Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: car won't start, maybe electrical - 1995 Honda Civic

asked by on

when driving, speed gauge goes crazy, key-in-ignition chime starts chiming, car intermittently turns off/on, then continues to run normally. Now, car won't start, it cranks but won't turn over. All dashboard lights, including gauges & buttons are totally dark, won't light up. Headlights/break lights work. Main relay is new. Put key in iginition and turn, nothing lights up, car cranks but won't turn over.

My car has 10000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

Hey there. I would start by checking the speed sensors. The plug that connects to this in the engine bay can become wet and can cause this type of problem. Also, check the alternator, and VSS (vehicle speed sensor) fuse under the dash. I have seen this also cause that type of problem when the car is basically running on only battery. You may want to check the ground wires as well. To have this inspected for you, a certified technician from YourMechanic can come to your car’s location to diagnose the starting issue and pinpoint what needs repair.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1000 mechanics are ready to answer your question.
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details
  1. Home
  2. Questions
  3. car won't start, maybe electrical - 1995 Honda Civic

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: Truck dies when not on the throttle.

Hello. A few things I would check are the timing, the idle air control valve, and the condition of the vacuum hoses. Retarded ignition timing can sometimes cause low throttle issues, and can definitely cause stalling. The idle air control...

Q: What is the best oil for engine and gear oil. RPM is stuck at 4000 and not going up. I'm in a Honda Zest car.

Hi there. The best oil to use on any Honda 2005 or newer is Mobil 1 high life or Valvoline. That will ensure that you have the correct type of oil for the best performance for your vehicle. The issue...

Q: Feels like car cant make turns, without slowing down

This could be many things ranging from various suspension components failing to steering components failing. Without taking the car for a test drive this may be difficult to diagnose. I would recommend having a certified expert, such as one from...

Related articles

How Do Power Car Windows Increase Passenger Safety?
Power windows are responsible for approximately 2,000 emergency room visits every year. When a power window closes, it exerts enough force to bruise or break bones, crush fingers, or restrict an airway. Though...
P2428 OBD-II Trouble Code: Exhaust Gas Temperature Too High Bank 1
P2428 code definition A P2428 trouble code signifies that the PCM has detected a problem in the exhaust gas temperature sensor circuit in bank 1, which subsequently contains the number one...
P2103 OBD-II Trouble Code: Throttle Actuator Control Motor Circuit High
P2103 means there is a fault with the throttle actuator control motor circuit, likely due to a defective electrical component or part.