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Old 04-20-2012, 03:16 PM
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starting problem

I've got a 97 prelude. I'm having some troubles when trying to get her started. I get the "click" that a dead battery makes. I replaced the battery and it still does it the same thing. It will eventually start, on the 2nd or 3rd turn of the key. When it does crank, it starts just fine. at first I thought it could have something to do with the starter, but on my way home from work the other day, the car died while driving. It hasn't done it since, but I'm not entirely sure where to start looking. Any help or input would be massively helpful.
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Re: starting problem

Check your battery terminals. Make sure they are nice and tight. And clean too.
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Re: starting problem

I cleaned a serious amount of corrosion off my negative cable the other day, but other than that, battery posts and connections are all good.

Edit: the ignition switch was replaced by Honda due to the recall. What are the chances of this being a problem with the starter in that case?

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Re: starting problem

You should check your wires going to your starter, as well as the negative battery cable that bolts up underneath the car. Make sure they have no signs of corrosion. Could be a short-to-ground. That was my issue with my starting.
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Re: starting problem

I had exactly the same problem with my Beaumont. The problem ended up being the wiring. Make sure you have a full 12 volts at the starter solenoid or it won't have enough power to make it engage with the engine. I ended up wiring a separate button in and bypassing the entire circuit, but that's a bit overkill. Definitely get that ignition switch checked. It's entirely possible it's faulty.
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Re: starting problem

im hesitant to say this since you say it has already been replaced but it really sounds like the relay
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Re: starting problem

Turns out it was the starter solenoid. I went to change my oil an put the new oil in an started her up. It was makin a weird noise so I shut it off an it was still making the noise. I went to the front of the car an the motor was still cranking. I disconnected the battery an pulled the starter off an when I got it off I saw that the little gear on the starter was locked in the 'starting' position lol so i just got a new one an now everything works like a champ!! Thanks for the help an stuff guise
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