Car cranks but no spark

Tiny
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  • 1998 HONDA CIVIC
  • 147,000 MILES

It is getting gas

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Wednesday, September 19th, 2012 AT 7:14 PM

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Check the distributor, especially the ignition coil. Ensure you don't have a failed timing belt.

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Wednesday, September 19th, 2012 AT 8:03 PM
Tiny
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I dont have power to the distributor

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Wednesday, September 19th, 2012 AT 9:14 PM
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The Black/Yellow wire receives battery voltage direct from ignition switch and is power supply is missing, you are not going to get any sparks. It could be a faulty ignition switch or a break in the circuit.

Turn ignition switch on and note if the dash warning lights are all working. Turn key slowly to start and note if the lights go out all at once. If engine starts or tries to start and stalls when key is released to return to run position, you have a bad ignition switch.

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Wednesday, September 19th, 2012 AT 9:29 PM
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I have no power to the black and yellow wire. And all the lights stay on.

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Wednesday, September 19th, 2012 AT 9:33 PM
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Attach a fuse 10 A wire to the Black/Yellow wire adn connect to a power supply source and try starting. If it works, you need to trace the break between ignition switch and distributor.

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Wednesday, September 19th, 2012 AT 9:52 PM
Tiny
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And if it dosent work?

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Wednesday, September 19th, 2012 AT 10:12 PM
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That most probably means you have given me the wrong or missing information.

You mentioned no power to it so it should work even if it is a fault with the wire harness or ignition switch.

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Wednesday, September 19th, 2012 AT 10:23 PM
Tiny
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Okay I will try it how will I know if its the ignition switch?

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Wednesday, September 19th, 2012 AT 10:28 PM
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You would need to test it. With ignition switch turned on and while cranking, the Black/Yellow wire MUST have battery voltage.
You need to remove the steering column cover to get at the wires.

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Wednesday, September 19th, 2012 AT 10:53 PM
Tiny
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It worked I am going to work on it some more tonight. Thanks for the help.

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Thursday, September 20th, 2012 AT 3:58 PM
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You're welcome.

With ignition switch turned on, dash indicators showing and no power to distributor would mean a break in the wiring circuit.

Now would be the difficult part. Locating the source of the break.

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Thursday, September 20th, 2012 AT 7:42 PM
Tiny
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I got the black and yellow wire to have power now. But it wont turn over now.

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Friday, September 21st, 2012 AT 12:30 AM
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How did you do that?

Now you need to test for battery voltage to the starter solenoid.
High possibility you have a bad ignition switch.

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Friday, September 21st, 2012 AT 6:14 AM
Tiny
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Today when I went to test the black and yellow wire it had power but then it wouldnt crank.

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Friday, September 21st, 2012 AT 12:15 PM
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Did you test the starter solenoid wire for battery voltage at cranking position?

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Friday, September 21st, 2012 AT 2:27 PM
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No I did not.

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Friday, September 21st, 2012 AT 3:24 PM
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If you don't want to do any testings, how do you expect us to help you?

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Friday, September 21st, 2012 AT 8:51 PM
Tiny
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The little wire to the starter solenoid does not have power

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Friday, September 21st, 2012 AT 10:07 PM
Tiny
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When you try and crank the car

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Friday, September 21st, 2012 AT 10:08 PM
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The same wire is powered from the ignition switch. Try same procedure and test at ignition side for the same wire. If voltage is not available, you have a faulty ignition switch.

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Friday, September 21st, 2012 AT 10:21 PM

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