Why won't my car start?
My car just makes a clicking sound when you try to start it. I checked the battery and it's good, it just makes a clicking sound and won't start.
One way to prove that the starter solenoid is bad is to hit the starter while the key is turned to the start position. This can be a bit dangerous, so be careful. Grab a hammer or a sturdy piece of wood. Locate the starter on your vehicle, near the front of the transmission. On some vehicles it will be very hard to reach. Have a friend hold the key in the start position with their foot on the brake (and clutch, if your vehicle has a manual transmission). Give the starter a smack on the side or end, while being sure not to damage or dent it. If the starter runs after you hit it, you know you've got a bad solenoid and that you should replace the starter. If it doesn't run, you could still have a bad starter, but it could also be something else.
Hope this helps, and remember to be CAREFUL!
though your sure that the battery is good and fully charge, battery connection must be checked as a weak connection could easilly cause same symptom. once thats checked and found good, then move to starter to check battery power on the bigger wire. if ok, then try to jump the two wires momentarilly. if all its doing is still just clicking, do replace the starter assembly.
That clicking sound behind the glove compartment could be the factory security system engaging the kill-starter feature, according to a forum thread I read elsewhere, too. That happens sometimes including when you change or disconnect the car's battery or otherwise trigger a sensor (there are many).
You may be able to reset it with the reset button by the drivers side fuse box, or the factory radio or driver door lock with a key fob, sometimes in combination with the driver's power (un)lock button. If you have the factory security system you'll need the factory radio and/or the factory fob (discontinued and hard to find) not an after-factory replacement, and the original security code. I have heard of other tricks too like removing then replacing the radio fuse, disconnecting the battery, touching the disconnected battery cables together and such but that didn't help me. because my radio appears to be dead.
Do internet searches using terms like: factory accessories, security, alarm, reset, deactivate, reprogram, stereo, radio, computer, fob, remote, transponder, transmitter, valet button, reset button, panic button, programming, immobilizer, kill-starter, VIN, brake code, security code, serial number, anti-theft code, radio identification card
NOTE: many of these terms are interchangeable and I can't imagine why there aren't standard terms used at least by Honda staff (unless there are in the manuals, idk),
I found it helpful to talk to a Honda dealership parts and service staff, a stereo store installer, a locksmith, and a tower at a junkyard to learn about this initially. Most recommended towing to an electrical diagnostic shop, which I am trying to avoid paying for, but maybe you can manage this in your case.
Here are just some of the links I found in many hours of searching, reading, and viewing youtube. I cannot vouch for the info I repeated above or found in these threads or sites. I am just trying to consolidate some info so other owners and service personnel can find it when troubleshooting. Honda has pages too (but I'd need to go back in my history to find more). No I don't work for any of these fyi
Hi @Anthony Barber,
Here’s an image taken from the electrical section of the repair manual for your model vehicle.
It shows the components in the start circuit which may help you to find out why the solenoid and then the starter don’t operate
(click on image to enlarge for better viewing).
Hopefully this is of some help.
My 2000 honda crv wouldn’t start it just quit I changed plugs wires cap rotor checked fuel pressure everything checked out I was getting spark BUT the color of the spark was white - orange not dark blue well it ended up being the coil ! word to all even if you have spark if it isn’t dark blue change the motha!!!!!! I needed a tuneup so it wasn’t money wasted!!!!! hope it helps yall out !!!!