What could I have unhooked? - HondaCivicForum.com

Mechanical Problems & Technical Chat If you've got a problem you just can't figure out, a noise you can't diagnose, or a check engine light that won't go away, ask about it here!

What could I have unhooked?

Reply

 
 
 
  #1  
Old 04-07-2013, 09:41 PM
HCF Member
Thread Starter
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Cumming, GA
Posts: 81
Default What could I have unhooked?

After replacing a head gasket, I got in and turned the key to my daughter's ex-and now my - '91 wagon with 1500 cc engine. Everything worked in the cab but I got no power to the starter. What could I have unhooked to do this? Frustrating!
 
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 04-07-2013, 10:14 PM
Recognized HCF Member
Join Date: Jun 2007
Posts: 10,023
Default

Head gasket work shouldn't have anything to do with that. If it's manual transmission, check the clutch switch. The rubber pad can fall out at any time. You can test the battery, starter, and big wires by jumping battery + to the small terminal on the starter. Be sure car is in park or neutral with the brake set.
 
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 04-08-2013, 07:33 AM
HCF Member
Thread Starter
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Cumming, GA
Posts: 81
Default

Haynes mentions no clutch switch while Chilton does. I see nothing where Chilton says it should be for a '91. Neither manual tells how to take the seat out - only apart - and I am in too much pain to twist around in doorway and look up into the pedal cluster.
 
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 04-08-2013, 12:46 PM
Recognized HCF Member
Join Date: Jun 2007
Posts: 10,023
Default

There is definitely a clutch switch. The pedal has to be pressed all the way down before the starter will turn.

To remove a front seat just remove the 4 bolts that hold the ends of the rails to the floor; two in front and two in back. In other words, the seat comes out of the car with the rails attached. The bolts may have plastic trim covers on them which pry off.

First make sure it could potentially be the clutch switch by jumping the starter under the hood. Look for a small (about 1/2 inch diameter) loose piece of rubber in the floor board below the pedals.
 
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 04-08-2013, 09:01 PM
HCF Member
Thread Starter
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Cumming, GA
Posts: 81
Default

Thanks, Mk378. I found the clutch switch but it seems to be the type that Chilton states is on a '92 model, not the '91 that I have. When I worked at Autozone I was told that Honda was bad about using whatever was in the parts bin. I can push it in with my finger. I'll try to jump the starter before I take out the seat. Of course, the fabric has long since disintegrated so I plan to take it out and replace with a cool racing type seat.
 
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 04-10-2013, 06:38 AM
HCF Member
Thread Starter
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Cumming, GA
Posts: 81
Default

As I unscrewed the nut which connected the positive battery lead to the starter I noticed a lot of corrosion. I cleaned up the area, the nut, washer and threaded post and put the cable back on. This time when I turned the key I heard what I wanted to hear, the starter motor. So, now I just have to replace a leaky radiator and I'm done. At least for now.
 
Reply With Quote
 
 
 
Related Topics
Thread
Thread Starter
Forum
Replies
Last Post
cfc company
General Civic Talk
14
08-23-2009 01:30 AM
SIstyle
General Civic Talk
7
03-24-2009 10:41 AM
SirTealingstonThe2ND
Mechanical Problems & Technical Chat
4
10-23-2007 01:54 PM
Street Sniper
The Lounge
30
07-21-2005 11:05 PM


Thread Tools
Search this Thread
Quick Reply: What could I have unhooked?


Advertising
Featured Sponsors

Contact Us Archive Advertising Cookie Policy Privacy Statement Terms of Service

We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.