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Old 11-30-2006   #1
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Buzzing/whirring sound during ignition

I have a 2004 Civic LX coupe and the warranty just expired (go figure).

For the last month or so I have had this problem and it is getting worse by the week.

As I'm turning the key from position 2 to ignition, right before the engine turns over I hear this weird buzzing/whirring sound in the steering column. I guess it could also be described as like electrical 'spitting', like the sound you hear when you touch 2 live wires together but in rapid succession like a machine gun. If I continue turning the key the noise stops and it will start up just fine. I've never had a problem with it not starting but I want to address this now before it gets worse and I end up stuck dead in the water at an inconvenient time or place.

Anyone have any ideas what it could be and/or how much it would cost at the dealer to fix (if that's the route I need to take)? Thanks!

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its been talked about before.

its normal.
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You are absolutely right, it has been talked about before, I saw the thread after I posted this and I apologize for the duplicate. However, 'normal' or not, I want to get it fixed and I did not see a solution in the prior discussion. I'll take it to the shop if that is what it takes, I just want to see if there is anything I can do about it myself before I resort to that. If anyone else has experienced this problem please tell me what you did to fix it and how much $ it costed. Thx!
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have you tried turning the key faster?
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yes its a normal noise. if you turn the key slowly you will hear it. but if you turn it fast, you wont hear it.

Now you say normal or not, I want it fixed, you cant fix something that is normal operation.
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Some days are worse than others. Some times it sounds like i'm gonna get electricuted ha ha!
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Re: Buzzing/whirring sound during ignition

I have exactly the same problem. How could this be normal? It just started happening 3 weeks ago in my car. Never happened in the last 7 years before.

Another thing, sometimes the sound keeps coming even after the car is started and only goes away when I start driving, sometimes it stops after starting and sometimes no hissing sound at all.


This is definitely not normal. Any help would be appreciated.
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Re: Buzzing/whirring sound during ignition

I have a 2007 civic and it does this all the time.I get the same buzzing noise(starter cut relay) whenever I try to start the car, but it does not do it evertime I try to start it. This has beed going on sence i got the car.
Turn the key fast, no does not hlpe same buzzing noise some times. Turn the key slow you will hear the starter cut relay buzz before starting. Honda know's how to fix it but wont. just like the 3 gear problem, took two years before they would fix my car.

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Re: Buzzing/whirring sound during ignition

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I have a 2007 civic and it does this all the time.I get the same buzzing noise(starter cut relay) whenever I try to start the car, but it does not do it evertime I try to start it. This has beed going on sence i got the car.
Turn the key fast, no does not hlpe same buzzing noise some times. Turn the key slow you will hear the starter cut relay buzz before starting. Honda know's how to fix it but wont. just like the 3 gear problem, took two years before they would fix my car.
so how was it fixed? starter cut relay was replaced? this is a common issue with newer hondas and most ppl just take honda's advice and just turn the key faster.
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so how was it fixed? starter cut relay was replaced? this is a common issue with newer hondas and most ppl just take honda's advice and just turn the key faster.
ALL Hondas can be made to do it.
There is NO FIX except to educate the driver.
It is NORMAL.

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The noise is NOT new. It's been there all along, you just discovered it.
Totally normal when you turn the key too slow, it's the relay as stated above.
Turn the key faster is all you need to do.
No fix possible, they ALL can do it.
It is mentioned in an October 2001 Honda Service News article. Look it up. The article pulls up for all years and models when searching the Honda ISIS site.

(I think he was talking about his 3rd gear problem taking 2 years to fix: "just like the 3 gear problem, took two years before they would fix my car.")
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Re: Buzzing/whirring sound during ignition

LOL I never had this happen, next time I start my car I am going to try to make the noise.
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LOL I never had this happen, next time I start my car I am going to try to make the noise.
Turn the key r-e-a-l-l-y--s-l-o-w between "on" and "crank".

My 12 will do it.
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Re: Buzzing/whirring sound during ignition

I had a 2006 Civic Si it did not have the problem and i put 30,000+ miles on it. My 2007 Civic Si Nav does it all the time. Sometimes it does not even start just buzzing sound. I have tried the starter cut relay did not work. Going to try the starter next. I heard somewere that someone did not start haveing the same problem until he change the starter. That is why i'm going to try the starter. If you find any thing out please email or post, thanks
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