I’ve had my 91 CRX stored in the garage, starting & running the engine for about 15 minutes once a month (I’ve been doing this for the past year). Just today I got the car to start up and drove it to my local gas station for a fill up. I turned off the engine and filled up with gas. When I tried to start the engine, I got no response at all. The ignition/dash lights would light up, but when I press in the clutch and turn the key, there’s just nothing, no electrical response, no sound at all.
I’m trying to go through the process of elimination of what the problem could be.
I have checked the following:
Car Battery — has adequate amount of charge (12 volts)
Fuse Box under the hood (Fuse type 50A specifically for the Ignition appears to be OK, not blown or damaged)
The only way I could get the car to start was to have the car ignition turned on, and have someone give the car a push to get it rolling, whereby I would pop the clutch to get the engine started. Once the car gets started, it runs normally. I drove it back home, turned off the engine and had the same problem when trying to start up the engine. There is zero electrical response (i.e. no clicking noise, no electrical current humming, etc.) when I turn the key over to start the engine.
BTW, about 5 years ago, I removed the main relay and re-soldered all the original soldered contact points, because the car would not start up again once the engine got warmed up. When I turned the engine off and then tried to start it up again the starter would crank, but the engine would not start. Once I re-soldered the contact points on the main relay and re-installed it, this particular problem went away.
I noticed that since there is no electrical feed going to the starter, is there a starter switch or feed relay that might have gone out that is preventing any electricity from the battery going to the starter motor?
Also, in order to start the car, the clutch pedal has to be pressed all the way down. I’m wondering if there’s some contact/relay point possibly disconnected to the clutch pedal that is causing the zero response when I turn the key to start. I have no idea, but perhaps someone who reads this does.
Based on reading my description above, would anybody have suggestion as to where or what I should focus on to trouble shoot the problem? Thanks for any helpful responses.
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