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