Car won't start, makes clicking noise
Updated Friday Jul 07, 2017
When you try to start the car but all you hear is a clicking noise. The instrument cluster lights turn on but are dim. When you try to start the car the dashboard lights turn off. Engine doesn't turn over or start.
- Car not starting and hearing click a ng noise when you turn the key, are often caused by a dead battery. The battery in such cases has lost most of the charge even if your dash and lights turn on.
- During a jump starting procedure, hearing the car making a clicking noise is because the main car battery is partialy discharged.
- Mechanical engine problem such as broken timing belt or chain. Bent valves.
When trying to jump start the car but all you hear is a clicking noise
If you hear a click when trying to jump start a car, try the following:
- Check the jumper cable clamps. The clamps may not be making good contact. Make sure the clamps have a good grip on the battery terminals. Clean battery terminals if they are corroded then reconnect the clamps.
- Reconnect the negative battery clamp on a better location. You can connect the Negative / Black clam of your jumper box or jumper wires directly to the engine block.
- Allow the car battery to charge before trying to start the vehicle again.
Allow your car battery to charge and start without a problem.
- Using another car to help with the jump start. Keep the jumper cables connected for at least 15 min and the other car running.
- If you are using a jumper box to start the car, keep the jumper box connected for 15 min then try again.
- If you are using a trickle charger, let the car battery charge for at least 4 hours. Trickle chargers provide small current, and it takes a while for the car battery to charge.
Car won't start, the battery is fully charged but you hear clicking noise
If you hear a click when you try to start your car it can be due to multiple issues but one that we see more often is:
- The car is not starting because of loose battery terminals.
- Solution: Clean battery terminals clamps. Reconnect and try to start the car.
Other causes that won't allow your car to start are:
- Sized engine
- Broken timing chain
- Bent valves
- Mechanical engine failure
- Bad starter