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justinsbg, ASE Certified Technician
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Experience:  ASE certified in Brakes, Electrical, HVAC, and Engine Performance. Currently a lead diagnostic Technician.
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2004 honda civic battery good will not start

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2004 honda civic battery good will not start
Submitted: 10 months ago.
Category: Honda
Expert:  justinsbg replied 10 months ago.

Hi,

My name is ***** ***** I would be happy to help. When the engine won't start do you notice if there is a buzzing from inside when you turn the ignition to start?

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
no there is no buzzing
Expert:  justinsbg replied 10 months ago.

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If you are not hearing any buzzing from inside the vehicle and you are sure the battery is good then I suggest the starter is faulty. Bench testing the starter is not always the best diagnostic test especially in this case where the issue is intermittent. To be sure the starter is the problem here is a check you can do. On the starter there are two wires connected to it. One larger wire from the battery, and another smaller black wire connected to what's called the "s" terminal. The next time it won't start have someone hold the key over in the start position while you check for power on the smaller wire at the starter. If you are using a multimeter to check there should be at least 9 volts. If you are using a test light the light should be lit up brightly. If there is power there when the key is held over in start, but there is no action from the starter this means the starter is faulty. If there is not power there let me know and we'll do some other tests, but I feel pretty confident that the starter is the problem. I service these cars every day.

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Customer: replied 10 months ago.
Earlier, i ran a jumper from the + battery post to the s terminal and it sparked. but would not start. wouldn't it start if I did this? the car is 2 miles from here, I would like to check this out first. I just thought it had to be a grounding issue since I didn't have problems until a new battery was installed.
Expert:  justinsbg replied 10 months ago.

If it sparked but didn't start then the starter motor was shorted. The starter is faulty. See it many many times. Replacing the starter should repair the issue

Expert:  justinsbg replied 10 months ago.

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Expert:  justinsbg replied 10 months ago.

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