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#530 of 1859 Re: white smoke in tail pipe [dridmang]
Oct 01, 2006 (7:49 pm)
No, its common on cool-to-cold mornings on any car. It is a matter of atmosphere I believe (like blowing out and making white smoke come out of your mouth in freezing weather)... I don't know the exact science of it, but any car starting in below 60 degree weather with the right humidity will do this. My car when it is REALLY cold, say, 20 degrees, will do this for the first mile or two of driving before stopping.
Just wondering, do you park outside?
#531 of 1859 Re: white smoke in tail pipe [dridmang] by thegraduate
Oct 01, 2006 (10:41 pm)
I do park outside actually. The temperature is around 60-65 degrees. This just started to happen recently, after a long trip on the highway with the AC on for an hour. I also just recently changed my o2 sensor. I have a new radiator installed less than 2 years ago. I mean there is a thick cloud of white smoke that scares away people walking by. I hope this is not a sign of a blown head gasket. Thanks for the reply.
#532 of 1859 Re: white smoke in tail pipe [dridmang] by thegraduate [dridmang]
Oct 02, 2006 (5:24 am)
Well, I believe it is more common on engines parked outside (maybe something to do with moisture buildup burning off?)... my old Accord does it more often when parked outside; same is true of my new one.
You say it is thick though, maybe run by a mechanic and have it checked out just in case. I wouldn't want you to get stranded somewhere because of something I said!
#533 of 1859 Re: white smoke in tail pipe [dridmang] by thegraduate [dridmang]
Oct 02, 2006 (3:45 pm)
The way you describe the large amount of white smoke, I would suspect that yes, it's antifreeze leaking past the head gasket. Catch a drop or two of the liquid dripping out the exhaust pipe, and rub it between your fingers. Does it feel like water, or does it feel a little slippery? If so, it could be antifreeze.
Check your fluids for cross contamination, (antifreeze in oil, oil in radiator)
Also keep an eye on the radiator coolant level.
#534 of 1859 1997 lx starting problems
Oct 04, 2006 (5:24 pm)
I have a 1997 LX and it has been giving me some ocassional trouble when starting. I will turn the key all the way, and the dash lights will come on, but the car will not start. The starter will not even engage.
So I will try it another time or too, and if it still wont start, I will pull the key out and wait a second or so, then try again, and it will start right up.
It doesnt happen everytime I go to start the car, maybe once every 7 or 8 times.
Does anyone know what might cause this?
#535 of 1859 Car/Engine shutting off while driving
Oct 05, 2006 (6:34 am)
Recently my 1997 Honda Accord has been shutting off randomly while I am driving. It has happened 3 times on the highway when I am driving 70 miles per hour. The wheel locks and I have to pull over to the side and turn it back on. It has no problems turning back on, but usually it will do it again a couple minutes later. Then it won't do it for another two weeks or so....then it happens again. It has happened at various speeds, temperatures, etc. so I really can't figure out a common thread. Any ideas?????
#536 of 1859 Re: Car/Engine shutting off while driving [mford37]
Oct 05, 2006 (6:36 pm)
You may want to check your ignition switch. I believe Honda had some problems with ignition switches but I don't know if there was ever a recall. I remember reading that the quality was not that good and the problem with them could increase specially if you have your key ring too heavy. Also, I know that over the time it could get dirty inside, so I will recommend to clean it (search for ignition switch in this forum to see how) and remove as much keys from you key ring as you can and see if that solves the problem. If it only improves it, then go ahead and change it. Good luck
#537 of 1859 Re: 1997 lx starting problems [natedeardorff]
Oct 05, 2006 (7:45 pm)
I'm having the same problem (mine is a '94 accord EX) but I haven't been able to pinpoint the source of the problem yet. Here are some ideas of what you need to check (they are ordered from most probable to less probable):
- Main relay. It is known that the main relay in accords (before 2000) have been a problem. Seems that the electrical contacts get loose after sometime. You don't need to buy one, just solder again all electrical contacts. Even though a lot of people indicates that this may be the problem, I can not associate a main relay problem with a non spinning starter when turning on the SW.
- Ignition switch. Seems that after sometime could create a random false contacts. This is the only component that I haven't change.
- Clutch SW (manual only)
- Wiring problems. When you turn over the ignition switch your starter needs to at least spin. The only components in the starter circuit are: Ignition SW, fuse, starter cut relay(Manual only), clutch interlock SW(Manual) and starter; make sure the wiring is ok (no false contacts) between all these components.
#538 of 1859 Re: 1997 lx starting problems [jjv99]
Oct 06, 2006 (5:44 am)
JJV -- thanks for the help. Mine is a 5sp man, so It could be the clutch switch. I have no experience in doing wiring work on cars. Are these wires difficult to access? Is there a website I can go to or anything you could recommend for seeing a diagram of these wires and switches, including the main relay?
I appreciate any advice and direction you can help me with.