Q: Car making a clicking sound when trying to start up, but car won't start.

asked by on December 29, 2015

My car makes a clicking noise at startup. Car won't start, so the battery is obviously dead. Dashboard lights turn on, but not the headlights or the radio. The fan/heater blows when I am trying to start the vehicle.

I would have the battery load tested to see if it is in fact dead. That may cause all the problems you’re having.

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