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1998 civic wont crank--where is starter relay?

Old 01-05-2019, 02:20 PM
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1998 civic, had been running and driving, but now the engine will not turn over. (that is to say the starter is not activating)
it will push start and run fine.

Battery is good.
Clutch pedal pads/switches are good.
I get a click under dash on left and one over on the right when i put key in start position

Specifically:
Where is the starter relay? On my sons 89, its part of that 3 way relay under the dash, Ive dealt with that before.

I did do a web search, but no clear, simple answers.

I will get to testing the starter connections, jump the starter, etc etc when I get a break in the weather, just wanna know where the relay is.

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Old 01-05-2019, 03:34 PM
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There's a switch for the starter at the top of the clutch pedal. If you press in the switch button, will the engine crank?
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Old 01-08-2019, 06:22 AM
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relay is located on passenger side you can open door and remove I think its a 10mm bolt to remove from bracket then remove glove box and you should see relay.
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Old 01-08-2019, 07:07 AM
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There's a switch for the starter at the top of the clutch pedal. If you press in the switch button, will the engine crank?
^^, could also mean your start could be failing. requires a rebuild or a replacement. whichever you're capable of doing,
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Old 01-11-2019, 11:49 AM
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Thanks guys! I will get back at it soon and let you all know!
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Check for powers and grounds at the starter
If it is getting what it needs then starter is suspect
Can try tapping the starter to see if it gives it a chance to crank
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Old 01-13-2019, 12:36 PM
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^^, could also mean your start could be failing. requires a rebuild or a replacement. whichever you're capable of doing,

I tried to hot wire the starter today. I put a test lead and clipped it onto the small blade connector at the end of the starter and touched the other end to the positive terminal of the battery. No crank! Just some sparks as I touched and took the wire off....Then I put a meter on the small wire that I took off the starter while my son operated the key, it did have 11.5 volts to it with the key in start.
So I guess I should double check the starter's ground but short of that the starter is bad.

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Old 01-13-2019, 04:26 PM
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starter ground = G3 transmission ground
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