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Old 02 Nov 2011, 12:01 am
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Default 96 Honda Accord won't start?

My 96 Honda Accord 4cyl automatic F22 B2 won't start. Battery is good at 12.5 volts, cables are clean. Alternator belts and in-line fuse are good and no fuses in the fuse box are blown. When the key is turned the solenoid clicks away and all the lights and accessories work without dimming. I removed the starter motor and took it to AutoZone for testing, they said it passed, the current and voltage were good. I am convinced it is the starter though! My wife drives it and said for about the last two weeks it was taking longer and longer for the car to start and the fact that the solenoid is firing with no action coming from the starter motor makes me think it has gone out. Even if the starter works on the work bench does'nt mean it will work in the car right? It is also a remanufactured starter. I need the car running by tomorrow so I plan on paying the $120 for a new starter and putting it in. Is this the best Idea? Any other suggestions or do you think I am correct?
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Old 02 Nov 2011, 12:16 am
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Yes, I think this is the best idea. If your starter is from 96, then it is pretty old. A new one should fix the problem, and for $120, it's probably better than buying a new car.
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Old 02 Nov 2011, 12:31 am
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The clicking selenoid means its cycling and will not engage because of low amperage. Unless you load test the battery dont assume its good. A 12 volt battery will still read 12 volts even though its too weak to deliver the amperage needed to start the car. It may still have enough for all the lights and acessories, these dont need much current. My bet is you need a new battery.
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Old 02 Nov 2011, 12:46 am
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Check the voltage at the solenoid wire too while your wife turns the key to start. Voltage should be battery voltage. If not, park/neutral or ignition switch should be checke for voltage drop from battery voltage since starter bench checked OK.
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Old 02 Nov 2011, 01:01 am
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Have you looked in the under-hood fuse box and checked the starter relay?
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