'97 Honda Civic DX Having problems starting.
Asked May 16, 2009, 11:21 AM
I bought this car used from a friend who repairs and restores cars for a living. In a few words, he buys cars that have been in minor accidents, repairs them, then sells them.
Onto my problem. I have a 1997 Honda Civic DX, about 79K miles on it, and it has been having trouble starting lately. Shortly after I got it, the battery turned out to be dead, so I had it replaced. Everything worked just fine for the next five or six months until I went out one day. It was raining quite hard while I was driving, though when I parked, the rain had stopped. It was a fairly warm day, probably pushing 80 degrees F. and the humidity was through the roof. When I returned to start the car and be on my way, it didn't want to start. It made a click but that's just about it. After about ten, maybe fifteen minutes of sitting around, the car started and I got back home without further problems. The car started just fine for a day or two afterward but it began doing the same thing. In my desperate attempt to fix the problem (not having any experience with cars other than driving and changing my battery once) I gently wiggled the cables that connect the battery and it started. I thought I'd found my miracle cure seeing as how that helped start the car every time it had that problem up until today. Tried to start the car, that familiar click followed by silence is what I got in return. Figuring I knew the problem, I wiggled the cables once again but it didn't work so I turned to the internet and now I'm here.
I've noticed that this started happening ever since it got warmer. Not sure if that might have something to do with it, but I figure I'll throw all the information I can on here, hoping to get an idea of what my problem might be. We had a pretty harsh winter, going to -30 F with wind chill on a few occasions. Also, I live in Illinois if that is of any help.
Thank you in advance for any help you may be able to provide.