Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Car clicking when I try to start

asked by on

My vehicle will not start. I only hear a clicking sound when I try to start it. The interior lights work, but they are very dim and weak.

A: Sounds like you might have low battery volt...

Sounds like you might have low battery voltage. Car batteries are 12.6 volts. Once the voltage falls below 10.5, the car will not crank. As the voltage gets lower the lights will start to dim. If the battery is simple old and not holding a good charge anymore a situation similar to what you described will occur. A mechanic such as one from Your mechanic will be able to load test the battery and determine if the battery is weak or just low on charge. If it is just low on charge, additional diagnostic work may have to be done to determine what is draining the battery. In either case I suggest you seek professional assistance in determining why the car clicks when you try to start it.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1000 mechanics are ready to answer your question.
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Ask a Mechanic
(100% Free)

Have a car question? Get free advice from our top-rated mechanics.

Ask A Mechanic
Over 10,000 questions answered!

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: Jumps from drive to neutral

The most straightforward possibility here is that the transmission range sensor and the shift linkage itself are misaligned. The range sensor provides an electronic "here's the gear I am in" to the transmission controller, and other interested electronic components. The...

Q: location of starter relay

Hi there. I think you'll find a 2003 Mitsubishi Galant service and review manual to be very helpful in locating your starter relay. It will also give you step-by-step instructions for removing and replacing this component as well if that's...

Q: My vehicle is leaking anti-freeze like crazy and I have no heater

It sounds like you may have some coolant that is leaking out, causing the motor to overheat. Or, you could have a bad thermostat or a faulty cooling fan relay that is causing the motor to overheat which is then...

Related articles

How Long Does a Distributor O Ring Last?
The distributor is part of the ignition system in your vehicle and its purpose is to route high voltage from the ignition coil to the spark plug. The spark plug then...
How Long Does a Heater Control Valve Last?
Keeping the right amount of coolant in a car is essential in keeping the engine at the right temperature. Failing to have the right amount of coolant or even bad elements...
What are the Car Pool Rules in Hawaii?
Hawaii is widely regarded as a land of vacation and relaxation, and as such, its scenic roads and routes are far better known than the state’s freeways. But, as with all...