Come along with Eric O. at the SMA shop as he has a look at this 2004 Honda Civic that was towed in with a "crank no start" It is not your typical timing belt or fuel pump but a rather unusual problem. Let's see what we find!
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49 thoughts on “Honda civic – crank / no start”
  1. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Jesse G says:

    Thank you so much, Eric. For doing this video. I happen to replace the camshaft seal and the EGR gasket. Due to an oil leak. After I was done the car ran normally for 15-20 minutes. Then it began to have the same problems as that Civic you worked on in this video. So I pull out that, EGR Valve and clean it as you did. Afterward, the car started normally and did the same procedures as you did. By removing the FI-ECU fuse. The car started normally again. Took it around the neighborhood then it almost died again at the first two stop signs. Once I got home I turn it off and on several times. It started normally. By then It was already Midnight. Tomorrow I am going to drive it around the neighborhood again to see how it behaves. Anyway, once again thank you so much. I was lucky to find this video. It sure cut down my stress level by a ton.

  2. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars ____Gobsss says:

    No sucky no boom

  3. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Meatball Magoo says:

    3mm kidney stone

  4. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Shane's Trains says:

    Sounds like a cammed sbc., lol

  5. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Doug Seller says:

    What if it won’t start @ all? That’s what I want to know

  6. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars audie muniz says:

    Great video,my 2010 civic 1.8,won't start ,have good crank, but shut off when step on gas pedal .not code at this time,after few crank will start with or without the help of gas pedal.could be fuel pump? After start it running fine.have 280k

  7. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Jay Pence says:

    EGR because it barely idles

  8. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars jonathan cardoza says:

    Really saved me a trip to the mechanics, I can’t thank you enough, spent hours going thru everything, and boom I go on yt and stumbled upon this video!!! Saved my life!!

  9. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Martin Blank says:

    Dude, I'm MASSIVELY impressed! Love the Sherlock Holmes routine, and there's nothin' like an honest mechanic! Excellent video. Thank you for the knowledge!! (And inspiration)

  10. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars patrick skaggs says:

    You are the man .we the people in indiana needs a good mech like you are. I will say one thing you know how to make thing come back a live keep up the good work and keep it real

  11. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Milton Martinez says:

    Great video! I have a question I just changed the Crankshaft position sensor and it did not solve the issue. The computer still says that is the Crankshaft sensor. what is your advice? is better to replace the sensor again or the plugger to the sensor might be damaged? Please let me know the best step to take.
    Thank you so much!
    Milton!

  12. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars lifted runner says:

    One night I got stuck at the local dunkin donuts for a year

  13. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Publius Publicola says:

    Where do I get that diagnostic tool?

  14. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Jason Miller says:

    Need to having a 2005 Honda Civic ex special edition 1.7l . I replaced head gasket and water pump and timing belt and gaskets myself. After setting timing and valve gap I have crank no start. Fist crank it started for 3-5 seconds and died and never restarted. I never had any trouble before doing this work with the car just coolant overflow would come out and overheat the engine and I would park it. It doesn’t have a reall good compression but I think it never did but use to run ok. My question is after checking I had fuel spark and new cam sensor and rechecked timing and valve gap after no start it was all ok but no start. Your video shows using a vacuum gauge after the purge solenoid and you have 2 1/2 inches and I checked mine and I have zero. What am I missing? What could make my car not have any reading on gauge when cranking? Any suggestions would help and I appreciate your videos. Thanks

  15. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Elisha Olguin says:

    I am having the same problem with my car.

  16. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Kakuza Azukak says:

    How to fix 2007 honda accord dash light not working

  17. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Criztian57 [] says:

    My 2005 honda lx was cranked but didnt start I just unplugged the cam shaft sensor and it takes a while to crank but it turns over

  18. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Okhita says:

    how to fixed it? Because my Civic don't have EGR

  19. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Brandon C says:

    Tells u all

  20. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Brandon C says:

    Great scanner live data

  21. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Barry Overson says:

    2002 Honda same tightened intake air cleaner clamp fixed it

  22. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Daniel Villarreal says:

    200,000 miles and it sounds like s sewing machine. How about adjusting the valve lash.

  23. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Mike Franklin says:

    Mrs O's a charmer!

  24. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars RC Modz Shop says:

    Need some help please. I have a 04 honda civic lx 1.7 liter auto just like in the video. It sat for 5 years, no gas in tank, motor cranks and will run with starting fluid but not on its own. I checked the fuel pump fuse and relay. Can you guys give me any idea where else to look? I ordered a new fuel filter in tank because it has 160k miles and im sure its dry and clogged.

  25. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars michael hanglow says:

    Unbelievable. A piece of carbon the size of a pebble, costs this car owner a few hundred dollars, including the tow.

  26. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars John Downing says:

    You scraped carbon from the EGR but no brake part cleaner? Were you feeling ill that week? 🙂 🙂 🙂

  27. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Eastman51 says:

    On 90s Toyotas, there's a vacuum solenoid that pulls on the EGR. This solenoid is known to go bad, and can easily be tested with a hand vacuum pump. My 95 Corolla was throwing an OBD1 code for EGR failure, so I thought I needed a new EGR,valve. But when I looked up the EGR test in the Toyota service manual, I realized that it was actually my EGR actuator solenoid valve. Much cheaper fix.
    Something also common on 90s Toyotas, at least Corollas and Previas, is that the intake passages clog with carbon and cause EGR flow to be "insufficient" and throws its own separate code. I cleaned my intake manifold in addition to the EGR actuator and don't have any codes anymore! Had I not cleaned the intake passages, I am certain I would've been faced with an insufficient flow code.

    On my 1995 Previa, it is throwing me an insufficient flow code. Its EGR works exactly like the Corolla's, so I performed the EGR tests and confirmed that I need to clean out the intake manifold

  28. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars That American says:

    The Lesson here is replace the egr lol

  29. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars That American says:

    A Honda with 200K miles. There's your problem Lady..

  30. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Topher D says:

    Pressure clean the fuel injectors.

  31. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars WisdomVendor1 says:

    Maybe the car set, a you're too fat you don't need donuts code.

  32. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Big Blue says:

    It’s Eric the car guy

  33. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Rommel Bryce-Thurton says:

    What kind of Scan tool do you have

  34. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Eleazar Colin says:

    That means the catalyst convertor is bad…will be back…!!

  35. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Speed Ineed says:

    You is sharp as a Tac! haha . Keep up the great work!

  36. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Delete This says:

    that's a patch up job . needs to find out why it's running rich . EGR did not stick cause of the mileage

  37. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Med Tec67 says:

    Aren't no part fixes a ton of fun

  38. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Jessica says:

    this is the exact symptoms my old 07 honda fit had. took to our local mechanic, told me it needs an engine, why? cause it does. this is why we hate mechanics, they charge 159$ to diagnose it, then dont even explain why it might need an engine when it didnt. Ended up getting written off before I saw this video though

  39. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Software Engineer says:

    Honda have the most annoying sound for key in the ignition

  40. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Alexander Bassila says:

    Thanks for this video Eric, it was literally the exact same thing that happened to my sisters car recently and I spent quite a bit of time trying to figure it out. I've been watching the your videos for a while but this old gem came to the rescue. Darn chunk of carbon in the egr!

  41. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars ezequiel rivad says:

    Gracias excellent

  42. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Steve kulbacki says:

    nice video informative and entertaining.

  43. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars MegaBobtube says:

    Did you mention the kind of diagnostic tool you used?

  44. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Larry Ehrlich says:

    She might have a little too much gas in the gas tank?
    I learned it "sucks", "squeezes", "burns", "turns", and "blows"…wait, wait…that's what a jet engine does…my bad!

  45. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars TomFree says:

    He say, ugh mf! while busting a bolt loose a dirty mechanic of my own heart.

  46. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars disneyjoe7 says:

    What hondo doesn’t need any brake cleaner

  47. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Craig says:

    My neighbor has a 2001 Civic EX with a no start. It cranks but doesn't fire. The negative battery cable was replaced as the original complaint was no crank at all. Turned out the negative cable was so badly frayed it lost conductivity. Anyways the current problem is it will spin but not fire. One thing to notice. When the ignition switch is turned to ON only a couple dash lights operate no odometer no fuel gauge, etc. No power windows operate or door locks. It is though half the car has no power but the car spins over quickly the battery has plenty of juice.