Hello Car Talk peoples! This is my first post ever. I am rather desperate since I have left my husband stranded without a working car when I had to drive out of the state for work this morning. sad trombone!
This is a 2006 Honda Civic LX which it won’t turn over.
Last night my husband & I replaced the battery because it was old, and that still did not fix the issue.
The lights, stereo, electronics, etc will turn on, but when you turn the key, it’s just a very sad sounding “whirrrr” and nothing. It sounds like the battery is dead, but it obviously isn’t. There’s no clicking…it has a full tank of gas…the key is programmed fine and is not new…
Further details: yesterday we were able to turn the car on (though it was slow to start: we thought it was the battery…) and move it to the driveway one time. After that, even jumping it off doesn’t work.
Previously for the last week or so I’ve been experiencing a slowness to the start (I would turn the key and it just took a little longer than it has before to finally turn on) and also my headlights & interior lights were flickering pretty severely during my night driving. We had someone at Advanced Auto check the battery and alternator with one of their gadgets, but the alternator checked out fine. The battery was old and showing that it didn’t have much left, so that’s why we replaced it.
We checked a lot of the fuses and didn’t find anything blown. The alternator belt looked good, we made sure all the battery connections were tight & secure…
We are just so confused as to why it’s not working…!!
I’m not sure if the intermittent lights flickering is related or unrelated. I am in a relatively warm place (Georgia, US) but it’s not been all that hot lately… I’ve never had any other problems with the vehicle…