1996 Accord Won't start when weather is cold and damp

Discussion in 'Accord' started by tvandy, Nov 30, 2006.

  1. tvandy

    tvandy Guest

    I have a 1996 Accord that has the same problem every year at this time.
    When the weather gets cold and damp the car will not start. The
    battery and starter appear to be strong. It acts as if no gas is
    getting through, or if moisture is in the fuel. After several minutes
    and many attemps the car will finally start. This has been going on
    for the past 3 years. No one seems to have any ideas. Any help hear
    would be greatly appreciated. Again, this only occurs at this time of
    tvandy, Nov 30, 2006
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    Elle Guest

    Cracked distributor cap or old wires would be my first

    When was the last time this car had a tuneup (new plugs,
    wires, distributor cap and rotor, timing check, air filter,
    fuel filter, maybe a bottle of Chevron Techron dumped in the
    fuel tank, all ignition parts OEM)?

    See http://www.tegger.com/hondafaq/faq.html#startrun for
    more discussion.
    Elle, Nov 30, 2006
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    motsco_ Guest


    WHEN does it always happen? Only after sitting overnight, or in the
    middle of the day / evening after it's been driven recently ? ?

    motsco_, Nov 30, 2006
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    Tegger Guest

    How old are the plug wires?
    Tegger, Nov 30, 2006
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    nm5k Guest

    It's usually an ignition high voltage leak if it always does it when
    it's damp. This is real common on toyotas, and hondas may have
    the same problem. Lots of times it's the ignition coil "flashing" over
    to ground along tiny thin conductive dirt traces that form along the
    of the coil plastic covering. Normally, the insulation from ground
    be good with no flashing over. What I would do is remove and clean the
    coil housing, etc with alcohol or something like that. Try to get it as
    as you can. Check all the wires for flashing. But..it's not very common
    all the wires to do this at once, so I really don't suspect the wires
    this case. I suspect the coil, cap, rotor, etc, before it goes to the
    I'd slap a new cap and rotor on it being they are cheap, unless yours
    already fresh. Sometimes the coils will leak so bad you just have to
    replace them. Once they start forming traces, it's often hard to clean
    away well enough to not have any more problems.
    They seem to be quite conductive many times.
    Also...It's possible to have carb icing in this weather, but your car
    should be
    FI, so scratch that...That would only occur after running a while
    Carb icing does not give starting problems when cold. It hasn't iced up
    yet at that point.
    At this point, if I had to bet $$$$$, I'd say it's probably your coil.
    But don't
    take that as gospel without checking it out a bit.
    nm5k, Dec 1, 2006
  6. tvandy

    tvandy Guest

    This almost always happens after sitting overnight.
    tvandy, Dec 8, 2006
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    tvandy Guest

    Thank you so much for the advise. I'll try what you've mentioned and
    let you know what happens.
    tvandy, Dec 8, 2006
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    Susan_W Guest

    I am having the same problem with my 1996 accord. What was the

    I have changed my wires, distributor cap, spark plugs, main relay
    switch, computer, starter, fuel filter, and it still will not start
    when temperature drops below 60 degrees. It takes me about 10 mins.
    or more to get it started in the mornings. When it finally does start
    after cranking on it for a while, it runs rough for a minute then
    straightens itself out.

    What else do I need to check?

    Please help. Thank you.

    Susan W
    Susan_W, Jan 26, 2007
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    motsco_ Guest


    Sounds like you've had some bad advice in the past. _If it only happens
    after the vehicle has been sitting several hours_ (overnight), it may
    just be flooding. Your manual tells you how to start a flooded Honda.
    Fuel injector cleaner three or four times a year will usually make that
    problem (dripping injector) go away.

    My Honda starts at -40 degrees, but I have to do like the manual says,
    holding the pedal half-way to the floor.

    motsco_, Jan 26, 2007
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    afd Guest

    Bad Coolant temperature sensor will cause hard starting when cold.

    The fuel enrichment mode uses coolant temp to raise the idle speed as well
    as the air/fuel ratio.
    afd, Jan 27, 2007
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