Car will not start

Tiny
FMARSH2005EL
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  • 2005 HONDA ELEMENT
  • 2.4L
  • 4 CYL
  • 2WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 206,000 MILES
Replaced battery. We heard buzzing when we started car. Replaced starter relay, it would not start. Replaced starter, it started, put into gear (R) shut off and will not start.
Tried security steps with key fob, would not start. Attempted "clear flood" accelerator was stuck on floor pulled pedal up and tried the step, would not start. Turns over will not crank. Pulled spark plugs cleaned them.
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Friday, January 13th, 2017 AT 10:35 AM

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Tiny
KEN
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Hey FMARSH2005EL,

I have to ask since so many problem happened after the battery, did the terminals get crossed when installing the battery?

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Wednesday, January 18th, 2017 AT 4:55 AM
Tiny
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No. Everything is installed properly. It started the one time, but when I put the car in gear (reverse) and move less than a few feet, it shut off.
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Thursday, January 19th, 2017 AT 7:04 PM
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So the engine does not start at all now right? I would check to see if your engine has compression does the engine sounds normal when cranking over?

Please let me know.

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Sunday, January 22nd, 2017 AT 10:00 AM
Tiny
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Somewhat. When I try to start it, it sounds as if it is going to. I smell gas when I stop. I just got new spark plugs to install.
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Monday, January 23rd, 2017 AT 6:54 PM
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While you are installing new spark plugs can you run a compression test.

Here is a guide to help you

https://www.2carpros.com/articles/how-to-test-engine-compression

Please let us know what happens so it will help others

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Friday, January 27th, 2017 AT 1:44 AM
Tiny
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I am not a mechanic so I don't have access to this equipment. The car won"t start so I can't it to get the compression test done.
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Friday, January 27th, 2017 AT 6:18 PM
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An auto parts store will rent it to you for free or really cheap.

Let me know how it goes

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Saturday, January 28th, 2017 AT 1:20 AM
Tiny
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Sure will. Thanks for the tip!
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Saturday, January 28th, 2017 AT 5:12 PM
Tiny
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Compression isn't the issue. Pretty sure it's either electrical or gas related. Also, gear shift won't shift from park to neutral without using shift release slot. Brake lights aren't working. The fuses appear to all be good. About to the end of my rope with the care. :-D
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Sunday, January 29th, 2017 AT 2:16 PM
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Hey FMARSH2005EL,

There is a power junction block and a tail light relay that could be causing the problem, here is a wiring diagram that should help you test for power along the circuit.

https://www.2carpros.com/articles/how-to-use-a-test-light-circuit-tester

Run some tests and get back to us so we can continue helping you.

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Monday, January 30th, 2017 AT 1:21 AM

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