Alternator. 2003 Honda Accord

My power in my car is on. When I go to crank it the car will not crank. All electricity is working. Does it sound like the alternator needs to be replaced. The battery was changed also. It just gives a faint growl when trying to be cranked. Any help or advice is appreciated.

My car has 130000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

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Hi there. Most of the time, if the battery is good, then the problem is either in the starter itself or the ignition switch. Both are common issues on this vehicle.

I usually test for power at the starter first. If there is power, then the starter is bad. If there is no power, then this is typically caused by the ignition switch. If you want to have this looked at, have a certified mechanic, such as one from YourMechanic, come to your home or office to inspect the starting issue and follow through with appropriate repairs.

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The most common reasons a Honda Accord won`t start are a dead battery, an alternator problem, or failed starter. Search our network of RepairPal Certified shops near you to speak with a technician about your issue.
An alternator for a 2003 Honda Accord cars could potentially last its entire life, although a premature failure can occur. If your alternator isn`t working well, symptoms will become evident such as dim lights, whining or growling under the hood, burning rubber smell, or odd electrical operation.
If your Honda immobilizer is activated, you should try putting the key in the ignition and switching the key to the on and then the lock positions. First, you must remove the key, then reinstall it and turn the key to the on position. By doing this, you should be able to reset your Honda`s immobilizer automatically.
If your key doesn`t turn in the cylinder of your Honda, you have two options: replacing the ignition lock and cylinder or repair the key and the cylinder. Usually, people just call a car dealer to handle this one, but this can be expensive and take a lot of time.
If the car cranks when you turn the key, but the engine won`t start, it could be because fuel isn`t getting to the engine. One potential reason for this could be dirty fuel injectors. Over time, the fuel injector nozzles can become clogged with rust, corrosion or debris.
Broken or Damaged Ignition

If your headlights can turn on, but your car won`t crank, that means that your battery is charged, but either the starter or ignition is the problem. If the starter or ignition is the problem, a starter engine can be jumped by using a charged battery.

Dim Lights. An early warning sign that your alternator is going bad could be dim, flickering lights. This symptom could show up on any or all of your dashboard lights, reading lights, headlights or other lights. The alternator is supposed to provide the electricity for your car`s lights.
Car clicks instead of starting means bad starter or battery issues. Check battery positive connector for acid corrosion (blue buildup) – this can be cleaned with some baking soda solution, just disconnect the battery and clean the connector, then reconnect it back.
Clicking noises are usually synonymous with the battery or the alternator, so if you don`t hear them, your Honda Accord may not start due to a starter issue. A starter is a small electrical motor that gets your engine started. When it`s broken, your engine flywheel won`t crank, and your car won`t start.

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