OK so I have a no crank / no start issue with my 1989 Accord, 260K+ mi, FI 2.0 L engine, 5 sp manual.
Been trying to do the right things by following Eric’s instructions and videos. So I know the Battery is shot as it reads 11.18 V. However, jumped it to a running car with a battery that reads 12.86V and still the same issue. I have removed the terminals and cleaned them inside & out. The positive cable is a sealed unit (see pic) so no access to the wires like in the video. Also can not see an easy way to access the starter terminal as it is sealed(see pictures). I have checked ALL of the fuses in the under the hood fuse box (including 2 main fuses) AND all of the fuses in the under the dash fuse box and all are good! Also, I removed and checked the clutch switch and it is good.
Anyway, when I turn the key I get the warning bells: door ajar and seat belt not fastened. I can see all of the normal lights on the dash appear when the key is turned. Initially had a funny sound near the passenger side footwell- sound like a whoop whoop of a siren or something (I’m terrible at describing sounds). Now I have a fast thumping sound which I tried to video but can’t figure out how to upload it!
Problem started last fall when I was replacing the radio unit. Had to tear out the console and remove a panel under the steering column. With that panel came two electronic bits I still can’t ID. But they are reinstalled when I have tried to start up. Anyway, during the radio repair, I left the door ajar and ran down the battery. Put a trickle charger on and it ran for a couple days before I got a full charge. Then tryied to start up – no crank. Had some other issues going on and wasn’t into crawling on the ground in the cold, so let everything sit for several months. Just started up on this project a week ago by putting the trickle charger on. Now I am as above.
So what is next in my diagnostic journey? What happened to send me from never a start problem to a no crank issue?
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