'90 Honda Accord starts, then doesn't, then does, etc...

Discussion in 'Accord' started by John, Sep 28, 2004.

  1. John

    John Guest

    Hey there! I have a '90 Honda Accord with 217,000 miles on it.
    Recently, the car will start, but just a few minutes later, after
    turning it off and trying to re-start it, it will turn over but not
    catch. Then, after a couple hours pass, it will start right up, but
    after I turn it off, the same pattern repeats. Something in the
    ignition system, or the fuel pump maybe? Any help or suggestions would
    be appreciated. Thanks.
    John, Sep 28, 2004
  2. John

    John Ings Guest

    John Ings, Sep 29, 2004
  3. John

    NomoreRGS Guest

    See the below post as most likely it is the main relay. It's fairly
    common. Read the posts from the bottom up and see if the symptoms
    are similar to yours..

    The main relay would also have the same symptoms and it's fairly
    common on the '91 year. The relay is a double relay. The first relay
    supply's a only couple of seconds of power to the fuel pump to get the
    engine started. After it starts a second relay feed power to the fuel
    pump. I believe it was done this way for safety reasons. If the
    engine stops the second relay is not energized, no power to the fuel

    A more definitive symptom for the relay would be that the problem
    occurs mostly during very warm (sitting in the sun for a while) or
    very cold days. The temperature swing causes one or more bad solder
    joints in the relay to open a little, breaking contact. It seems that
    many people actually have the problem while refueling at the gas
    station. The car was fine when they pulled in but started and died
    when trying to leave. After a couple of minutes (maybe a little
    longer) it will usually start and run fine as the relay has cooled off
    a little.

    The relay can be replaced or the soldier joints can be re-soldered
    to correct the problem.

    Here's a link to a great site to identify and fix the main relay
    problem. It helped me tremendously when I had the problem with
    my '91 Accord. The cracked soldier joint was very hard to spot. Even
    knowing exactly what to look for. Mine was just a little mark on one
    post (didn't even look like a crack). When un-soldiering this joint
    the soldier melted differently than the other joints.

    NomoreRGS, Sep 29, 2004
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    Todd K. Guest

    My '91 Accord had the main relay symptom. Turned out it was the ignition
    switch on the steering column. So if the main relay doesn't fix it (and
    you can resolder it yourself), then try a new igniton switch.

    Todd K.
    Todd K., Sep 29, 2004
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    Red Cloud Guest

    Next is a Starter. The starter has same symton as Main relay except
    that when cold enough, the starter does not start. My starter
    does not start right away in the morning and it does not when it hot
    enough. Sometimes I have to wait 30 minuts to start. Usually it starts
    right away after I turn off the car.
    Red Cloud, Oct 1, 2004
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