Why is my 2009 chevy malibu doing this click before i start it up?

  • Not at all... Last time i checked – user16449 Apr 15 '16 at 4:05
  • When you first put your key in, do you notice anything different than normal operation? Or is it only when you turn the key to start the vehicle? – Jonathan Musso Apr 15 '16 at 4:11
  • Only when i start. – user16449 Apr 15 '16 at 4:12
  • Only when i turn the key – user16449 Apr 15 '16 at 4:12
  • There may be a bad connection to the starter solenoid or you may have a bad starter. Have you inspected anything or taken this to a mechanic? – Jonathan Musso Apr 15 '16 at 4:16

Your starting system is typically:

(-> represents wires)
Battery -> fuse -> ignition switch -> relay -> starter

The starter also has a direct connection to the battery (big red wire)

The fact that it works the second time means there is likely a loose connection down the line somewhere. The click you hear is either the relay or the starter solenoid. Either way, it sounds like you are getting good power to the relay, so your issue lies at the starter. First is to check for loose connections. If your connections to the starter are good and tight, then the issue is likely inside the starter.


I was also going to say it could be your solenoid going bad, or loose wire. My solenoid caused my vehicle to do same thing and had to be replaced which was pretty easy had 2 wires n was located on the inside of my firewall.

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