Birthday Blues!

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civic
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#1

My car won’t start and it’s Sunday when all the mechanics’ repair shops are closed…some birthday today! At first, I heard absolutely no sound, no clicks, nothing, but now I can hear a faint beep, beep or something like it, maybe it’s in the engine area??? I’ve videotaped it for a mechanic to listen to it but everything’s closed today and I want to go anywhere to have fun right now. Is it my starter??? I just replaced my battery recently with a new Die Hard from Sears and I have a full tank of gas so I don’t know why my car won’t start.


#2

You can try putting the car in neutral(if it’s an automatic) or try Rocking the car a bit forward and back. This could be a flywheel sensor(or sensor of some sort).
If it’s a stick, it could be the clutch sensor that tells the engine it’s OK to start, the clutch is engaged.

Hope this helps, happy birthday,
-Ryan


#3

Thanks, I just tried it but the gear is locked in park position and won’t budge no matter which key position I’ve tried. I’ve attached the video I took this morning with the faint car sounds… maybe it’s a boo boo sound???


#4

Start simple, is the battery charged? Could just need a jump.


#5

It’s a new Die Hard battery, maybe a few months old. I’ll ask one of my neighbors if he has a battery tester just in case it’s defective. Thanks.


#6

New batteries can fail, just like old batteries.

And of course, then we have those instances of Sears selling old, trade-in batteries and claiming that they were new. They got into a whole lot of hot water with the Federal Trade Commission and the Attorneys General of several states over that issue. Hopefully they stopped that practice.


#7

What year model is the car?
Some Honda models are under Recall for ignition switch problems and it’s possible that you could have 2 separate problems.
One is a faulty switch leading to a no engine cranking situation and the other is an ignition switch/interlock problem. The latter could have something to do with the shifter failing to come out of the PARK position.

If your car is covered under a Recall this MAY lead to a partial free repair of the problem. At this point there’s not enough info available to make much of a guess as to what the problem is.


#8

It’s a 2001 Honda Civic EX 2-Door Coupe.

How do I get my name listed on future recalls??? I was never contacted about my last Honda for a seatbelt recall. I never would have known about it if I hadn’t have been to the dealership for another reason.

What other info should I provide to help diagnose it??? I attached a video earlier on this thread with the faint sounds that I heard. I haven’t noticed anything else. I wish I wasn’t stranded at home.


#9

There should be a mail-in card in your Owner’s Manual to register your name and address for receipt of recall notices.


#10

I just registered now through Honda’s Owner’s Link website and saw a new recall for my airbag inflator that I haven’t received a letter yet from them.

Could this be a starter problem???

PS: There wasn’t a recall for either the engine cranking or ignition switch, mentioned above.