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2010 Honda CR-V Owner's Manual ➜ If the Engine Won’t Start

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If the Engine Won’t Start  
Diagnosing why the engine won’t  
start falls into two areas, depending  
on what you hear when you turn the  
ignition switch to the START (III)  
position:  
Turn the ignition switch to the  
START (III) position. If the  
headlights do not dim, check the  
condition of the fuses. If the fuses  
are OK, there is probably  
Nothing Happens or the Starter  
Motor Operates Very Slowly  
When you turn the ignition switch to  
the START (III) position, you do not  
hear the normal noise of the engine  
trying to start. You may hear a  
clicking sound, a series of clicks, or  
nothing at all.  
something wrong with the  
You hear nothing, or almost  
nothing. The engine’s starter  
motor does not operate at all, or  
operates very slowly.  
electrical circuit for the ignition  
switch or starter motor. You will  
need a qualified technician to  
determine the problem. See  
Check these things:  
Check the transmission interlock.  
The transmission must be in Park  
or neutral or the starter will not  
operate.  
on page  
.
Emergency Towing  
403  
You can hear the starter motor  
operating normally, or the starter  
motor sounds like it is spinning  
faster than normal, but the engine  
does not start up and run.  
If the headlights dim noticeably or  
go out when you try to start the  
engine, either the battery is  
Turn the ignition switch to the ON  
(II) position. Turn on the  
headlights, and check their  
brightness. If the headlights are  
very dim or do not come on at all,  
the battery is discharged. See  
Jump Starting on page 390 .  
discharged or the connections are  
corroded. Check the condition of the  
battery and terminal connections  
(see page 376 ). You can then try  
jump starting the vehicle from a  
booster battery (see page 390 ).  
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If the Engine Won’t Start  
The Starter Operates Normally  
In this case, the starter motor’s  
speed sounds normal, or even faster  
than normal, when you turn the  
ignition switch to the START (III)  
position, but the engine does not run.  
Do you have fuel? Check the fuel  
gauge; the low fuel indicator may  
not be working.  
There may be an electrical  
problem, such as no power to the  
fuel pump. Check all the fuses  
(see page 397 ).  
Are you using a properly coded  
key? An improperly coded key will  
cause the immobilizer system  
indicator in the instrument panel  
to blink rapidly (see page 63 ).  
If you find nothing wrong, you will  
need a qualified technician to find  
the problem. See Emergency  
Towing on page 403 .  
Are you using the proper starting  
procedure? Refer to Starting the  
Engine on page 314 .  
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