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Honda Civic Cranks, Won't Start

Q. I have a 1990 Honda Civic Si, fuel injected 1.6 liter engine with a manual trans. and just over 140,000 miles. The problem I'm having is when I try to start it the engine turns over but it won't start. The problem started a few weeks ago. I drove it to work, and when it was time to go home, it wouldn't start.

Honda Civic Cranks, Won't Start

Before this happened I did notice that it was not starting right away. Now that I haven't driven it in about 3-4 weeks, the battery doesn't have enough charge to turn the engine over. The battery is less than a year old.

Thanks for your help...

A. Well the first thing you're going to have to do is charge the battery up. There's nothing you can do until that's done. If it won't take a charge, you'll have to replace it.

Once that's done we have to determine what's missing: fuel or spark.

Shoot some carburetor cleaner into the intake and try to start it. If it starts and runs as long as the carburetor is sprayed in, you have a fuel problem. If not, then take one of the plug wires off, stick it on an old spark plug and lay it on something metal on the engine. Crank it over and see if there is spark. If there is no spark then you have an ignition problem.

When we determine that we can start looking for the problem.

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