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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 Jan 05, 2009

    yes all the lights work.The starter is new i just here a click from the relay in the glove box.No sound from starter .checked all grounds put new battery cables on .new battery in still nothing will pust start and take to outo zone to have check with computer.

  • Richard Meadors
    Richard Meadors Jan 05, 2009

    yes thay have a device thay hook into the car and it gives you a code is there another way to check the codes.

  • Richard Meadors
    Richard Meadors Jan 05, 2009

    yes the check engine light is on.All the lights work everthing works just wont start when you turn the key have to push start will not start with jumper cables either could it be in the switch at the cluch peddle

  • Richard Meadors
    Richard Meadors Jan 06, 2009

    Thanks CRTN it was the starter hanging up! Guess i need to check the parts i get from adavance auto a little better.I have a couple of other little problems also maybe you can help with.i put a vteck engine in a non vteck only engine i could find for the 1996 civic.is there ant way to hook up the silanoid for the vteck there was no wire for it .also i bought an after market co2 sinsor uper on exzuest when i hook it up my speedo quits working???

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    there is a clicking sound under the left side of the dash when you turn the key but wont start

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It a relay its killing something so you might check for short also check if check engine light is on for code its easy to diagnose if there is a code in it before you do any further..

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Dont Drive Yourself Nuts With The Clicking Its Not Your Problem. Does It Start Sometimes? When You Turn The Key Do You Just Get A Click From Your Starter? Cause It Sounds Like Your Starter.

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    Michael Fisher Jan 05, 2009

    AutoZone Doesn't Check Codes Any More Do They? The Problem Has Got To Be Between The Starter And The Battery If The Lights All Work And It Can Be Jump Started.

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    Michael Fisher Jan 05, 2009

    Not Unless You Have It But When I Went In December They Said They Were Not Allowed To Check Error Codes Anymore. I Would Call Ahead If I Were You. But Your Check Engine Light Is On?

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    Michael Fisher Jan 05, 2009

    Im %95 Sure Its Your Starter. Diagnosis For A Bad Starter On A Manual Trans Is Can Be Push Started Not Jump Started. Will Not Start Sitting But Will Start When Pushed. Your Starter Could Be Hanging Up. But The Check Engine Light Doesn't Fit But Who Knows With Vehicles These Days.

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    Michael Fisher Jan 06, 2009

    I'm Glad I Could Help I Am A Little Confused About The V-tech Question As Its Kinda One Of Those Things You Need To See.
    But I Didn't Find A Forum Where People Were Discussing It And Maybe It Can Help You.
    http://www.d-series.org/forums/showthrea...
    I Don't Know If It Will Help But If It Doesn't Help At All Let Me Know.


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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

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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

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