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Magna lands key European seating work for BMW

Automotive Business Review - 11 oct. 2018 - 14:04
Magna International has opened a new seating factory in the Czech Republic that will employ 300 people and supply BMW in Europe.

Why China's auto dealers want a major tax cut

Automotive Business Review - 11 oct. 2018 - 13:27
China's top auto dealers' association has asked the government to halve taxes on car purchases to revive faltering sales, as worries grow the country's auto market could shrink this year.

Elon Musk, Tesla reaffirm settlement with SEC despite snarky tweets, Murdoch report denied

Automotive Business Review - 11 oct. 2018 - 11:20
Tesla Inc. and the SEC have put aside an insulting tweet by Elon Musk and asked a judge to accept a settlement of the fraud suit against the electric-car maker and its outspoken chief executive.

How BMW gained control of its China joint venture

Automotive Business Review - 11 oct. 2018 - 07:35
BMW will take majority control of its main China joint venture for $4.2 billion, the first such move by a global automaker as Beijing relaxes ownership rules in the world's largest auto market.

Preparing employees for success results in a great place to work

Automotive Business Review - 11 oct. 2018 - 05:01
At 13 percent in 2017, employee turnover is strikingly low at Acura Turnersville, a Penske Automotive Group dealership on the outskirts of Philadelphia.

Audi Chantilly General Manager Roger Kaiser meets with high school students to encourage career paths in auto retailing.

Automotive Business Review - 11 oct. 2018 - 05:01
At Faulkner Subaru Harrisburg, a robust training program keeps employee morale high and turnover low.

Why Magna founder Frank Stronach is suing his family

Automotive Business Review - 11 oct. 2018 - 05:01
Magna founder Frank Stronach is suing his daughter and other family members in Ontario, alleging mismanagement of the family's assets and trust funds, according to Canadian media reports.

Mercedes plans advanced self-driving tech for next S class

Automotive Business Review - 11 oct. 2018 - 05:01
Mercedes's next S class, which is due in 2020, will offer the brand's first Level 3 self-driving system capable of eyes-off conditional autonomy.

Tesla forced employees to 'renew vows' after media leaks

Automotive Business Review - 10 oct. 2018 - 22:04
A Tesla confidentiality document that's facing a legal challenge by the National Labor Relations Board originated as a response to several leaks of internal information to news organizations two years ago, an executive testified Wednesday.

Will James Murdoch replace Elon Musk as Tesla chairman?

Automotive Business Review - 10 oct. 2018 - 20:03
Outgoing Twenty-First Century Fox CEO James Murdoch is the lead candidate to replace Elon Musk as Tesla chairman, the Financial Times reported, citing two people briefed on the discussions.

FTC orders D.C.-area dealership group to stop deceptive recall scheme

Automotive Business Review - 10 oct. 2018 - 19:49
A group of auto dealerships near Washington, D.C., and a California marketing firm settled claims they deceptively mailed more than 21,000 fake "urgent recall" notices to consumers, the FTC said.

10 Reasons Why Your Car Won’t Start

China car times - 10 oct. 2018 - 17:24

You drag yourself out of bed in the morning and manage to get that first cup of coffee down the hatch. After convincing yourself that you must go to work, you step out into the driveway semi-hopeful that the caffeine will start to kick in. As you hop behind the wheel of your car, you can’t get it to start. What should you do now? While there are numerous reasons your car won’t start, we’ve got the top 10 options for you to consider.

#1. Dead Battery

The number one reason that a car won’t start is related to a dead battery. Louise from WhoCanFixMyCar.com says, “Your battery will die if you leave your lights on overnight or if the alternator has broken in your car (This is the part which charges the battery from the engine). You can always try to jump-start your car but unless you have a secondary vehicle and know what you are doing, this may prove difficult.”

You know it’s a battery when the groaning, slow RRR-RRR sound comes from under the hood. As the voltage continues to drop, there will be no more sound coming out. Another telltale sign is when your instrument panel dims every time the key turns.

While you could try to use the best car battery charger to get you back on the road, you want to find the reason for it dying in the first place. Otherwise, you might have to deal with this again. One possible cause is the alternator, which we’ll deal with in a minute.

Other times it’s just because your battery is old and worn out. In fact, a spokesperson from Nationwide Cars told us, “When it’s cold, engine oil can often become thicker meaning it doesn’t flow around the engine as well as it would on a normal day. This inevitably can cause additional strain on the battery, particularly if the battery is already on low power. This is one of the common reasons why your car may not start in the morning, especially around the colder months such as November, December and January.”

Of course, if you’ve left your lights on overnight, that’s probably the reason your battery is drained. Make sure you give it a full charge and turn off the lights next time.

#2. Alternator

Your battery might die because your alternator is giving out. When the alternator doesn’t work properly, your battery won’t get the charge it needs. Even if you suspect the alternator, don’t neglect to look at the accessory drive belt. It might just be worn out or slipping.

Normally, when the belt breaks or your alternator fails, you receive a warning light. If the charging system is merely poor, it’s possible that there won’t be a light to alert you. A simple check would be to look at your instrument panel where the gauge is located. Typically, you want it to be around 14 volts.

Even if you have a perfectly good alternator, it’s possible that it won’t charge your car battery during a short trip. This is especially true if you have the wipers, heated seats, rear window defroster, radio, heater, and headlights all running at the same time.

While most people need to switch out the battery every five to seven years, it’s possible to never need a new alternator. According to Pep Boys, here are some signs that your alternator or accessory belt might be going bad:

  • Headlights begin pulsating
  • Quits working if charging an overloaded battery
  • Electrical burning smell
  • Alternator warning light comes on the dashboard
  • Car radio, or other electronic component, stops working intermittently
  • Squealing noise coming from the engine
#3. Starter

When your car won’t start, it’s possible that it’s also an issue with the starter. Your starter is basically a small motor that’s powered by your battery. Its sole purpose is to start your engine. Sometimes, a bad starter appears like there’s an issue with the battery. That’s because it makes a GRR noise, which sounds a lot like a dead battery would.

You might also hear a clicking noise when you attempt to turn the key. To fix this problem, there’s not much you can do other than replace the starter.

You might hear a nasty grinding sound that reminds you of shifting with a bad clutch. If this occurs, it’s actually damaged teeth in either the starter drive gear or your engine’s flywheel. On top of that, if the starter doesn’t turn at all, it might just be a solenoid or relay that’s causing the problem. It’s even possible that the ignition switch could be to blame.

#4. Fuel pump

Even if you see plenty of fuel in your tank, a weak fuel pump or failing pump might be the problem. When there’s trouble with your fuel pump, the gasoline has a harder time reaching the engine and creating power.

Often, you’ll be able to hear the in-tank pump running after you first turn the key “on.” Wait for a few seconds before cranking the starter and listen to it run.

This pump runs all the time your engine does, even if it’s only idling. That means it clocked more mileage than what your odometer shows because that only measures tire rotation.

As the output on a fuel pump diminishes, it won’t supply enough pressure and volume to keep your engine happy. Here are some signs it’s time to replace the fuel pump:

  • The engine begins to sputter at high speeds
  • Car stalls because the engine doesn’t receive enough fuel
  • Power loss while hauling cargo or heading uphill
  • Lowered gas mileage
  • Surging forward spontaneously
  • Car won’t start at all
#5. Frozen Fuel Line

This doesn’t happen as frequently since ethanol is blended into the fuel, but it’s still possible. To prevent any issue, you could also use a can of Iso-Heet in your fuel tank. It’s like a secret tonic to keep the lines running smoothly. During cold weather, you’ll want to also keep your tank half-full at the minimum to avoid getting any water inside.

Moisture in the air may condense in your fuel tank when the temperature changes. When this happens, liquid water settles to the bottom of your tank.

Some common symptoms include:

  • Engine turns but doesn’t start
  • Sputtering
  • Stalling or stopping after running

The best solution is to get the car into a garage and allow it to warm up for a little. If this isn’t possible, try draping a blanket over your engine and hang a drop light on the hood. Even if you can get the fuel line to thaw slightly, you’ll be in better shape.

#6. Ran out of Fuel

This might seem like a no-brainer, but most people don’t consider the idea. Let’s say you were in a hurry to get to work and the fuel light was on. You figure you’ll just fill up after work and park on a hill. When you come out afterward, the car won’t start. You don’t immediately assume it’s a fuel issue, but you should.

The small amount of fuel you had probably drained away from your fuel pump, so it can’t be delivered to the engine. There are also times that the fuel gauges in the tank fail which leads to issues as well.

#7. Spark Plugs

Ignition problems aren’t as common as they once were, but it’s still possible for bad spark plugs to prevent the car from starting. Many people neglect their spark plugs, especially if they don’t need to be replaced more than every 100,000 miles.

Spark plugs transmit electrical signals from your car’s ignition coil at predetermined times. This sends a spark which ignited the air-fuel mixture in the combustion chamber. Each vehicle has their own set of spark plugs made from a particular material and with a designated gap. Good spark plugs burn the fuel efficiently while failing plugs might prevent your car from starting at all.

If you notice any of these symptoms, you might want to try replacing your spark plugs:

  • Slow acceleration
  • Poor fuel economy
  • Misfiring engine
  • Difficulty starting the car
#8. Keb Fob Battery is Dead

If your vehicle requires a key fob in your pocket to start, then you’re relying on that battery to transmit the signal to your car. If this battery dies, your vehicle isn’t going to recognize you and the car won’t start.

Here are some signs the key fob is dying:

  • Reduced signal strength
  • Multiple clicks required to unlock the doors
  • Doesn’t work consistently

If you think it might be the key fob, it won’t hurt to change the batteries and test it out again. Hopefully, this is all that’s wrong.

#9. Fuses

If you’ve been through many of the other issues, and everything checks out good, the trouble might lie in the fuses instead. Let’s say you’ve just put the battery in, but now you can’t seem to get the car to start, it’s possible that there’s only a blown fuse somewhere. This would prevent power from reaching the solenoid or starter relay.

To test this out, you want to check all your fuses to see which ones are blown. Then, check for power at the starter motor and relay as well. Replace any fuses if possible and see if that fixes the problem.

#10. Cold Weather Concerns

There’s nothing worse than being stuck in cold weather when your car won’t start. Aside from the obvious issues, there are some additional things to consider in colder weather. First, there could be moisture inside your distributor cap (on an older car) or other electrical connections.

Start by checking for any dampness. If you find the slightest bit of water inside, you’ll want to wipe out the connections and cap with a dry, clean cloth. You might even find that there are cracks that conceal the moisture in these situations. If that’s the case, you’ll need to replace a connector or distributor cap.

It’s also possible that your engine is overheating, which causes it to have trouble starting again. If you have a leaky radiator or cracked hose, this is something to consider. Check these things yourself if you know how to, but don’t touch the radiator after the car’s been running.

Steps to Take When Your Car Won’t Start

Before you begin panicking, consider taking a deep breath and walking through some troubleshooting steps to find out why the car won’t start. Start with your battery. You want to check that the connections are tight. In addition, if you only drive short distances, you might want to invest in a trickle charger as your battery probably doesn’t get the charging it needs to remain in tip-top shape.

Your next step would be to ensure you have enough fuel in the system. If you were running low when you parked the car, it’s very possible that you don’t have enough to get started again. This is especially true in cold weather because it requires more gasoline to get the engine running when it’s cold out.

Next, you’ll want to check the oil level of your car. If the oil levels are low, the engine might struggle to turn over. That’s why maintenance is essential to the life of your vehicle. By regularly changing and checking the fluids, you ensure things like this don’t happen as often.

If you think it might be the starter motor, you might be able to get it going. Simply put your vehicle in gear (keep the ignition off) and gently rock the car around to workaround the neutral safety switch. Then, try to start it up again.

If you aren’t comfortable jump-starting your car or working on it, then don’t. You can harm yourself and your vehicle more in the process if you aren’t educated. Instead, call for roadside assistance or have the local shop tow it for you. It’s too easy to cause damage when a car won’t start, and it’s simply not worth it.

Final Words

The bottom line is that are many reasons why a car won’t start and it’s hard to tell you what’s going on in an article. Once you’ve checked the obvious reasons like a battery, starter, or lack of fuel, you have to begin more advanced diagnostics. This includes testing fuses, listening for the fuel pump, and troubleshooting frozen fuel lines.

Many of these issues aren’t something that an everyday person feels comfortable doing and that’s okay. If you know someone mechanically inclined, you could always have them look at it and give you an opinion. When in doubt, get it to your auto repair shop and let the professionals handle it. The last thing you want to do when your car won’t start is to create more problems. What might have been a simple fix could easily turn into more if you attempt to “tinker” with your car.

Hurricane Michael poised to batter Florida with 145 mpg winds

Automotive Business Review - 10 oct. 2018 - 17:04
Hurricane Michael is hitting Florida's Panhandle as a Category 4 storm with winds of 100 mph or more, as many dealership owners in its path brace for what the National Hurricane Center is calling a "potentially catastrophic" storm.

GM adds geopolitical consulting exec Jami Miscik to board

Automotive Business Review - 10 oct. 2018 - 16:44
The election of Miscik, 60, makes the board a 50/50 split between men and women for the third time in the company's 110-year-old history

Audi's Keogh to succeed Woebcken as CEO of VW Group in North America

Automotive Business Review - 10 oct. 2018 - 16:00
Scott Keogh, who has steered Audi to 107 straight months of U.S. sales gains, will become CEO of parent Volkswagen Group's operations in North America on Nov. 1. He will succeed Hinrich Woebcken, who will become a strategy adviser.

Keogh-to-VW top job could turn out brilliantly, if Wolfsburg lets him run

Automotive Business Review - 10 oct. 2018 - 16:00
If I were a U.S. VW dealer, I'd be elated and hopeful at the news that Keogh will succeed Hinrich Woebcken on Nov. 1.

Nearly 200 2017-18 Ford GT supercars recalled over hydraulic fluid leak

Automotive Business Review - 10 oct. 2018 - 15:54
Ford issued a recall for 194 of its hand-built, 2017-18 GT supercars over a hydraulic fluid leak.

GM's 2.7-liter turbo engine is in the wrong truck

Automotive Business Review - 10 oct. 2018 - 14:17
I'll give General Motors' new four-cylinder exactly one year in the redesigned Silverado before it fades into the Colorado and becomes a big success. A misfire of this magnitude is rare for GM these days.

Musk has 143 days before creditors start demanding their money

Automotive Business Review - 10 oct. 2018 - 13:40
With capital markets still minting bonds and loans by the trillions, it's still relatively comfortable runway for a company such as Tesla to secure a financial reprieve.

2019 Chevy Silverado with 4-cylinder engine rated at 21 mpg combined

Automotive Business Review - 10 oct. 2018 - 13:00
The redesigned 2019 Chevrolet Silverado equipped with a new four-cylinder engine will achieve an EPA-estimated 21 mpg combined, which is close to entry-level pickup V-6 offerings from Ford and Fiat Chrysler that are rated 22 mpg combined.
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