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#246 of 410 97 honda civic wont start after hitting a dog
Dec 15, 2008 (10:48 pm)
i accidently hit a dog got to get something to eat when i hit the dog the airbags deployed and the car stoped i have tried starting the car but it wont start when i turn the key on the power windows and blinkers and everything works but it still wont start does any one have any suggestions one machanic told me there is a reset button but he couldnt find it does any one know if there is one or what its a 1997 honda civic lx
#247 of 410 Re: 97 honda civic wont start after hitting a dog [civic37777]
Dec 16, 2008 (5:05 am)
hit a dog got to get something to eat .... what country are you in?
Check the owners manual to see if it mentions a reset. A number of vehicles have a relay which turns off the fuel pump if in an accident, to avoid the potential for a fire. Some vehicles it is just a special series of actions, like turning the key on/off three times (some secret special handshake with the computer). All of my vehicles have the description written in the owners manual, don't know if Honda did that back in 97.
#248 of 410 1991 Civic Will not start
Dec 28, 2008 (1:20 pm)
My son's 1991 Civic DX 1.5 FI 3 door will not start. I have tried nearly everything mentioned in several repair forums, but with no luck.
The car will turn over fine. it occassionally comes close to starting, but does not.
I have done the following:
replaced distributor cap, rotor and ignition coil.
checked for spark at the plug. yes, there is spark, but I am not sure if it is at the proper voltage. it easily covers the gap on my budget spark tester.
pulled the main relay and following the Haynes guide, checked for correct continuity at several different points.
the fuel pump does come on for 2 seconds as it is supposed to when you turn on the key to pre-start position.
all the correct dash lights come on when you turn on the key.
my ECU is not showing any errors (probably because I have taken off the negative battery cable more than once for different test and have probably reset the ECU).
I do not have a fuel pressure gauge, but have removed the fuel service bolt on top of the fuel filter and cranked the car, fuel does pump out of the port at good velocity.
checked the continuity of the fuel injectors. they are both within spec.
I have sprayed quick start fluid into the intake as it was being cranked, and it did not crank up.
the battery is good.
What am I overlooking? Any ideas before I tow it to my local repair shop?
#249 of 410 Re: 97 honda civic wont start after hitting a dog [civic37777]
Dec 28, 2008 (2:14 pm)
"i accidently hit a dog got to get something to eat" What does needing something to eat have to do with hitting a dog? (Did the dog survive or did you leave it on the side of the road)? Have you ever heard of punctuation? It sure would make solving your problem easier if we can figure out what you are trying to say.
#250 of 410 Re: 1991 Civic Will not start [slydog39]
Dec 30, 2008 (12:57 am)
have you measured the resistance of the spark plug wires? are they out of spec? you can find that specification in the haynes manual.
spark could happen, but I'm wondering if the plug wires are sparking but not delivering the right amount.
also, have you checked the compression of the cylinders?
another issue i had with a mid 90's civic was it would barely start, the idle air control valve (IAC) was bad. It would sort of start and then die. Another issue to check.
Hope that helps. Keep us posted !
#251 of 410 Re: 1991 Civic Will not start [mark19]
Dec 30, 2008 (9:40 am)
Thanks for the info. I finally did get the car to start---but barely. I replaced the ignition coil and then replaced the vavle cover gaskets (as there was a bit of oil on the spark plug wires). After it did crank,(it ran rather poorly) I was able to generate a new ECU code and it was the Top Dead Center error code. Either the TDC sensor is bad, or the whole distributor (which I do not think I can buy just the sensor). So I am going to put a distributor on the car this weekend
Wish me luck
#252 of 410 Re: 1991 Civic Will not start [slydog39]
Jan 01, 2009 (5:31 am)
hey glad to help! finally a code was thrown, good deal. At least it points you in the right direction! I know that the 91 civics had an igniter problem that was part of a recall. Forgot that earlier. So to focus on the distributor would be a good direction, indeed!
Have you also tried a compression test? just to make sure.
keep us posted how it goes! and Happy New Year!
#253 of 410 Civic 2002 Replaced alternator
Jan 01, 2009 (8:43 am)
In September 2008 my friend purchased a used 2002 Civic with 35,000 miles. Three months after purchase, the battery light started blinking while driving. She took the car to her usual mechanic and was told that the alternator needed to be replaced for $400. Has anyone else had to replace an alternator? How long do they usually last? My friend is now concerned more repairs may be needed...should she be concerned?
#254 of 410 2009 Civic Hybrid vs Prius
Jan 01, 2009 (8:50 am)
My daughter is considering turning in her 2000 Civic LX with 104,000 miles and purchasing a Hybrid.
Should she keep the Civic until it is no long usuable or purchase a Prius or Civic Hybrid? Some comments in this forum indicate that the Civic Hybrid has had many transmission problems...is the Prius a better choice?
#255 of 410 Re: 2009 Civic Hybrid vs Prius [Ketty]
Jan 01, 2009 (9:08 am)
So what is wrong with the 2000 LX Civic with 104,000 miles? It only gets 11,555 miles per year !!! Was the timing belt and water pump changed in addition to the spark plug change and major tune? There is no reason that car should not last a min of 300,000 miles, unless she drives it like a pizza delivery driver (or is the pizza delivery driver) or is abusive of the car.
The yearly mean mileage indicates you will NEVER break even with a hybrid Civic/Prius. I say fix it (the 2000 Civic) when needed/necessary and pocket the monthly payments. If she simply MUST be a slave to a new car, a Civic/Corolla/Hyndai (etc) product is the way to go.