Car Troubleshooting Tips

How to keep your car out of trouble

Facing a starting problem? Follow these steps!

When you attempt to start your car, you may be faced with two fold problems:

(a) The car engine turns well but yet does not start.
(b) The engine itself does not turn or turns very slowly.

In case of (a) you need to check the engine, carburetor, ignition system etc.

In case of (b) if the weather is cold, the engine may take time to warm up.

Be sure to check the grade of oil once. Or else, check your battery connection – in case of any problem, contact your nearest SF Sonic dealer or Bat Mobile Service. Replace your vehicle battery, if it is faulty or recharge if it is low on charge and check fan belt and voltage control unit. Don’t forget to test operating conditions. However, if battery function is smooth, check the starter motor and it connections.

How to jump start a vehicle

Vehicle Jump-Starting procedures as listed below should be followed carefully:

  • Ensure that vehicle battery and battery for jump-starting have the same declared voltage (say 12V).
  • Turn off all electrical loads, check vehicles – no part should be touching each other and gear should be in neutral position.
  • Vehicles should have the same terminal earthed, if not, refer to manufacturers' instructions.
  • Make sure that cables are not frayed or damaged.

Carry out the following steps in sequence:

  • Connect the positive terminal of jump-starting battery to the positive terminal of the stalled car battery - on negative grounded system.
  • Connect one end of the other cable to the negative (-) terminal of the booster battery. Connect the other cable away from the battery, to the engine block or car frame of the vehicle to be started.
  • Make sure cables are away from fan blades and other moving vehicle parts. After starting, remove cables in reverse order, starting with one connected to engine block or car frame.
  • If vehicle does not start within 30 seconds, call an auto electrician.


Modern vehicles with electronic management systems should not be jump-started without "protected" jump starter leads. It is necessary to refer to the owner's handbook for jump-starting procedures for such vehicles.