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Old 02 Apr 2008, 04:46 am
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Default Why wont my civic start?

2000 Civic Ex coupe.Ok, so my brother got cut off and he hit a SUV. Here's a pic of the damage almost a year ago. wasn't damage done to the engine, only the radiator got broken. We repaired everything. The problem now is that the car doesn't start by turning the key. Makes no crank sound no nothing! We can easily push start it and when i put a wire from the battery to the starter it cranks and someone else inside turns the key and it turns on. That's how I know the starter works (I even bought another starter). It has a little box under by the fuse box with a red light bulb that i guess means the car has an alarm. It was not active before though. What could be the problem???? Fuses are all are pictures of the car now to this date Shift by the way.
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Old 02 Apr 2008, 05:01 am
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On many cars, usually in the trunk, there is an impact safety switch that you have to reset after an accident. It cuts power to prevent electrical fires after a crash. If you look in the trunk, it would be on the side UNDER a flap of the trunk liner.It happened to me once and it was not easy to find because I didn't know where to look, but you should be able to find a flap back there - it is just a box with a (probably) red reset button... long shot, but worth looking for...Never mind... that is just the fuel pump safety switch I was thinking of... your car should still crank... sorry....Next guess would be the clutch switch that keeps the starter from turning unless the clutch is depressed... if this shifted out of position, it would prevent the cranking... the switch is located on the clutch pedal lever above where your toes would be... you should be able to trace back from the pedal and find the switch by the wires....
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Old 02 Apr 2008, 05:16 am
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It sounds like your alarm system is preventing you from starting the car. It sounds like the starter kill switch was activated by the alarm that is why you can't start it with the key but by push starting it. You need to turn off the alarm or deactivate it or reset it. Every alarm is different and you need to learn how for your specific model. You can follow a wire that goes to your ignition switch from the alarm. It is usually a yellow wire. Try cutting that and your car should now start using the key.
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Old 02 Apr 2008, 05:31 am
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it could be a starter that needs replacement perhaps or you need to have a new clutch since it wont engage
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