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Q: When I try to start the car it clicks with a little white smoke coming out

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When i turn the key and try to start the car i get a click not a rapid click and a little smoke

My car has 178000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

A: This is a common sign of a failing starter ...

This is a common sign of a failing starter solenoid. The starter solenoid is located on the starter and has internal electrical contacts that transmit electricity to the starter. 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 starter.

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