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MASTER TECH, Honda Service Technician
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Experience:  28 years of Honda training and a master Honda tech
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When I attempt to start the car. Nothing, no dashlights, no

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When I attempt to start the car. Nothing, no dashlights, no power, no crank, nothing turns on
JA: Is the power loss consistent, or does it fluctuate? What is the model/year of your Honda?
Customer: 98 civic DX
JA: What year is your Civic?
Customer: 98
JA: Are you hoping to fix this yourself? What have you tried so far?
Customer: replaced ground, battery terminal cables, and ignition switch
JA: Anything else you think the mechanic should know?
Customer: no
Submitted: 4 months ago.
Category: Honda
Expert:  MASTER TECH replied 4 months ago.

Hello welcome to just answer I am master tech and will be able to assist you.

do you have a volt meter so we can do some power and ground test.

Customer: replied 4 months ago.
Expert:  MASTER TECH replied 4 months ago.

ok let me grab some test points.

Expert:  MASTER TECH replied 4 months ago.

ok can you please check for power at the red arrow test points and give me your results please

Customer: replied 4 months ago.
ok, set my multi-meter to 20 DCV and get a reading of 1.53 on all points and between battery terminals
Expert:  MASTER TECH replied 4 months ago.

12 volts

Expert:  MASTER TECH replied 4 months ago.

setting check the voltage on the battery post positive and negative

Customer: replied 4 months ago.
what I have is a multi-meter
on the 20 volt DC setting, it reads 1.53 on all points including between battery posts
Expert:  MASTER TECH replied 4 months ago.

hmm that is weird .

can you set it to 12 volts.

something does not make sense on the readings.

Expert:  MASTER TECH replied 4 months ago.

the meter might not be set up right.

can you snap a picture of the meter and post it on here.

Customer: replied 4 months ago.
Here it is
Expert:  MASTER TECH replied 4 months ago.

thank you

move the red lead to the ac/dc plug.

your on the Ma setting.

Customer: replied 4 months ago.
did that orginally then read instructions
Customer: replied 4 months ago.
when set to 10ADC port, that is for 10 AMPS or less on DC current
it reads: 0.00 or -0.00 when reading between battery posts
Expert:  MASTER TECH replied 4 months ago.

right when doing a parasitic draw test you use that port.

Customer: replied 4 months ago.
I fully charged the battery this morning. But, if the multi-meter is correct, the battery is almost dead
Customer: replied 4 months ago.
I just checked the DC reading on a D-cell 1.5v battery and it had the same reading. 1.54v
Expert:  MASTER TECH replied 4 months ago.

hmm that could be or the battey is bad.

Customer: replied 4 months ago.
brand new battery from AAA
Expert:  MASTER TECH replied 4 months ago.

ok

can you check it against another car battery so we can confirm the meter is reading correctly

Customer: replied 4 months ago.
checked another car with same settings as in picture sent. It reads 12.64v on that car
Customer: replied 4 months ago.
it reads a 1.5v battery correctly and another car battery correctly
Expert:  MASTER TECH replied 4 months ago.

ok then their is a problem in your battery

Expert:  MASTER TECH replied 4 months ago.

yes correct

Customer: replied 4 months ago.
ok, it is under warranty from AAA. will have then come back and take a look at it
Expert:  MASTER TECH replied 4 months ago.

ok

Expert:  MASTER TECH replied 4 months ago.

keep me posted on this ok

Dino