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2003 Honda Element starting randomly

Our 2003 Honda Element is not starting all the time and when it does start, all of the electrical pieces; radio, power windows act as if they have been or need to be reset. I have check the fuses and can't find an issue. I am guessing it is some loose wiring or something like that...can anyone help before I take it to a mechanic to find the problem?

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May not be 'loose' wiring but you are headed in the right direction if you haven't already found the problem.

This is a common problem and is almost always caused by battery-related cables.

You will need to remove both cables at the battery and clean them with a $3 tool that will do both the female and male clamp parts.
You should also remove and clean the positive cable from the starter itself.
Since you are already dirty, take the extra five minutes and remove and clean the point at which the negative battery cable is connected to the chassis.
At each of these points, thoroughly protect the cleaned connections with at least a glob of petroleum jelly or (if you are at an auto parts store anyhow) 'dielectric' grease. Either of these will delay the next cleaning cycle by years.

ALWAYS remove the negative (ground) cable FIRST.

The bad connection is dropping ALL of the 12 volts when trying to start since the starter draws 100+ amperes and any cruddy connection is enough to drag down (drop) the voltage so far down that all devices that depend on getting at least 9-10 volts will reset themselves.
After the engine is running, a bad connection becomes less important since the other items being serviced don't draw anywhere like that amount of current and the alternator can operate these and still charge the battery regardless of the bad junction.

Posted on Aug 30, 2008

Thanks for the help! You were correct. When I changed the battery a few weeks ago, I didn't have the right tools at the time to finish tightening the cable down and forgot about it. So it was on there loose and was sort of "rocking" on the battery. So I tightened it and it works fine now! Thanks for your help!

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