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Old 06 Jan 2010, 06:13 am
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Default Possible fuse (?) problem on 99 Civic VP

My daughter is away at school and she called to ask why her 99 Civic
suddenly has no radio, accessory socket or heater blower. I am
assuming this is a fuse issue.

Can anyone please advise as to whether they have experienced this
and/or if there might be another cause other than a fuse?

TIA - B
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Old 06 Jan 2010, 06:29 am
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"bobmct" <r.mariotti@fdcx.net> wrote in message
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> My daughter is away at school and she called to ask why her 99 Civic
> suddenly has no radio, accessory socket or heater blower. I am
> assuming this is a fuse issue.
>
> Can anyone please advise as to whether they have experienced this
> and/or if there might be another cause other than a fuse?



Fuse would definitely be the first place to look.

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Old 06 Jan 2010, 08:29 am
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bobmct <r.mariotti@fdcx.net> wrote in
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> My daughter is away at school and she called to ask why her 99 Civic
> suddenly has no radio, accessory socket or heater blower. I am
> assuming this is a fuse issue.
>
> Can anyone please advise as to whether they have experienced this
> and/or if there might be another cause other than a fuse?
>



These all use different fuses, and it's unlikely all of them have blown at
once. Hondas, in general, do not blow fuses unless the factory wiring has
been compromised.

Check ALL the fuses in the under-dash fuse box. Replace if blown (with the
same rating), but if they pop again, there's something very, very wrong.

Has anyone installed an aftermarket radio, amp, speakers, alarm, remote
start, power antenna, anything like that?
Any water leaks into the interior?


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Old 06 Jan 2010, 12:51 pm
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Default Re: Possible fuse (?) problem on 99 Civic VP

Thanks for the responses.

The only aftermarket item added was a plug-in iPod cradle/charger. One
with the goose neck. This worked fine since Xmas.

Now, this morning she called and mentioned that everything was working
just fine this morning. That's great but I still wonder what could be
or be going wrong.

I will be checking the fuses this weekend.

Also, she did have a dead battery this past weekend and required a
jump. Might that have contributed to this problem?

Just wondering - Thanks again.
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Old 06 Jan 2010, 01:07 pm
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bobmct <r.mariotti@fdcx.net> wrote in
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> Thanks for the responses.
>
> The only aftermarket item added was a plug-in iPod cradle/charger. One
> with the goose neck. This worked fine since Xmas.




If this plugs into the power point (cig lighter), then it has nothing to do
with the problem.

Aftermarket stuff causes problems when the factory wiring is disturbed in
order to install them. I've seen some really and truly awful aftermarket
installation jobs done.

Most of the electrical problems I've seen on Hondas are caused either by
aftermarket wiring modifications or by corrosion.


>
> Now, this morning she called and mentioned that everything was working
> just fine this morning. That's great but I still wonder what could be
> or be going wrong.
>
> I will be checking the fuses this weekend.
>
> Also, she did have a dead battery this past weekend and required a
> jump. Might that have contributed to this problem?
>



It's very possible. Low voltages can cause lots of confusion in modern
computer-controlled vehicles. If the battery has been allowed to go flat,
I'd recommend replacing it now. A flat battery is a damaged battery.

I'd also /highly/ recommend checking the battery's voltage.
Do it this way (engine off, key out):
1) Turn headlights on for five minutes.
2) Turn headlights off again and wait five more minutes.
3) Check across battery terminals with a multimeter.
If you get /anything/ less than 12.65V, the battery is not holding a charge
and needs to be replaced.

To make sure the charging system is working properly, check across the
battery terminals with the engine running. You should see between 14 and
14.4V.



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Old 06 Jan 2010, 01:11 pm
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"bobmct" <r.mariotti@fdcx.net> wrote in message
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> Thanks for the responses.
>
> The only aftermarket item added was a plug-in iPod cradle/charger. One
> with the goose neck. This worked fine since Xmas.
>
> Now, this morning she called and mentioned that everything was working
> just fine this morning. That's great but I still wonder what could be
> or be going wrong.
>
> I will be checking the fuses this weekend.


Well if it came back all on it's own, it's most likely not a fuse as those
don't self-repair.

> Also, she did have a dead battery this past weekend and required a
> jump. Might that have contributed to this problem?


Yeah, dead batteries/jump-starting can cause all kinds of weirdness. To
minimize, make sure all non-essential devices are turned off when jump
starting (should do that anyway to make the jump as easy as possible).

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