My issue is similar to this question over here (intermittent crank no start). Though my no-start is now definite and no longer intermittent.
I have had no starts about 60% of the time when I try and start my Honda Civic 97 up, especially on cold mornings, but even when the car's warm. The main-relay clicks, but no crank. Then I'd use an old butter-knife that I kept in the car to link the negative and positive on the starter and make the starter crank over; if the car's warm, it would startup, otherwise I'd swing the key again and pump the accelerator and it would startup.
Last night however, I started the car up with the key (no butter knife) and the main-relay clicked like crazy (like 20 clicks in that couple seconds), but the car started up. Then when I left McDonalds it clicked like crazy again, but no start. Then when I tried the butterknife on it, it sparked like crazy and the butterknife got hot (I was holding a cloth around it, so I didn't burn).
Note: the starter and alternator were overhauled just over a year ago Had to kick start it to get home. What do you guys think my problem is? Gonna go to the auto-electrician this afternoon, but I don't want to pay a ton for something I don't need and also for next time, or if I can fix it myself, I wan to know.
Edit: Okay, this video explains my issue exactly.