Question about 1997 Honda Accord
A few weeks ago my car wouldnt start... Had someone look at it and they said it was the alternator. I had it replaced. A couple of days later I went to crank my car and it wouldnt start again! The battery in my car was VERY old so I had it replaced. A few days later my car wouldnt start AGAIN! I had someone jump me off and it crank right up. Im made it home, cut the car off and tried to start it up. When I turn the key in the ignition my car made a clicking noise. I replaced one of the battery terminals but the other one is kind of rusted... What could be the problem Im broke and sick and tired of getting my car fixed! PLS HELP!!! \
Acquire a volt meter
test the battery voltage, a good battery will show over 12 volts, check the voltage with the leads right on the battery terminals
leaving the lead on the positive side of the battery move the negative lead to the engine block, the body, and then to the alternator body and starter body
you should get the same reading at each of those points, if not something is not grounded properly or you have a loose or poor connection,
next do the same with the positive, while the negative lead is right on the negative battery terminal test the voltage moving the positive lead from the terminal to the cable connector, then to the largest fuse in the under the hood fuse panel, then to the main large bolt on terminal of the alternator, the voltage should be the same at every point, if not find the loose broken or corroded connection between that part and the battery terminal
Some vehicles including Honda Toyota and most foreign manufactures put a fuse inline with the alternator so if you don't have voltage at the main alternator out, (where the nut is) it may be cause by a fuse
next check the voltage in the cigarette lighter, it also should show the same voltage, if not correct the problem there, most cars ecm's "computers"are powered off of that same circuit
next test every fuse in the vehicle to see that there is voltage, some may be less than the battery voltage, don't worry about that when testing general fuse condition, assume it is good if you see voltage,,,, for some or many the car's ignition may have to be on or the car running to test
the smaller wires on the alternator will show voltage with the ignition on or the engine running, unplug that plug and see that at least on wire is switched, on with the ignition and off when ignition is off, if so most likely there is no problem with that wiring ,,, if none you may have a bad wire, or a bad ignition switch
if you don't find any problems
jump start your vehicle and test the voltage at the battery terminals, it should be no less than 12.8 volts and no more than 14.8 volts,,,, perfect is 13.8 volts, if you don't have the right voltage there, test the voltage at the main alternator out, (the large wire that is held on with a nut) if that voltage is incorrect replace the alternator, you regulator is inside of it and is not working properly, if the voltage is correct there but not at the battery, you have to run all the above tests again, there is a bad connection, or fuse between the Positive battery terminal and the power out terminal of the alternator
Posted on Apr 08, 2017
Try cleaning all battery terminal connections. A little corrosion can prevent it from working properly. Probably need to take the clamps off the post and wipe it out/off, the rub it with some fine sand paper. All connections should be good, clean metal to metal. If there is rust, sand it down where the metal parts touch so it's clean. Sounds like a battery connection issue since it seems to run fine once started. Had a similar issue with an older nissan I had. Battery post corrosion was keeping the power from getting to the starter.
Posted on Apr 08, 2017
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
SOURCE: 97' accord, stalled on wife while driving? 5 min. later it started and stalled on it's own again. cranked it once more and she drove it home. now a couple of days later the car runs fine but the check
Your best investment is a Haynes Repair Manual, either from your local Auto Zone or similiar retailer or online: http://www.haynes.com/products/searchType/vehicleApplicationSearch2/searchEnd/yes/sfID1//sfID2//sfID3//year/1997/make/Honda/model/Accord/x/20/y/3/productID/193. Step by step instructions on troubleshooting, repair or replacement, based on a complete teardown and rebuild.
Posted on Jul 09, 2008
the ignition maybe bad are the car is not all the way in park also check the battery to make sure it has a good charge and it does not have a bad cell in it and the terminals are clean.
Posted on Dec 17, 2009
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