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Hi Honda Odyssey 1996 stopped and wont work. The evening before it cut out twice on the way home.

Recharged battery no change, it was suggested in previous thread it could be
Ignition, it does seem to be trying to turn over?

Is it still likely to be ignition?

I'm told there are no codes on this early model, had a mechanic look at it previously and he was unable to locate the log in point.

it is an
E- RA1 1130748 Type L

If any one has any thoughts?

How could I test whether it is ignition?
 

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ignition harness sounds like the culprit. Not an expensive part and a recalled one to boot. Fairly easy to replace even for the most inexperienced mechanic.

Pull a spark plug wire and crank it (someone else cranking and plug wire close to a chassis bolt that is well grounded. I bet there will be no spark.
 

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My money is on the electrical portion of the ignition switch. Common issue at that age. I think I paid under $50 for mine and a 20 minute fix.
 

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REMEG2001 said:


I'm told there are no codes on this early model, had a mechanic look at it previously and he was unable to locate the log in point.
He is wrong. ODB1 cars still have codes. Jump the diagnostic pins and watch the CEL flash with the appropriate fault. Any mechanic should know this.

Why did you create another thread when you could have just added onto the last thread that covers the same topic? Also, As suggested in a prior thread, did you battery light cut in and out very quickly? The ignition tumbler is problematic on the RA and the Accords of this generation.
 

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If it is a '96 model then it should be OBD2. You should be able to just hook up an ODB2 scanner and check it. 1995 was the last year of ODB1. At least this is true for cars sold in the U.S. I am not sure about Ireland.
 

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If you dont have a scanner you can still pull a code in the ODB1 manner. But regardless see what comes up. Take a look at the tumbler.
 

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for internet diagnoses can you provide more info. when it cuts out what cuts out with it? does the power cut out also like the lights and radio? it sounds to me like the charge system is bad. there is a wire that comes from the fuse box to the alternator that can break or short. there are many things that can cause a car to stall and not restart but start later.
 

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j0shth3j3w said:
for internet diagnoses can you provide more info. when it cuts out what cuts out with it? does the power cut out also like the lights and radio? it sounds to me like the charge system is bad. there is a wire that comes from the fuse box to the alternator that can break or short. there are many things that can cause a car to stall and not restart but start later.
Yeah but...not on the 1st gen Odys. The ignition switch is common. Very common after many years.
Secondly, the charging system is quite durable, and it has a warning light if there is failure. My original alternator is still making current after 15 years. ;)
 

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I'm having what seems to be a similar problem with my 95... the lights on the radio turn off between the aux point and the start point.. the car will start and stay started if I keep the ignition turned forward.. I noticed that the light would flash on the radio, so I started it, and held the ignition forward... revved the engine so that it would have a few more seconds to turn when I stopped holding it forward.. I was able to quickly turn the ignition back to the point where the lights come on the radio before the engine died... voila!!! I was off!!! My diagnosis... the ignition tumbler... Have yet to change it and have been driving the 97... but when I get into the 95, I am able to repeat the process... good luck....
 

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I guess I haven't experienced this problem ever in all my years of building Honda's. But this is my first Odyssey and I never built an Accord either. It seems like an easy fix though if its the tumbler.
 

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Not the tumbler. You leave it alone and just unscrew the electrical end of the switch. It is about 18" long and runs up the the fuse box under the dash. Maybe 15 minutes to change? ;)
 

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Took it off and checked it. The rotary switch appears to be working OK, checked it for continuity and it is functioning as it should??? Is there any way to confirm that it is this part?
 

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No it looks OK, few springs and things but it seems OK. I did note the bright light off the dash the evening before it stopped working, and it cut out twice on the way home that evening so I am a believer I just like to know.
 

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Just for clarification, the problem for me was with the electrical part of the ignition... Refer to post #16 in this thread....
 
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