Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Car won't start when start button is pushed. Single click noise is heard

asked by on

I have convenience package so the key does not need to be inserted. Tried without inserting the key and with inserted key, same problem. All instruments work, dashboard was lighted, seat was adjusted, steering also adjusted to my position. Car was never in accident and the airbags were never deployed. I measured the voltage on the battery and it registers at 12.04V, the battery was few months new. Also tried jump start with other car and that did not help either.

No specific error code in the computer, there was a yellow engine light and exclamation point in the main dashboard panel but did not tell any other thing.

Single click noise when push button was pressed, which seems like from the solenoid starter? There are so many possibilities of this, could it be a bad starter or something else?

Do you have any idea what else to check before sending it to the dealer/auto repair? If the problem were the starter, what's the typical estimate for this repair? Thank you

Hello, thanks for writing in. A no start condition with a click noise can be caused by a few things. The most common causes are a bad starter relay, or a bad starter or starter solenoid. The starter relay is the component that switches power to the starter circuit, and is usually located in the engine bay. It is not uncommon for relays to produce a clicking noise when they go bad. It may also be possible that the starter motor or solenoid are worn and can no longer properly turn the engine over. I would start by checking the starter relay and going from there. Here at YourMechanic, we can have a technician come to your home or office to inspect and diagnose this issue for you, and make or suggest the necessary repairs.

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!
  • Home
  • Questions
  • Car won't start when start button is pushed. Single click noise is heard

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: Gauges and dashboard lights out

On a car of this age, wiring issues become more common. The dashboard lights and gauges are all on the same circuit - which means that a wiring short, break, or blown fuse can cause these issues. A qualified technician,...

Q: When making a turn the wheel has to rotate a full turn to compensate a 90 degree turn.

Hello, thank you for writing in. Your vehicle is having issues with the power steering system. The first thing to do is check the level of your power steering fluid. If the level is low, you will need to add...

Q: Extreme power loss, engine rattling.

Using 15w-40 instead of 5w-30 could be the cause of your problem. Your engine has very small passages that lead to the valve train. One components in particular, hydraulic lifters, require a good flow of oil through a small passage...

Related articles

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...
P0240 OBD-II Trouble Code: Turbocharger Boost Sensor B Circuit Range/Performance
P0240 code definition Turbocharger Boost Sensor B Circuit Range/Performance What the P0240 code means P0240 is an OBD-II generic code triggered when the Engine Control Module (ECM) detects the intake boost...
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.