99 Honda Civic Ex. spinning


Asked by Jul 24, 2019 at 10:36 PM about the 1999 Honda Civic EX

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

My 99 Civic has been
sitting for about 2wks
due to broken right front
axle. Today when I
cranked it, it sortive
acted out of gas & died.  
I waited a like 30
seconds & tried again
only This time it only
spins. A weird spin. Kind
of sounds as though it
just suddenly stopped
getting fire. Like there's
no Effort there, just free
spinning. I don't know
where to even begin
looking for the problem
as I have no idea & I've
been stranded for
weeks & this has just
topped it off. Can
anyone help me figure
this out please?

4 Answers


It sounds like it may be the fuel pump. When you turn the key to run you should here it prime, it would be a hum and it should shut off after a couple of seconds. If you don't here it check the fuses to see if the pump fuse is blown, and if your not sure if it's the fuel pump spray some starting fluid down the intake and try starting it. If it starts briefly and dies its probably the fuel pump. If it doesn't start its probably not the fuel pump.

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Thank you so much for this advice!!!!that I'm going to go try this today. I have been worried to death &scared to log back in on here because I was afraid the first comment would be something next to IMPOSSIBLE for me. since my husband died its been two things after two things. Thank you again.


Welp it's not the fuel pump because I hear it come on and go off. What else can I try?


You can try checking for spark. Pull one of the plug wires off one of the spark plugs once you have done this get a screwdriver that fits in the end of the spark plug wire and put the screwdriver in the end of the wire as far as it will easily go, and set the screwdriver so there is about a one centimeter gap between the shaft of the driver and a metal surface on the engine, then get someone to crank the engine and watch for a spark if you don't see one try readjusting the screwdriver, it should be a bright spark. If you have an old spark plug for the car, or if you can take one out of the engine, plug it into the wire, and set the plug on a metal surface on the engine and see if you have spark it would be a bright spark. Hope this helps!

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