Q: My car wont start, doesn't click and will not start with a jump either.

asked by on

I started it earlier, it struggled/clicked and started after about 5 seconds. Turned it off after i drove for about 10 or 15 minutes and it will not start or click at all. Tried to jump it and got nothing. All engine lights, interior lights, etc turn on when i turn the key to acc. I have also tried putting it in neutral and starting it. My neighbor looked at it and said my starter looks fairly new and the wires dont seem to be loose.

My car has 83000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

It sounds like your starter has failed. There is also a slight possibility that the alternator is bad but I would say starter first.

I would start with a charging system test and figure out what is causing your vehicle to not start. When the starter fails, it completely fails and just doesn’t work anymore, when an alternator fails, the vehicle will still start with a jump start and turn off when you remove the jumper cables. If the battery has failed the vehicle will usually click or at least try to start with a very slow crank.

However, like I said before, this sounds like a starter issue. The starter has a switch incorporated in it that may have failed causing the circuit to be open all the time. To avoid any unnecessary repairs, consider YourMechanic, as one of our mobile technicians can come to your location to diagnose the starting issue and make the needed repairs.

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
  1. Home
  2. Questions
  3. My car wont start, doesn't click and will not start with a jump either.

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: Q: My key won't turn on to start car

Hi there. It sounds like you either have a worn key or worn key cylinder. Have a new key cut and see if the new key turns the cylinder to start the car. If that does not work, then the...

Q: Does the VIN number have to be in the ECM for the vehicle to run?

Some new ECMs will give you a certain amount of free starts before it will not start unless the VIN is added. I am not sure if this is the case with your ECM but you have a dealer telling...

Q: Low coolant, fan stays on and heat won't stay warm

Hi there. How does the vehicle's engine run? If it has no misfire or stumble, we'll proceed. If you're having to add coolant, then there is a leak somewhere in the system; hose, water pump, radiator, etc.. Perform a visual...

Related articles

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...
What are the Car Pool Rules in Hawaii?
Hawaii is widely regarded as a land of vacation and relaxation, and as such, its scenic roads and routes are far better known than the state’s freeways. But, as with all...
P2103 OBD-II Trouble Code: Throttle Actuator Control Motor Circuit High
P2103 means there is a fault with the throttle actuator control motor circuit, likely due to a defective electrical component or part.