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Old 10-01-14, 08:04 AM
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I have a 2008 Honda Civic LX coupe. I've never had any mechanical issues in the time I've owned it.

Starting yesterday, I noticed after turning the key the panel would blink quickly before turning over to start. This morning I went out to go to work, and the car now just went turn over. All of the lights and everything are on, the dash lights up, but nothing else is happening.

I had to call in to work now so I can get this fixed, but before I call to get it towed I was wondering if anyone had any idea what the problem may be? I'm not a car guy, so I don't know squat, but if it's something I could pinpoint it might make it easier.
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Does it make any noise when you turn it over?
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Old 10-01-14, 08:07 AM
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Does it make any noise when you turn it over?
Kind of an electronic clicking. I had a car with starter issues before and it doesn't sound like that did.
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definitely the best place to ask for advice on cars.
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definitely the best place to ask for advice on cars.
If I needed medical advice I'd ask you.
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So the battery isn't completely dead but that doesn't mean it has enough juice to turn the car over. It's either the battery or alternator --- so check the battery first because it's much cheaper.
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My car literally had the same issue a week ago. Enough juice for the lights but not enough to start. Replaced the battery and all is now well. The battery was over five years old and it was the car's factory battery, so it wasn't really worth trying to recharge it, in my opinion.

Could be your alternator, but you'll have to replace/recharge the battery first. Then, when the car is running, CAREFULLY disconnect the battery. If the car stops, your alternator is bad. If it keeps running, then it was just the battery. That's how I've tested it in the past.
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Pee in its butt.

Or maybe that is why it doesn't work if someone did pee in the gas tank.
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My car literally had the same issue a week ago. Enough juice for the lights but not enough to start. Replaced the battery and all is now well. The battery was over five years old and it was the car's factory battery, so it wasn't really worth trying to recharge it, in my opinion.

Could be your alternator, but you'll have to replace/recharge the battery first. Then, when the car is running, CAREFULLY disconnect the battery. If the car stops, your alternator is bad. If it keeps running, then it was just the battery. That's how I've tested it in the past.
Exactly.

Take the battery to a car parts store like Autozone or Pep Boys and they'll test it for free.

When you remove the battery, unhook the negative terminal first, and re-attach it last.
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Old 10-01-14, 09:32 AM
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Kind of an electronic clicking. I had a car with starter issues before and it doesn't sound like that did.
It's 100% the battery. Replace and you are good to go.
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Old 10-01-14, 09:46 AM
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Just to add to the reasoning about the battery (which I agree with above). The electronic clicking you hear is the solenoid of the starter trying to engage. The battery doesn't have enough power to close the solenoid and so it keeps attempting it.

As I said, I agree with battery. I assume it is more than 3 years old so it is probably toast. If they test the battery and it is ok, then I wouldn't jump right to the alternator, it could be a rusted/loose grounding strap that is preventing the alternator from charging the battery.
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Check for loose connections first. I had a car that acted like the battery was going bad, when I checked the battery, found a loose wire that was connected to one of the clamps. Tightened it up and all was fine.
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If you're a TripleA member, they will come to your driveway and test your battery and replace it if need be.
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Old 10-01-14, 09:52 AM
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Old 10-01-14, 10:18 AM
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It's your battery.

(I really don't know but that seems to be the overall feeling around here and I want to pretend to be smart about these things).
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Old 10-01-14, 11:29 AM
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It's the battery...I had a 2006 Honda Civic that did the same thing when the battery died. As one poster said - enough juice to light up things, but not enough to turn the engine over.
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Old 10-01-14, 11:38 AM
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Yep, it was the battery. I've never had it replaced. The tow truck driver gave me a jump and I'm at Sears waiting for them to finish installing it now. Thanks for the help.
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Old 10-01-14, 11:40 AM
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You're having someone else change the battery?

Hand in your man card. Also you're banned from the Fappening thread.
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Old 10-01-14, 11:43 AM
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You're having someone else change the battery?

Hand in your man card. Also you're banned from the Fappening thread.


I can change my wipers, headlights and other basic shit but I'm pretty clueless whn it comes to cars. They're not charging anything for the install and I don't have any tools right now as it is. I'm ok with that.
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How much are they charging for the replacement though?
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Old 10-01-14, 11:50 AM
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how much are they charging for the replacement though?
$125. Which I'm sure is a ripoff.
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Old 10-01-14, 11:58 AM
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$125 total? That's actually not horrible.
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$125. Which I'm sure is a ripoff.
Eh. That's definitely more than I would pay, but depending on the battery it may or may not be a total ripoff. In all honesty though, changing the battery in your car is one of the easiest things you can do. Unless you really don't own a wrench, it won't take more than 5 minutes to do.
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Old 10-01-14, 12:29 PM
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Yeah, I'm not a car guy either but changing the battery is probably easier than changing a tire.

That aside, there can be hiccups. I replaced my battery in my last car and the connectors were rusted to shit. It took quite an effort to get them undone and then replaced before even dealing with the battery.
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Old 10-01-14, 12:35 PM
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If they also take the old battery it becomes a better deal. PITA getting rid of those things.
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