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1989 Honda Accord won't crank - starter good - what next?

89 Accord LX, MT, Carb - Starter won't crank when using ignition switch. Can jumper from starter solenoid (on starter body) to battery and it cranks perfectly. Can disconnect clutch switch and still doesn't start (switch also works properly, opens when pedal pressed, connects all 3 terminals together when clutch depressed). Checked the 7.5A fuse in fuse box, get 12V both sides of fuse when key turned. Have seen diagrams that show a "Starter Cut Relay", but can't find one anywhere. Besides the fuse, what is in the circuit between the ignition switch and the starter???

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Check powers out of the ignition switch big in big out usually first place to start

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Try checking you distibutor cap an T bar if that dont fix it try your distibutor it may be bad thats what happen to me an now im having trouble with the timing jus remimber when you change the distibutor you have to make sure you dont put it out of time a timing light is your best friend when doing stuff lik this

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About the only thing you didn't mention was the starter itself. You could have it tested. But before that, try to see if you have power on the small wire to starter solenoid on the starter, when key is held in cranking position. Pull the small wire off and check for power with a multimeter or a testlight while someone holds the key in crank. This is the signal wire from ignition switch that closes the elec. contacts inside solenoid so the starter gets full power from the battery to spin. (This wire also is in the circuit with the clutch switch and the starter relay.) If you have power on this wire in crank, it is very likely the starter is bad. If there is no power, check that circuit out. It is losing power somewhere from switch to starter solenoid. Good luck.

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89 honda accord lx with carb. is burning too rich or using to much gas.

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1995 honda accord won't start

Sounds either like the solenoid on the starter is bad or the starter its self.First try turning on your head lights and then trying to start it.If it starts then you have some bad connections either on the battery or the starter. next if that doesnt work Try hitting the starter with a hammer while someone else cranks it.If it starts then the starter is bad..

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