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I have a 2002 Honda Accord. Apparently I have a relay issue with the starter. Battery 12V check. Fuses ok. When I turn the key, and the relay engages which shuts down the nonessential systems prior to starting, I hear a "frying" sound behind the passenger side fuse panel and the power goes dead. No starter no radio no lights. Remove the key and wait a few minutes. I put the key back in and I have radio, lights, etc... Everything seems fine until I turn the key to the start position. So what are my options?

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Ok so that wasn't it. Three days later problem came back. Replaced battery cables. Problem goes away for another few days. Came back again and found what I think is finally it. Engine Cut Out Relay in the power distribution box. (of note the expert told me there were no relays in the ignition system) Although the local auto parts store's computer said they did not carry this relay, I took it in anyway and they matched it up with one off the shelf. $7.50 and I am running good as new. Hope this helps some of the rest of you. Also, the wiring schematic in the back of the Haynes manual was also an invaluable assist on this one.

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Thanks to assistance from your expert, I replaced the ignition switch and problem solved.

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Nov 11, 2013 | 1995 Honda Accord

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Starter or master relay

lights , how about headlights. are they full bright>
checked all fuses in cab and engine bay????????

NO CRANK , if it cant crank it sure cant start. (m/t pushed ,yes)
1: battery bad. or not charged. to 12.6v rested warm voltage.
at 8v the solenoid dies, (bad battery)
2: bad starter cables.
3: bad starter (hit it with a hammer, cranks now?) hit solenoid too

so keys in pockets.
hot wire the solenoid.
1: starter cranks but will not start, normal. bad key line.
2: starter dead, bad starter bad battery or cables.
use jumper cables now, to prove starter is in fact bad.
use jumper cables to a good known battery

the key line is that line that is the small wire in the starter
if hotwirng works this line is dead.
this path varies by M/T and A/T tranny , not stated by you, so.

many hondas have a starter relay
how that is wired varies by transmission type and engine size.
both unstated.
but if you login to , you can look an pick that your self
and see that relay,
if present it has 4 pins.
lets explain the simple relay
it has 4 pins, 2 are coil and 2 are the contactor.
its a slave switch (or a current buffer to an engineer)
it allows a small current to control 10 amps to the solenoid.
i will now show the v6 A/T key line tests.
at the relay pins 2 and 4 are 12v (11v about ) cranking, if not fuses are bad.
next is pin3 , if the clutch (M/T) switch is bad, or the A/T park switch is bad this pin fails to go to 0v. and the relay will be dead forever.
of pin 3, Lt-grn wire is not 0v. in park or clutch depressed fix this switch. if its 0v keyon.
then check pin 3 of relay (output)
if 0v cranking the relay is toast.
if 12v cranking its ok and the line is cut to starter .
(can sag to 11v on a warm day , or 10v in fridged weather ,not stated by you......)
there is the whole set of tests on a v6, A/T car.

post what you drive,and current temperature for vastly better answers.

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