Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Car won't start

asked by on

My car won't start. Just replaced the battery two days ago and now the car won't start all I hear is a clicking sound. Everything still comes on the lights heat and radio. What can it be?

My car has 180000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

Hi there. Have the battery tested even though it may be new; there is a chance that it could be defective and that’s why it comes with a warranty. If the battery has tested good then it sounds like it may be a starter. Is there any corrosion on the battery terminals/cables? Excessive corrosion creates excessive resistance. Resistance literally resists the voltage attempting to flow through it. If there is enough resistance on the cable then there may not be enough voltage flow to fully engage the starter. I suggest having a qualified technician perform an inspection to avoid replacing unnecessary parts. Your Mechanic has several available technicians that can assist you with a no start inspection.

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: Fuel gauge only rises to half tank when completely filled

This is a problem likely related to your fuel tank sending unit. The fuel gauge sending unit is a small float type component (or sensor) inside your fuel tank that measures the level of the fuel inside the tank. As...

Q: Driver's side window broken

Hello! I will be happy to help you. I suspect that the window regulator, window motor, or window switch has developed a malfunction. Most commonly when a window develops a malfunction it will be the window regulator at fault. I...

Q: A/c works but has no ambient air temp sensor

Hello there. It sounds like something weird happened when you connected the new sensor and rewired it. From what you have described, there may a a short somewhere in the system that is causing the AC system to act...

Related articles

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...
Rules of the Road For Iowa Drivers
Driving on the roads requires knowledge of the rules, many of which are based on common sense and courtesy. However, even though you know the rules in...
P2428 OBD-II Trouble Code: Exhaust Gas Temperature Too High Bank 1
P2428 code definition A P2428 trouble code signifies that the PCM has detected a problem in the exhaust gas temperature sensor circuit in bank 1, which subsequently contains the number one...