Question about 1994 Honda Civic
1st check battery terminals to be making connections,next,make sure battery fully charged,then move to fuse box under the hood for burnt battery fuse, then check battery charge,if good,then suspect bad connection to starter (wires) then suspect bad starter. if not that,then try to turn engine over manually by crankshaft bolt to see if cranks locked. thank you for choosing fixya.com
Posted on Apr 01, 2011
Check the battery like this:
Turn on the headlights, then try to start the car.
If the headlights do not dim or go out, then the battery is likely ok.
Check that the battery cable plus post, goes to the starter, Minus post to a good ground, like the engine.
If wiring is ok, then look at the starter solenoid for a good connection, and proper voltage at the starter.
Problem is most likely the Solenoid's bendix gear or starting relay, Have someone bang on the starter while you try to start the car. This usually works by dislodging the bendix gear..
Hope this helps.
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
It seems your ignition switch has burned out - verifying good starter operation was an important component in furthering your diagnosis effort. The ignition switch is really a relay separate from the ignition key cylinder - when it fails to send battery voltage to the starter motor, you'll have the no-start condition described.
See the Honda Ignition switch replacement illustration below.
Just for completeness' sake, here's the generic response of a mechanic to a vehicle's no-start condition:
Priority Action Part Type Cause
1 Inspect Ignition Switch - Improperly Connected or Faulty Ignition Switch.
2 Inspect Battery - Battery Discharged or Faulty.
3 Inspect Battery Cable - Coroded, Broken, Shorted or Poorly Connected Battery Cable.
4 Inspect Solenoid - Starter Solenoid Faulty.
5 Inspect Starter - Starter Motor Faulty.
6 Inspect Wireset - Worn or Damaged Spark Plug Wires.
7 Inspect Ignition Coil - Faulty Ignition Coil.
8 Inspect Distributor Cap - Loose, Cracked or Worn Distributor Cap.
9 Inspect Spark Plug - Incorrectly Gapped or Fouled Spark Plug(s).
10 Inspect Distributor Rotor - Loose, Cracked or Worn Distributor Rotor.
11 Inspect Fuel Tank - Fuel Tank Empty.
12 Inspect Carburetor - Worn, Faulty or Damaged Carburetor.
13 Inspect Fuel Pump - Faulty Fuel Pump.
14 Inspect Choke - Stuck or Improperly Functioning Choke.
15 Inspect Fuel Filter - Clogged or Dirty Fuel Filter.
16 Inspect Fuel Pump Relay - Faulty Fuel Pump Relay.
17 Inspect Fuel Injector Pressure Regulator - Faulty Fuel Injector Pressure Regulator.
18 Inspect Fuel Pump - Low Fuel Pressure.
19 Inspect Engine Control Computer - Incorrect Operating Information Being Delivered and Sent From The EEC.
20 Inspect Fuel Pump Strainer - Clogged or Dirty Fuel Pump Strainer.
Illustration courtesy honda-tech.com (from 1994 Honda Civic EX manual).
Posted on Nov 30, 2011
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