Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Car does not always start.

asked by on

The car will goes a few days starting fine everytime. Then it will just click once when trying to start it. When hooked up to a jump (car or jump starter) usually fires up instantly. Battery is less than a year old. Had the batter and alternator checked and both are fine.

My car has 130000 miles.

This may suggest a weak battery or potentially a faulty starter solenoid. Although, a faulty starter solenoid is possible, the fact that you are able to get it started without any trouble by jumping suggests that the starter solenoid may be working properly and it is an issue of inadequate battery power to turn the motor over. I would recommend having a professional from YourMechanic come to your location to diagnose and inspect your vehicle.

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・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: Squealing noise when A/C is turned on or off

The noise you hear is the AC compressor belt, most likely. The belt may be loose and just need adjustment, or it may be stretched and need to be replaced. Have a mechanic perform a diagnostic inspection, and replace the...

Q: Starting issues

This may be a sign of a weak battery, a failing voltage regulator or failing alternator. As you may know, the alternator is responsible for charging the battery while the engine runs by generating amperage and recharging the battery while...

Q: Hard to shift into gear.

Hi there. The clutch may be worn out causing the disks to slip and not disengage the transmission from the engine. Also, the slave cylinder could not be fully moving all the way causing the clutch to not fully disengage....

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...
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...
How Much Does a Mechanic Make in Vermont?
Automotive technician jobs in Vermont have an average mechanic salary of $37k, with some mechanics earning a salary of $53k.