start the car.
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