Q: Starter or solenoid not working.

asked by on

Was driving down the road, and hydroplaned into a deeeep puddle, causing water to go over the hood. Car was sitting in water, pulled it out to make sure exhaust wasn't in it. Towed it home, and checked everything, air filter wasnt too wet, but there was water on top of the spark plugs, mixed with oil on top. So we took the plugs out, and tried to start the car, and it just clicks. We checked all the fuses, and battery works because the lights still come on. I'm just confused on if it could be something other than the starter or solenoid

My car has 108000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

If the air filter was even "a little wet", then it’s more than likely that a little water made it’s way into one or more cylinders and hydro-locked the engine. There is more than likely at least one bent connecting rod making the engine impossible to start. Try attaching a socket and large ratchet or breaker bar to the crankshaft bolt to rotate the engine by hand. If the engine does not rotate, then the engine has been damaged due to water getting into the cylinders. If you would like to have this looked at in person, a qualified professional from YourMechanic can come to your car’s location to diagnose the no start and let you know what faults exist.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1,000 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!
  1. Home
  2. Questions
  3. Starter or solenoid not working.

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: Battery jump reverse connectors

Hey there, thanks for writing in about your 2013 Kia Fote Koup. Fuses are in place to protect wiring and components from failure. By connecting the cables in reverse direction you created a surge in amperage, and the flow of...

Q: Lost my key and have to start car with ignition switch but my steering column is locked how do I unlock it

Hi there. Unfortunately, without seeing what repairs were made and how the ignition switch was installed, it's hard to give you advice on how to get the steering column unstuck. You might want to have one of our mobile mechanics...

Q: Sometimes my ford transit 250 won't start.

With intermittent conditions such as yours, the challenge is recreating the failure. We can't diagnose a car when it is working properly. The problem does not exist at that time. This could be a bad ignition switch, but is more...

Related articles

P0052 OBD-II Trouble Code: HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1)
P0052 code definition HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1) What the...
How to Avoid Back Pain in a Car
If you have back problems, sitting in a car for an extended period of time can be excruciating. Even without back problems, you could experience discomfort and soreness from...
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.