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Old 31 Oct 2007, 09:15 am
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Why would a starter fail on a 1998 Honda Civic? Other car's I've had for 20 years lasted until the car rusted through. Was this a common problem for Honda Civic? I'm a bit shocked because I always thought of Honda as being a quality car.
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Old 31 Oct 2007, 09:15 am
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is happend just because is civic don't mean is bullet proof.
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Old 31 Oct 2007, 09:15 am
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Depends on ussage, your car is almost 10 years old
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Old 31 Oct 2007, 09:18 am
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Well, now you are aware that they build junk as well as the rest of them.
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Old 31 Oct 2007, 09:21 am
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Usage.... thats really all that counts my grandmother has a 2002 ford Taurus and the starter went out on it but that bc she used alot....
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Old 31 Oct 2007, 09:24 am
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Any starter can fail. It's just an electric motor. If the car is subject to short trips and frequent starts, then naturally the starter will wear out quicker. Also, this car is almost 10 years old, what do you expect? If cars lasted forever, then Honda would only ever sell you one car instead of several over the years. Most cars are built to have major components that fail so that you may opt to buy a new one instead of a costly repair. The government likes that idea too as they collect tax on every car purchased.
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Old 31 Oct 2007, 09:27 am
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check if your fuel injector is dirty thats what happend to my 1995 Honda Civic it would stall and turn off and i put in a fuel injector cleaner in my gas tank and its alot better.
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Old 31 Oct 2007, 09:30 am
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I have a 96 Civic nearing 300,000 km and so far no problems with the starter. You might have installed power hungry electronics in your car that might have caused the failure but then again you won't really know when these things give up.
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Old 31 Oct 2007, 09:33 am
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Most likely, the starter solenoid failed, not the starter. But it's cheaper to replace the entire starter than to have a mechanic take it out, fiddle around on a workbench to replace the solenoid and then re-install the starter motor.Solenoids often fail when the coil winding overheats and burn out. If you have a weak battery for a while, live in a cold climate or start your engine several times a day, then you are probably working your starter longer than average to get the engine to turn over each time. All that will put stress on the solenoid.I would not complain about a starter motor that lasted 'only' 10 years. Any engine accessory (starter, alternator, water pump, etc) hanging off the engine block will have a finite lifetime. Ten years is reasonable.
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Old 31 Oct 2007, 09:48 am
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Honda's are quality cars but they break down just like every other quality car. You are probably shocked at the price for the repairs, but then again, if you want Honda Quality, you must pay Honda Prices!
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