Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Clicking sound trying to start car

asked by on

My car won't start even though the battery is good. When I try to start the car, I just get a clicking sound.

A: Hello. The most common part of this problem...

Hello. The most common part of this problem is the starter not working properly. What happens is the starter solenoid is not engaging the starter when the key is turned, which would cause a clicking noise. The worst case scenario is that the engine has locked up and will not turn at all when you try to start the car. I suggest having a certified technician come out and pinpoint your starting problem.

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・Save up to 30%

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: Car losing power as driving

If you were driving and the engine started to overheat due to a stuck thermostat, then it would overheat in the first few minutes of running the engine. If you were driving and everything was okay and driving more than...

Q: Trouble accelerating

The boots may of not been installed correctly and/or the axle shaft was not installed all the way into the joint after removal leading to the clip not engaging the joint and binding the differential in the transmission. This is...

Q: Can I use a altinator off any year altima on my 1998 altima

Hello. Thank you for writing in. The alternators that are compatible with your vehicle are typically the Nissan Ultima years 1998, 1999, 2000, and 2001. What you want to pay attention to is the bolt patterns. Make sure the alternator...

Related articles

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...
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...
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.