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I just finished swapping a DOHC ZC motor into my 89 civic hatch. I solder all the wires and the taped them up. I turned the car to the on position not all the way to start it and its making a werid clicking noise. The only thing I can think of is that when I got the battery check and charged the guy said that the polarity on th poles might have swittched. One of my mechanic friends is going to help me trouble shoot but I'd like to have some idea before he gets here if not fix it before then. The computer flashes rapidly with the clicking noise. Any help is welcomem, I've been without my car for a month now and I want it back.
 
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my car did that when i got a new battery in it, ive had it for a while now and nothing has happened so it might not be a big deal. i dont know about your set up, but on mine its no problem. are you running any extras off your battery though? like any sub systems or extra lights or something that you would connect directly to your battery? cuz that could have something to do with it.
 

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Sounds like a bad connection somewhere. Double check everything with a multimeter to make sure you have a good conection.
 

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Sounds like a bad connection and/or a dead battery. I've heard the clicking sound before and it happened for me when I had a dead battery.
 

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I've checked all connections and everything is grounded well there is one wire I can't find a ground for its on the back of the engine. I used my wiring harness because my car was a DX. The wire is right by the bottom of the brace for the intake manifold. I also am getting my battery replaced today and see if that helps. Also does anyone know if I can use my old dx ecu to check and see if the car is still making the noise with that ecu.
 

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I am running a 4 channel amp and some 3in1 fog/spots lights but I also have a 150 amp alternator I'm running so that shouldn't be a problem.
 
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is the clicking coming from the motor, or somewhere off the motor? cause my car clicks when its not driving and its a dry firing spark plug. wheres the clicking coming from?
 

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the clicking noise is coming from under the dash, atleast thats as best as I can tell. I got the battery today and I'll put it in once I get off work and see if it changes anything.
 

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The new battery didn't help any, I'm going to pull the dash off and see if I can find where its coming from. Also the engine will crank but its not starting.
 

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I found out where the clicking is coming from and its the main relay under the dash. I went to honda a got a new one but its still doing it. I going over all the wiring I did again just to see if I missed something the first couple of times I checked. I assume that the relay is turning the fuel pump on and off really quickly. Atleast thats what it sounds like.

Also there is what looks like a ground wire on the engine wiring harness at the back of the middle of the block I can't find a mounting point for it and can't figure out what its for any ideas. I checking the wirng and making sure fuel is getting to the injectors tomorrow morning.
 
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Was late to work tonight for the same thing. The main relay had a bad connection. Fiddled with the wires and the dash came back bright and the clicking ceased. Will be tracking down the actual short in the morning when I'm off. I also had blown a fuse in my engine bay and in my normal fuse box.
 

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I checked to see if the fuel rail is getting fuel and it is, but does anyone know if the banjo fitting on the dx fuel line can be used to connect it to the fuel rail on the ZC. I checked to see if I'm getting spark and it doesn't look like it. I replaced the cap and rotor today and still wasn't firing. I assume that the connections on the civic dx is a direct plug into the cps and the distributor on the zc. I know the SI civic has to be changed but does the dx wiring? Also there was a little corrosion in the distributor itself (signs of needing to be replaced?)
Any ideas anyone has will be apriciated. I want my car back before I go back to school on janurary 3
 

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I finally found the ground wire that was screwing things up on the backside of the motor where there is no room. I got it ground and that fixed the relay problem, I also got a new distributor and I gonna fire it up tomorrow after I check to make sure all plugs are getting spark and rechecking the timing and distributor timing. Should be running by the end of this week. thanks for the help
 

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car is finally fixed, the timing belt was off one tooth and the distributor timing had to be set she runs like a champ now
 
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