Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Lights come on, but car doesn't start

asked by on

My car won't start. The lights come on, but I don't hear a click when the key is turned in the ignition. Someone mentioned it could be the starter or alternator.

A: Hi. Even though the lights may be on in you...

Hi. Even though the lights may be on in your car, this still does not signify there is enough power to start the car. The battery very well be on the brink of complete failure. I would recommend a certified mechanic for accurate diagnosis of your car’s starting issue. They will be able to determine the culprit and get your car 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

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: Jeep not turning over.

Hello. If the engine simply turned off and will not do anything at all now then I would be concerned that there may be an internal engine issue. If when you attempt to start the vehicle you can hear the...

Q: Car making high pitched squeal.

The first issue is you overheated the engine because the cooling fan motor blew the fuse and the radiator split from getting overheated. You replaced the fuse and not the fan and should replace the fan motor also. You replaced...

Q: Automatic transmission - Why would shifter cable break? The car was transported from Florida to CT and was hardly driven.

Some towing companies will remove the shifter cable to the transmission to prevent anyone from stealing the vehicle on the rig when the rig is parked overnight. This includes removing the battery cables as well. It is not likely to...

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...
How Long Does a Distributor O Ring Last?
The distributor is part of the ignition system in your vehicle and its purpose is to route high voltage from the ignition coil to the spark plug. The spark plug then...
P2428 OBD-II Trouble Code: Exhaust Gas Temperature Too High Bank 1
P2428 code definition A P2428 trouble code signifies that the PCM has detected a problem in the exhaust gas temperature sensor circuit in bank 1, which subsequently contains the number one...