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Q: My car will not start and it is not the starter. What could it be?

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My car doesn't start and my mechanic said it could not be the the started,my car creates a clicking sound on the inside but the engine doesn't turn

My car has 150000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

Hi there. Usually a clicking sound is an indication that not enough power is being sent to the starter to engage the motor. This can be caused by a bad starter relay, a battery that has lost cold cranking amps, or even a faulty ground issue due to an exposed wire somewhere on the vehicle.

To determine the exact cause of your problems, you should have one of our local professional mechanics complete a no start inspection so they can trace the issue on site and recommend repairs.

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