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1991 Civic starting problem

The battery was dead and I tried to jump start the car. After hooking up the cables, I turned the ignition and heard the engine crank over along with a sizzling sound from near the fuse box under the dash. I stopped cranking the engine over, and now when I turn the ignition nothing happens. The engine does not turn over at all. I checked all fuses and they are good, so it must be a relay. But which relay controlls the starter?

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Sizzling is not good!! Coming from under the dash is definitely not good. The relay that controls the starter is called a solenoid and is physically located on the starter. If the car started OK before the battery went dead I think it's safe to say the solenoid is not the problem.

If you yourself can operate a voltmeter, Or find someone that can do this, the only thing I can suggest is to try to find what cooked under the dash. (No easy task).

You can jumper the starter by getting a device at an auto parts store called a remote starter switch.
Follow the instructions that come with it.

Hope this helps Good luck Loringh.

Posted on Oct 24, 2008

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