I own a 91 Honda wagon with a 1.5 liter motor and over 235k miles on it .
Last night on the way home from work I had to stop off to the bank and when
I came out and started the car again something really strange occured .Follw
me on this please I know it sounds long winded but I need to explain and
describe this so I can get a possible diagnosis from the Honda Gurus here in
I got in the car and turned the key to the part past accessory where the
heater kicks on and dummy lights etc come on .But when I go past that part
where you engage the starter and start the the car the heater nor the radio
will work,everything else was in good working order . The part I don't
understand is that heater won't run when the car is running only when the
key is in the mode before you engage the starter(I don't know what that part
is called).Any ideas ? Alternator perhaps? The lights were not dimmed or
Thanks in Advance,
Someone elses suggested it may be a ground problem,what think you ,Jeff?
I got a price on a stater switch and it was @ 65.98 US , a little salty a
price for something that may or may not be .I will exhaust all possibilities
before I go that route .Thanks again,
As Woody suggests, you should diagnose this before replacing stuff. It
could be a ground problem or a bunch of other problems.
Alternatively, just keep the key in the start position as you drive down
the road. ;-)
Well to update you on the problem now theater does not work at all even when
the key is in said position so now I have to do some more process of
elimination .I really need a heater not just for comfort but to keep the
friggin' Pennsylvania freezing rain from sticking to my winshield .Ahhh
winter , ya gotta love it .
Honda recalled a billion ignition switched in North America a few years
ago. Yours is of similar design and I have a friend who had the same
problem. It's the _switch_, not the LOCK (the part you put the key
into). Tegger.com has the recall in the TSB section. Search it out. It
even tells you how it's changed, although your car may be slightly
Ok not to be totally rediculous on this as I am a novice when it comes to
this ,how do I substantuate between the switch and the lock ? My apologies
on this I'm kinda a newbie .I was thinking of just wiring the heater with a
high amperage toggle switch and by passing the control system ......a little
unorthodox but it gets the job done ....
Www.slhondaparts.com has part numbers and diagrams.
What if a policeman pulls you over and asks why your wipers aren't
working, or your HORN, or something else we're all REQUIRED to have on
If you can't afford to fix it, please don't drive it.
Ok if the bypass affects the other required functions like horn,wipers,etc
then yeah I suppose I'll have no other choice .BTW as an update I got in my
car this morning about 20 minutes ago and started the car up and the heater
kicked on .Can you say intermittent? 'splain that one,Lucy :)
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