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#1610 of 1859 1997 Honda Accord won't start
Jun 29, 2010 (9:10 pm)
Long story....My son drove his Accord thru a shallow creek and didn't make it all the way out. Air filter was soaked, carpet soaked, water in the oil and transmission fluid. Car would start the next day but would not stay running for very long. Over the next few days it would start less and less until it would not start at all. It was not getting fuel so I put a new main relay in and it has fuel now. However, when I was checking to see if the fuel pump was ok, I placed a jumper wire in to the wiring harness for the main relay. Thats when I got the fuel pump to work, but when I put the bad relay back in it to see if it would now start, it would not turn the engine over at all. No starter engagement, nothing. At the same time, the red security light stopped lighting up and the power door looks quit working. A Honda expert on another website said if the passenger side carpet got wet then the ecm is prolly bad since it sets under the carpet. I got another ECM and still won't turn over, no security light and no power door locks. I don't see any fuses or links blown and I put a new main relay in and the fuel pump runs but the car wont turn over. Also, I noticed a green circle around the D4 on the dash. It comes on when I turn the key on, stays on with the check engine light for like 2 seconds and they both go off. The best way to describe what happens when I turn the key to start it, is like I have it in reverse or drive and you try to start it, nothing happens. Maybe like a bad nuetral switch or something. They may not have that but that's what it seems like. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
#1611 of 1859 1994 Honda Accord LX: Unique Problem
Jun 30, 2010 (10:12 am)
Hello Everyone, I own a 1994 Honda Accord LX. I have had a recurring problem since I bought the car in 2004. There are many aspects to this unique problem which auto mechanics have had trouble diagnosing. It all starts with the D4 light on the dashboard in between the tachometer and speedometer. When this light is out when I start the car, then my gear shifter is locked and will not let me go from park to reverse or any other gear while my foot is on the brake pedal. I then have to turn the car off and manually override the gear shifter by placing my key in the shift lock release hole. I move it to nuetral and start the car. Now then, I can reverse normally but when I go to D4 the light is off and the car will not drive/shift gears properly forcing my to shift from 1-2-3 manually. With that said, when my D4 light is on the car is fine and drives smoothly and shifts properly. This problem happens while I am driving or before I am driving. It is very unpredictable, it can happen every other day or every other couple of months. If anyone has any idea on how to deal with this proble it would be greatly appreciated.
#1612 of 1859 Re: 1997 Honda Accord won't start [gooch24]
Jul 05, 2010 (7:55 am)
Anybody got any ideas what may problem or plobems could be??????
#1613 of 1859 Re: 1994 Honda Accord LX: Unique Problem [teamjabb]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Jul 05, 2010 (9:41 am)
Well I'd replace the brake light switch, a simple thing, and see what that does for you.
Otherwise, you may need to go to onboard diagnostics.
#1614 of 1859 Re: 1997 Honda Accord won't start [gooch24]
Jul 06, 2010 (5:41 am)
Hard to help with out seeing the car.
Check/charge your battery for full charge.
Look for bad fuse, relay, fusible link.
Check wire connections, unplug/replug .
Spray wires and connecters with LPS ,WD 40 or similar fluid to remove moister/dampness.
Spray starter fluid into throttle body and try to start. If it hit/fires than the electrical is okay. Than must check fuel delivery.
Is the check engine light coming on?
#1615 of 1859 97 accord overheating
Jul 06, 2010 (10:15 am)
My car lost its coolant about a week ago, replaced coolant. lost it again. replaced the thermostat, same problem, then I noticed that the radiator cap did not look right. Bought a new one, and I could see the old was was missing parts. driving home everything looked good until I turned on the A/C, then the temp gauge went almost up to the red mark. Let the engine cool down (overnight). Started the car, and turned on the A/C, and temp gauge started going up again. Top radiator hose very hot, bottom hose almost cold. Suggestions?
#1616 of 1859 Re: 97 accord overheating [trinidar]
Jul 06, 2010 (5:26 pm)
Bleed the air from the coolant system.
Bleeder screw in or near the thermostat housing
Water will not circulate with air in the system.
#1617 of 1859 Re: 1997 Honda Accord won't start [omarr]
Jul 08, 2010 (1:35 pm)
When I turn the key on, the check engine light and the ring around the d4 gear position come on for like 2 seconds and then they both go out at the same time. I don't know if that is normal or not. I have checked all the fuses under the hood and under the dash. I have not found any bad fuses. I checked the fusible links in the under the hood fuse box. The engine will not turn over. Battery is fully charged. When the engine stopped turning over, I also lost my power door locks and the security light by the radio quit blinking and now does not work either. I think they may all be tied together but I don't know what to check.
#1618 of 1859 Re: 1997 Honda Accord won't start [gooch24]
Jul 08, 2010 (6:46 pm)
I believe the check engine and D4 light are functioning normal.
I don't think you have power to the fuse circuits.
Check for power coming to the main under dash fuse panel. there is probably a 50 amp fuse there.
What documentation do you have?