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1991 Prelude SI Not Starting

I had a dead battery. The weird thing was I could put a set of jumper cables on it off of another car and BAM! it would fire right up. I bought a BRAND new battery and replaced the old one (and yes the cables are tight) now it won't turn over or crank. I checked the fuses and fuse links and all are good. This is so weird, I even tried jumping the NEW battery to see if it would start, nothing. Anyone ever seen this or had this problem or maybe a possible solution? I put my meter on the fuse block under the hood and it was reading over 12 volts (which it should) going into the fuseblock. If anyone can help please let me know.

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  • darrell1990 Dec 15, 2008

    Before I replaced the battery I carrried it to a repair shop and he checked the alternator and it checked fine. He said the battery was no good to go buy a new one. He was right, the battery was reading 1 volt. If the alternator was bad it wouldn't stop it from cranking the car especially with a brand new battery.

  • darrell1990 Dec 15, 2008

    I went back to the car. The battery was reading 12.42 before trying to start. I had my girlfriend try starting the car by mashing the clutch in and turning the key. The voltage dropped to 11v and some change and I could hear the clinking but NOTHING. I even tried pushing the car a few feet to see if I had a bad place on the starter before I tried all of this.

  • darrell1990 Jan 12, 2009

    The problem was that oil had leaked out on the connector to the starter and it was not making good contact. Cleaned it off and BAM fired right everytime.

  • darrell1990 Jan 12, 2009

    The problem was that oil had leaked on the connector going to the starter and after I cleaned it up BAM it fired up everytime after that.

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    ashmtl08 May 11, 2010

    Do you have ignition or starter cut-off switch?
    When you try to start, do you hear clinking relay?
    If you do, put voltmeter ends directly on the battery terminals and read the voltage before and during the cranking. If it won't change, the circuit has open contact. If the voltage drops drastically (below 9V), you should fully charge the battery before installing it. Please inform what happens.


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First, fully charged battery should show 12.6, but this is not the problem. According to your notes, the power gets to your starter, but the contact ring in it is not closing the power circuit. The problem can be the solenoid (not likely, as there is a 1.5v drop of voltage that tells me that most likely it pulls in) or the starter motor itself. To make sure it is the starter, use the jumper cables and apply power directly to the starter (make sure you are in the neutral and the handbrake is on). If it will not clink, then it is the solenoid, if it does clink, but do not turn, then the contact ring or the motor has to be replaced.
As a general rule, the best thing (after you determined that the problem is in the starter) is to replace the starter with a new one, or to save money, remove it and rebuild it at the shop.

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All you in fo is not there if you said your battery was dead but you could jump it and it would run but not charge battery then you altanator is working but you have a dead seal in the battery replace battery and you will be fine but if you drive it to much with bad battery your altanator will go bad from over working

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