Starting System

Starter Circuit Troubleshooting (cont'd)

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  1. Check the following items are in the order listed until you find the open circuit.
  • Check the BLK/WHT wire and connectors between the starter cut relay and the ignition switch and between the starter cut relay and the starter.
  • Check the ignition switch (see page 22-83).
  • With A/T, check the transmission range switch and connector. With M/T, check the clutch interlock switch and connector, refer to the '01 Civic Shop manual on this CD (see page 4-7).
  1. Check engine speed during cranking.

Is the engine speed above 100 rmp?

YES - Go to step 8.

NO - Remove and disassemble the starter and check for the following until you find the cause.

  • Excessively worn starter brushes
  • Open circuit in commutator brushes
  • Dirty or damaged helical splines or drive gear
  • Faulty drive gear clutch
  1. Check the cranking voltage and current draw.

Is cranking voltage no less than 8.0 volts and 200 amps?

YES - Go to step 9.

NO - Remove and disassemble the starter and check for the following until you find the cause.

  • Open circuit in starter armature commutator segments
  • Starter armature dragging
  • Shorted armature winding
  • Excessive drag in engine
  1. Remove the starter and inspect its drive gear and the flywheel or torque converter ring gear for damage. Replace any damaged parts.