1990 Accord intermitently will not start in hot weather


Old 07-22-03, 06:52 PM
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1990 Accord intermitently will not start in hot weather

I have a 1990 Honda Accord with 170,000 miles that sometimes will not start if the car has been sitting in the hot sun. Later in the day when it has cooled off, it will start. I have replaced the main relay under the dash and replaced the distributor with a salvaged unit. Is this a common problem with Accords of this vintage? Also, what should I do to identify and correct problem? Thanks
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Old 07-22-03, 07:04 PM
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Yes, the Accords of this vintage suffer from poor ignition systems. The cap, rotor, wires, igniter, and coil have been redesigned many times.

Next time it fails to start, pull off a plug wire and see if you have spark. Betcha don't .
Old 07-22-03, 07:44 PM
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Check the main relay again. Pull the cover off & inspect each solder joint with a magnifying glass. I'll bet you find at least ONE cold joint.

Resolder the joint(s) and drill a couple of holes in the relay cover. Very common problem.
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