Q: Car clicks and doesn't start.

asked by on

The car will not start. I don't believe it is the battery. It just clicks.

Even though it just clicks the battery can still be the problem. Low battery voltage wont have enough juice to turn the starter all the way. The partial engagement will sound like a click. A few other things like bad, dirty, or loose connections can cause the same symptoms. By connections I mean the cables at the battery end and at the other end, engine block for ground and starter for the positive one. A bad starter will also make a single click sound sometimes. Visual inspection of the cables along with load testing the battery and testing of the starter can be performed easily by a mechanic with the proper tools for diagnosis.

Was this answer helpful?
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details
  1. Home
  2. Questions
  3. Q: Car clicks and doesn't start.

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: Car turns off randomly

There can really be several reasons why your Ford Bronco II randomly turns off. While the information provided is a bit limited, I do have a good idea on where we can start. You are on the right track to...

Q: Stalls then dies.

Hey there, thanks for writing in about your 1999 Chevy Lumina. The problem sounds like your fuel pump is going bad and getting worse over time. In order to verify the problem the fuel pressure would need to be checked...

Q: A/c blowing cold air intermittently with warm air

Hello. If the system continually blows hot and then cold, this is typically caused by a failing blend door actuator. If it fails, it can allow the temperature door to not hold the right position. It can also be caused...

Related articles

How Do Power Car Windows Increase Passenger Safety?
Power windows are responsible for approximately 2,000 emergency room visits every year. When a power window closes, it exerts enough force to bruise or break bones, crush fingers, or restrict an airway. Though...
P0052 OBD-II Trouble Code: HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1)
P0052 code definition HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1) What the...
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...