Whenever I turn the key all the dash lights come on as normal. Honda
replaced battery already in an attempt to fix this problem. Car has 40K
miles. It does not turn the engine over at all; not even click. If I
wiggle the gear shifter several times it will start with no problem.
This has started happening at least 3 or 4 times a week. Please HELP!!
If I understand you right, it sounds like the "neutral safety switch" is out
of adjustment. Another check you can do is to try starting in neutral,
holding the key in "start" and moving the shifter back and forth as
necessary if it still doesn't crank. You can also check whether the car
doesn't crank when the shifter is held one way or the other while in neutral
(seeing whether the adjustment is centered).
Not sure where it is on the Prelude, but it is inside the console beside the
shifter on the driver's side in the Accord. You will want to do the tests
above to ensure that's what the problem is before touching the switch, so
you don't end up with two possible problems that have the same symptoms.
That would make troubleshooting more difficult. But if you confirm it is the
shifter position that makes the difference you can proceed.
Okay - Imobilizer - NOT! I'm still having the same problem. I guess the
dealership just wanted a few extra dollars that day. Apparently this
dealership doesn't have anyone competent to troubleshoot electrical
problems very well. I'm now convinced it may be the ignition switch and
don't know if I should take the car to another dealership or take it
back to the same one I've been using since I bought the car. If I take
it back to the same dealership I could attempt to hit them up for a
discount on future repair given I have spent almost $400.00 to them and
they still have not fixed the issue. It seems reasonable to me that if
they only thing that is moving is the key to start the engine and there
is not click sound that it could quite probably be the ignition switch.
If any disagrees please explain why. Anyone know what it would cost to
replace both the ingition switch and starter? I find this rediculous
that a Honda dealership doesn't have tools to narrow this problem down
any further. First they said it was the battery then the imobilizer.
And the car only has 40K miles on it. Geezzzz!
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