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I went out today for a walk at a local park, and I heard this funky noise when I went to start my car for the ride home. When I turned my key, I head a "cssssshhhhhhh" sound coming from the HUD, it kept going until I released the key. Then I tried it again and the car started. This has happened a couple times over the past couple of months, so not too often, but it seems to be getting longer each time it does happen. I don't have any trouble starting the car, but the noise is odd to me. Any idea what this could be from? Sorry of the letters I used was a bit vague, but it sounds like a scraping sound if that helps. Thanks
 

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HUD? I assume you just mean the panel. Have you had any maintenance work done lately?

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Crkdsldr isn't the only one who isn't quite sure what the hell HUD means. Do you have a Heads Up Display? That would be a 1st for an Accord! :)
 

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Sorry, by HUD i meant where the speedometer and such is. I guess i play too many video games and used the wrong word :D. Anywho, yes I meant the area that houses the speedometer and gauges. I have not had nay maintenance done in awhile no, I did change my oil 2 weeks ago, but this started well before that. Come to think of it, probably started around when I started working full time, and driving this guy to and from work every day.
 

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so while attempting to start the car it doesn't crank but just making a fast sounding spinning whirring sound?

you then stop and try again and it cranks over like normal?

if so, the starter is failing and you should replace it before you get stranded
 

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the starter is failing and you should replace it before you get stranded
HondaTechAV6 is right. Your starter is failing. It will eventually lead to you having a lot of difficulty starting your car.

You can put in a rebuild starter in which will cost you around $200 with installation.

Might want to take care of this before winter kicks in. Or else its going to be really annoying.

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I was afraid it was going to be this. What could be the cause of it, i know the car is getting old, but i take care of it and it doesn't have too many miles on it. Now would i need to replace it with a Honda one, or are there other aftermarket ones out there? Also, could a dying battery contribute to it?


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If its the starter it won't be some small noise, it will be the loud sound of the car's engine trying to crank itself over. In other words it will sound like the car is about to start normally except it never quite starts.

If its just a small sound then its probably your battery starting to fail. That is how mine was. It will fail to start a couple times and then be ok for like a month or more but then one day it wouldn't start at all, and there was sometimes just a faint sound when turning the key.

Some auto parts stores like Pep Boys will test your battery for free.
 

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If its the starter it won't be some small noise, it will be the loud sound of the car's engine trying to crank itself over. In other words it will sound like the car is about to start normally except it never quite starts.

If its just a small sound then its probably your battery starting to fail. That is how mine was. It will fail to start a couple times and then be ok for like a month or more but then one day it wouldn't start at all, and there was sometimes just a faint sound when turning the key.

Some auto parts stores like Pep Boys will test your battery for free.
Not always. If the solenoid in the started is failing, it won't kick out the starter gear at all like OP is describing. What you experienced is a sort of half engaging of the starter gear to the flywheel/flexplate.
 

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Hmm ok, so before I go out and purchase anything, what would be the best test or diagnostic to get to see what the issue could be? I have been driving 2x a day for the past 4 months and it only has happened about 3-4 times. The very first time, I heard the sound but then it did start. The 2nd is was a bit longer, 3rd the same, and then yesterday I had to disengage the key to make it go away, and then it would start.

I was at Honda 2 months ago and they did say I would need to replace my battery in about 6 months, so maybe it's time to do so. But the noise isn't incredibly loud, it's more of an annoying tearing sound, like ripping paper fast.
 

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I would take a clip if it, but i have no idea when it's going to happen next, so it's pretty hard to plan for it. But i'm going to tackle getting a new battery, i'm actually going to do the v6 upgrade, and see if i hear it again. If not, problem solved, if i do, then we'll go from there.


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I'm wondering if mine is going out as well. Over the past 2-3 months, my car has been cranking slowly. I checked all the electrical components (battery, alternator and starter) and everything checked out fine. However, this one time, my car would do nothing but click when I tried to start it. I had to bang on the starter with a long bolt in order to get it started. The weird part is, the starter works just fine now. Idk if I should change the starter itself or check the wiring.
 

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I went out today for a walk at a local park, and I heard this funky noise when I went to start my car for the ride home. When I turned my key, I head a "cssssshhhhhhh" sound coming from the HUD, it kept going until I released the key. Then I tried it again and the car started. This has happened a couple times over the past couple of months, so not too often, but it seems to be getting longer each time it does happen. I don't have any trouble starting the car, but the noise is odd to me. Any idea what this could be from? Sorry of the letters I used was a bit vague, but it sounds like a scraping sound if that helps. Thanks
I would run out and buy a starter yet?
what's the noise? is it from the steering column/gauge cluster area or from under the hood?

Sometimes when starting, there's a buzzing noise from the accord when i start - very rarely, usually lasts a second or two until i turn the key again and start the car. I don't know why that is but it was very rare and never caused any problems other than being odd.

Maybe a bad/loose contact when the key is not inserted all the way or some other intermittent "issue". Unless you can't start the car, i wouldn't worry too much yet
 

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I'm wondering if mine is going out as well. Over the past 2-3 months, my car has been cranking slowly. I checked all the electrical components (battery, alternator and starter) and everything checked out fine. However, this one time, my car would do nothing but click when I tried to start it. I had to bang on the starter with a long bolt in order to get it started. The weird part is, the starter works just fine now. Idk if I should change the starter itself or check the wiring.
tapping on the housing causes the starter to jump inside, and while tapping and turning the key is usually enough to get it to get past this binding point, it will continue to deteriorate until it doesn't start at all, even with tapping the starter.

the buzzing sound, if it's in the cabin, is typically from the starter relay and is normal if you are a slow key turner, and abnormal if you turn the key normally but it still buzzes and doesn't turn the starter.
 

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tapping on the housing causes the starter to jump inside, and while tapping and turning the key is usually enough to get it to get past this binding point, it will continue to deteriorate until it doesn't start at all, even with tapping the starter.

the buzzing sound, if it's in the cabin, is typically from the starter relay and is normal if you are a slow key turner, and abnormal if you turn the key normally but it still buzzes and doesn't turn the starter.
Thanks for the advice! I went ahead and ordered a brand new aftermarket (OE replacement) for $135 from Rockauto. Looks like I have an upcoming weekend project :banana:
 

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Thanks for the advice! I went ahead and ordered a brand new aftermarket (OE replacement) for $135 from Rockauto. Looks like I have an upcoming weekend project :banana:
Hey highercal, would you mind linking the part you ordered from Rockauto?

I ended up putting a group 35 battery in there, and I see no difference in cranking, and I'm starting to notice this noise more often now. So I'm guessing the starter is the next thing to replace.
 

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I would run out and buy a starter yet?
what's the noise? is it from the steering column/gauge cluster area or from under the hood?

Sometimes when starting, there's a buzzing noise from the accord when i start - very rarely, usually lasts a second or two until i turn the key again and start the car. I don't know why that is but it was very rare and never caused any problems other than being odd.

Maybe a bad/loose contact when the key is not inserted all the way or some other intermittent "issue". Unless you can't start the car, i wouldn't worry too much yet
Check my posting that i just added today. That buzzing is your ignition switch failing...
 

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Check my posting that i just added today. That buzzing is your ignition switch failing...
So is the ignition switch different from the starter, or is it all one unit?
 

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Put the key in the II position and let the HUD light up them turn the key quickly after 2 seconds or so, or just turn the key quickly from the start. You are turning your key too light/ and or too slow
 
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