Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Car started clicking before dying

asked by on

The Check Engine Light was on for a while. Then the car started clicking, and then died. I turned it back on, and it didn't recognize the keyless remote. I changed the batteries in the remote, but my car still won't start. I do know that I need the camshaft sensor replaced, so that could be the problem.

A: A faulty camshaft sensor will definitely ca...

A faulty camshaft sensor will definitely cause the Check Engine Light to illuminate; there will most likely be a fault stored for it, if it is, indeed, faulty. All other fault codes will need to be read out as well. As far as the remote issues go, the camshaft sensor should have no effect. I would check the vehicle’s battery first; a low or discharged battery can cause quite a few electrical malfunctions, including, but not limited to, the Check Engine Light being illuminated, and lost initializations such as keyless remotes. The battery needs to be charged, and load-tested, and the charging system should be checked. You may want to enlist the help of a mechanic with the equipment and training to properly diagnose the cause of the Check Engine Light illumination, and address your other issues.

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・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: Oil sensor not working properly.

If the oil was checked first using the vehicle's computer and it read low you were correct to top it off. However, sometimes these vehicles can take a few minutes or a few miles of driving to reset the gauge...

Q: I REPLACED MY OLD CAMSHAFT SENCOR MY 2002 FORD WINDSTAR. WONT START WHAT DO I DO?

If you simply pulled out the old camshaft synchronizer and put it back in or pulled off the synchronizer, replaced the senor and put the assembly back into the engine, you did not perform the service correctly and the ignition...

Q: I was replacing the water pump and one of the bolts broke. Can a mechanic assist in drilling it out?

Hi there. Depending on where the stripped bolt is on the pump, you may be able to have this bolt hole re-tapped with a Heli coil, essentially recreating new threads in the pump for the bolt. In the event that...

Related articles

How Long Does a Distributor O Ring Last?
The distributor is part of the ignition system in your vehicle and its purpose is to route high voltage from the ignition coil to the spark plug. The spark plug then...
P0052 OBD-II Trouble Code: HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1)
P0052 code definition HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1) What the P0052 code means This code is seen when the Engine Control Module (ECM) tries to control the...
P2103 OBD-II Trouble Code: Throttle Actuator Control Motor Circuit High
P2103 means there is a fault with the throttle actuator control motor circuit, likely due to a defective electrical component or part.