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Old 29 Oct 2006, 01:31 pm
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Default 1993 Civic VX won't start

About 2 months ago my 1993 Civic VX Hatchback just plain wouldn't start
one day. Took out the battery (7 years old by that point), put in a new
one, started like a champ.

I seldom use the car (3-4 trips a week at most of no more than 5 miles
per). Six weeks after replacing the battery, the car once again
wouldn't start. Wouldn't even turn over. Just got a clicking from the
engine. Interior and dash lights worked fine, though. After a few
attempts at starting, the headlights were weak; I charged the battery
back up and still had the same problem starting. A friend led me
through some testing which seemed to indicate a dead starter. So I
pulled that, got a refurbished one, and put it in.

Now the car still won't start, but has come up with a new failure mode:
When I turn the key to position II, I get rapid clicking from under the
left side of the dash, somewhere above the fusebox. Basic Googling has
turned up a couple posts that suggest the main relay. Any other
possibilities? What testing can I do?

Thanks much,

Sasha

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Old 29 Oct 2006, 03:51 pm
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Default Re: 1993 Civic VX won't start

google@quietquake.com wrote:
> About 2 months ago my 1993 Civic VX Hatchback just plain wouldn't start
> one day. Took out the battery (7 years old by that point), put in a new
> one, started like a champ.
>
> I seldom use the car (3-4 trips a week at most of no more than 5 miles
> per). Six weeks after replacing the battery, the car once again
> wouldn't start. Wouldn't even turn over. Just got a clicking from the
> engine. Interior and dash lights worked fine, though. After a few
> attempts at starting, the headlights were weak; I charged the battery
> back up and still had the same problem starting. A friend led me
> through some testing which seemed to indicate a dead starter. So I
> pulled that, got a refurbished one, and put it in.
>
> Now the car still won't start, but has come up with a new failure mode:
> When I turn the key to position II, I get rapid clicking from under the
> left side of the dash, somewhere above the fusebox. Basic Googling has
> turned up a couple posts that suggest the main relay. Any other
> possibilities? What testing can I do?
>
> Thanks much,
>
> Sasha

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Follow the black wire from the battery to where it bolts to ground.
Unbolt and clean it, putting some petroleum jelly on it.Then clean both
battery terminals in a glass of warm water with a teaspoon of baking
soda dissolved. Put petroleum jelly on them as well and put it back
together.

'Curly'

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Old 30 Oct 2006, 08:46 am
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motsco_ <motsco_@interbaun.com> wrote in
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> google@quietquake.com wrote:
>> About 2 months ago my 1993 Civic VX Hatchback just plain wouldn't
>> start one day. Took out the battery (7 years old by that point), put
>> in a new one, started like a champ.
>>
>> I seldom use the car (3-4 trips a week at most of no more than 5
>> miles per). Six weeks after replacing the battery, the car once again
>> wouldn't start. Wouldn't even turn over. Just got a clicking from the
>> engine. Interior and dash lights worked fine, though. After a few
>> attempts at starting, the headlights were weak; I charged the battery
>> back up and still had the same problem starting. A friend led me
>> through some testing which seemed to indicate a dead starter. So I
>> pulled that, got a refurbished one, and put it in.
>>
>> Now the car still won't start, but has come up with a new failure
>> mode: When I turn the key to position II, I get rapid clicking from
>> under the left side of the dash, somewhere above the fusebox. Basic
>> Googling has turned up a couple posts that suggest the main relay.
>> Any other possibilities? What testing can I do?
>>
>>


> -----------------------------------
>
> Follow the black wire from the battery to where it bolts to ground.
> Unbolt and clean it, putting some petroleum jelly on it.Then clean
> both battery terminals in a glass of warm water with a teaspoon of
> baking soda dissolved. Put petroleum jelly on them as well and put it
> back together.
>



Ditto. And clean the battery terminal posts as well, with some
sandpaper.

Finally, check the battery's State-of-Charge:
http://www.uuhome.de/william.darden/carfaq4.htm
Just because you get 12V when you check it doesn't mean it's fully
charged!



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Old 31 Oct 2006, 09:03 pm
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Default Re: 1993 Civic VX won't start

Mine did that just 3-4 weeks ago. The rapid clicking sound. Car would not
start. Happens that for some resaon, my 12v connector on the positive
terminal had become a bit loose. I still have trouble explaining why all the
lights would turn on fine but a soon as I cranked it, it would die. Anyhow,
check your connections first as it could be just as stupid as that. My vx is
fine now
good luck

<google@quietquake.com> wrote in message
news:1162150316.644847.107400@b28g2000cwb.googlegr oups.com...
> About 2 months ago my 1993 Civic VX Hatchback just plain wouldn't start
> one day. Took out the battery (7 years old by that point), put in a new
> one, started like a champ.
>
> I seldom use the car (3-4 trips a week at most of no more than 5 miles
> per). Six weeks after replacing the battery, the car once again
> wouldn't start. Wouldn't even turn over. Just got a clicking from the
> engine. Interior and dash lights worked fine, though. After a few
> attempts at starting, the headlights were weak; I charged the battery
> back up and still had the same problem starting. A friend led me
> through some testing which seemed to indicate a dead starter. So I
> pulled that, got a refurbished one, and put it in.
>
> Now the car still won't start, but has come up with a new failure mode:
> When I turn the key to position II, I get rapid clicking from under the
> left side of the dash, somewhere above the fusebox. Basic Googling has
> turned up a couple posts that suggest the main relay. Any other
> possibilities? What testing can I do?
>
> Thanks much,
>
> Sasha
>



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Old 31 Oct 2006, 09:36 pm
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"me" <me@videotron.ca> wrote in
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> Mine did that just 3-4 weeks ago. The rapid clicking sound. Car would
> not start. Happens that for some resaon, my 12v connector on the
> positive terminal had become a bit loose. I still have trouble
> explaining why all the lights would turn on fine but a soon as I
> cranked it, it would die.




Because the lights are low-draw devices. The starter is a high-draw device.
Bad connections can make the starter draw every available amp the battery
has, leaving nothing for anything else.

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Old 11 Nov 2011, 05:48 pm
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I am curious, does the VX really get 60 mpg's ?
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Old 11 Nov 2011, 10:52 pm
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On 11/11/2011 03:48 PM, jim perry wrote:
> I am curious, does the VX really get 60 mpg's ?
>>

>


it's the eco-vtec engine, and if it has the continuously variable
transmission, and is driven conservatively, yes.


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Old 13 Nov 2011, 11:53 am
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"jim beam" <me@privacy.net> wrote in message
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> On 11/11/2011 03:48 PM, jim perry wrote:
>> I am curious, does the VX really get 60 mpg's ?
>>>

>>

>
> <snip> continuously variable transmission <snip>>



Is that the same kind of transmission that was originally (this side of the
pond) on Daf cars and later appeared on Ford Fiestas and Volvo 340s. It
had two drive belts that ran on self adjusting cones to change the ratio in
line with vehicle speed? If I remember correctly it still ran fine if one
of the belts snapped.
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Old 13 Nov 2011, 12:06 pm
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On 11/13/2011 09:53 AM, Tinkerer wrote:
> "jim beam"<me@privacy.net> wrote in message
> news:j9ku2e$hrk$1@speranza.aioe.org...
>> On 11/11/2011 03:48 PM, jim perry wrote:
>>> I am curious, does the VX really get 60 mpg's ?
>>>>
>>>

>>
>> <snip> continuously variable transmission<snip>>

>
>
> Is that the same kind of transmission that was originally (this side of the
> pond) on Daf cars and later appeared on Ford Fiestas and Volvo 340s. It
> had two drive belts that ran on self adjusting cones to change the ratio in
> line with vehicle speed? If I remember correctly it still ran fine if one
> of the belts snapped.


yes, except it only has one [linked steel] belt driving a normal diff.

the daf and volvo transmission you're describing did indeed run fine on
just one belt, in emergency. with two however, its performance in rain,
snow and mud was superb. all the advantages of a "limited slip diff"
without the complication or expense.

i'm pretty sure the frod transmission uses just one belt like the honda.
it's a common and reliable system popular with most manufacturers in
most markets except the usa.


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Old 13 Nov 2011, 12:16 pm
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"jim beam" <me@privacy.net> wrote in message
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> On 11/13/2011 09:53 AM, Tinkerer wrote:
>> "jim beam"<me@privacy.net> wrote in message
>> news:j9ku2e$hrk$1@speranza.aioe.org...
>>> On 11/11/2011 03:48 PM, jim perry wrote:
>>>> I am curious, does the VX really get 60 mpg's ?
>>>>>
>>>>
>>>
>>> <snip> continuously variable transmission<snip>>

>>
>>
>> Is that the same kind of transmission that was originally (this side of
>> the
>> pond) on Daf cars and later appeared on Ford Fiestas and Volvo 340s. It
>> had two drive belts that ran on self adjusting cones to change the ratio
>> in
>> line with vehicle speed? If I remember correctly it still ran fine if
>> one
>> of the belts snapped.

>
> yes, except it only has one [linked steel] belt driving a normal diff.
>
> the daf and volvo transmission you're describing did indeed run fine on
> just one belt, in emergency. with two however, its performance in rain,
> snow and mud was superb. all the advantages of a "limited slip diff"
> without the complication or expense.
>
> i'm pretty sure the frod transmission uses just one belt like the honda.
> it's a common and reliable system popular with most manufacturers in most
> markets except the usa.



Thanks for confirming it for me. Thought it sounded familiar. I read
somewhere that Daf invented it and the patent went when they sold out to
Volvo who then licenced others to use it (for a profit of course). Don't
know if that is the case but it seems probable.
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