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#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!
#2065 of 2107 Re: 92 Accord starting but dying [cats2006]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Jan 02, 2012 (12:42 pm)
A timing light would have spotted that in 5 seconds.
#2066 of 2107 91 accord alternator?
Jan 05, 2012 (9:21 am)
I have a 91 accord. The alternator wires have been taped and are exposed. The car will turn over but not fire. Will the exposed wires cause the car to not start?
#2067 of 2107 Re: 91 accord alternator? [lisacline35]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Jan 05, 2012 (10:31 am)
Jan 14, 2012 (3:06 pm)
The other day i was on my way home from work, in my 1990 Accord sedan, and skidded into a curb, i know pretty stupid. Since then my steering went wierd, steering wheel is turned about a third of the to the left when driving straight, and seems to pull each way at different times. No broken or bent parts are visible with the wheels off, is it possible something broke within the steering box? Or could it be as simple as being knocked out alignment.
Jan 14, 2012 (5:22 pm)
You probably wouldn't notice if something was bent...bent tie rod, bent axle spindle, probably something like that. Not too bad a fix unless maybe you bent a control arm or the subframe.
#2070 of 2107 Honda Feeling Like It Doesn't Want To Go
Jan 22, 2012 (11:12 am)
Hi I have a Honda Accord LX 1990,
When i'm driving most of the time, the car feel as if it doesn't want to go when I am pressing on the gas petal. It feels like something is clogged, what might that be? It's been doing this for awhile now...
I'm guilty for not getting regular maintenance on my vehicle.
Also the check engine light comes on, and there is another light at the bottom right of the dash board with the letter S that flashes too. What does that mean?
Oh, and when I am driving my car tends to get really HOT under the hood, more than usual. It gets so hot that I can see heat vapors coming from the hood. Not WHITE SMOKE or anything, so I don't think I have a problem with the radiator, and the needle in the car that registers the hot/cold is always FINE, it stays pretty much below the half mark.
And last but not least, the speedometer needle drops when I am driving, and sometimes just stop moving...
I appreciate any help, or questions I can get...
Mar 29, 2012 (1:40 pm)
My car has a starting problem, and it seems to be related to the cooling system somehow. After I let pressure build up in the cooling system if I cut my car off and wait more than a few minutes to start it back up it has trouble starting or it will turn but not start. The only way I can seem to avoid this problem is by releasing the pressure on the cooling system every time I cut the car off. If I fail to do this and the car does not start, I have to pull the spark plugs and wipe them off and wait several minutes before reinstalling them. They have a fluid on them, but I cannot tell what it is by the smell or the look of it. It is dark like oil, but does not smell like oil. It does not smell like coolant or fuel either. I do not have water or oil mixing, I do not have any blow by, and I have 178psi compression in each cylinder. I am currently at a loss and need some help.