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1996 honda civic wont start

There is a clicking noise comming from the glove box when you turn the key all lights on dash work have to push to start wont turn over just here a clicking noise comming fron some thing mounted on right side of interior of glove box.

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  • Richard Meadors
    Richard Meadors Jan 05, 2009

    it starter one time after it started having this problem.but it has not started sence.No clicking from starter at all

  • Richard Meadors
    Richard Meadors Jan 08, 2009

    mike it ended up being the starter hanging up a little tap of the hammer and it freed up has been working fine every sence.Thanks for your input

  • Anonymous Mar 13, 2014

    2009 impala loud clicking noise coming from glove box

  • ron justman
    ron justman May 08, 2014

    has new starter

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Hi Meadors,

The clicking sound you heard most likely the starter solenoid engaging the starter. Only in this case it's failing to engage the starter. This is a classic symptom of a low battery. Here's why.

In a perfect world, when you turn the key to start:

  1. the solenoid is fed 12VDC which engages an electromagnetic coil inside it.
  2. A spring loaded steel piston inside this coil reacts to the magnetic field. It is pulled against the spring. By itself this sounds like a loud decisive CLICK.
  3. The movement of the piston simultaneously pushes the starter gear into the flywheel and sends power to the starter via heavy duty contacts. The starter draws a lot of power.
  4. The starter spins, turns the engine, the engine starts, life is good.
  5. When the key is released, the solenoid disengages, the spring pushes the piston back, the starter gear disengages from the flywheel.
In our world, when you turn the key to start:
  1. The solenoid which draws it's share of power engages as before. Click.
  2. As the starter tries to spin, the power available is insufficient. It draws all remaining power, there isn't enough left to keep the solenoid active and it turns off.
  3. Since the starter isn't drawing power anymore, the solenoid re-engages and the cycle starts over. Click.
  4. The cycle repeats. Click. A series of rapid clicks. Same page?
While a dead battery is the prime suspect, there can be other causes. Things to do:

  • Check belts, specifically on the alternator.
  • Terminal connections clean and tight.
  • In the 'Let's not over look the obvious' department: Battery voltage?
  • Get a jump. Try a jump start.
  • If a jump gets you going, it is either the battery not holding a charge or the alternator not providing one.
Even new batteries can be bad off the shelf. Especially if they have been on that shelf for a while. They may show the voltage but not the amps. This is called a 'Surface Charge'.

If you don't have a voltmeter, what you need to do now is visit an auto parts store (not a shop). Most (in the hope of making a sale) will provide free testing of batteries and charging systems.

What you need is called a "Load Test" on the battery. It simulates the load of an engine being started. This will confirm the battery is good or bad.

Then with the car running, they need to check the voltage to the battery (they will know this). If it's not above +13VDC, the alternator is bad or not connected correctly.

And if it doesn't start, what better place to be?

Let me know what they and you find out by commenting.
Best regards
Mike

Posted on Jan 07, 2009

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    ron justman May 08, 2014

    battery is good, I can jump the terminals on starter and it starts right up.

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This Clicking Noise Is Normal I Drove Myself Crazy On The Same Clicking Sound I Was Ripping Off Panels In The Middle Of The Desert lol. Anyways Its Not It Try Checking Your Starter. Does The Engine Crank At All? If I t Just Goes Click Real Loud It Would Be A Good Indication Its Your Starter. Also Does It Start Sometimes? Or Did It?

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  • Michael Fisher
    Michael Fisher Jan 08, 2009

    Keep That Hammer In Your Car Because Once It Hangs Up It Will Usually Persist Until You Have To Replace It. They Also May Have A Shim Kit Available For The Starter Of You Vehicle. Just For Info I Had A Truck That Did This And I Used To Get Stuck Every Where. Mine Was A Manual So I Could Push The Truck And Jump Start It But Getting A Jump From Anyone Else Was Useless And The Starter Was Hung Up And Not Able To Spin Then Engage. If The Starter Hangs Up Bad Enough It Will Destroy The Teeth On Your Starter And Even Destroy The Teeth On Your Flywheel.

  • Patty Rasmussen Jan 17, 2013

    okay guys, thanks for all the good knowledge..youve been very helpful and i appreciate all the info..we figured out that the ingnition is preety well shot..i have been having trouble with it for about the last six or so months..key wont turn it over nothing happens no sound no click no notta...waita minute or two try it again and it errent errent and then it catches and starts....also the solenoid needs to be replaced ....found out the starter is fine...but i am ging to take your advice and have the alternator and regulators checked..anyway, I bouth this accord EX bran new off the show room floor with four miles on it back in february of 96 and it been a great little car and have had only one other item go bad and that was the tranny took a dump at 12705 miles and honda replaced it for nothing out of my pocket. since then the warranty expired at 150...and i just turned 168000..the car has gone thru two teenage boys and my mech says it will go another 150k with no problem. I love my honda but with the hight cost of parts I probably will go back to my chevys there less expensive to fix and I can still work on it myself depending on the year. I dont have any chevells any more but I still have a scottsdale short wide and it is so much easier to change the oil and plugs and know its done right instead of haveing to worry if a shop did it correctly. so thanks for all your great info and happy new year!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • ron justman
    ron justman May 08, 2014

    new starter and solenoid, did not change the problem

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