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Old 10 Aug 2013, 08:16 pm
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Default Honda Accord Will not start?

I bought a 1998 4 cylinder Honda Accord with automatic transmission shortly after leaving the Marine Corps. I paid $1000 for what seemed to be a reliable vehicle. The owner made it clear that he had replaced the dash with the dash out of another vehicle. He also replaced the motor with a Vtec out of a different honda. The car treated me really well for about 5 months but now strange things keep cropping up.

I get a battery light and SRS light which cuts in and out inermitently which was no problem before the battery started dying. I had the alternator tested and the results were fine, so I swapped the battery for another battery I had at the house. About 2 days later after 1 hour of driving the second battery developed a leak, during the drive home there was an overpower smell of burning battery acid, we stopped and bought a brand new battery and new cables. Everything was fine, the next day the speedo, tachometer, radio, and windows stopped working while the car was running. Upon pulling over to check the battery cables the car died while shifting into park and hasn't turned on since.

The starter would click when the car first died, but after about two attempts to start it no longer clicked, now the car does nothing. To make matters worse we found mouse feces in the car that same day. I've heard of mice nesting in vehicles that have sat for long amounts of time, but this was a daily driver. I'm not sure where to start. I've tested all the fuses, and they all seem fine. I have not tested the relays yet.

That sounds very logical shell, What method of action would you recommend? Should I replace the whole alternator, or just the regulator?
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Old 10 Aug 2013, 08:31 pm
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Your voltage regulator is shot on the alternator and chances are it has fried everything else. It overcharged the new battery and boiled it out that was the smell and acid you saw, and the electrics are either burned out (hope not) or shut down due to incorrect or no power when the battery died.

You have a bad alternator voltage regulator. You output on the alternator should not be more than 13.8 -14.2 volts if it is bad things are going to happen!
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