Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

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.

A: Even though it just clicks the battery can ...

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?

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

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Save up to 30%

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: Alternator problems. Lights and horn don't work.

Your car is showing all the classic signs of a bad battery. I would recommend having a mechanic inspect the battery. They will start with the battery and have it load tested. When batteries get old they may not take...

Q: Top radiator hose is cold while the lower is hot

You may be correct that the thermostat is stuck closed. One way to test a thermostat is to put it in a pot of water and bring the water temperature up to the thermostat opening temperature. This is imprinted on...

Q: Leaking power steering fluid

If your vehicle is hard to turn and you are positive you are leaking power steering fluid, the leak is the cause of this issue. The power steering system is a hydraulic system that relies on a specific amount of...

Related articles

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...
Rules of the Road For Iowa Drivers
Driving on the roads requires knowledge of the rules, many of which are based on common sense and courtesy. However, even though you know the rules in...
How to Avoid Back Pain in a Car
If you have back problems, sitting in a car for an extended period of time can be excruciating. Even without back problems, you could experience discomfort and soreness from...