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My 97 civic will not start. I have a good battery, power to the starter cable, lights and radio work. I don't have power to the ignition side of the starter- the small wire attached to the solenide has no power when i turn the key to the start position. help please!

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The starting system's pretty simple. If you're getting no voltage to the solenoid wire when you turn the key, then the fuse is burned out, the starter switch is bad, or a starter relay is bad.

If it's an automatic, the neutral switch could be bad or misaligned. Hold the key in the start position and jiggle the shifter around. Try starting it in "N" instead of "P". Try forcibly pushing the shifter past "P" while you try to start it.

If it's a 5-speed, the clutch interlock switch could be toast. Try holding the key in the start position and push the clutch pedal up and down, including hard to the floor. Look under the dash at the switch, make sure it's not physically broken and the wires are attached.

Check all the fuses.

Find the starter relay. If there's another relay just like it there in the relay panel, swap them. If the car turns over after that, go buy a new relay.

If you just need to get to work right now, use a piece of jumper wire from the + terminal of the battery to the starter solenoid terminal on the starter and start the engine that way, just make sure the key's on, the parking brake is set, and it's in neutral!

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