Guide to Diagnosing Common Starting Problems

It can be incredibly frustrating when your vehicle won’t start.

It can be even more frustrating trying to figure out why.

Morris Rosenthal created a diagnostic flow chart to help people troubleshoot the possibilities. We found it, liked it, tweaked it, and are now sharing this infographic with you. Your very own swear-word-reducing, stress-relieving roadmap to getting that engine humming again.

It’s the gift that keeps on giving the whole year. (That it is, Edward!)

Car won’t start? Figure out why:

Photo from Summit Racing

How to Take the Pain Out of Adding Gauges to a Late-Model Vehicle

Adding AutoMeter gauges or an InVision digital gauge kit to 1996 and later vehicles can test your patience if you don’t know your way around a wiring harness. AutoMeter’s CAN Bridge lets you add gauges and keep your sanity. Just plug it into your vehicle’s diagnostic port—the CAN Bridge captures sensor data and outputs up to six signals to drive an InVision dash or AutoMeter electric tachometers, electronic speedometers, and short-sweep electric gauges. 

Transform Your Second-Gen Camaro or Firebird’s Handling in an Afternoon

Modern tires and aftermarket suspension components really push the limits of the factory chassis under your 1970-81 Camaro or Firebird. A set of RideTech Bolt-On Subframe Connectors will reduce chassis flex and transform your car’s handling and ride quality, all for an afternoon’s work. The front of the connectors bolt through the original subframe and are held by the body bushings to enhance rigidity. The rear of the connectors have integral leaf spring mounts and bolt solidly to three existing floor pan bolt locations.

Starters and Alternators Just for LS Engines

Is your LS-powered vehicle harder to start or having trouble keeping the battery charged? A new Powermaster starter or alternator will fix those issues right up. Powermaster makes gear reduction starters that churn up to 250 lbs.-ft. of torque to turn over engines making 11:1, 14:1, or even 18:1 compression. As for alternators, take your choice of a Street or High-Amp alternator that makes 165 to 220 amps to power all of your vehicle’s gadgets.