car won't start clicks

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. 

Common Causes
  • 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:

  1. 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. 
  2. 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. 
  3. 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