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My Car Won’t Start, and There’s a Clicking Noise. Help!

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Why Do You Hear a Clicking Noise When Trying to Start Your Car?

Rad Air Will Determine Why Your Car Won’t Start

It’s a dreadful feeling. It’s one of those cold Ohio winter mornings, and you need to get from your house in Strongsville to Downtown Cleveland for work. You engage your auto-start or go out a few minutes early so you can heat up your car while you are scraping that thin layer of ice off the windshield. You put your key in the ignition and expect to hear a lion roar, but instead, you hear a meager clicking noise. The panic sets in, and you realize that you and your car won’t be going anywhere this morning.

There could be several things going on with your car, depending on the symptoms. Rad Air put together this article to help you determine what’s next when your car won’t start and all you hear is a clicking noise! Let’s look at two common scenarios.

 

Scenario 1: Your car won’t start, and you hear a rapid clicking noise.

This is most likely a battery issue. Your starter relay and high current contacts are trying to stay closed but there isn’t enough power to hold them in position so they are rapidly opening and closing. When there is a lack of power in the car, there is either low voltage or high resistance. Your battery is probably dead, but that doesn’t mean you need to pitch it. Try jump starting and/or charging it back up, and if that doesn’t work, then it might be time for a battery replacement.

If the problem is high resistance, there could be corrosion on the battery, the electrical connectors and/or charging system, or even a loose cable. Before replacement, take a look at the terminals to check for corrosion and check the cables to make sure they are properly connected. In either case, have the charging system checked to make sure there is not an underlying issue killing your battery.

 

Scenario 2: Your car won’t start, and you hear one click—then nothing.

You are at the beginning of a slippery slope. The starter relay replacement could be a simple solution, but that isn’t always what’s wrong. It could be the starter or an electrical problem. If your engine won’t start even after a jump start, it’s time to get it checked out by a professional.

No matter the reason why your car won’t start, Rad Air can fix the problem. No more rolling the dice to see if your car is going to start. It’s time to have confidence when you sit in the driver’s seat. Trust your neighborhood pros at Rad Air to get the party started under your hood. Schedule your appointment today!

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