'86 Honda Accord: won't start


Old 07-24-03, 01:40 PM
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'86 Honda Accord: won't start

1986 Honda Accord hatchback, 100k+ miles, auto trans, carburetor engine.

Our on again, off again Honda is off again: it was running fine, sat for a week or two, then wouldn't crank next time I tried it. No dash lights, no dome light, no horn, nothing. I tried to jump it, but no results. The battery is about a year old. Because I don't get any lights even during the jump process, I wonder if the ground wire's connection has failed...?

Any thoughts? What's the best way to troubleshoot this?

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Old 07-24-03, 05:30 PM
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Check all connections closely for corrosion, tightness and soundness first.
Measure the battery voltage with a digital meter. Tell us what you find.
Old 07-26-03, 07:03 AM
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These cars are bad about "burning" up the ignition swithces, and will cause the same results. Work sometimes, then not. Not a very expensive repair, not very hard to check out..
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