Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Car doesn't start only when it wants to

asked by on

I bought this camaro second hand obviously. It starts only when it wants to and with a super fresh battery sometimes I need to attach a jump start battery aswell. I have no idea but it seems like it's pulling too much voltage when I turn the key. When I turn the key I here a click inside the car and I hear another click I'm assuming from the starter but nothing turning over just clicks. Thank you for your time.

My car has 100000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

A: It sounds like you need to have the battery...

It sounds like you need to have the battery cables and starter checked. If all the cables are okay, including the engine grounds from the engine to the body, then the starter is most likely drawing too many amps and needs to be replaced. A starter draw test and starting amperage test will show if the cables and starter needs repairs. I'd recommend having a mechanic check the vehicle out for you, they will able to run these tests and accurately fix your starting problem.

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・Save up to 30%

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: Rain getting into car

I would need a little more information for a proper diagnosis, such as the location where the water is entering the vehicle, and whether or not your car has a sunroof. If you have a sunroof, the most common leak...

Q: fan wiring is wrong

There are aftermarket electric fan controllers that enable the fan to be turned on by a temperature sensor or by a switch inside the cabin. This is a much safer alternative than to tap into the vehicles ignition wiring. The...

Q: Jerking while shifting during deceleration - 1989 Cadillac Brougham

Hey there. The EGR system may get carbon in it causing the jerking on deceleration. Try decarbonizing the engine to see if it helps. You may need to remove the EGR valve and clear out excess carbon from the passages....

Related articles

P0240 OBD-II Trouble Code: Turbocharger Boost Sensor B Circuit Range/Performance
P0240 code definition Turbocharger Boost Sensor B Circuit Range/Performance What the P0240 code means P0240 is an OBD-II generic code triggered when the Engine Control Module (ECM) detects the intake boost...
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.