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91 Civic won't start

Discussion in 'General Tech and Maintenance' started by vic44, Apr 11, 2006.

  1. vic44

    vic44 Junior Member

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    Hello all my 91 civic si won't turn over when it gets cold out. Dash lights lite up radio works headlights work. I've resorted to having to use a hair dryer to heat up underneath the dash on the drivers side and then it will start no problem. Pain in the ass when i leave work. In warm weather it starts every time no problem. Also when i put my lights on the RPM's drops and it idles really low. I also replaced the alternator and new belt.

    Where should the idle be at on a 1.6L? 550 or 650?

    Any suggestions would be appreciated.

    Thanks.
     
  2. jginter

    jginter Junior Member

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    Try changing your battery
     
  3. vic44

    vic44 Junior Member

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    Battery & alternator are new.
     
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    I had a similar problem recently, try checking the negative ground for your battery cable. My connection had become rusted, so I just sanded & reattached it. Like you said, all my lights & electronics would work, but it wouldn't turn over. Not sure about the "heating up" under the dash though.

    Matt
     
  5. get_nick

    get_nick These snozzberries taste like snozzberries... VIP

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    look for some loose grounds. make sure there aren't any shorts. check your fuses and make sure none are blown.
     
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    widebody crx Junior Member

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    try putting in a new battery
     
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    [​IMG] he just said he has a new battery he put in because he thought it was that...cant u read
     
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    phunky.buddha Admin with a big stick Admin VIP

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    Make sure to check the wires going to the starter. Those come loose really easily on Civics, and sometimes get jammed up to the point that you think they're bolted down when they're really still loose. I've had that happen to me a few times.
     
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    :withstupid: change ur main relay....go get one from the dealer but be ready to pay the 40-50 bucks for one :p
     
  10. vic44

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    I took out the main relay and it looks like the original part, kinda smells like burnt plastic. i'll hop over to a boneyard and try find another.

    Q: Will a relay from another model civic for the same year work, or do i have to get one from the same model.

    Thanks everyone who replied, its greatly appreciated. [​IMG]


    Vic.
     
  11. phunky.buddha

    phunky.buddha Admin with a big stick Admin VIP

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    I'm not sure if you can interchange between the DPFI and MPFI cars, but I think you can.

    The safest thing to do it to get another one from a 90-91 Si (EX should work too, same engine), but you can always try one from another Civic to see if it will work.

    You can also open up the relay and reflow the solder at all the connections to refresh the relay. Lots of people do that to just repair the relay on their own. You'll save about $40-50 doing this (price of a NEW relay).
     
  12. vic44

    vic44 Junior Member

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    Thanks, i'll take a trip to the boneyard on Tues and try find a good one.


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