Car Won’t Start? Find Out Why

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You just went out to start your car and move on with your day. But after turning the key and checking the fuel tank, you know there’s something seriously wrong—your car won’t start at all.

Stop and breathe for just a moment. Everything is going to be okay! You just need to get to the bottom of the issue and determine your next steps.

Start by figuring out why your car won’t start while considering getting a tow from Lonsdale Auto Works. So, let’s cut to the chase with six major reasons why your vehicle may refuse to start.

1. Your Battery Is Dead

A dead battery is one of the biggest causes of why your car won’t start. The average lifespan of a car battery is only two to five years on average, and it doesn’t take long for an older component to run out of juice.

If you can’t get someone to jumpstart your car so you can drive to Lonsdale Auto Works, you can call our towing services to get a jump and head there yourself.

2. Your Starter Motor Has A Problem

If your engine clicks when you try to turn it on, you may have an issue with your starter motor. Starter motors typically need replacement every 30,000 to 200,000 miles, so you may need to visit Lonsdale Auto Works for electrical system repair.

3. Your Fuel Filter Is Clogged

Fuel can capture dirt and debris, which is why you need a fuel filter to keep your engine clean. But when the filter gets clogged by various impurities, you may not be able to start your car. The professionals at Lonsdale Auto Works can help you discover the truth with a full diagnosis.

4. Your Steering Lock Is On

If the wheel isn’t perfectly centered, your vehicle automatically blocks your ignition from turning. If you notice slanted tires or an off-centered wheel, you can try wiggling it back and forth to lock it into position. No trip to the shop necessary!

5. Your Fuel Tank Is Empty

Even if your fuel gauge shows juice in the tank, your vehicle may be low or at least running on empty. You can always walk to the nearest gas station or ask a friend to drive you there. Alternatively, you can call for roadside fuel delivery services from Lonsdale Auto Works.

6. Your Timing Belt Is Bad

The timing belt is one of the most important components in your vehicle, which means if it stops working, so does your car. Belt failure may lead to catastrophic engine failure, so it’s best to get a diagnostic right away. You can get in-house towing with Lonsdale Auto Works to bring your vehicle in for engine services.

Get Your Car Towed To Lonsdale Auto Works To Get It Back In Working Order

A vehicle that won’t start is a serious concern and can throw a huge wrench into your plans. If you want to get to the bottom of the issue and get your vehicle up and running fast, your best bet is to contact the professionals at Lonsdale Auto Works for a full inspection and diagnostic.

We’re proud to serve the drivers of Lonsdale, MN with honest and transparent diagnostic services, including car battery replacement, electrical repair, engine service, and more.

There’s no need to worry about bringing your vehicle to us—we can come to you! Our 24-hour towing services let us get your car to our shop for a thorough inspection by our trained professionals. All you need to do is call us, and our team can schedule a time to pick up your vehicle.

It’s time to get your car back in working condition with the team at Lonsdale Auto Works. Call us at (507) 744-3304, or bring your vehicle to our shop at 616 Industrial Dr SE, Lonsdale, MN.

KC Eyton


KC Eyton is our Light Duty Auto Technician where she serves in support for our other technicians and provides inspection, maintence and tire services and assists the front counter. KC has been with us since 2021.

Being an automotive technician at LAW has allowed me to learn & do what I’m passionate about. I enjoy the fast-paced environment filled with challenges & feeling a sense of accomplishment when I’ve used my knowledge & experience to solve an issue. I feel very fortunate to be surrounded by wonderful people who care about my personal well-being & professional growth. I love how my boss Scott constantly believes in me. He pushes me to take on projects that I think are way beyond my abilities. I am so grateful for the mentorship & support. This truly creates a family environment where everyone is there for each other. I love my job!

Chris Waskosky


Chris Waskosky is a Master Auto Technician and has an extensive background in vehicle diagnostics, powertrain management systems and electronics. Chris joined our team in 2011. Chris has a lifetime of mechanical experience from vintage steam engines, to carburetors, to the latest in high-tech modern automobile systems.

Along with having a fun work environment, I enjoy a variety of jobs I can do. One vehicle may be an oil change, but the next vehicle may be using a lab scope to find a communication problem between computers. Every day brings new vehicles and new challenges.

Denise Davis

Service Manager

Service Manger, Denise Davis joined our team in 2018. Her experience in customer service, retail sales as well as store & employee management is extensive.

Denise has a great ability to transform the complexity of modern automobiles into easy to understand explanations that help bring comfort & confidence to our clients. Whether dealing with a simple oil change or a complete engine replacement, she will take the time to explain the issues in a manner that is understandable and she provides our clients with the information required to help them make an informed decision about their vehicle repairs. She is always willing to help with whatever questions & concerns you may have.

Scott Palava


Lonsdale Auto Works was founded in 2005 by owner, Scott Pelava.

As an ASE-Certified Master Auto Technician, Advanced Engine Performance Specialist, Undercar Specialist, and Service Consultant, he saw the need for a more modern auto service center in the fast growing community of Lonsdale. A strong background in domestic and import vehicles helped formed the vision of what Lonsdale Auto Works is today.

Starting with one apprentice, he built a reputation for quality service and fair pricing. As the need arose, additional technicians joined his team to keep up with our customers’ need for fast, quality service.

Scott is also very active in the community. He is currently in his fourth term as a Lonsdale City Council Member. He has held numerous leadership positions with the local Boy Scout Troop and at the District and Council levels. He is the Past President of the Chamber of Commerce and a past member of the Lonsdale Lions Club.

Scott has been recognized multiple times for his contributions to the auto repair industry. In 2017 he founded ASOG (Auto Shop Owners Group) in an effort to provide support to other repair shop owners. The organization has grown to the largest in the world. As a result, Scott was named in the Top 100 People in World the Automotive & Transportation as well as listed in the Marquis Who’s Who of Business in America.