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Hi, i have a 2013 Civic EX with 83,000 miles. I got it from my brother 6 months back. It was pretty hardly driven but serviced regularly at HSC. From past few weeks I’m experiencing starting issues. It happens 2-3 times a week, whenever I turn the key it just makes a single click and that’s it, engine won’t start. Thankfully I never got stranded. I couldn’t record a video but, i found a video on YouTube 2015 Civic with exact same issue. I’m attaching the link below. I got checked my battery and it’s not the issue, so I narrowed down to Ignition switch and starter. If anyone with this issue previously, or know about this type of issues here, your suggestions are highly appreciated. Thank you.

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Batteries can also check good but are actually bad. If it’s an old battery I would replace it.


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If it's the original battery, it's 6 years old. You're lucky to get 3 to 5 out of original batteries (I'm lucky. Well, in that way, anyway ;) ).

And when it was checked, was it load tested? Because if all they did was put a meter across the poles, that doesn't tell you how the battery functions under load, which means during the starting cycle.
 

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Batteries can also check good but are actually bad. If it’s an old battery I would replace it.


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I got checked my battery at Autozone first they said it’s good. Today I went to HSC and asked them to check my battery, technician said battery needs replacement, and sooner the better. So I think battery it is.
 

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If it's the original battery, it's 6 years old. You're lucky to get 3 to 5 out of original batteries (I'm lucky. Well, in that way, anyway <img src="http://www.9thgencivic.com/forum/images/smilies/wink.png" border="0" alt="" title="Wink" class="inlineimg" /> ).

And when it was checked, was it load tested? Because if all they did was put a meter across the poles, that doesn't tell you how the battery functions under load, which means during the starting cycle.
HSC service technician said battery needs replacement, so I think battery is the culprit. Thanks for the suggestion.
 

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I've been having a similar issue too - not with my civic though but with my '15 accord lx. Every couple days when I get in and start it up I just get a single click, battery turns on and all the lights turn on just not the engine and I have to turn the key 2 or 3 times in the ignition before it starts up.
 

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I know original post was fixed, but there's also loose/corroded battery terminals can cause problems. Had this on my Civic (loose) and a Jeep (corroded and loose). This is easy to temporarily fix, clean up terminals, and I've peened the battery terminal more than once to mushroom the top so the terminal would stay tight.
I'm not sure if new cars still have brushed starter motors, but I've had luck on older vehicles hitting the starter with a chunk of wood to unstick a seized brush.

These are my first 2 checks, followed by metering battery (next is load test, but that's 10 miles in the wrong direction for me).

Past that, I had a Nissan frontier that had issues for what seems like several months. I found there's a rubber nipple on the clutch peddle that makes a micro switch for the starting circuit. Rubber deteriorated and didn't make the switch at times.
 

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I know original post was fixed, but there's also loose/corroded battery terminals can cause problems. Had this on my Civic (loose) and a Jeep (corroded and loose). This is easy to temporarily fix, clean up terminals, and I've peened the battery terminal more than once to mushroom the top so the terminal would stay tight.
I'm not sure if new cars still have brushed starter motors, but I've had luck on older vehicles hitting the starter with a chunk of wood to unstick a seized brush.

These are my first 2 checks, followed by metering battery (next is load test, but that's 10 miles in the wrong direction for me).

Past that, I had a Nissan frontier that had issues for what seems like several months. I found there's a rubber nipple on the clutch peddle that makes a micro switch for the starting circuit. Rubber deteriorated and didn't make the switch at times.
I don't think the new cars have a brushed starter motor like older cars did. I had a '01 civic in high school that had a bad starter motor and for a few weeks I would have to start it up with a rod/long chunk of wood like you mentioned until eventually my dad had the starter motor replaced.
 
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