Would it be my starter if I turn the key and all I hear is a click

If I turn my key and all I hear is a click. Is it my starter?

My car has 192122 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

Experienced mechanics share their insights in answering this question :
Hi there. It’s possible that your starter is faulty if you turn the ignition key and you only hear a single click. However, in most cases, a faulty starter will send multiple clicks – quite rapidly. It is more likely that the issue is either a failed ignition relay, drained battery or even a starter relay that is causing your issues. Due to the fact that multiple problems could cause this issue, it’s a good idea to have a professional mobile mechanic come to your location and complete a car is hard to start inspection, so they can pinpoint the source of this problem and recommend or complete the right repairs.

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Damaged CV joint: The most common cause of a clicking or popping sound from the wheels is a broken CV joint. The CV joints, which stand for Constant Velocity, are essentially the wrists of your vehicle`s steering system.
The most common reasons a Saturn Vue won`t start are a dead battery, an alternator problem, or failed starter.
The most common reasons a Saturn Vue key won`t turn are a binding steering column/lock, an ignition switch issue, or a problem with the ignition key. Search our network of RepairPal Certified shops near you to speak with a technician about your issue.
The most common reasons a Saturn Ion won`t start are a dead battery, an alternator problem, or failed starter.
One of the most common causes is worn-out ball joints. Ball joints connect the control arm to the steering knuckle and allow the car to turn. When they wear out, they can cause a clicking noise.
Bad starter motor: If you hear a single click when you turn the key, but the engine won`t start, that could mean there`s a problem with the electrical system. The starter motor is responsible for physically turning the engine over and getting the engine to fire. If this is the issue, you`ll need a new one installed.
One of the most common causes of a dash light not working when you turn the key is a blown fuse. Fortunately, it is quite easy to replace a blown fuse, and you can easily do it all by yourself without requiring any professional help at all.
If your vehicle won`t start, it`s usually caused by a dying or dead battery, loose or corroded connection cables, a bad alternator or an issue with the starter. It can be hard to determine if you`re dealing with a battery or an alternator problem.
While a Saturn can experience the same issues as any other car, there are a few recurring issues that Saturn owners have reported over the years. Saturn owners are more likely to deal with transmission issues, gas cap problems, power steering issues, and powertrain control module malfunctions.
Push-start the vehicle if you have a manual transmission.

Once you`ve got some speed going, release the clutch and your car should start. Press the clutch back in and give your engine some gas and you`re good to go! This will definitely work with a bad starter, but it could also work with a bad battery.

The most common reasons a Saturn Relay won`t start are a dead battery, an alternator problem, or failed starter.
The most common reasons a Saturn Relay won`t start are a dead battery, an alternator problem, or failed starter.

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My 2003 ford explorer wont start up just get click click click click click click click click
ANSWER : If the battery is weak and the voltage is dropping to below 9 volts you will get the clicking without the starter turning the motor. Have the battery voltage checked and if battery cannot hold a load then replace it and clean the battery terminals and recheck system to see if it starts.

I am having trouble with my key fully turning in the ignition to start. It will turn halfway and I hear a clicking noise.
ANSWER : Hello, thanks for writing in. The symptoms you are experiencing can commonly be caused by a faulty starter, starter relay, or ignition switch. A clicking sound when you turn the key can sometimes be caused by a faulty starter or starter relay. A starter will click if the electric motor in the starter is worn and unable to engage, while a relay will click if it has internal issues. It may also be possible that the ignition switch or cylinder are the source of the issue. If they are worn out they may not be providing adequate contact for the vehicle to properly start. I would try to determine where the noise is coming from and go from there. If you would like help, consider having an expert automotive technician from YourMechanic come to your home or office to inspect and diagnose this issue for you, and make or suggest any repairs as needed.

When turning on the key I hear a loud click from under the hood but it won’t start the engine.
ANSWER : This is a common sign of a faulty 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. If you need help with this repair, I would suggest having a professional from YourMechanic come to your home to diagnose your starting issue firsthand and service your starter as necessary.

Car wont crank or start, only hearing a click.
ANSWER : Hello. If your battery and starter are known to be good, the next things I would check would be your battery cables, the wiring to your starter, your starter relay, and your vehicle’s ignition switch. Any problems with those components can also cause the vehicle to experience a no start, click condition. If you want to have this looked at by a professional, a technician from YourMechanic can come to your home or office to diagnose and repair your car’s starting issue.

Car turns off. First it would turn off in reverse and when I would stop at a red light or slow down to make a turn.
ANSWER : Hi there. For the reverse stalling condition, check the Idle Air Control Valve and see if its plugged up. If a IAC valve is plugged up, an engine will stall out when going into gear and could cause issues when slowing down. For the steering and stalling issue, check the power steering fluid and see if its low. If the fluid is full, then the pressure control valve in the power steering is not releasing causing the pump to load up making the engine stall. Try turning the vehicle with the engine running and at a stopped location.

If the engine stalls out, then its the pressure control valve, but if it does not stall out, then there could be an issue with the transmission.

If you need further assistance with your engine stalling, then seek out a professional, such as one from Your Mechanic, to help you.

Car won’t start key turns and lights dim when it cranks. I just don’t hear a buzzing sound from the fuel pump when turn key to on
ANSWER : Code U1100 signifies a communications error which is either a module fault or a deficiency in the wiring harness between communicating modules. There’s a possibility that a dying battery is a cause of such a code (and a cause of your no start condition, as well) and so the very first thing to do is be sure you have a fully, 100% charged battery that passes a load test. Then, confirm that the engine immobilizer system (security system) is not activated thus preventing the car from starting. If the immobilizer system is on, you may see a security warning light. To temporarily override the immobilizer system, see these instructions.

If the battery tests good after an actual load test, attempt to start the car. If there is no starter motor operation at all, that is if there is no starter operation with the key held in the "start" position, the procedure is to test for power and voltage drops to the starter motor/solenoid. If there is no power, or a large voltage drop is measured, then the electrical circuit supplying the motor has a fault. That circuit begins at the battery and includes grounds, wiring (some of which is very heavy cabling), fuses, relays, the ignition switch, neutral start switch, and terminations. Basically, with a fully charged battery, and with the key held in the "start" position, the starter is either getting power or it isn’t. With the key in the "start" position, IF the starter motor is getting power but the starter does not work, then the starter is condemned and replaced. On the other hand, if the starter motor is NOT getting power, then the circuit is diagnosed and that diagnostic, in your circumstance, may have a tie-in to the U1100 code. That remains to be seen, of course.

If the above protocol does not identify the issue for you, please simply request a no start diagnostic and the responding certified mechanic will get this taken care of for you promptly. If you have further questions or concerns, do not hesitate to re-contact YourMechanic as we are always here to help you.

When I turn my key over my car won’t crank but my lights on my dash will come on. I had my starter teststed and it was fine.
ANSWER : Hi there. First off – what you did with the hooking up a flip switch is not recommended; so please remove that as soon as possible to reduce the possibility of having a serious electrical fire or overload. Second, if you turn the key and it does not crank over, it’s likely the ignition cylinder or ignition relay that is faulty. If the flip switch worked, then the issue is likely the ignition relay. I would start with replacing the ignition relay or have a professional mobile mechanic come to your location and complete a car is hard to start inspection to determine the exact source of this issue and complete the right repairs.

hi, my car had a starter replacement last month and the ignition won’t turn on until turning the key at least twice. Thank you!
ANSWER : Hi there. The hissing noise is your fuel pump priming; so this is normal. The ignition issue is sometimes caused by an internal component failure inside the ignition switch. However, it’s possible that the issue could be caused by an ignition relay that is slowly wearing out. I would recommend having a professional mechanic come to your location to complete a car is hard to start inspection; so they can hopefully replicate the symptoms and determine what needs to be repaired.