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#2055 of 2107 1990 Honda Accord LX Starting Issue (HELP PLEASE)
Dec 14, 2011 (12:15 am)
I have a 1990 Honda Accord Lx with 194k miles on it currently. When I went out to go to work the other night (it was cold and raining) The car would not start. It turned over and tried, but it would not start. I left it alone for the night and when I came home in the morning, I tried to start it again, same issue. Then when my grandfather got home he opened the hood, and we noticed that when cranking it over, you can see sparks right where the distributor cap and rotor are. It was dark outside, but it was kind of like you could see sparks through it. Its hard to explain. But I was wondering if anyone has had this problem before or if anyone has an Idea to what I should look at? Thanks
#2056 of 2107 Re: 1990 Honda Accord LX Starting Issue (HELP PLEASE) [rya2048666]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Dec 14, 2011 (10:18 am)
New cap, rotor and wires.
#2057 of 2107 Block Heater, needed
Dec 18, 2011 (12:33 pm)
Hi all, i have a 1990 Accord DX, only 313 000 miles on it. Original owner bought it in Georgia, i am in Ontario and its getting a little difficult to start on these frosty mornings. Wondering if there is any way to install a block heater of some sort? Also battery light is on, and has been for a couple months, new alternator installed, nothing not working, just a bothersome light? any information from anyone would be most helpful
#2058 of 2107 Re: ECU Fuses blowing help [wtkmoa]
Dec 18, 2011 (2:51 pm)
Found the problem. It turned out to be the wire going to oxygen sensor. This wire was intermittently rubbing up against the drive shaft. Eventually the insulation got stripped off, causing a short. The problem only manifested itself while exiting the highway, because sharp braking moved the wire forward and up against the drive shaft. At other times, the wire was just dangling.
Still don't know why the distributor broke.
#2059 of 2107 Re: Block Heater, needed [worksgood]
Dec 18, 2011 (4:03 pm)
As far as an engine block heater, there are numerous choices of heaters available. One type installs in the lower radiator hose and heats the antifreeze, another is magnetic and attaches to the oil pan or to the side of the block. A third requires removing one of the freeze plugs and installed in the freeze plug hole. You would have to check to see if they recommend a model for your Accord or not. The last one I know of was a heater that replaced the oil dip stick with a heating stick. I don't know if they are available or not anymore. The magnetic style is the easy to install, and you can remove and replace on your next vehicle at a later time.
#2060 of 2107 92 Accord starting but dying
Dec 20, 2011 (3:18 pm)
Hi! I recently bought a 92 Accord with 154,000 miles on it. I am having some trouble with it and am hoping someone can help. I am alittle familiar with cars, but don't know all the terminology so please bear with my descriptions. It is hard to start, but usually does. It turns over but takes 4-5 "revs" to actually catch and run. It has died twice while running, in gear, and moving approx 10 mph. Both times I was coasting while slowing down. It has new spark plugs and wires, and we replaced the distributor cap and coil without any improvement. The check engine light comes on, sometimes right away and others it waits till your going between 30-50 mph before lighting up. Any ideas?
On another note the radio is not working. It was an after market cd player. We got a new radio, installed it, and it dosen't work either. Both radios have power and all the buttons worked, but no sound comes out of the speakers. One of them had a bass meter that appeared to work, following a beat, but no sound. Any ideas on this one?
Thanks for you help and patience!
#2061 of 2107 Re: 92 Accord starting but dying [cats2006]
Dec 21, 2011 (7:36 am)
Hard starting - my 1st inclination is to replace the fuel filter
Check Engine Light - is it flashing or just on? If it's just on, could be an O2 sensor (part of the emissions control system)
Radio - sounds like a poor connection between the radios and speakers or something isn't properly grounded. With none of the speakers working, I really doubt the problem is with the speakers themselves.
#2062 of 2107 Re: 1990 Honda Accord LX Starting Issue (HELP PLEASE) [rya2048666]
Dec 24, 2011 (10:36 am)
Will it start when the temp is warm? And, Is the CEL on when you try to start but not starting?
My 1991 would start when warm, or if I put a drop light against the distributor housing for an hour. Tell-tale sign would be, when the car won't start the CEL is on, and stays on when key is turned on, but if it goes out after a few seconds after turning key on, your ignition control unit is going bad. If CEL light not on,mine would start fine, but if light stayed on after other lamps go out, would not start.
#2063 of 2107 Re: 1990 Honda Accord LX Starting Issue (HELP PLEASE) [gettinerrdone]
Dec 24, 2011 (10:54 pm)
Yes, I havent had problems since that day, when it rains is when it starts to have problems, other than that it is fine
#2064 of 2107 Re: 92 Accord starting but dying [cats2006]
Dec 31, 2011 (9:59 pm)
I finally got a chance to work on it today and found some interesting things. We replaced the fuel filter last week with little to no improvement. We were planning on replacing the fuel pump today, but while doing some research online we found posts stating that the fuel pump rarely goes bad in these hondas and most problems like this are related to the main fuel relay. We got a new one, about $60 at autozone. The car ran a little better, but still had problems starting. We really didn't want to drop the tank to get to the fuel pump, and since the car would still start, though very rough, I still had some doubt that was the problem. We finally found a forum posting online stating that symptoms like this were related to the distributor going out. We already replaced the cap and coil with minimal improvement. While searching this we found out how to read the check engine light, so we got that code which was an 8 = TDC position. This confirmed that our problem was the distributor. So, another trip to the store to return the fuel pump and pick up a $150 distributor. 3 bolts and 6 screws later...it starts perfectly! I can't begin to explain how important forums like this were to helping us fix this random problem. According to the guys at the parts store alot of 90's Hondas have problems with the distributor going out, though when we described the symptoms noone mentioned this! Oh well, hopefully this will help others. With everything we replaced trying to fix this I'm hoping there is not much more work to do to keep it running for another 100k miles!