2007 Honda Civic Electrical Problem Wont Start Up The Car
The Honda Civic is a reliable and safe car with a lot of features and an intelligent design that bases its assets on fuel efficiency, refinement and performance. Being part of the worldwide extended Honda franchise, makes the Civic be seen 100 times each day driving by. But there are those times when your beloved Honda leaves you hanging when you need it the most. For a surprisingly safe car, its components are quite fragile and soft. So if you turn the key and nothing happens instead of an engine revving, you are bound to get a few headaches, because Honda cars have quite a set of features and a maze for an electrical system.
The first thing you can do before start running around the car tracing the wires, is checking the fuses. If you’re lucky you might be dealing with a simple case of blown fuse. This can be easily solved: go under the hood and there you will find the fuse puller, with it remove the busted fuse and replace it with another. To check for a blown fuse you simply look inside the fuse. There you will see a zigzagging wire that travels to both ends of the fuse. If the wire is broken than the fuse is blown and needs replacing.
Check for battery corrosion. Hondas usually have a protective layer that protects the battery, but in time, that protection fails and the connections can get dirty or even “eaten” by corrosion. When this happens, the connection with the rest of the car is broken, leading the car to complete stops and heavy starts. Use anti corrosive agents to clean the batter posts and give the car another jump.
Like every car, a dead battery means that your Honda will definitely not start. You can test the battery’s output with a battery tester. Measure up the rising amps and test the battery for weak output. If you don’t have a battery tester, or you cannot do it yourself, than try plan B: jumpstarting the car. If the car starts from the first try, than you’re dealing with a weakened and worn out battery that needs replacing.
On the other hand if you check the battery and it delivers optimum output yet still you have trouble starting (in the morning for example), than you need to head to the alternator. Since the alternator is the one charging the car while the engine is running (and Honda Alternators are not exactly the best, not by far), maybe you’re dealing with a poor charging from the alternator, which leaves the battery almost empty almost every ride, therefore unable to start the car unless you recharge the battery each time. If this is the case, than all you can do is to check the fan belt connected to the alternator, if it is loose than it may cause slipping and thus making the alternator work at less than full capacity, which naturally means that an inefficient energy flow is directed to the battery. If the belts are fine than you’d better head to a mechanic.
Another soft spot in Honda cars is the Ignition Switch. If your battery is ok and still no spark than maybe you’re dealing with a faulty ignition switch. A simple test can be done by rotating the key only halfway, just as much to turn on the electrical system. If the dashboard lights up and all controls come online than the switch is bad and needs replacing.