After an accident, everyone’s first concern is checking the safety of everyone involved. Once everyone is safely accounted for it’s time to assess how much damage was sustained by your vehicle. There could be hundreds of reasons why your car won’t start, so how do you narrow it down and figure out what’s going on?
A repair technician will start by examining the outside of your vehicle. The technician follows the flow of damage to determine how to best go about fixing your vehicle. This step is unique to every situation and specific vehicle.
Most of the damage from an accident is pretty obvious. That being said, there are often small issues that can go unnoticed. If your car won’t start, check for the following problems.
Modern vehicles are equipped with sensors that tell the main computer if everything is functioning as it should. If a sensor is damaged, it could be sending a faulty signal (or no signal) and prevent the system it is connected to from functioning. Damaged sensors will most likely need to be fixed by a collision repair technician.
A dead battery is usually because a system was left running when the car was off. Vehicles are typically able to recharge with daily driving, but if a car has been sitting for a while, or if the power drains too quickly, there won’t be enough juice in the battery to start the vehicle. Jump starting your battery will help you get around this issue and charge up your battery by driving around for 30 minutes to an hour.
Corrosion, Rust, and Moisture
Water and oxygen are two things that we rely on for life, however, they can be the death of a vehicle. Even small scrapes and scratches from accidents that seem like purely cosmetic issues can allow water and oxygen into systems that are usually sealed. If this happens, rust and corrosion are not far behind.
Brake fluid goes bad if exposed to water. Corrosion around the battery will reduce its performance. Even small damaged should be checked out by a certified and experience collision repair technician, just to make sure that is hasn’t opened the door for bigger issues.
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