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 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?
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details
  1. Home
  2. Questions
  3. Car started clicking before dying

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: Headlight leveling system on

The vehicle uses the headlight leveling system to make sure the vehicle's headlights shine as far and as safely as possible. When a fault occurs, you will see the check headlight light. A few different faults can cause this, such...

Q: Check Engine light on - camshaft

Hello. The camshaft is a sensor that reads the revolutions of the camshaft. When the sensor malfunctions it is not reading the camshaft revolutions, causing the car computer to think it’s out of timing. This usually causes the car to...

Q: Car wont start after battery swap.

Hi there. Typically the anti-theft security feature will trigger an OBD-II trouble code when the battery is removed for an extended period of time, like when the battery is replaced. The only way to reset the system to my knowledge...

Related articles

What Causes Hoses to Leak?
While the largest part of your engine is mechanical, hydraulics plays a significant role. You’ll find fluids at work in a number of different areas. Your car's fluids include: Engine oil Transmission...
How Long Does a Heater Control Valve Last?
Keeping the right amount of coolant in a car is essential in keeping the engine at the right temperature. Failing to have the right amount of coolant or even bad elements...
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...