Reader Question Hi Austin, I’m hoping you can help me out as soon as possible. We started checking the automatic starter on my car today because it has suddenly stopped working. It clicks, but thats all that happens. So we had a look at the starter box under the steering wheel and now the entire car wont start… almost like it stops itself.
Could it be anti-theft? How do i bypass that or reprogram it? Everything else has been checked… Coincidentally, I had it scanned this morning to see why my engine light was going on. But after bringning it back home and looking to see if maybe there was a loose connection or a valet switch for the auto-starter, the car stopped starting.
I spent the entire day in a garage with 4 strange men and none of them could figure it out… the garage had closed… is there anything you can do to help me? I have to pick up my son tomorrow at Boy Scouts and then my daughter in the city but the car has decided not to budge today… or tonight. Can you please send me some useful information? Everyone is stumped…and yes, I have gas and sparks and the whole bit. Starts and then shuts itself off.
Thank you soooooo very much!
Hey there Sylvie,
I am confused. You say your starter just clicks, but they you say the car has gas and spark, and starts and then shuts off. Which one is it?
If you hear a click at your starter and you have bright headlights, then it could be your starter motor that is faulty. You can lightly tap the starter motor with a block of wood WHILE someone is holding the key in the START position. If you have a bad starter this will sometimes make it work. Make SURE you have the car in park and the emergency brake on.
If you try to start the engine and the headlights go OUT altogether when you hold the key in the START position you probably have a bad battery or loose or dirty battery cables at the battery.
If you try to start the engine and the lights DIM when you hold the key in the start position you probably have a bad starter motor.
Here is more infor you should read on the subject to see if you can help narrow things down for me.
Let me know what you find out and we can go from there.
Austin C. Davis