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Difficulties starting a Honda Accord

Difficulties starting a Honda Accord

Difficulties starting a Honda Accord

Firstly, because we have had a Honda dealer here in Halifax, UK. The brand is now one of the most popular in the area. Hondas are a significant part of the cars that we now service. Also, it is important that we keep a good stock of Honda replacement batteries in stock. especially the very popular Accord model.

I am writing this blog post in late October

and winter is approaching! It’s time to give our Honda customers some real-time advice on the first cold winter mornings. The slow engine crank, inability to start, dim lighting, flickering dashboard lights, and clicking noises when attempting to start the engine are the most typical symptoms of a dead battery in a Honda Accord.

The most frequent reason for a dead battery in an Accord is the battery’s age! So, the battery plates will deteriorate over time with constant charging and discharging. Other reasons could be faulty alternators or a drain on the cars electrical system. This is the last and least common reason why the battery in a Honda Accord dies.

1. A sluggish engine crank

A crucial part of the Honda Accord’s starting system is the car’s 12-volt lead-acid battery. It provides energy to the starting motor. Of course, that’s what starts the engine. If the battery is not sufficiently charged, the engine may start,, but only extremely slowly. Typically, slow cranking is the first sign of a failing battery. The engine makes a sort of droning noise when cranked over.

2. Clicking noise and no start

So, 90% of the time, a weak battery is the main reason for clicking sounds. when you try to start the car and hear clicking sounds. Of course, coming from the engine compartment, the battery has enough power to turn on the solenoid. which is the cause of the clicking sounds, but not enough to power the engine via the starter.

Even if your Accord’s electrical accessories operate as they should, a poor battery shouldn’t be ruled out! because the starting motor needs a lot of electric current to turn the engine over. On the other hand, the lights and wipers require relatively little current to run.

3. Dim dashboard lighting

Of course, most people know that most cars have a battery warning light. Flickering dashboard lights are a good indication that the battery is on its way out. The battery voltage will drop so low that it cannot effectively power the lights, accessories, and, of course, the starter if there is not enough charge in the battery. As I have said, it could be that the starter solenoid or the relay in the fuse box is making a clicking sound.

How to test the Accord battery

By measuring the voltage with a multimeter, we can check the 12-volt battery in an Accord. This is one of the simplest ways possible. When fully charged, a healthy battery should have 12.6 volts or greater. sometimes showing over 13 volts!

 But keep in mind that a voltmeter may only provide you with a general notion of the battery’s health. A battery with a reading above 12.4 volts could still be unable to provide enough current to start the car.

Back in the day,

We often used a tool that would test the “voltage drop” of a battery. The machine had something like electric fire bars, which would glow when the battery was shorted between the positive and negative terminals.

Most batteries would fail this rigorous test. Now we use much more sophisticated equipment for lead-acid battery testing. The machine is set up with the battery settings, such as voltage and amperage, and tests the condition of the battery. Finally, the machine gives a printout of the battery condition for the customer to see.

The same machine also gives a report on the other electric components, such as the starter motor and alternator.

Invasive draw

If everything appears to be okay with the battery, then a parasitic draw could be the answer. Some sort of short in a different car electrical component is the cause of this. Parasitic draw can also cause the battery to discharge each time you leave your car parked overnight.

Because of the many possibilities for the cause of an electrical short, we tend to let an auto-electrician diagnose the problem. Cars, including the Honda Accord, have thousands of miles of electric wiring. An auto-electrician will have the knowledge and equipment to find out the cause of such a problem. 

Long-term parking

Since car batteries lose their charge over time, they need to be charged at frequent intervals. The battery will ultimately run out of charge. If your Accord is kept in the garage for several months without running the engine, Then you won’t be able to start the engine. We suggest that you drive the car for at least 2 hours once a week in order to keep the battery properly charged.

Dead battery symptoms might be brought on by a bad battery connection.

A faulty connection can be to blame if all the lights and gadgets in your car have suddenly stopped working. This is not usually a common thing. motor cycle + battery acid whenever I have known this to happen. A terminal may have vibrated loose. Hence causing a complete break in power. Consequently, all the electrics are down, and the car won’t start. If this happens, then the “first port of call” will be to check the tightness of your batteries terminals

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Battery terminal corrosion

Corrosion of the batteries terminals is also a very typical issue. Particularly if the installed battery is older than two years. When the battery acid interacts with the metal terminals, corrosion results. Which can cause a loss of contact and reduced current flow.

When you try to start the engine, the starter solenoid may simply make a clicking noise if there isn’t enough current flow to crank the engine. This problem can be seen by the terminals covered in a horrible, grim-looking white powder. Caused by the acid on the lead terminals.

Fortunately, this problem can be easily rectified. Simply pour warm water over the terminals, and they will easily clean themselves. Afterwards, a coating of “petroleum jelly” can be applied as a protector against further contamination and corrosion.


In nine out of ten cases, a dead battery is most likely to blame if your Honda Accord is difficult to start. or makes clicking noises when you try to start the engine. However, you should rule out any other issues that could be the source of the symptoms of a dead battery.

Before you replace the battery, you should check for other problems, such as a broken alternator, a loose battery connection, or a bad ground connection. The battery should be charged with an external charger, and a load test should be done with a smart battery tester that is easy to find on the market.

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