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My 2004 Honda CRV just will not crank over. I do not hear any clicking sound that would tell me that it would be the starter. Instead it sounds like it really wants to crank over but just resists because of the lack of gas. I have a half tank of gas and a brand new batter and the car is only 6 years old. Could it be the idle or throttle sensor ?!?! Much appreciated. Chris

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  • bajagraham Oct 12, 2010

    There is no corrosion. Brand new battery and no clicking as I try to start the car. If it was a bad starter it then would have that distinctive clicking sound but I have absolutely no clicking sound. As I try to crank it with the throttle pressed down it does start but as soon as I ease up on the throttle it stalls and it smells like the engine was flooeded

  • bajagraham Oct 12, 2010

    Thank you for your quick post.

  • bajagraham Oct 12, 2010

    Are you still there ?? There is no clicking sound .

  • bajagraham Oct 12, 2010

    My Honda CRV will crank over but once I stop pressing on the throttle it stalls. It is not the batter or starter . Could it be the idle sensor or thottle sensor ? Much appreciated

  • bajagraham Oct 12, 2010

    My neighbor had a look at it and he told me he was able to start it but as soon as he let off on the throttle it stalls and smells like the engine is flooded. thanks Duane



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Hi! So it cranks but hesistates to start? If that's the case then theres lack of power going to the plug wires. This will be a distributor coil issue for it gets worn in any given time. You don't need to replace the throttle position sensor for if the tps is faulty the car will still start but will have erratic idling. Hope this helps and thank you for using FixYa!

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I would check the connections to see if they have corrosion on them. Clean with a wire brush if necessary. Sometimes clicking indicates a low battery charge in regards to the starter. However, a slow cranking can indicate a low charged battery, a bad connection, or a bad starter.

I don't think it's an idle or throttle position sensor causing this particular problem, based on the description, as they kick in when the car is running.

I wish you luck in this repair.

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    Duane Wong Oct 12, 2010

    Yes, I'm still here. I think that it doesn't have to click to indicate there is a problem with the starter. Usually a clicking sound indicates a low battery that can't operate the solenoid sufficiently to apply enough pressure to the plunger to make it stick to the gear well.

    A bad starter can be silent, as well.

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    Duane Wong Oct 12, 2010

    Oh, I see. You are asking if the stalling condition is due to the idle sensor or the throttle position sensor.

    I would say that it's possible the throttle position sensor is bad, but to determine that, one should use a scan tool to note the percentage open as you open and close the throttle, and observe the voltages, as well.

    Also, the idle sensor wouldn't cause this, as it comes into play whenever the accelerator pedal is not pressed.

    Are there any codes associated with the driveability/idle problem?

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    Duane Wong Oct 12, 2010

    Here are a few sensors that the engine uses to monitor fuel and air delivery:

    Electronic Engine Controls

    To avoid personal injury and/or vehicle damage, refer to the service precautions at the beginning of this section.

    General Information

    The Engine Management System (EMS) uses several different sensors and actuators to gather and control various emissions and driveability aspects of the vehicle. These may include but are not limited to:

    • MAP - Manifold Absolute Pressure Sensor
    • BARO - Barometric Pressure Sensor
    • FTP - Fuel Tank Pressure Sensor
    • ECT - Engine Coolant Temperature Sensor
    • A/F - Air Fuel Ratio Sensor
    • APP - Accelerator Pedal Position Sensor
    • CKP - Crankshaft Position Sensor
    • CMP - Camshaft Position Sensor
    • EGR Valve Position - Exhaust Gas Recirculation Valve Position Sensor
    • HO 2S - Heated Oxygen Sensor
    • IAC - Idle Air Control Valve
    • IAT - Intake Air Temperature Sensor
    • KS - Knock Sensor
    • MAF - Mass Air Flow Sensor
    • TP - Throttle Position Sensor
    • VSS - Vehicle Speed Sensor



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