Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Hesitant to start

asked by on

I try to turn on the car and a clicking sound comes on. At times it will turn on (very hesitant) or it will just not turn on.

My car has 51000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

A: You may just have a bad battery and it is s...

You may just have a bad battery and it is simply too weak to turn over the starter to start the engine. Have the battery/starter checked and replace the battery or starter as needed.

Once the engine is started, check the charging system to see it works okay. The most common failure is the battery.

I'd recommend seeking assistance from a qualified mechanic who can diagnose your starting issue. Once this is done, the problem will be evident, and proper repair can be made.

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: How do I check the tread on the tires?

You can check the amount of tread left on your tires to determine if it needs replaced. Either a triangle symbol or TWI (treadwear indicators) is located on the side of the tire. It is an indicator to tell you...

Q: How do I use the CD compression?

The CD compression feature adjusts for the different volume levels on different tracks, so that your CD is at a relatively consistent volume. To turn on this feature, follow these steps: 1. Press the Menu button. 2. Use the Up/Down...

Q: I have an engine light code P0507. It says that there is a high idle issue with my vehicle.

Hi there. The code P0507 means that the idle air control valve (IAC) is registering a higher rpm than normal. Check all of the vacuum lines to the engine. A small vacuum leak will cause the engine rpm to be...

Related articles

How Do Power Car Windows Increase Passenger Safety?
Power windows are responsible for approximately 2,000 emergency room visits every year. When a power window closes, it exerts enough force to bruise or break bones, crush fingers, or restrict an airway. Though...
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...
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.