(1999) Honda Civic LX has no power

Asked by Sep 10, 2014 at 01:42 AM about the 1999 Honda Civic LX

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

Greetings Cargurus!

              I am having some difficulties diagnosing the problem with my 1999 Honda Civic LX. For a month or so, I was having difficulties with an old battery so I replaced it with a brand new one of the exact same specifications.

              3 days later, the car simply does not start anymore. I have no idea if the extreme heat as of late in my area had anything to do with it, but there is no power at all when I turn the key now. The lights do not work, there are no sounds whatsoever as I turn the ignition and the only electronic equipment I can get to do anything is the beeping sound when you first put the keys in the ignition.Other than the "beebeebeebeep", its completely dead.

                 I have been considering if it could be the battery cables, the ignition lock, a blown fuse or any of the other electric-related parts (alternator, fuse relay, etc) but am unsure where to start. I have successfully jump-started the car several times to test it, but when I turn it off, it immediately returns to the "nothing-happening" mode.

                 My next step is to check every fuse related to the ignition system and fuel pump, but if its not a fuse, what else could cause this loss of any power or response from the vehicle? I just want to make sure I properly diagnose the problem so I don't go blindly buying every part of the assembly trying to find the right one.

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In my experience if you can jump start it then the battery or the battery cables and or connection is bad. Inspect and clean ALL of the cables you can find. Including the the one to the chassis. On both ends. Also make sure that the battery isn't defective.

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Thank you very much Mark! Turns out one of the ends of the negative end of the battery cable had corroded a bit and it wasn't quite solidly locked anymore. Once I replaced that cable, it worked again like a charm. Thanks again!

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