Engine Mechanical problem
1994 Honda Civic 4 cyl Two Wheel Drive Automatic
I've been working on my sons Honda civic. I've changed the Spark Plugs, Spark Plug wires, new battery and had to change the Starter. When trying to start the car it turns, but hesitates in starting. Doesn't just start up right away. Once it starts, it runs great, but when I drive it long enough for the engine to get warmed up and I stop someone where. I get back in the car and it won't start. Just clicks. Have to get a jump. Could it be that the Alternater is undercharged (no good) and because of this the it's draining the battery? My mechanic tested it and says it's not good, but I guess I need another opinion. Is there anything else I can trouble shoot along with the alternator?
Get the car running, then remove your negative battery cable if the car cuts off it means the alernator is not charging and it s running off just the battery. I have seen this run a battery down to where it will not keep a charge and you have to replace both the alternator and battery.
October, 2, 2008 AT 8:42 AM
Dear single mother; Don't try the above test. I would take a volt amp meter, very cheap and easy to find, and test the voltage at the battery. The battery voltage without the car running should be around 12 volts and will probably be 11 something. Then start the car and retest. Now you should see the voltage in the 14 - 15 volt range. If it is not there, replace that alternator. Be careful about what you stick in to replace it. A rebuilt will do fine but make sure that it is a quality rebuild.
October, 2, 2008 AT 12:54 PM
I've already taken the Alternator off. Never do that again on a 94 Honda Civic. I am going to replace it and hope this was the problem as my mechanic says. If not, is there anything else I can trouble shoot? I've pretty much have replaced everything else that needed to be replaced. Any ideas would be much appreciated. Thanks