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Old 18 Jan 2010, 07:08 pm
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Post 79 Civic Starter Problems - 2nd Generation Civic

It's a 79 Civic 1200. Ran fine before the battery went dead.

As the battery was on its last legs, I turned the key in the ignition to try to start it. Suddenly the starter wouldn't stop cranking, even when I turned the key OFF and removed it! Then the battery died.

Two weeks later I put in a new battery, but the same problem persists. Once I attach the negative battery cable, it just cranks and cranks. There is no key in the ignition! After a few on/off cycles with the negative battery cable, the cranking stops and the starter just whirrs.

Leave the negative battery cable off for a few hours, and the cycle repeats, all without the key in the ignition.

So ... where do I begin to diganose? Is it the key ignition, or some relays on
the starter, or the solenoid? I'm 2/3 past novice on electrical parts. I know
where these items are but have no experience with them. I could certainly remove the starter, or probably the key/ignition.

Any ideas as to what's wrong? Seems to me this happened to this car 25 years ago and it needed a redesigned starter.

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