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Hi, I have 2006 Honda Ridgeline RT Truck - The car won't start - I don't know whether it is starter device, alternator or battery issue. How can I find out what the problem is?

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Do you have lights?
turn on head lights if yes then next check would be starter.
Does it make any noise when you attemp to crank?

Posted on May 18, 2011

  • atlanticbbs May 18, 2011

    Asking about Ridgeline Truck again...Interior lights come on but no headlight. Clicking noises come somewhere around fuse box under the hood, while few warning signals come on, speedometer hands shake a bit.

  • Steve Newton
    Steve Newton May 19, 2011

    that sounds like dead battery, try jump starting it. if battery is dead could mean alternator isn't charging.
    if it jumps off go to auto zone or advance auto they will check it for free.


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