2016 Honda Civic electrical problems: starter making grinding sound

Starter Making Grinding Sound

2016 Honda Civic

This problem may be covered under warranty. Ask your Honda dealer.


fairly significant
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
1,450 miles
Total Complaints:
3 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (3 reports)
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2016 Honda Civic Owner Comments

problem #3

Jan 112016

Civic Touring 1.5L Turbo

  • CVT transmission
  • 200 miles


This poorly assembled vehicle has a grinding noise when it starts. I brought it in for service and Honda didn't feel like rectifying the issue so they came with a genius solution. They told me that the grinding noise is the "characteristics of the new Civic because they are mass produced". Yes...that what the solution to the grinding noise. They know its the starter but by coming up with a ridiculous (they think its a genius solution) excuse instead of a starter replacement is much better in the long run (tarnishing of the brand) for investors (stock price) than customer loyalty. Stay away from this car and any manipulative salesman saying otherwise.

PS. Who would you believe more? A person who lost a dollar or someone who is trying to make a dollar? Having said that, you know the right choice is for your choosing.

- mycivicisalemon, Woodbridge, ON, Canada

problem #2

Jun 022016

Civic EX 2.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 3,189 miles

Once again car is now 3 months old and upon pushing the starter button the car failed to turn over. However the starter kept turning and turning until we realized something had to be done to prevent the starter from overheating and catching the car/house on fire.

Luckily pushing the start button a second time stopped it from turning over. Three attempts at trying to start the car finally got it going. Contacting Honda locally here to book an appointment to have it corrected.

Had this happened using the remote starter it would not have likely shut itself down and probably caught fire thus burning everything down.

- Stephane L., New Maryland, New Brunswick, Canada

problem #1

Mar 152016

Civic Touring 1.5t

  • CVT transmission
  • 900 miles

When I'd start my car after it sat for an hour or so, the starter would make a noise like it wasn't disengaging after the engine was turned on.

It wouldn't let me post the URL to a video I made, so I'll try again.


Update from Apr 1, 2016: Update 4-1-16:

Dealer replaced the starter, and the noise is getting worse instead of better. Honda advised the service manager to bring the car in for more tests, whatever that means.

- Caleb B., Johnston City, IL, US

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