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I just replaced the starter motor for my 86 Honda Accord. I put it all back together and tried to start the car but I can hear the starter turning but it does not engage the flywheel. I don't want to remove this again unless I have to. All the wires are connected. My battery may be a little weak. Any ideas? I feel so stupid. Thanks Ron

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I have a 1992 Honda Accord LX I get power to all the electronics from the car but when I go to turn the car over there's nothing it doesn't even act like its getting power to the starter

It is gonna be a toss up between the starter [not so much] and the starter motor solenoid... Although the solenoid is more expensive... My guess is you should be hearing a good healthy CLICK coming from a working solenoid...
(assuming decent battery ampacity... and good clean connections).

I'd give odds on the solenoid.

You should be able to short past it (as a test)... but don't be sitting on the front fender when the car starts...

Very awkward!

Dec 31, 2015 | Honda Cars & Trucks

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If you can hear the clicking sound, there is a good possibility that the starter solenoid is working alright. With a voltmeter check the terminals at the starter itself, not the solenoid, and it should read ZERO volts. At the moment of turning on the ignition you should have 12 volts. If this is the case, then the starter motor is locked/ temporarily frozen, or it went bad. If no voltage on turning on, then you will have to trace the cables that lead to the starter. If you insist on using jumper cables on the starter motor, i recommend that you disconnect ALL electricity from the starter, in order to avoid damage to the ECU and other delicate engine electronic components. Jump start the starter just to unfreeze it, to get it turning, not to start the engine.

Feb 05, 2011 | 1998 Honda Accord

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I have a 1995 honda accord and it just wont start , When i turn the key over to start it just wont turn over , i change the fuel pump and the starter is good .. it sounds like its trying to start but...

The contacts in the starter motor solenoid are worn, the clicking that you can hear is the solenoid being pulled in, but not making contact to allow the main battery voltage/current from getting to the starter motor. Their are 2 things you can do to get you out of trouble.

Rock the car back and forward whilst in gear, stop and try again.

Tap the side of the starter motor cover with a piece of wood or soft hammer. This will wiggle the contacts and allow for starting.

These may get the car up and running, but ultimately the contacts will have to be replace.

If you can find the starter motor, the solenoid is the small round or triangle box on top or to the side f the starter motor, usually with two small wires going to it.

Jan 24, 2011 | 1995 Honda Accord

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How much should it cost to have a stater installed

If you have full power to the car and lights dont dim, etc. then you have a charged battery and alternator. Honda's are high compression engines and take a strong starter to turn the motor over. If you are putting key in and turnign to CRANK and you get no response, the power doesnt dim, and the lights dont dim when doing this then your power system is fine its a bad starter. The starter for your motor (assuming auto trans) can be found at

If you are a handy DIY person you can do this change yourself. The starter is On the transmission. You should be able to see it if you open the hood and look at the transmission. It's held on by two or three bolts, has a couple wires going to it, and looks about the size of a large can of soda.

  • unhook the battery cables, starting with the negative first. and remove the air pipe
  • unhook the two wires coming off the starter
  • remove the two nuts holding the old starter in, and pull the starter
  • insert and bolt in the new starter
  • connect the two wires to the new starter, reinstall the air pipe, and hook the battery back up positive first and negative last. Make sure everything is torqued down good on battery and alternator and you dont see any corrosion, bad wires, etc. This shoudl do the trick
  • Jun 07, 2010 | 1987 Honda Accord

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    1993 honda accord battery is good had it checked i can hear the fuel pump engage you turn the key and it does nothing

    You got a crook starter motor or neutral start switch it car is auto trans if you can hear the fuel pump!

    Jan 27, 2010 | 1993 Honda Accord

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    My 1997 Honda Accord LX 4 door wont start. The car was running fine the night before.The next morning I tried to start it, and it wont even crank. The battery is good, I checked it out. All the lights and...

    Try to jump start the car.
    Put the jump leads on and leave it for 10 mins
    that will charge the battery up
    then try and start.
    Also check the starter motor.

    Jul 17, 2017 | 1997 Honda Accord

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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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    Apr 01, 2009 | 1995 Honda Accord

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    Starting problems

    if this problem persists then you could check a few things on it, like on the times when its not even making a noise when trying to turn the key, use rubber/wooden object and tap the starter motor but not touching the contacts on the back. if this amkes it spring into life then it will be your starter motor if this does nothing then it will be a dodgy battery supply. does it also make like a screaching noise while trying to start? if so then definitely your starter motor

    Feb 25, 2009 | 1998 Honda Civic

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    1999 Honda Accord, 5 speed

    It could either be a BAD starter or a BAD ignition they both would have the same symptoms of a "CLICK" alone. I would most likely lean toward the ignition because the key is difficult to turn but its not all ways true that key is tight because the ignition is bad, although possible. It could just mean a bad ignition cylinder(just the key part why its tight) I want you to do a test for me. With clutch engaged turn key to start position and listen for click on starter in the hood, when trying to start. If you hear starter click then the ignition switch is good. (Before you do this make sure that battery is FULLY CHARGED).STARTER IS AT FAULT. IF no clicking is heard coming from starter check starter fuse and if its good YOU have a BAD ignition switch. Contact if you need more hep and Thanks for using FIX YA

    Jan 14, 2009 | 1999 Honda Accord

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