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If battery is not fully charged could that cause engine to spin but not crank?

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Spinning IS Cranking, they are the same thing. You mean cranking and not starting or firing. Old cars used to have a cranked handle that you inserted into the front of the car to turn the engine manually and start it. The cranked handle cranked the engine. History lesson as well :>)

If the battery is low, there may not be enough power to turn the engine and provide enough power to the ignition system. This is more of a problem in cold weather as the oil is more viscous and requires more amps to turn it over. Top it up with a battery charger.

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You have to know if the battery is charged up first. Simple test: have someone with a voltmeter check the battery. A new battery fully charged should read at least 12.6 volts. A battery with a low charge may not make a starter motor spin the engine over.
If the battery is good, then you go by process of elimination through the start circuit-not that many things in most starting circuits.

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I'm assuming you are referring to slow cranking of the engine when starting. Three issues can cause this that are simple. The first and least likely is very high compression. The second is your starter motor is failing, the third and most likely is your battery is either beginning to fail, or your charging system is not fully charging the battery. Clean your battery posts, and start your engine with a voltmeter, check the voltage at the battery. It should read 13.5 or above. If not your issue is the alternator. If so, then shut down the engine and check the battery voltage, it should be around 12.5 or above. If not your battery is shot. If so, take your vehicle to a shop and ask them to check the cranking amperage of the battery.
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cranks but will not start, clear as day, (few are) and floods.
no year, stated. not that makes this so very hard,
220sei? what is that? are you trying to say XV20?
no engine stated, nor country.
so i spin the wheel if fortune and land, 1996, XV20
and USA< and 3.0 L 1MZ-FE V6 engine.


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  2. keyon CEL lamp in cluster glows, if not PCM has no power. or lamp bad, fix that.
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  4. did you check for spark on all 6 cylinders, (do that tuneup now?, long forgot for 10 years?)
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The most common cause of a non-starting car is the battery. It is either weak, (low voltage) dead, (zero voltage) or has bad connections. (corroded or loose) I will assume you have a fully charged battery with good connections. (both to battery and starter relay) Just becaue its new, don't mean its good or fully charged.

If you remove the starter switch lead (small wire) from the starter relay and apply +12v from the battery to its respective prong or lead on the relay, and your starter cranks, your starter switch is faulty. (not to be confused with your key switch). If you jump the two large wires together on the relay and it cranks, then the relay is faulty. If you jump the two large wires together and nothing happens, then starter is faulty, or wires to starter are loose or broken. Picture of starter switch prong on the relay is pictured. NOTE: sparks are to be expected, so don't be too scared.

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no model Honda stated, nor year, 1973?
my guess is
car fails to crank, am i right,?
ask how to trouble shoot NO CRANK (easy)
if engine CRANKS, ask who to trouble shoot that (longest book on earth)
ever clean the battery lugs this decade?
no crank, does car have A/T o r M/T tranny, not stated.
did jumper starts or known good battery (fully charged) crank motor fast (y/n)
yes, bad battery
no, bad cranking system. (its a system not 1 part)

cranking dead.
i hot wire the starter, soleniod.
motor cranks but dont start (cuz keys are in my pocket for safety)
no crank is bad starter or bad battery cables
cranks fast. starter and crank shaft on engine spins normal
cause,bad key line.

post results. we can work a bad key line, after post tranny type.
the above cuts the problem in1/2.
1: bad cranking system.
2: bad key line.


if battery is just discharged, its a bad battery or bad charging system.
owning a charger solve this as is using a voltmeter on battery after a good start.

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