Honda Civic Won’t Start Makes Clicking Noise

Honda Civic won’t start and only clicking noise is heard during starting. Clicking sound comes from the “solenoid”, when ignition is turn “ON” the solenoid allow the current to flow from the battery to the starter to make the starter “ON” to crank the engine. Since the engine is not starting two possible reason is causing the engine not to start first is the battery and second is the starter. When diagnosing this kind of problem the first thing to check is the battery condition. Do the following.

1) Turn the ignition to the point before the clicking sound is heard, this is the point when the ignition key is turn before turning again to start the car.

2) Turn the windshield wiper on and leave it in operation for about 30 seconds. Windshield wiper runs off the battery when the engine is running. If the windshield wiper will not operate or when it operates it runs slower than normal, then there is a problem with the battery.

3) Open the hood then locate the battery. Check the battery terminals for any corrosion. If there is a presence of cruddy like substance on the terminals then the terminal is corroded. The corrosion is preventing the current to flow from the battery to the starter. If the starter received not enough amount of current the starter will not start the engine.

Remove the corrosion in the battery terminals. Clean the terminals using a wire brush, apply some baking soda and water to the terminals to help dissolve the corrosion, after removing the corrosion apply petroleum jelly on the terminal to prevent corrosion deposits on the terminals in the future.

However, if the battery is in good condition then the problem is the starter. There are two possible reasons why the starter won’t work, either a bad electrical connection or a bad starter. Both will cause starting problem on the car. To diagnose the problem first is to check the starter electrical connections, locate the starter and check the wire if it is secure and tight. If the wiring are OK then the problem is the starter. Replace the starter.

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