2002 Honda Civic electrical confusion

Discussion in 'Civic' started by John B., Jul 22, 2009.

  1. John B.

    John B. Guest

    My wife's 2002 civic was having some electrical problems whereby it
    would start well and then after being driven for a while it would not
    start once stopped. As it turns out, it was that the alternator would
    charge while at idle but go dead upon higher rpms. In the middle of
    figuring all of this out, after stopping the vehicle, the daytime
    running lights (drl's) and the parking lights would blink on and off
    after taking the key out or even while driving as long as the lights
    were off at the switch. I took out the associated relay and at least I
    could leave the car without the drls and the parking lights blinking
    forever. And no, the hazzards were not on. I thought it was a bad
    relay but a new one didn't change anything. Any ideas? HELP!
    John B., Jul 22, 2009
  2. If the alternator was not actually replaced, then I strongly believe that it
    is the cause of these problems. I had similar issues last year with my 2004
    Civic, and only the alternator needed to be replaced. It seems to be a
    somewhat common problem on this version of Civic.
    Eternal Searcher, Jul 22, 2009
  3. John B.

    John B. Guest

    the alternator was replaced but the situation continues. the blinking
    of the drls and the parking lights continues until either you turn on
    the lights at the switch or you pull the relay. As i said before, the
    relay replacement doesn't make a difference.
    John B., Jul 22, 2009
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