Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Installed new battery but car won't start - 2005 Honda Civic

asked by on

Had an old battery that needed to be boosted every 2 days if the car was unused.

Bought a new battery and installed it, but the car still won't start.

When I turn the ignition, the car tries to start and makes a bit of a screeching noise and shakes a lot but does not start. There is no "click click click" noise as the one made by the starter when trying to start from an empty battery. The noise is explosive with jerking motion.

My car has 170000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

A: Your symptoms could be caused by several co...

Your symptoms could be caused by several components. At first, it sounds like the starter is cranking, but isn't powerful enough to turn over the engine. This could be due to a bad electrical connection or faulty starter. Replacing the starter is the only option at that point. Now if the engine is turning over, and still unable to start, you have an issue with fuel, air, or spark delivery. Turn the key to accessory and listen for the faint sound of your fuel pump priming. It will sound like a very quiet winding or whirling. That will let you know if the fuel pump is powered and trying to work. You should also check the spark plug and wires. There are specific tools you can use to test them. However, if your spark plugs have over 50,000 miles, they may need to be replaced anyway. If you still need help with a diagnosis, a certified professional from YourMechanic can come to your car's location to inspect the no-start and pinpoint the correct 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

Ask a Mechanic
(100% Free)

Have a car question? Get free advice from our top-rated mechanics.

Ask A Mechanic
Over 10,000 questions answered!

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Save up to 30%

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: Problems with keyless start

With problems that are intermittent, it can be tricky to diagnose them. There is a common issue with these cars though, which is a failed brake light switch. This is the switch that indicates when you have applied the brake...

Q: Gasoline smell in a 2003 Vauxhall Corsa

If it's unburnt gasoline, maybe the spark plug wires are not working right. A lot of times the fuel injectors can be dirty and then instead of spraying a conical shape of fluid, it would be lumpy and won't burn...

Q: Broken front right axle

It is not very common for an axle shaft to rust through and break like this. If you live in an area that has a lot of moisture or road salt then it is important that you have this cleaned...

Related articles

Rules of the Road For Iowa Drivers
Driving on the roads requires knowledge of the rules, many of which are based on common sense and courtesy. However, even though you know the rules in...
How to Avoid Back Pain in a Car
If you have back problems, sitting in a car for an extended period of time can be excruciating. Even without back problems, you could experience discomfort and soreness from...
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...