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Q: Car clicking when starting

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My car clicks when I try to start it. I've changed the relays and checked the fuses. In addition, I replaced the battery and starter, and I still get the same results. The message display says Service Antitheft System.

A: Hi there. This sounds to me as like an issu...

Hi there. This sounds to me as like an issue in your anti-theft system. When your vehicle has its battery changed, the power is reset. This commonly triggers the anti-theft system which tell your computer to lock up. Have a certified mechanic diagnose your starting issue more precisely in person to have the proper fixes made.

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