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Old 08-31-2012, 07:58 PM   #1
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Default civic starting problems

hey guys ive recently been running into a few problems starting my civic.
1. Sometimes when i crank the ignition it wont start but simply just click once. It doesnt start after that and i would have to keep cranking it and sometimes it would start.
2. After leaving the car parked for a couple of days the battery gets drained. If i dont start it for a day or 2 the battery would get drained and i would need a boost. Wha might b causing this?

this is a 94 civic btw
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Old 08-31-2012, 07:59 PM   #2
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Replace the battery. It's run its life and is shot.
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Old 08-31-2012, 08:05 PM   #3
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this is the second battery ive ran thru. but im bout to get it tested this weekend hopefully its that nn nothing else
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Old 08-31-2012, 08:45 PM   #4
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Check all the engine grounds..... no loose wires
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Old 08-31-2012, 09:56 PM   #5
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ok ill check all that tomr thanks guys really appreciate it
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Old 08-31-2012, 10:03 PM   #6
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It's your clips. Not the battery. They are not good. Replace the clips.
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Old 09-01-2012, 05:05 PM   #7
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what do you mean by clips? the terminals?
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Old 09-01-2012, 05:15 PM   #8
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These things. When they are old and rusty and loose, current can't travel through them as well and not enough current will cause your starter to hesitate because not enough power.
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Old 09-01-2012, 05:29 PM   #9
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I changed out my terminals to something like this
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after a similar thing happened to me. I got them at a local hardware store in the fastners isle for like 3 bucks...(if you go to a autoparts store I think they are like 6)

the stock honda ones aren't great. Get something with a dual post bolt....

Id try cleaning what you got already first though....
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Old 09-01-2012, 05:32 PM   #10
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If the terminals are fine, you may want to test for parasitic drain:

http://batterychargerstore.com/what-...tic-drain.html
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oh that might b caus my terminals are mad old nn a lil loose. but that will caus the battery to drain? caus sometimes i would leave the car for a while n the battery would jus die
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Old 09-01-2012, 07:00 PM   #12
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If battery die by itself after a few days, then you also need new battery + terminal clamps/clips.
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thanks a lot tho guys i relly appreciate it
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did the new terminals fix the problem?
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Old 09-01-2012, 07:33 PM   #15
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uhh where can i find new terminals for a 92 civic?
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Any auto parts stores man. They are usually near batteries. Or ask them. Terminals are the clamps that are connecting the wires and the battery leads.
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oo alright imma go get them tomr . hopefully that fixes these problems lol
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Old 09-01-2012, 08:14 PM   #18
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Are you in U.S? If so, go to Autozone, O'Reily or PepBoys, take your battery with you and ask them to test it. It's free. I think you are gonna need a new battery too since it's losing energy quickly.
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yeah i was planning to do that but i got there too late nn i never knew yu can jus switch the clips like that i thought you had to get a whole new wire but imma get that done hopefully that fixes everhting
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Yea, I'm with Ron... take a multimeter and look for a parasitic draw/drain. It's easy and free and it might just solve your problem. While you've got the multimeter out, it would be a good time to test your battery and alternator too.
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