Q: Car won't start, brake lights turn on

asked by on

Car wont start the interior and break lights turn on but there's a clicking sound.

My car has 130000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

Hi there. Thanks for contacting us tonight. Usually, when you hear the clicking noise when you turn the ignition, and you have some power, it means your battery does not have enough cranking amps to engage the starter motor. This will require replacing the battery with a new one. It is possible that the alternator or other charging system component has also failed, causing the battery to wear out prematurely. It’s also possible that the starter relay or starter itself is damaged. You might want to have a professional mechanic complete an onsite inspection to determine exactly what is causing this problem - so the right repairs are made.

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 won't start, brake lights turn on

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: ECU computer

Hello. The main question is why does you think your computer needs to be reset. If you have engine idling issues, then there is a relearn procedure procedure which can be performed with an advanced aftermarket scan tool such as...

Q: I have a 2008 s550 Mercedes Benz. I'm having a hesitant/vibration in between shifts at a moderate acceleration.

Hello. The most common cause of this is a failure in the drive shaft coupling. The coupling begins to fail and this occurs. I would have this checked by a shop that specializes in this as it can be difficult...

Q: Check Engine Light comes on in hot weather

Hello. The Check Engine Light will come on any time that the computer sees a problem with the powertrain in the vehicle. In order to know where the issue is coming from I would need to scan the computer for...

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 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...
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.