2002 Honda CR-V morning start mystery

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cr-v

#1

I have a 2002 Honda CRV with 295000 miles. The car still runs great. However, when I go to start the car in the morning I often, not always, turn the key and nothing happens. I turn the key back, sometimes remove it and try again and the car starts. Sometimes I have to do this more than a few times. It is a moment of panic every morning. It does not happen again for the rest of the day. But will often happen the next morning. The car is a manual transmission. I have changed the starter and the ignition switch. And switched to my back up key. Of course, the dealer can never replicated the problem. Any ideas?


#2

The problem might be with the clutch pedal inter-lock switch.

https://www.rockauto.com/en/catalog/honda,2002,cr-v,2.4l+l4,1386334,electrical-switch+&+relay,clutch+pedal+position+/+starter+safety+switch,16665

This switch prevents the starter from operating unless the clutch pedal is depressed.

Tester


#3

Thank you very much. I will check it out. This problem has been nagging me. I appreciate the help. Frederick S Moss


#4

Another idea, might be a battery problem, or the battery posts and connectors need to be cleaned. Replacing the starter and ignition switch eliminates quite a few possibilities, but there’s still a few more to go. If you can get your battery’s condition tested, probably something worth trying.


#5

Or the floor mats, and just not pushing the clutch pedal hard enough first thing in the morning.


#6

On most cars the clutch safety interlock theory can be easily tested by just shorting it out and seeing if that fixes the problem. If so, replace the part and re-connect. I had to do that on my Corolla one time.


#7

I replaced the clutch pedal interlock switch and the problem appears to be resolved. Thanks to everyone for their help.


#8

And thank you for reporting back! I had the same failure on my 1984 Cavalier and just twisted the wires together - I was the only driver and knew the starter would then run even with no pressure on the clutch pedal.


#9

Good for you OP. Thanks for the great feedback.