Question about 1998 Honda Civic
Was it starting fine and then once when you turned it off, just crank and crank the next time?
After the car sits for a while, does it start normally again?
When you turn the key to on, do you hear a click noise that comes from the left side of your dash? (you should)
If you turn the key on, and you do not hear a click, try turning the key off and on a few times until you do, then try turning the key to start. It will likely start if you heard a click.
Honda's have a relay located in a place that takes a contortionist with a long-skinny-rubber arm working upside down to get to. It is held in place with a small bolt or nut that you can turn about 1/32 turn at a time if your contortionist can get a wrench on it (OK - I'm being a little sarcastic - but it it really hard to get to).
The relay is the fuel-injection relay. You can get them aftermarket at most autoparts stores.
The problem is usually a solder joint and not the relay itself. Many people have had luck with taking the cover off the relay, examining the solder joints with a magnifying glass, and if one is discolored or obviously cracked or bad, heating it with a small solder iron and using a solder-****** to pull out the old solder, then resoldering it. The darned thing is so hard to get in and out, that I have never tried this - I just put in a new one. The relays are somewhere about $100.00 from a dealer, and a lot less from an auto parts store.
If you turn on the key, hear the "click" noise, and it still doesn't start, then it is something else, but these relays are a high-failure item.
Posted on Sep 30, 2010
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