Car does not start.. NO POWER!!! Battery is GOOD~!!!!!

Asked by Mar 12, 2017 at 12:31 AM about the 1996 Honda Civic LX

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

Hello. Car was driving fine last week until today. Recently got into the car
and tried to start and no power when key is turned to "ON" position. And I
mean NO power...... no emergency lights, no headlights, no brake lights,
no dome lights.... I know FORSURE that it is not the battery because I
switched the current battery from my 1996 Honda Civic LX 4 dr into my
other car and other car starts perfectly fine and vice versa, except my 1996
honda civic acted the same with the used new battery from my other car
(no start). Headlights and brake lights do not work. Instrument icons/lights
do not work when turned to "ON" position.. Radio and Dome lights
HOWEVER will work during ignition first turn/click position but will shut off
when turned to second turn/click "on" position.. Emergency lights do not
work in general, when button pressed only the relay is clicking from fuse
box.. PLEASE HELP!!!! BATTERY IS GOOD 100% as the battery from the
car works in my other car and other car battery does not work in current
1996 honda civic as recently stated... PLEASE HELP!!!! I am thinking its the
alternator........... hopefully. I've been researching and have not found
anything on this weird situation...THANK YOU!!!!!!

10 Answers

Loss of power is usually a bad battery but since your battery starts and runs another vehicle it's more likely a battery cable, short or. Blown fuse. Over the years with several vehicles I've had a corroded battery cable, and another time had a main power cable get loose from it's retention loom and fall against the manifold burning through the insulation shorting out the main fuseable link both of which had symptoms as you described. You will need a continuity tester and patience to find the circuit interruption. I got lucky on the battery cable. The main link problem happened ony way home from work so I had the car towed to a dealership to find and fix the problem.

24,535

Maybe the ignition switch, also there is a little black box under dash near steering column that can do this too. I forget the name of it but had to replace one 20 years ago on a Honda similar to yours, its about 3"x2"x1 1/2". If you know about ATV's & Motorcycles it looks like a CDI Brain box. Bad grounds engine to frame too.

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24,535

I did not open the black box to see if re-flowing the solder joints would work but did check with voltmeter to confirm power in none out and replaced, even back then it cost about $45 for the part so re-flowing the solder joints may be an option.

100

I stop by the gas station to used the restroom when get back to my 2017 Honda civic it not started. I though it was the battery so I ask someone for a jump started. The car still wouldn't start. I don't know what the problem could be the light on everything else work find, the car just not started.

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24,535

Please start a new thread (ask a question). Need to test/check for power to starter. May need to check main fuses under hood.

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i have honda civic 2017 not starting it works last night this morning did not start

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24,535

Should still be under warranty so check on that, also maybe the light were left on draining the battery, may just need charged.

10

THIS JUST HAPPENED TO ME!!!. 2017 Honda CRV. 4,000 miles. Tow truck on the way. This is a sad deal!

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Honda Civic 2010 won't start at all new battery and new alternator and still dead every morning. I need to jumpstart it to last the day I don't know what else it could be

24,535

Look up some test to do to locate your parasitic battery drain issue. Depending on year, make, & model there are several different procedures to use that are very helpful (note some test should not be performed on all models to avoid damage to computer or other components)

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