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Not starting My boyfriend has a 1996 Honda Civic that will not start. He drove it home last night and it ran perfectly fine. About 20 minutes later he went out and it didn't start. The headlights, brakelights, and fourways work but he has no power inside the car (the radio doesn't turn on when he turned the key, and no dashboard lights came on). We have no idea what the problem could be. He thinks its the electronic load detector ( or ELD ), the voltage regulator, or one of the two fuseboxes in the car. Any suggestions? Please help!

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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!).

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