1996 Honda Ballade • 180,000 miles

My car seemed to be starting up fine. Until yesterday when I tried to swing the key it just made a clicking noise and refused to start. Well I do have a bit of an idea with vehichles and can do the basics.

I then connected a cord from the positive terminal of the battery to the starter and the car started, I did the exact same thing today and now the orange malfunction light seems to be coming on only when I touch the cord to the starter to start up.

Why is this, because yesterday nothing happened.

Thank you.
June 29, 2012.

Dozens of bad things can happen when you start jumping power on a car full of electronic modules. I suggest you stop doing that and have it professionally checked. They will need a scan tool to find what codes have been stored.

Jun 29, 2012.
Have the ignition switch checked.

Is this an automatic or manual transmission?

Jun 29, 2012.