Question about 1998 Honda Odyssey
1998 Honda Odyssey. After plugging in air compressor to inverter and in turn cig lighter, Van wont start. Dash Lights, Head lights, everything works except starter. Also a green "key shaped" light that flashes two, three, times after key is turned off. Please advise!
It could be the transmission range switch is bad. Try starting in neutral instead of park. Jiggle the shift lever in park and/or neutral while trying to start. If this works, you'll want to change out the switch. If not, note that the transmission range switch allows power to operate a coil in the starter cut out relay which latches contacts closed thus sending power to the starter solenoid. The starter cut out relay could be bad--its located on the backside of the driver's kick panel fuse block. You could check the relay coil with your ohm meter.
Posted on Jan 27, 2009
Haven't had a chance to verify this for certain, but, I learned that if the starting system is in "interrupter mode" the engine will turn over, but not start. In my case, it will not turn over.....suggesting that my problem may lie elsewhere! This would prompt me to check my electrical circuits, cables,etc. Since I have lights, I would check my smaller lead running to the solenoid. With a volt meter...set on DC volts, closest to the voltage in question (in this case, 12 volts) ground the black lead of your volt meter to clean connection on engine or frame. Put the red lead on the solenoid terminal of the starter (the smaller of the two leads) Have an assistant turn key to starting mode. If you experience a voltage drop of 0.5 of a volt, but still dosnt activate solenoid, this would prompt me to check solenoid. To gain access to starter, remove heat shield. Before you procede with any procedure, disconnect the negative terminal of the battery. Make sure it does not come back into contact with terminal, as wire tends to have a "memory".
Its colder than hell right now...so havent had chance to follow up
Posted on Jan 27, 2009
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