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Old 24 May 2007, 06:40 am
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Default Perhaps Battery, Perhaps Alternator

I own a 1998 Honda Civic EX Sedan. It has just over 182,000 miles. I
bought it new (almost). It had 1,867 miles when I got it.

I've had problems with electronic stuff lately. First, I was driving into
a parking lot to park. Before I could turn the car off, the car just died,
along with wiping out all the radio station presets. I had to start the
car again to make sure it was alright. I reset my radio.

Second, when I get out of my car, and use my remote control to lock the
car, all the locks stay "unlocked". I had to attempt to lock the car by
opening up my door. This problem has existed a lot of the last couple of
weeks.

Third, I was trying to start the car shortly after parking it, and nothing
happened. I waited a few seconds. Tried it again, and it worked.

I live in Michigan. I changed the battery in February 2005, so the
problem my not be that. I may be alternator, or some other electrical
dilemma.

What may be the problem?



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Old 24 May 2007, 06:42 am
Joe LaVigne
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warlock162 wrote:

> I own a 1998 Honda Civic EX Sedan. It has just over 182,000 miles. I
> bought it new (almost). It had 1,867 miles when I got it.
>
> I've had problems with electronic stuff lately. First, I was driving into
> a parking lot to park. Before I could turn the car off, the car just
> died,
> along with wiping out all the radio station presets. I had to start the
> car again to make sure it was alright. I reset my radio.
>
> Second, when I get out of my car, and use my remote control to lock the
> car, all the locks stay "unlocked". I had to attempt to lock the car by
> opening up my door. This problem has existed a lot of the last couple of
> weeks.
>
> Third, I was trying to start the car shortly after parking it, and nothing
> happened. I waited a few seconds. Tried it again, and it worked.
>
> I live in Michigan. I changed the battery in February 2005, so the
> problem my not be that. I may be alternator, or some other electrical
> dilemma.
>
> What may be the problem?


Sounds an awful lot like a grounding issue to me. Check your ground strap.
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Old 24 May 2007, 08:02 am
Michael Pardee
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"warlock162" <bray@dwsd.org> wrote in message
news:4541f8c4b53109f4b6e8b046cc308c38@localhost.ta lkaboutautos.com...
>I own a 1998 Honda Civic EX Sedan. It has just over 182,000 miles. I
> bought it new (almost). It had 1,867 miles when I got it.
>
> I've had problems with electronic stuff lately. First, I was driving into
> a parking lot to park. Before I could turn the car off, the car just
> died,
> along with wiping out all the radio station presets. I had to start the
> car again to make sure it was alright. I reset my radio.
>
> Second, when I get out of my car, and use my remote control to lock the
> car, all the locks stay "unlocked". I had to attempt to lock the car by
> opening up my door. This problem has existed a lot of the last couple of
> weeks.
>
> Third, I was trying to start the car shortly after parking it, and nothing
> happened. I waited a few seconds. Tried it again, and it worked.
>
> I live in Michigan. I changed the battery in February 2005, so the
> problem my not be that. I may be alternator, or some other electrical
> dilemma.
>
> What may be the problem?
>
>
>
>

If not wiring, then the battery is intermittent. I've seen a lot of this in
the last 25 years - dunno why never before that. When it happens and you
need to get going again a whack on each post with a hammer (like cracking a
Brazil nut) will normally bring the battery back to life long enough to get
to where it can be replaced. Even though the battery is a couple years old I
recommend replacing it on suspicion. If you have another car you can swap
batteries with that also is a possibility.

Mike



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Old 24 May 2007, 08:52 am
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warlock162 wrote:
> I own a 1998 Honda Civic EX Sedan. It has just over 182,000 miles. I
> bought it new (almost). It had 1,867 miles when I got it.
>
> I've had problems with electronic stuff lately. First, I was driving into
> a parking lot to park. Before I could turn the car off, the car just died,
> along with wiping out all the radio station presets. I had to start the
> car again to make sure it was alright. I reset my radio.
>
> Second, when I get out of my car, and use my remote control to lock the
> car, all the locks stay "unlocked". I had to attempt to lock the car by
> opening up my door. This problem has existed a lot of the last couple of
> weeks.
>
> Third, I was trying to start the car shortly after parking it, and nothing
> happened. I waited a few seconds. Tried it again, and it worked.
>
> I live in Michigan. I changed the battery in February 2005, so the
> problem my not be that. I may be alternator, or some other electrical
> dilemma.
>
> What may be the problem?


-------------------------------

Did you ever get notified of the HUGE ignition switch recall?

http://www.tegger.com/hondafaq/tsb/index.html#list

Losing the radio stations means there's something more (than just the
ignition switch) wrong. Clean and lube your battery terminals and be
sure they are on LOW enough, before tightening with a 10mm socket or
wrench. The far end of the black cable is suspect too, where it bolts on
to the metal. Remove the bolt and clean / lube it before snugging it
back down. Vaseline is good for battery terminals.

'Curly'
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Old 24 May 2007, 09:56 am
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Default Re: Perhaps Battery, Perhaps Alternator

This cable...Are you referring to the cable called the "sub ground cable"
that extends near the oil dipstick handle?

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