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2003 Honda Accord Question: car ran fine, 10 min later, it only clicked and would not start. battery is good

 

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Huff92, 3.0L V6, Prosper, TX, December 09, 2012, 10:49
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just replaced the battery 2-3 weeks ago.

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    December 09, 2012, 19:02
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    Double check battery connections. Check connection at starter and if able , test for voltage (signal) at solenoid connection. May be the starter solenoid contacts are bad , which in that case you would be best to get a good brand re-man. starter. If doing it yourself , recommend 'bench testing' the starter before buying one , just to be sure.

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    pushrod, December 09, 2012, 22:35
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    I agree with ziptie also have charging system checked.(alternator) Did it do ok as soon as new battery was installed until now?
    Did it finally start this time without a jump start? Was this the same reason battery was replaced 2 or 3 weeks ago?

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    goodguy, December 10, 2012, 05:27
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    I agree with both #1and #2

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    Huff92, December 10, 2012, 11:10
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    The battery was replaced, since it was old and all electrical items in car (windows, locks, lights, radio) work fine. I did go out to Utube and found that others have replaced the main relay as this seems to be a common problem with Honda Accords with over 150K miles. All had the same issue I am having with a strange gurgling sound behind the dash, which I have had for about 1 year. One guy even got it on the video and it sounded just like mine. I will try the main relay first and see what happens. Thanks.

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    ziptie12, December 10, 2012, 19:56
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    Does the engine turn over or is it just a 'click' as your original post states?? Main relay won't help a no-crank situation...........?????????

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    Huff92, December 11, 2012, 13:27
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    Good question. It is just a click/clank, but only one. Just had another mechanic verify what all 3 of you have been saying...it is the starter. I bought a main sensor, but took it back and got a starter. Almost done installing it. I will let you all know. Thanks!

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    ziptie12, December 11, 2012, 19:26
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    Good deal! thanks for the reply.

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    Huff92, December 13, 2012, 12:35
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    I want to thank each of you for your response to this issue. I verified with my mechanic, bought the starter, installed it my self (very easy for a Honda) and my car started immediately. Praise God!!! I am back in business. Again, thank you so much!

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