Q: Hello, my battery died in my car last night I replaced it got home and now it won't start. Starter or alternator? CEL on now also

asked by on May 17, 2017

Got home last night had just driven home from temple to fort Worth, my car sat 2 hours I went to go back out it won't start, making rapid clicking noise got the battery jumped up to Walmart put it in and it started drove to gas station turned it off then back on and it hesitated also the CEL is on now as well. So I headed home haven't been able to get it back started since. Battery level is over 12+ but it almost sounds like it's slipping when trying to start. Could this be the starter? Or alternator? Need help

My car has 121690 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

Hello, thank you for writing in. With full battery power, the battery may still be struggling to use that voltage and it may not be providing enough amperage to the starter. You should have the battery tested at an automotive parts store. The battery is the only component that powers the starter at first, and it will also cause issues while driving although you are mostly dependent on the alternator once running. If the battery checks out, you want to turn your attention to the starter. Starters can also be tested at automotive parts stores, but these tests are not always accurate (they do not measure the starter’s ability to push over the engine, but only to spin freely). If you would like more help with testing, contact our service department to schedule an appointment.

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

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

I can't shift into any gear

It sounds like you may have a throwout bearing that is hanging up. When the car is not running, nothing within the transmission is spinning, thus it is possible to put the car in gear. With the engine running, there...

Transmission leak

The pan is the most common leak area on these transmissions, but it would need to be inspected to see if the case, or filter, is the cause of the leak. If you are low on fluid, I recommend that...

Check Charging System light is on

Hi There, There are a few other things that may cause the charging light to come on indicating a fault in your charging system. You may have a failing voltage regulator that could be allowing the alternator to supply too...

Related articles

P2270 OBD-II Trouble Code: O2 Sensor Signal Stuck Lean Bank 1 Sensor 2
P2270 trouble code definition O2 Sensor Signal Stuck Lean Bank 1 Sensor 2 What the P2270 code means P2270 is an OBD-II...
P0878 OBD-II Trouble Code: Transmission Fluid Pressure Sensor/Switch D Circuit High
P0878 means the PCM has detected an abnormal pressure within the transmission fluid sensor/switch often due too low fluid levels or malfunction.
P0183 OBD-II Trouble Code: Fuel Temperature Sensor A Circuit High Input
P0183 code definition Fuel Temperature Sensor A Circuit High Input What the P0183 code means P0183 is a generic OBD-II code indicating...