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89 crx has power but wont start.

I changed plugs, battery, dist cap and rotor and coil, new started and new fuel filter, replaced ign harness under dash, placed new safty cluch switch. i need some more troubleshooting please. it has power dash cluster ligths up. i can hear fuel pump ingage. i dont know what else to try.

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  • thumpers2718 Feb 17, 2009

    i did replace the ignition control module and it still did not run. i changed that 3 weeks ago. lol. the car will not crank at all. just get power and nothing after that.

  • thumpers2718 Feb 17, 2009

    Im sorry that i didnt specify more on it. But yes it does not run or crank at all. thank you for your help tho.

  • Anonymous Feb 19, 2009

    Thank you. im goin to try on friday when im off. That seems very helpful. Thanks.

  • thumpers2718 Feb 19, 2009

    thanks im gonna try that friday. thank you. this is very helpful.



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Replace the ignition control module,I recommend a new one,if you order a rebuilt comes with a used one that only passed cold temp bench test they usually have problems once the car warms up. so get a new one!good luch let me know if you need more info have a good day DB

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  • Darrell Feb 17, 2009

    maybe I misunderstood you sorry about that.I thought the car was atleast cranking over but you make it sound like it is NOT cranking? am I icorrect/ have a good day DB

  • Darrell Feb 18, 2009

    ok now that its all clear,so its safe to say that the battery and cables are good?so....if you have a volt meter at the starter there are 2 wires a Batt feed and a signal from the ign switch,so when you crank it are you getting voltage at the little wire?should be,are you reading voltage at the big wire?should be constant 12 v or so,you can also buy a cheap remote starter button,leave the key on ,hook up the remote at the starter and try it if it fires up you possibly have a bad fuse or ignition switch,the good thinh is on hondas you can buy just the back part of the switch cause thats all that fails and its easy to replace so hope I helped let me know have a good day DB


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Same thing happened to my 1989 honda crx.. Car will crank but not fully turn on and dashboard lights and headlights where on.. The issue was the Ignition Rotor Screw was lose and wasn't spinning the Ignition Rotor that makes contact with the distributor cap.. Once the screw was tighten, car cranked over and turn on.. Hope this helps..

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