How to Start a Honda Civic

by Shanan Miller

Ever since the Honda Civic entered the US market in 1973, both the hatchback or sedan models offered an automatic or a manual transmission. While the horsepower, engine options and body style have changed over the years, starting procedures for the automatic remain the same. Older Civics with a manual transmission do not require the clutch engagement needed to start the more recent manual models.


Step 1

Put your key in the ignition.

Step 2

Look at your automatic shifter to ensure that is in "park," or "P." If it is not, push the handle release button in on the shifter and move it up to the "park" position.

Step 3

Step on the brake and turn the key away from you, while using slight pressure to push the key inward.

Step 4

Release your hand from the key once the Civic starts.

Manual Transmission

Step 1

Put your key into the ignition.

Step 2

Press the clutch down as far as you can. Move your shifter into neutral, which is the space between top and bottom gears. Gently move the shifter to the right and left to make sure it is in neutral, it will not move at all if it is in gear.

Step 3

Push the key in gently and turn it away from you. Release the key once the car is started.

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