New battery, no start, constant clicking, rear lights won't turn off

Tiny
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  • 1994 HONDA CIVIC
  • 105,000 MILES
My car died last week. Got a new battery yesterday. The minute I connect the terminals, the indicators turn on, the rear brake lights turn on, and there is a constant clicking sound coming from under the dash. Yesterday there was a car alarm that went off too, but I cut the wires to it and yanked it out (now there's an open wire hanging out below my steering column). And the car won't start, but will click. Headlights work, interior light works, power locks work, power windows do NOT work.
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Tuesday, October 4th, 2011 AT 11:52 PM

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Tiny
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Locate where the clicking is coming from. IT sounds like a relay. It could be a starter relay. As far as the wire, I don't know which one you cut. I do recommend putting electrical tape in the end so it doesn't short of it is powered.
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Wednesday, October 5th, 2011 AT 12:04 AM
Tiny
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If it is a relay, do I just need to pull it out to stop the problem? Or do I need to replace it before the car will start? I forgot to mention that the constant clicking stops on its own after about 5-7 minutes, till I try to start the car again, then it goes off again. I cut the wire that led to the siren from under the dash. I pulled the siren out. But the wire disappears into a mess below the dash so I can't pull it out anymore. Thanks for the reply!
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Wednesday, October 5th, 2011 AT 12:21 AM
Tiny
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If the relay is bad, it will need replaced. Check to see if there are other relays with the same part number and switch it to see if it makes a difference. I hate to say it, but I feel the security system has something to do with this and may need completely removed.
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Wednesday, October 5th, 2011 AT 12:43 AM
Tiny
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Sounds like you gotta aftermarket alarm going off. Is there a small toggle switch around on the dash somewhere and a little red light. Turn the key on and flip the toggle the red light will come on then it will start. Do you have the alarm remotes? Or
youll have to drop the underdash panel. Locate the module just follow the clicking. Pull it down youll see the 2 fat wires to the starter. Use a but connecter to join them togeather. Then it will start. You will have to remove the power or ground wire to stop the clicking though. Let us know what happens. Ty for using 2carpros
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Wednesday, October 5th, 2011 AT 12:45 AM
Tiny
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Ok guys. So I located a little black box (we'll call this BB1)way under the dash. Seems like the clicking is coming from there.I also found an even smaller black box with the words "Shock Sensor" (model no. AS 9095) written on it, a little red flashing light that flashes with the clicking. If I hit the Shock Sensor when the clicking stopped, it would start up again. I disconnected a big grey wire coming out of it, and the clicking stopped for a bit. Now it starts up randomly but isn't as frequent as it was before.I saw two tiny wires coming out the back of BB1 and unplugged them, but cant seem to see a "big fat wire" going to the starter (do you mean the actual starter or the starter relay?)So now im almost positive this is the alarm disabling my car, but I dont know how to unplug/remove it completely. Does any of this sound familiar?
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Wednesday, October 5th, 2011 AT 1:46 AM
Tiny
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Thats the puppy do what I said. Find the starter wire its cut right by the ingition switch on the steering column. Look at the starter seloniod the small wire is the one you need to reconnect togeather inside. Remember the color then go to the alarm module and repair it. If you disconnect the module you dont have to remove it all. You may cause more trouble.
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Wednesday, October 5th, 2011 AT 2:12 AM
Tiny
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Aren't aftermarket parts fun! I had a feeling it delt with the alarm system. Thanks, cadieman. You know more about them than I do. There are too many different ones.
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Wednesday, October 5th, 2011 AT 2:18 AM
Tiny
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Thanks guys.I'm glad that I seem to have identified the problem, but I think I'm in over my head.I don't usually work with cars and definitely never with electronics. Thanks for your help cadieman but I don't get half the terms you used. I don't know what a but connector is or how I will repair it, and I'm not sure I'll recognize a starter wire or solenoid when I see it. I don't suppose you have a video or pictures of it do you? You don't live in Orange County CA by any chance either do you:)
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Wednesday, October 5th, 2011 AT 2:48 AM
Tiny
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I attached a picture of a butt connector. As far as the wire to the solenoid, he is saying to is to identify the color of the small wire that goes to the starter. That is the one that you need to disconnect from the alarm and then reconnect it without the alarm attached. Make sure the wire is the same color.
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Wednesday, October 5th, 2011 AT 3:20 AM
Tiny
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Hi Jacob, thanks for your reply. I think you forgot to attach the picture though.

What am I attaching the wire that goes to the starter to?
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Wednesday, October 5th, 2011 AT 4:41 PM
Tiny
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I don't know why, but it won't send.
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Wednesday, October 5th, 2011 AT 4:56 PM
Tiny
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NOTE:
A butt connector is basically a connector that you crimp on to a wire with pliers. They are the type that you can get at a hardware store.
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Wednesday, October 5th, 2011 AT 4:57 PM
Tiny
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Did you find the toggle switch?They cut the starter wire. Then they install it on the module. Look for 2 wires the same color on the module and put them back togeather with a crimp connecter. Then cut the black wire at the module or just remove the module.
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Wednesday, October 5th, 2011 AT 5:14 PM
Tiny
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Got it. I could have looked that up myself. Thanks for bearing with me. So, I need to find the wire that comes from the ignition to the alarm, and the wire that goes from the alarm to the starter, and disconnect them from the alarm and reconnect them together directly. Now I just have to go figure it out. Thanks for your help guys.
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Wednesday, October 5th, 2011 AT 5:19 PM

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