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Turn key to on but starter doesn't turn over, Key is all

Customer Question

Turn key to on but starter doesn't turn over
JA: Can you turn the steering wheel at all? And what about the key? Is it worn or damaged?
Customer: Key is all good and steering wheel turns, new starter aswell
JA: What is the model/year of your Honda?
Customer: 1991 prelude si manual with 2.0l
JA: Are you fixing your Prelude yourself? What have you tried so far?
Customer: I have tried changing the starter and that is it
JA: Anything else you want the mechanic to know before I connect you?
Customer: I don't think so
Submitted: 1 month ago.
Category: Honda
Expert:  david craig replied 1 month ago.

Hi Im David, thanks for visiting the site. So the engine is doing nothing? a click? a series of clicks?

Customer: replied 1 month ago.
One click from a relay inside the car when car is attempted to crank but that is it
Expert:  david craig replied 1 month ago.

ok. pull the starter relay. d you have a volt meter?

Customer: replied 1 month ago.
Any idea exactly which one that is? And I don't have a multimeter right now
Expert:  david craig replied 1 month ago.

check the highlighted fuses. then with the key on, check for power at the starter relay plug. I will get you the location. i know its up under the dash

Expert:  david craig replied 1 month ago.
Customer: replied 1 month ago.
I do believe I have power at the starter relay
Customer: replied 1 month ago.
It clicks when I turn the key
Expert:  david craig replied 1 month ago.

yes, but is it making it through to the starter?have you checked for power at the starter?

Customer: replied 1 month ago.
How would I do that?
Expert:  david craig replied 1 month ago.

you should have constant power on the starter solenoid wire. and then switched power atthe starter coil wire.

Expert:  david craig replied 1 month ago.

you replaced the starter right?

Customer: replied 1 month ago.
Yessir
Expert:  david craig replied 1 month ago.

get your self a volt meter or test light and get back to the starter and check for power on both wires.

Customer: replied 1 month ago.
There is no power to the starter
Expert:  david craig replied 1 month ago.

on which wire?

Customer: replied 1 month ago.
Clutch position sendor doesn't flip any relays
Expert:  david craig replied 1 month ago.

then you need to pull the starter relay. so we can check voltage. the switch is supposed to energize the relay

Customer: replied 1 month ago.
The starter relay does become energized when the key is switched
Expert:  david craig replied 1 month ago.

ok then you have an open wire from the relay to the starter.

Expert:  david craig replied 1 month ago.

i thought you said the clutch switch didnt flip the relay? or you tried it without turning the key on.

Customer: replied 1 month ago.
The clutch switch doesn't make any noises but the starter relay does
Expert:  david craig replied 1 month ago.

right. thats how it works. then you have an open wire to the starter if you don't have power to it. now which wire on the starter did you test?

Expert:  david craig replied 1 month ago.

im closing up shop and headed home. ill be back on in about an hour.

Customer: replied 1 month ago.
I tested the top one
Expert:  david craig replied 1 month ago.

the white wire? or the blk/wht one?

Customer: replied 1 month ago.
The one connected to the starter and not the solenoid
Expert:  david craig replied 1 month ago.

thats coming from the relay. you need to pull the relay and put a jumper between 30 and 87 (if its numbered that way) key on. see if it cranks.

Customer: replied 1 month ago.
Okay thank you
Expert:  david craig replied 1 month ago.

please let me know if it cranks then

Customer: replied 1 month ago.
Will do, I'm not around the car anymore so I will have to wait till later
Expert:  david craig replied 1 month ago.

ok. no problem

Expert:  david craig replied 1 month ago.

hows it going?

Expert:  david craig replied 1 month ago.

do you still need help?

Customer: replied 1 month ago.
Possibly, I have a starter relay in the mail. So we will see if that works
Expert:  david craig replied 1 month ago.

ok. keep me in the loop

Customer: replied 1 month ago.
Will do!
Expert:  david craig replied 1 month ago.

thanks

Expert:  david craig replied 1 month ago.

any update?