Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Car won't start; key popped when key turned

asked by on

My car won't start. It popped when the key turned in the ignition. There is a clicking sound at the center rear of the engine under the hood. Could be starter and or ignition coil?

A: The battery and/or the starter may be bad. ...

The battery and/or the starter may be bad. The first thing that needs done is check the battery to see if it is good and will hold a charge. The starter needs over 12 volts with over 175 amps of power to work as it should. If the starter does not get close to this from the battery it may just click or turn slow. Have your battery and cables checked first and then the starter can be checked to see if it is good. I recommend you have a mechanic like one from YourMechanic inspect your starting system for you.

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: Rear end grinds when I first take off but then is perfectly fine.

Hello there, thank you for asking about your 2006 Chrysler 300. This could be a variety of things that will require some inspection to determine. This could be what is known as a center support bearing which is a bearing...

Q: 2004 Ford Sport Trac where I have antifreeze leaking from back of upper area intake manifold I assume. I see that the intake manif

Hi there, thanks for writing in. You will need to have the cooling system pressure tested to see what is leaking. I know of coolant leak issues in the front area of the intake at the thermostat area, but not...

Q: Car won't start

Hello there, thank you for asking about your 2004 Volkswagen Golf. This sounds like your alternator was potentially too weak to power everything. What often times happens when this is the case is that the alternator is not maintaining the...

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...
What are the Car Pool Rules in Hawaii?
Hawaii is widely regarded as a land of vacation and relaxation, and as such, its scenic roads and routes are far better known than the state’s freeways. But, as with all...
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...