Q: Car making noise, but not starting

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My car will not start and only makes a noise. The lights are fine, so it is not the battery or alternator.

If the engine doesn’t crank but only makes a grinding or clicking noise, my guess is that the starter is bad. This can be verified using a dedicated starting/charging system tester, or by using a digital multimeter. A trained professional, such as one from YourMechanic, will be able to diagnose your car’s no-start condition and make the repairs needed to get your car back on the road.

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