Your car won’t start and you must enroll a very important meeting! Don’t panic, you don’t need to be an exceptional mechanic to act effectively. By simply following the tips in this article step by step you will quickly solve the problem and restart your Honda Civic.
First, we will try to find the reasons that might prevent your car from starting.
It is also possible that your car crancks but won’t start.does-not-start-honda-civic

Reasons that prevent your Honda Civic from starting

The battery may not have supported leaving your headlights on all night, or the vehicle key may have been forgotten on the ignition.
To check that it comes from the battery, and not from other causes, first examine the lighting of your headlights. Indeed, a low intensity or no lighting is definitely a bad sign for your battery.

Let’s see the different causes of failure

Battery pack

In most cases, for a Honda Civic that does not start, the battery is implicated because it gives the starter the energy required to start the engine.
Check if there are any lights on your dashboard. Refer to the light on to point the failure.
If when turning the key you can feel jolts, this is an indicator of a low battery, and so it needs to be recharged.
A little tip that may help you a lot is to keep jumper cables in your Honda Civic, you will save yourself a towing.
If someone you know has the cables themselves, they can recharge your battery enough for you to restart the engine and the battery to recharge itself. Wait for a moment before departing even if your car is on, you don’t wish to stall at the first traffic light and have to repeat the operation.

Weather conditions

Let’s move on. Let’s imagine that your battery is recharged, but unfortunately your Honda Civic still doesn’t start. First, it is necessary to know that humidity and temperature changes produce oxidation that can deposit on the battery terminals, clogging it and preventing it from working.
When in good working order, the terminals are a metallic grey. If they have changed colour, it is important to clean them. It is possible to do this with a wire brush or sandpaper. Make use of a small amount of thick grease before rubbing.

Starter of your Honda Civic

Now you have followed our advice so far but your Honda Civic still doesn’t react. It is now time to focus your attention on the starter, the small electric motor that starts the car’s engine.
You should know that to keep it in perfect working order, a few simple and quick steps are required. You can give a few small jolts on the sharp part of the starter, which will release the coals and assist in their passage.
It should also be mentioned that this part does not have a specific lifetime, everything will rely upon its use and as a result on the maintenance of your Honda Civic. When it no longer functions well, it is often caused by a bad electrical contact, itself often induced by high summer heat. This cuts down the conductivity of metals. If the weather is not hot, it is notto be blamed for

Another technique to try to start your car is to put your Honda Civic on a slope and by using the clutch pedal, the engine will sooner or later start. This will succeed if your battery is dead and it has not been used to start the starter. In this solution, this trick avoids solliciting it.


If, on the other hand, after driving, your battery has not recharged, (so you still cannot restart your engine with the contact even after driving) two options, either your battery is dead, or it’s the alternator. Its role is to recharge it while driving. This means that your battery may be in good condition, but it has simply not been recharged by the defective alternator.


If despite all this you are incapable to identify the failure, it is still recommended to see a professional who can make a diagnosis to be more accurate. Bear in mind everything that has been mentioned in order to provide him with information that could make it possible for him/her to repair your Honda Civic.

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