Starting System Symptom Troubleshooting

Symptom Diagnostic procedure Also check for 
Engine does not start
(does not crank) 
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Check for loose battery terminals or connections.
Test the battery for a low charge.
Check the starter.
Check the starter cut relay.
Check the transmission range switch (A/T):Check the clutch interlock switch (M/T).
Check the ignition switch or wire. 
Poor ground at G101 (A/T) or G502 (M/T) 
Engine cranks, but does not start 1.
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Check for PGM-FI DTCs.
Test the fuel pump:Check for plugged or damaged fuel line:Check for plugged fuel filter:Check the throttle body:Check for low engine compression.
Check for damage or broken cam chain. 
 
Engine is hard to start 1.
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Check for PGM-FI DTCs.
Test the fuel pump:Check for plugged or damaged fuel line:Check for plugged fuel filter:Check for restricted three way catalytic converter (TWC) or exhaust system.