Accord/7th Gen Not starting after drive belt change

Discussion in '7th Generation (2003-2008) [Acura TSX]' started by Alexknight91, Wednesday 31st Aug, 2016.

  1. Alexknight91 Club Member ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

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    Havent posted here on a little while as I've been a bit bored with the car and haven't had anything exciting to do with it :Frown:


    However! Thought I would give it some love this week as the drive belt was getting a bit noisy, changed it this afternoon along with air filter and cabin filter

    Old one was nice and easy to remove once I'd worked out to use a bar for leverage
    And the new one went on surprisingly easily aswell :Smile: all good so far
    Checked and double checked the routing of the belt and all seemed good

    I then turned the belt by hand just to make sure everything was sitting pretty
    I assume there is no harm in doing this?

    Went to start the car, started to turn over but wouldn't start

    Fearing the worst I re checked all the belt again but couldn't see any issue and it would still turn by hand with a bit of effort

    Checked the battery and it's got 12v exactly is this too low? As I'm hoping it is just a battery issue, poor car has been sitting for a few weeks and stupidly didn't test to see if it would start before I changed the belt lol

    Any help appreciated :Grin:

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  2. SpeedyGee Administrator Staff Team

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    I don't think changing the belt and the battery being flat are related.

    Did you happen to leave the key in the ignition whilst you changed the belt ?
     
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  3. Alexknight91 Club Member ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

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    I don't think they're related either, just worried when it wouldn't start as changing the belt was a pretty major mechanical job for me haha

    Basically just after some reassurance that there isn't anything I really could have done wrong changing the belt that would cause the starting issue?

    No keys were in my pocket the whole time, didn't disconnect the battery though as it wasn't mentioned in the guide I followed but again surely if I shorted something I would have noticed ?

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  4. SpeedyGee Administrator Staff Team

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    Was this with the engine running or off ?
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    If it's been sitting for a few weeks and the battery is quite old, this will be all it is.
     
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  5. Alexknight91 Club Member ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

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    Engine off, can't get the engine to run, also haven't got another set of hands to check it whilst I try and start it


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  6. SpeedyGee Administrator Staff Team

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    It'll be the battery mate. Get the car jump started or drop a good battery in there.
     
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  7. Alexknight91 Club Member ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

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    Lovely that's what I wanted to hear :Smile: going to stick the battery on charge and go from there
    Cheers

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  8. Zebster Expert Advisor ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

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    Yep, 12v is too low.
     
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  9. tonygw Valued Contributor ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆

    My battery rarely last if I leave the car for a week or more. I always have to charge it after 7 days of none use. Once charged the car is fine and no issues. (well not with the battery lol)
    I always disconnect the battery to charge as I have a small charger which takes a few hours to charge it. My charger isn't juicy enough to charge the battery and deal with the normal current drain into the cars systems at the same time.
    Be good to know that's all it is though on yours ..
     
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  10. Alexknight91 Club Member ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

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    Well got a charger so will put it on charge tonight and then try it at the weekend

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    Keep us posted.
     
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  12. Alexknight91 Club Member ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

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    Well I put the battery on charge when I got home from work today about 4pm, the battery charger was showing 2amps which I assume is what it was putting into the battery
    Get home 10mins ago and it's dropped off to zero
    Re-checked the battery voltage and it's showing 12.25 volts
    Tried it in the car and still nothing

    Should I leave it on charge overnight and tomorrow?
    Or try another battery from the other car in it and see what happens?

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  13. Zebster Expert Advisor ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

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    There should be around 14v on a battery that's just been on charge, but maybe leave it overnight before trying another battery if the voltage is still low in the morning.

    How old is the battery?
     
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  14. tonygw Valued Contributor ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆

    Did you disconnect the battery from the car?
     
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  15. Alexknight91 Club Member ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

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    Il put it on charge tomorrow night, lost the motivation to go and take it out the car again lol

    And I have no idea on the age of the battery

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  16. Alexknight91 Club Member ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

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    Yes brought the battery inside to put on charge

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  17. tonygw Valued Contributor ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆

    Mmm sounds like battery is kaput than :-(
     
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  18. jimjams Expert Advisor ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

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    there's usually a date of manufacture somewhere on the battery
     
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  19. SpeedyGee Administrator Staff Team

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    Personally I never leave a battery on charger overnight unattended. I only ever charge a battery during the day when I am in and around the garage. Pesky things can catch fire !!

    If it's failed to hold charge after one attempt at charging it then it's not going to do anything different after a second attempt.

    Sounds like you need find a replacement battery.
     
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  20. Alexknight91 Club Member ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

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    Right....

    Just got home from work, stuck the battery from girlfriends car in, nearly cried when it didn't start first time was just clicking

    Anyways persisted with trying to start it removed key tried again and held it in starting position and left it clicking for a few seconds it then fired up

    Gave it a bit of a rev all sounded fairly normal then turned on and off a few times and all seems okay, part of me thinks it sounds a bit slow to start still but tbh that might just be in my head.

    So il grab a new battery at some point and go from there

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