If your Honda 1.5L or 1.6L Civic (Civic del Sol, CRX) does not crank and you suspect a BAD starter motor, this article will help you to diagnose it. You'll be able to either condemn the starter motor as Bad or completely eliminate it as the source of the the ‘No Crank’ condition on your Honda Civic.
In case you're wondering... the starter motor test in this tutorial can be accomplished in under about 20 minutes and doesn't require you to remove the starter motor from your Civic (Civic del Sol or CRX).
To help you navigate this Honda Civic starter test article/tutorial, here are the contents of this article at a quick glance:
NOTE: This tutorial covers two different types of starter motors for the Honda Civic. You'll find images of both in the image viewer in each test step.
Suggestion 1: You'll see that the photos of the starter motor are off of the car... this is only to make it easier to explain the different points that you'll have to probe with your multimeter. When you're performing the tests on your Honda Civic (Civic del Sol, CRX)... don't remove the starter motor from the car.
Suggestion 2: It's important that the battery in your Honda be fully charged to perform all of the tests in this tutorial. Also, the battery cable terminals and battery posts must be clean and corrosion free.
Suggestion 3: If you need to raise your Civic, to gain access to the starter motor -place it on jack stands! Don't trust the jack alone to keep your car up in the air! Take all necessary safety precautions, like using jack stands to hold up the vehicle, wearing eye-protection (safety glasses), etc.
Suggestion 4: If you're vehicle has a standard transmission... make sure that it's out of gear and in neutral, and the parking brake is activated/on.
The most common symptom of a BAD Starter are:
Although the above list is a not a very complete list of symptoms... the theme that runs thru' them, and any other related symptom, is that the engine will not turn over when the key is turned to crank the vehicle.
You don't need expensive test equipment to test the starter motor on your 1.5L, 1.6L Civic (Civic del Sol, CRX)... but you do need a few things. These are:
As you can see... you don't need anything expensive. OK, let's turn the page and get starter with the first starter motor test.
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