My boyfriend has a 1996 Honda Civic that he drove home from work last night and it was perfectly fine. About 20 minutes later, he was leaving to pick me up and it wouldn't start. The headlights, brakelights, and fourways work, but he gets no power inside the car (radio doesn't turn on, no dashboard lights). He put the key in the ignition and nothing happened when he turned it. He didn't hear anything (like the click of the starter or any buzzing sound fromt he fuel injector) when he turned the key. He thinks its the electronic load detector (or ELD), the voltage regulator, or one of the two fuseboxes for the car. Any suggestions? Please help!
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This is a devious problem which could lie anywhere. So many things not functioning would perhaps be a ground problem. Maybe take some extra care in cleaning the battery terminals, check if the ground wire is connected to the chassis. Do you have rodents in your area? Maybe they nibbled some wire somewhere?
Take it back to where you got it and make them refund your purchase price. If they refuse and you finianced it go to them, There a law called "The Lemon Law" that makes it unlawful to sell something like that. Sounds like you sure bought one. Don't do anything to it just get hold of the place where you bought it and tell them to come get their junk out of your yard!
1. It's not the voltage regulator, that only controls the batter getting charged and at what rate.
2. It's probably not the ELD, if it was, you could go autozone (does this for free) or another friendly parts store and have them pull the OBD II diagnostic codes ... if the ELD is bad, it would probably be throwing code(s).
3. It may likely be the ignition switch ( electrical contacts probably or maybe mechanical part)
Honda had some problems with ignition switches going bad prematurely in the 96-00 timeframe. Go to the official Honda Owner Link website https://www.ahm-ownerlink.com/ and join there and plug in your VIN. There was a recall for ignition switches, they will let you know if yours is one. It's not out of the question that they would still repair for free(that's why you got a Honda in the first place!).