Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: I put a new alternator in my car yesterday it started up fine about the third time starting the car to starter relay just clicks w

asked by on

Starter really clicks

My car has 43000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

A: A starter like any other mechanical and ele...

A starter like any other mechanical and electrical part is subject to failing sometimes for no apparent reason. However, sometimes this is misdiagnosed as well and often times mistaken for something much more simple like a fuse or starter relay.

The starter relay is a small unit near the starter that directs power to the starter from the battery. When this fails, it may cause a clicking sound and will not allow the starter to engage the flywheel when you turn the key.

I would suggest having a professional from YourMechanic come to your home to diagnose your starting issue and determine the solution to get you back on the road.

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: Active Body Control problem

Hi. It sounds like there was a small leak in the system that has turned into a bigger one, and now the system can't hold any pressure at all. Typically, there will be puddles of hydraulic fluid leaking from the...

Q: Replaced alternator and now there's a low sounding, high pitched noise, like a jet engine whistling.

Hi and thanks for contacting YourMechanic. This can be an easy fix. The alternator may have a problem with the fan blades inside it if you got a brand new design. If you got a design with the fan located...

Q: Lights don't work correctly, ABS warning on

Hello there, these are not uncommon problems for a vehicle to have when it sits for awhile. With the ABS light on, the most likely cause is low or poor condition brake fluid. Brake fluid absorbs moisture and can cause...

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...
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.