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2003 Honda Element Question: Element won't start



drumone, Irmo, SC, September 01, 2009, 23:22

Please help. Trying to start my 2003 Element...nothing. Has a realitively new battery...had starter replaced 3 months ago. Horn and lights work. Power locks work.....radio will not come on...power windows not working, and I can't get it to shift out of park so I can roll it out of the garage! I really need some guidance hear! Thanks.

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    patrick mannion from Greg Solow's Engine Room, September 02, 2009, 00:07

    The horn, lights, power door locks all work independent of the ignition switch, radio and windows are operational only after ignition so that is a vital clue as to is the shift lock detent. If you can get access to the wires at the ignition switch the white wire should have power (12 Volts) key off, if not check for blown 50 Amp fuse fuse #20 in the fuse box in the under hood is bad. Ignition key in the first position white, and black/yellow wire should have power, key in second position white, black/yellow and black/red wire should be live, key in third position white, black/yellow, black/red, should be live and the black/white wire then sends power to the starter relay and on to the starter. But my guess is the 50 Amp fuse #20 is blown.

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    drumone, September 05, 2009, 10:02

    OK....so I replaced the 50 Amp fuse; tried to crank the car...it made a spurt like it was going to start and then promptly blew the new fuse. Now I am just frustrated. I need to be able to move the Element out of my garage at least....I know I should not use a higher Amp fuse....can I replace the fuse again and just turn the ignition enought to get the vehicle out of Park?

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