My 2005 Toyota Corolla won’t start and there’s no click?

This morning I found out my 2005 Toyota Corolla won’t start. Nothing is clicking when I turn the key. Do you guys have any idea what might cause this? What does it mean if a 2005 Toyota Corolla won’t start and there’s no click?

Matt Terzi · Answered on Dec 08, 2022
Reviewed by Shannon Martin, Licensed Insurance Agent.
We’re sorry to hear this happened; that’s a terrible way to start your day! We can’t be entirely sure why your 2005 Toyota Corolla won’t start with no click, but we can at least narrow down the potential list of suspects for you:
  • Battery problems are the best place to start. Dead batteries and corroded battery terminals are common issues and the first thing you or a mechanic should look at.
  • Blown fuses or relays can result in this happening as well. Thankfully, fuses and relays are cheap to replace, and this is a problem you can safely fix at home without paying a mechanic.
  • A dead ignition switch, start, or starter solenoid can also result in your Corolla not clicking when you try to start it up. These tend to be pricier repairs, so let’s hope it’s not one of these issues!
  • A Blown alternator or a slipping serpentine belt can prevent the engine from turning over, too.
  • You may need to replace one or more spark plugs.
  • Most mechanics will check to ensure you don’t have a clogged fuel filter or blown fuel pump, too. These issues aren’t usually associated with a lack of ignition clicks.
  • Any number of wiring issues are also possible. Damaged or shorted wires or wiring harnesses can interrupt the car’s electrical flow and even prevent the car from starting.
It’s difficult to diagnose the issue without seeing the car in person, and this is by no means a complete list—there’s a variety of less common issues that might prevent your Toyota Corolla from starting, too. But this list should prepare you for most issues and help you better understand what might be happening in your engine bay.
Here’s one last tip: before you call for a tow truck, see if you can get a neighbor or a friend to give you a jumpstart. If the battery is simply drained, the jump will help get your car back on the road. You’ll want to take it to a mechanic even if this works though, as there could be an underlying issue that needs resolving.
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