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Help with diagnosing ignition problems
1999 Honda Civic

Help with diagnosing ignition problems

(1999 Honda Civic)
So, i bought this 99 Civic VP model about 5 months ago, and had to replace the alternator. It has been ok since then, but recently i have had problems getting it to start. The symptoms now are, when i turn the key to the ignition position, the radio comes on, but seems to turn on and off over and over by itself, and when i press the brake pedal to start the car, it appears that the entire electrical system in the car turns off. I am a little perplexed at this point, and any help or ideas would be appreciated!
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on January 05, 2015
Battery dead?.. Car start??
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on January 05, 2015
So, no the Battery isn't dead, I checked it with a meter and it was fine. With the key in the 1 position, you can hear the beeps and the interior lights come on fine, the radio will come on, turn off and then come back on, repeatedly. with the key in the 1 or 2 position, either way, if I press the brake pedal, all power in the car turns off.

This seems like a ground to me, or something similar to that. I have a background in marine electric, so I am not foreign to chasing grounds, but before I break out the crappy drawings and start trying to half split it, I thought I would ask around here and see if anyone has had anything like this come up before.
on January 05, 2015
Try a jump start just to see what happens... Battery may read correct voltage while unloaded!!.. Just give it a try.
on January 05, 2015
That got it started.... I will let it run for a hour, then check it again. I jumped the other day, but I am guessing that it didn't get enough of a charge. It sat for 2 weeks without being driven, guess it drained down in that time. Thanks!
on January 05, 2015
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on January 05, 2015
Battery dead?.. Car start??
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on January 05, 2015
So, no the Battery isn't dead, I checked it with a meter and it was fine. With the key in the 1 position, you can hear the beeps and the interior lights come on fine, the radio will come on, turn off and then come back on, repeatedly. with the key in the 1 or 2 position, either way, if I press the brake pedal, all power in the car turns off.

This seems like a ground to me, or something similar to that. I have a background in marine electric, so I am not foreign to chasing grounds, but before I break out the crappy drawings and start trying to half split it, I thought I would ask around here and see if anyone has had anything like this come up before.
on January 05, 2015
Try a jump start just to see what happens... Battery may read correct voltage while unloaded!!.. Just give it a try.
on January 05, 2015
That got it started.... I will let it run for a hour, then check it again. I jumped the other day, but I am guessing that it didn't get enough of a charge. It sat for 2 weeks without being driven, guess it drained down in that time. Thanks!
on January 05, 2015

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