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#1 Steve Westminster

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Posted 14 April 2005 - 01:49 PM

okay here's the problem is that my honda accord LX won't start. it will crank and crank but it will not ignite. it is a manual and it also does have 186 thousand miles if someone could help me that would be great



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Posted 15 April 2005 - 08:10 AM

You timing belt might be thrashed. That is what happened to my Honda.
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Posted 04 May 2005 - 05:02 PM

you need to replace your main relay thats the only problem when you do that it will start

#4 James

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Posted 27 June 2005 - 07:26 PM

i had the same problem on my 1990 honda accord ex but is WAS NOT the main relay... it keeps blowing fuses as now i think it is the ecu part of the computer or it is the computer... i will let everyone know soon

#5 MARK

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Posted 12 July 2005 - 01:50 AM

MY 1991 ACCORD RAN OUT OF GAS. IPUT GAS IN IT AND COULD NEVER GET IT TO START AGAIN. REPLACED SPARK PLUGS,DIST CAP,COIL. IHAVE FUEL UP TO THE INJECTORS.HOWEVER,NO SPARK WHEN I PLACE SCEWDRIVER INTO THE PLUGS. FUEL PUMP COMES ON. WHAT SHOULD I DO???

#6 Ramiro

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Posted 22 July 2005 - 02:43 PM

MY 1991 ACCORD RAN OUT OF GAS. IPUT GAS IN IT AND COULD NEVER GET IT TO START AGAIN. REPLACED SPARK PLUGS,DIST CAP,COIL. IHAVE FUEL UP TO THE INJECTORS.HOWEVER,NO SPARK WHEN I PLACE SCEWDRIVER INTO THE PLUGS. FUEL PUMP COMES ON. WHAT SHOULD I DO???

same problem i have a 1990 honda accord and the fuel gets all the way to the fuel injectors then it stops. the thing is that when we put gas directly into the spark plugs it turns on for the time being til the gas burns up then dies. any answers i need help the main relay what does it look like. i started it 3 times today but just dies out help!!



#7 caligirl

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Posted 06 August 2005 - 11:56 AM

you need to replace your main relay thats the only problem when you do that it will start

ditto for me > I have a 1990 accord had the same problem it was like you said the main relay.

#8 RAMIRO

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Posted 11 August 2005 - 05:13 PM

IM REPLACING THE FUEL PUMP AND SEEING WHERE IT GOES FROM THERE?
COULD IT BE ANYTHING ELSE HELP ITS A 1990 HONDA ACCORD LX 2.2
ANY HELP WOULD BE APPRECIATED

#9 Guest

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Posted 14 August 2005 - 04:28 PM

I have no assistance but i do have a similiar problem. 91 accord. F22B2 I think. I used to be able to start the car, drive it for awhile, then it would stall out. I'd have to leave it for an hour or so, then I it would start and I could drive it for another while. I've tried a new distributor (borrowed), I've replaced the fuel pump, the fuel regulator. Tomorrow I'm going to change the ecu I think, then I guess main relay. it has both fuel and spark. Very frustrating.

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Posted 14 August 2005 - 04:29 PM

IM REPLACING THE FUEL PUMP AND SEEING WHERE IT GOES FROM THERE?
COULD IT BE ANYTHING ELSE HELP ITS A 1990 HONDA ACCORD LX 2.2
ANY HELP WOULD BE APPRECIATED

It's a pain in the ass to change the fuel pump, you should check to see if you're getting fuel before you bother ripping the tank out.

#11 WizzdoM

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Posted 16 August 2005 - 04:01 AM

Hi there Everyone,
I Have Honda Accord '91 EX 2.0L , and have the same problem like
the most of you claim here.
If the car parks out in the sun it won't start till evening,
If I'm starting it in the morning it start but I cannot leave it parking during
the day outside cause it won't start,
anyhow I replaced anything you could ever think of,
changed Battery, plugs, fuel pump, dist. , plugs cables...etc. etc.

Yesterday I went to a specialist and after telling my story he said -

It's the zilion time I hear this Honda story about this Ignition problem
it's Honda's weakness in Accord and Civic in those years,
So what should I do ???

"You have to replace the Fuel Relay, or shorten it..."

and where could it be this relay ???

"In Accord it will be above your left leg and little bit left - and it's a double relay ,

In the Civic it's under the dash board so it's more complicated to replace "

that all he said , good luck everyone,

btw : I'm going this friday to fix it, let u know the rest after that...

#12 Indiah

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Posted 25 August 2005 - 03:50 PM

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Hi Everyone-
I have a 1990 Honda Accord EX and recently I was out and stopped at a store and when I came out to leave my car would not start. It just turned over but didn't fire. I finally let it sit and my husband and I went back later and the car started. We got home and thought that everything was ok and the car didn't start later that evening. We thought that we would have a mechanic look at it and he told us that it was the distributor (?) We had that repaired and 1 week later the car does the same thing. The car will not start at all now...what could it be? Main relay?? I am not sure what it is....can anyone help out?

#13 David Wood

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Posted 29 August 2005 - 12:40 AM

There is a relay under the dash I belive they call it the FCM they are notorious for bad solder joints my Honda dealer fixed mine. They said they would solder it for 1/2 what a new module cost. Problem is when its hot and the solder expands it loses contact when the car cools, or you slam the door, or kick the tire it makes contact again, it took them about 10 minutes to fix and thats been 5 years ago and it never happened again., Hope this helps you! David

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Posted 29 August 2005 - 03:36 PM

wondering if anyone knows timing marks for timing belt 91 honda accord lx?

#15 petey

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Posted 29 August 2005 - 08:02 PM

hey guys i have been having the same problem with my honda accord 92. my car won't start if it has been sitting in the sun or is hot outside. it would crank but doesn't start. many people have this problem with hondas around this year and i found out that it is the main relay according to dealers and other mechanics. so i was hoping if anyone knows where i can find a website that shows you how to replace the main relay. let me know guys thanks ;)

#16 David Wood

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Posted 29 August 2005 - 11:56 PM

There is a relay under the dash I belive they call it the FCM they are notorious for bad solder joints my Honda dealer fixed mine. They said they would solder it for 1/2 what a new module cost. Problem is when its hot and the solder expands it loses contact when the car cools, or you slam the door, or kick the tire it makes contact again, it took them about 10 minutes to fix and thats been 5 years ago and it never happened again., Hope this helps you! David

I remembered the PFGMI relay controls the fuel and electrical, Honda charged $70.00 to solder it, and said a new module cost $140.00, five years ago, they let me watch them when they soldered it, and you could see a small dark ring in the solder pool at the pin that came through the circuit board, this was where the contact was making and breaking, there couldn't have been more than a few tenthousandths of an inch clearance so the heat would expand it enough to break contact, I had the same problem with my 1991 Cheverolet truck in the windsheild wiper module. Hope everyone gets fixed up OK! David Wood

#17 lily

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Posted 06 September 2005 - 08:07 AM

thanks everyone for your thoughts. My ex husband has a 91 honda accord and about a month ago he and my daughter went to the store and when they got back in the car it wouldnt start. It would turn over but wouldnt fire up. He had a friend look at it and told him it was the distributor we replaced that and still the same. I was reading your emails to him over the phone and he said he would go slam his door and see if it it was the main relay (never heard of it) but as I held on I could hear the car turning over then it fired up. Glad to hear he wasnt the only one with this problem. Thanks again.

#18 dg1261

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Posted 10 September 2005 - 06:19 PM

I've got the same problem with a 89 Accord--just cranks, just cranks, wait awhile, then it starts.

I repair electronic equipment, and relays and soldering is familiar territory, so I'd like to try the soldering fix on the main relay. But what's the purpose of the soldering? Am I just resoldering all connections to eliminate cold solder joints? Or am I soldering a jumper to bypass something? Looking at the wiring diagram, I'm half-inclined to solder a jumper from pin 5 to 7 to bypass one of the relays, but is that anything like the fix that's been mentioned here?

#19 ange

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Posted 14 September 2005 - 05:13 AM

Hi, I've had the same problem with my 90 Accord LX and I'm going nuts. I've replaced the battery, the battery cables, the spark plugs, the distributor and now the MAIN RELAY and my car still won't start!!! I can hear the fuel pump come on so I'm getting really frustrated. Anyway, I found great instructions for installing the main relay this morning and I did the job in less than ten minutes. The only trouble is the TIGHT squeeze under the dash. Anyway the website is:

http://home.earthlin...o_MainRelay.htm

If anyone has any other ideas for me....drop a line. Thanks.

#20 Guest

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Posted 16 September 2005 - 08:46 AM

Are the 1990 Honda Accord LX standard or Manual? ..I dont know much about cars....



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