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I have a 97 honda odyssey and it won't turn over. The battery is fine. There is a recall for the ignition switch which has not been replaced. How do I test to see where the problem lies?

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  • cahzz1771 Feb 27, 2009

    I have a 1996 odysey that wont stay running..fires up for 2 seconds but dies ...I heard there is a recall on this ignition switch?would it apply to me since i am on vacation in florida from canada?

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This procedure usually works:
·Check the battery cable connections:
Make sure the negative cable makes a good ground connection at the battery and (preferably) at the engine. Make sure the positive cable, makes a good connection at the battery and at the starter.

·Check the battery the simple way, like this:
Turn on the headlights, then try to start the car.If the headlights do not dim or go out, then the battery is likely ok.

·Check the starter and solenoid:
If the wiring looks ok, then look at the starter solenoid for a good connection, and proper voltage at the starter(10 volts minimum while cranking).
If the starter spins and no crank, the problem is most likely the Solenoid's pinion gear is stuck.
Have someone hit (not too hard) the starter while you try to start the car. This usually works by dislodging a stuck pinion gear.
·Make a simple test of the alternator:
If you can, somehow get the engine running, measure the voltage at the battery. It should be at least 13.6 volts to properly charge the battery.

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Hi if you lift your bonnet [make sure the igntion is not on and its out of gear ]get a lenth of wire connect a clip to one end connect it to the live terminal on your battery be carfull not to let the other end touch the engine block or any ground find your starter remove the small wire off the starter just pulls off keep your hands out of the rotating parts on the engine just touch the the bare terminal showing it should turn over if this does just replace the wire go inside of the car [starters ok] take the lower cowling off under the ignition switch get a test light connect one end to a good ground find the terminals on the back of the switch and one at a time go through the terminals with the test lead one at a time some will be live with the auxillary position some live with the ignition on and the last one should be live if you hold the ignition switch held over if none of these are live when the switch is held over the switch is faulty if they are ok and you are sure the batterys good you need to find the starter relay as it will be faulty yates210456

Posted on Sep 29, 2008

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