1996 Honda Civic Ignition Switch?

Tiny
CHRISTINAP
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  • 1996 HONDA CIVIC
Electrical problem
1996 Honda Civic 4 cyl Automatic

My sons car is still not starting all the time. I've replaced the battery, starter, alternature, spark plugs, spark plug wires and cleaned up the ground wire from the battery. I'm wondering if the problem could be the ignition switch. The switch is very loose and if I'm patient enough it will eventually start. The battery is holding steady at 12.60 when I test it with a volt meter. I believe it should be between 13 and 15. This tells me that the battery is not charging. Friend of mine said there could be a break somewhere and suspected the ignition switch or switch wire/s. He's a mechanic and wants to buy the car. I don't want to let it go because I know he knows whats wrong with it, but doesn't want to say because he wants the car for $600. I refuse to let it go because over all, it's a good engine. Sounds and runs great when it's running and I'm determined to fix this problem on my own while I teach my son about cars. I just need a little guidence. Thanks
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Thursday, October 30th, 2008 AT 1:10 PM

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Tiny
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Hi Christinap,

I need to know the following.

1. Does the engine crank when it could not start?
2. Are the dash lights showing all the time when ignition is turned to ON?
3. When turned to START, does the starter sometimes does not click or turn?
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Thursday, November 13th, 2008 AT 11:54 AM
Tiny
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The engine doesn't crank when we try to start it. Doesn't even click. Sometimes it won't even start with a jump.
I'm not sure about the dash lights. The check engine light comes on and few other things, then goes off.
When we try to start it, no the starter sometimes does nothing. I did notice that when it does start the starter sounds like it has a little kick to it. I'm in the process of taking the starter off and having it tested.

My son one night got mad and hit the starter and it sparked alittle. When he got back into the car, it started right up. Could this problem be the starter? It is a remanufactured one. I got it at Kragens upfortunately. Any ideas?
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Thursday, November 13th, 2008 AT 2:45 PM
Tiny
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Hi Christinap,

Check the starter cable connections from battery, could be loose. There is no necessity to remove the starter to test. Disconnect the starter solenoid wire and attach a remote wire to use it to crank. If it cranks, you need to check the ignition switch.
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Friday, November 14th, 2008 AT 5:33 AM

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