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Car won't start start 2012 srx making a clicking noise

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I just want to get it started right now; the clicking is under the hood

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Lights work

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Cadillac Mechanic: ggrote1, ASE Certified Technician replied 2 years ago
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is it clicking like the battery is low ?

is it the starting making the clicking noise ?

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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
No will not start
Cadillac Mechanic: sprinkles08, ASE Certified Technician replied 2 years ago
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Hello and welcome to JustAnswer!

If you're hearing a clicking when attempting to start but the engine doesn't crank then the problem is most likely either the starter or a low battery. If you hear a single click from the engine compartment then the most likely cause would be the starter itself, a rapid clicking is most likely a low battery.

If you're hearing a rapid clicking and battery connections are clean and tight then the first thing I would recommend is a jump start if possible. Jumping doesn't always work for a variety of reasons, if jumping doesn't help then swapping in a known good battery or having the battery load tested would be the next step.

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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
I had it jumped, and it has started ever since. Just perplexed about why it happened. No previous issues.
Cadillac Mechanic: sprinkles08, ASE Certified Technician replied 2 years ago

If it started with a jump start then you either have a bad battery, something was left turned on and ran the battery down, or you have a draw. The battery should be tested, if ok then an ignition off draw test can be done to see if there is a component drawing currently while the vehicle is at rest.

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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
Thanks I will do that
Cadillac Mechanic: sprinkles08, ASE Certified Technician replied 2 years ago

You're welcome!

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