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Honda-Man, Honda Mechanic
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Experience:  I have an Associates Degree in Automotive. 10 Years experience on all makes and models. 20 Years Honda only including factory training. Over 30 years total.
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I often get an "electrical buzzing" sound when turning the

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I often get an "electrical buzzing" sound when turning the key to start my 2003 Honda Accord Coupe.
JA: Sometimes things that you think will be really complicated end up being easy to fix with a Honda. The Honda Mechanic I'm going to connect you with knows all the tricks and shortcuts. Tell me a bit more about what's going on so he can help you best.
Customer: I am getting the electrical buzzing sound when starting my car on a more regular basis. The car always starts. But, I don't want to get stranded.
JA: Are you hoping to fix this yourself?
Customer: No, I am not going to fix it myself. But, I need to have some idea of what the problem may be. I've had some folks say there's a problem with a relay. Others have said there's a problem with the ignition switch. Others have said that the solenoid in the starter is the problem. I don't want to unnecessarily replace something that doesn't need replaced. Any ideas of what I should do?
JA: Is there anything else important you think the Honda Mechanic should know about your Honda?
Customer: No, I think I described my problem in detail. I need to know what to do next.
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Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Honda
Expert:  Honda-Man replied 1 year ago.

Welcome to Just-Answer. My name is ***** ***** online handle is Honda-Man. I have over 31 years experience repairing Honda and Acura vehicles. I may need to ask some questions before I can give an answer. As much detail as possible is greatly appreciated.

The noise you describe is the starter relay. It will make a noise if the ignition switch electrical is worn or it will make the noise if the key is turned too slowly(see document). I would first try turning the key a little faster and making sure to turn it fully to the start position. If this does not solve your buzzing noise I suggest replacing the electrical portion(see image) of the ignition switch. This won't require replacing the keys or programming of any kind.

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