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Old 10-13-2007, 04:31 PM
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Hello,

I recently purchased a 98 Auto and after taking a short trip of around 12 miles, with no noticeable problems or issues with the car, I am unable to get it to start. When attempting to key start all the dash lights power except for the check engine light, and I can hear the main relay click. When trying to ignite the engine I can hear the fuel pump sounding but the engine doesn't attempt to turn over or start.

If anyone has any experience with this issue and can point me in the right direction regarding what I'd need to do please let me know.

Thanks in advance.
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Old 10-13-2007, 05:27 PM
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check your battery obviously but make sure you check the cables and terminal connections. you may have a good battery but a poor connection (i.e. bad ground, loose connection, or corrosion) could allow enough power to turn the ligths on but not enough to turn the motor over. or troubleshoot the starter beginning at the fuse panel under the hood.
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Thanks for the reply!

I checked out the starter fuse and it doesn't appear to be blown. Replaced it with the spare and am still getting no power to the starter or engine itself. I also notice that the check engine light isn't turning on at all when I put the key in On position.

Did a bit of reading and saw that there was a ignition switch recall and am wondering if this perhaps shows any indication?

From best I can tell, the main relay appears to be working fine. Radio works, I can hear the fuel pump powering on when I attempt to Start the engine, and the rest of the car's electrical seems to be working fine.

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take that puppy to honda and have them check that switch recall
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Old 10-15-2007, 11:42 AM
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Hey guys,


Had Honda take a look at the car today and it turns out I have a bad starter on my hands. They want 480 bucks to replace it and I'm wondering if I could just do it myself. I have some tech experience under the hood of my retired '90 Legend and am wondering how difficult it would be to DIY?

Thanks once again!
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Old 10-16-2007, 09:52 AM
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hey whats up, this will be my first post here so hopefully it is helpful.

The first week i had my 2000 prelude the exact same thing happened. I drove about 5 mi. down the street and parked and when i came back out to start her up she wouldnt turn over, i had full power to all my electronics and windows but just a clicking sound when i tried to start the engine. There is a trick you can use to get it started though. Using something hard(ie we used a brick due to nothing else around) tap on the starter while a 2nd person keeps turning the key. It may take a min of tapping and turning but it should start up.

Next advice is to one you get it started, get it to your mechanic(honda will be deathly more expensive than your personal mechanic, if you dont have one, get one and get to know and trust them). Once at your mechanic you might be able to start it right back up and it may seem like nothing is wrong with your starter, but get it replaced anyways or it will happen again at a random time/place/when you dont have 2 people to try and start it with the tapping on the starter method.

To replace my starter it was $320 out the door. My cousin has a '98 and his is doing the same thing but he does not want to pay to fix something that doesnt happen all the time and is not replacing it. We went out to a group meeting the other night and when everyone came outside to leave sure enough he looks like he has some broken down POS because his wouldnt start.

Oh and if you dont fix it, it will only get worse and more frequent that it wont start.


Hope this helps some and im glad to be a proud owner of such a great car
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Old 10-21-2007, 11:31 AM
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Thanks for all the replies everyone. Found a good local mechanic to get it fixed on the cheap. :) broncosi, thanks for the anecdote! I lost some faith in my car when this trouble started, but assuming that it's a common issue I'm slightly less perturbed now. Everything else runs great with her, so I'll chalk it up to age.
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Old 10-21-2007, 12:39 PM
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Im happy that everything worked out for you. The styling in these cars is awesome but sometimes we have to remeber we are driving a car that 10 years old mechanically.
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