98 Civic electrical problem

honda

#1

Greetings, I have a 98 Civic manual transmission that won’t start. I turn the key, all lights come on and won’t dim, but the connection doesn’t seem to touch the starter. I hear a click, but nothing. I know the battery is good, as well as the starter. I know these cars come with a clutch safety switch, and that is brand new. I also redirected the negative on the starter, since that has given me issues in the past. I’m at a loss at what else may be a problem. All fuses are good also. Please help!


#2

Also, when push starting, it fires right up.


#3

It may be defective, or installed wrong. Try shorting it out.

“redirected the negative on the starter” ? what does this mean.

It seems you are not getting power to your starter. If the above are not the problem, I’d check the battery and ground connections for corrosion.


#4

All of that is fine, just looked again this morning. the starter was installed correctly, since it has worked right. I bought it a few months ago, it worked until the last time I drove it, when I got to my destination, then tried to start again, it wouldn’t. Battery connections are right, no corrosion.


#5

did you remove the connections and check the mating surfaces?

If you have a voltmeter, you can easily trace where you are losing the power. Start with 12 volts at the battery, you should have >10 volts at both starter terminals, when attempting to start. If not, trace back the one that is low.


#6

I don’t have a voltmeter, and yes, I pulled the connections.


#7

Consider a faulty clutch safety switch or possible the electrical part of the ignition switch.


#8

It’s new, but how would I check it?


#9

Try replacing the Starter Cut Relay located under the dash.

Tester


#10

Tester, that didn’t help either.


#11

Can you figure out if the starter solenoid is getting 12V when you turn the key to Start?


#12

Okay,

Check fuse #31, 7.5 amp, Starter Signal, in the fuse box where integrated control unit is located to see if it’s blown.

Tester