2004 Accord EXL slow start

Discussion in 'Accord' started by eh, Jul 26, 2004.

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    eh Guest

    Dear Experts,

    I just purchased a brand new 2004 Accord EXL yesterday.
    One thing I noticed is that the car seems to work hard when
    it tried to start ( 3 or 4 seconds 'dadada' sound before it starts)

    The car had less than 10 miles on it. The salesman told me that
    it is possbile that the cars has been sitting on the lot for too long
    and battery might run low.

    I drove it home and open the hood and see the battery indicator
    is completely dark.

    Is the slow start really related to the battery strength? Will it
    improve if I drive on the highway extensively? Is there anything
    I need to worry about?

    Thanks in advance for all your answers.

    eh, Jul 26, 2004
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    LBJGH Guest

    I'd drive it for a bit. The fuel system needs to pressurize too before the
    motor will start. If you turn off your fan and radio and turn the ignition
    to the start position without turning the ignition key you will be able to
    hear the fuel pump running to pressurize the system.

    Wait until the fuel pump stops and the attempt to start the car and see what
    LBJGH, Jul 26, 2004
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    motsco_ _ Guest



    The battery is probably not fully charged, and the engine is not broken
    in yet. You need to read your manual, so that you'll break the car in

    Read the part about the 'Lamp Test' of the dash lights... While you're
    doing the test, you'll hear your fuel pump run for a second, as LBJGH
    has mentioned.

    Enjoy your new honda. Learn how the ABS works. Learn how / why the air
    bags work. Learn how to fill it with gas properly. You'll save a lot of
    trips to the newsgroup if you get to know the manual. Don't change your
    oil early :-(

    motsco_ _, Jul 27, 2004
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    SoCalMike Guest

    id put the battery on a charger. and check the voltage before and after.
    might be a bad battery- never know.
    dont change it early the first time- let it go the whole 7500 miles.
    SoCalMike, Jul 27, 2004
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    K5 Guest

    I forgot where I read this (Hondacars.com faq?) but it is supposed to do
    that. Apparently it reduces emissions on startup. No problems with mine so
    K5, Jul 27, 2004
  6. "K5" wrote
    ? Mine starts up right away.
    Howard Lester, Jul 27, 2004
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    K5 Guest

    Mine starts up right away on the second or third crank but it just sounds a
    bit like the battery is low on the first crank then it picks up speed. Hard
    to describe in writing.
    K5, Jul 27, 2004
  8. "K5" wrote
    Take it back to the dealer and ask them to check it out. It shouldn't behave
    that way. I think mine originally had under 10 miles on the odometer, and it
    never behaved as you describe.

    Or, if it's just that the battery needs charging (and why, I can't imagine
    unless it or the system is defective)... take it out for a long-ish straight
    drive on the highway to give it some exercise. Just keep varying the speed
    if you're still in the 'break-in' period, and don't exceed 60mph for now.
    (Whether these break-in guidelines are necessary or not, I'd rather be safe
    than sorry.)
    Howard Lester, Jul 27, 2004
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    K5 Guest

    It's not a problem so I won't worry about it. Just communicating to the OP
    my observation.
    K5, Jul 27, 2004
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    TomP Guest

    Starting with '03 model year, Accord, the crank shaft has to make at
    least one "clean complete" revolution before the sensors start to track
    crank/cam position. After the crank position has been determined, the
    PCM will fire the injectors and the ignition to start the engine. What I
    have experienced is a noticeable increase (from 1.5 seconds, up to 3.0
    seconds) in crank time before the engine starts.

    If you're used to turning the IG switch and have the engine start in < 1
    second; it aint going to happen on this engine.

    Slow cranking is another matter; perhaps as others' have said the battery
    is in trouble.

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    TomP, Jul 31, 2004
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