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My honda 1991 crx model hf will not start. when I turn on switch starter does not engage so engine does not even try to turn over. lights, horns, and fans are strong so I believe it not to be battery problem. dash board lights light up when I turn the ignition....car beeps to let me know that I'm trying to start it. I've just hours ago had the main relay switch replaced(pgm-fi) believing that that was the problem but car is doing the same thing again. Go to start it and it is dead. I can hear like something coming on under the engine, like some king of electric motor very briefly then nothing. What could it be? The symptoms I've described could be attributed to what? Could it be the starter or could it be the ignition switch? Please advice what you think it could be

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To check if it is the ignition switch remove the small wire from the starter and place a multimeter on the wire to earth you will have 12v dc when you put the switch in the start position IF this is so remove the starter as it will be either the starter solenoid or a s/ motor fault

Posted on Jan 13, 2013

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  • Lynn Jan 13, 2013

    Mr Boyd, thanks for responding to my question. I'm curious, if it were the starter should I not hear clikcing when turning the switch on and if it were my ignition switch would my dash lights and all not be engaged since the ignition would not be working properly? Please advise.

  • Bill Boyd Jan 13, 2013

    If the starter solenoid is not getting current from the ignition switch there will be no movement and hence no sound . The clicking you are expecting to hear is the solenoid trying to engage. as to dash lights a lot of vehicles turn off all accessories including dash lights while starting to give maxium voltage to the ignition system for starting. IF the radio stops until you release the key tpo the run position Checking the circuit as I suggested is ensuring that current is getting to the starter solenoid so elimination circuit fault. If the solenoid is not working -No current to it or it is nurnt out then there will be noise noise

  • Lynn Jan 13, 2013

    Mr Boyd thank you so much for the advise...I of course will follow that plan of attack. Thanks again and hope that I can seek more advise from you if necessary..

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