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post #1 of 16 Old 07-05-2011, 01:18 PM Thread Starter
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1995 intermittent starting problems (acts like dead battery)

I have a 1995 Honda Accord, 2.2L 4-cylinder VTEC, manual transmission. Several times within the past month or so, I have gone to start it and nothing happens. Note that this doesn't happen every time I try to start it--it's completely random (outside, garage, hot weather, cold weather, etc).

When it won't start, the lights come on, but the starter motor doesn't operate and the solenoid doesn't click. I've replaced the battery (which indicates full power) and the alternator. All the fuses are in good shape. I tested the solenoid with a wire directly to the battery, and the solenoid was live.

After run the wire from the solenoid to the battery (or if I get a jump start), I can turn off the engine, turn it back on immediately afterward, and the engine will start fine on its own.

Any ideas as to what is going on? Dead spot in the starter? Bad wiring? As I said, it doesn't happen all the time but it is happening with more frequency now than a few weeks ago.

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I had a similar problem with mine,though as you have replaced the battery it's unlikely to be what caused my intermittant starting fault-a slightly loose negative terminal!Does your clock keep time?If you notice it's a few hours behind all of a sudden then I would say the problem lies with the battery connection,otherwise,not sure!

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check the distributor.

I noticed you mentioned nothing about checking the distributor, which is a known common problem with hondas.

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Did you ever figure out the problem? I have had the same scenario that I've lived w/ for more than 2 yrs. In that time, the problem still persists in spite of a new battery and new alternator. I believe it is the starter/solenoid. Mine's a V6, but the symptoms are identical, totally random when it doesn't want to start. Turn it again (maybe 2-3 times sometimes) and it will eventually start. Seems to start better if I hesitate in the ON position before I try to kick the starter up.
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Then change the starter, if that is what you think it is.

If not, then check the distributor and spark wires.

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post #6 of 16 Old 11-30-2011, 06:10 PM
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check the distributor.

I noticed you mentioned nothing about checking the distributor, which is a known common problem with hondas.
what's the problem with the distributor? new honda owner here.
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They stop working correctly.

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kinda figured that, but what are the symptoms of it not working correctly please?
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And how does the distributor keep the starter from turning?
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And how does the distributor keep the starter from turning?
Who said that?

The distributor sends the spark to the spark plugs. If this is working incorrectly, then how will the car start correctly? Has nothing to do with affecting the starter.

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When it won't start, the lights come on, but the starter motor doesn't operate and the solenoid doesn't click.
That's the whole point of this thread - the starter won't start.
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could be a bad positive starter wire. do a ohm check on it. if i remember right from auto shop (14 years ago) in school no more than 100 ohm per inch of wire. it will let everything else power up, but won't let the starter operate. not sure how to jump a honda starter, but try that. you can then rule out the starter.
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i'm not trying to be a idiot, or wise ass, but a bad distributor to me means bad bearings. on this one possibly leaking oil between it and the block/head. i mean seriously what else can go wrong other than components inside it, but they are components not the distributor. i must say it looks WAY different than the distributor in any other american car i have ever worked on

so what am i supposed ta be looking for? i don't think mine is bad, but the way honda does some things lean towards comparing apples to oranges. ie vacuum assist motor mount. that's totally new to me.
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Oil leaking into it is the main problem. Or just worn out pieces. But you would have to take it apart and actually know what you are looking for.

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that lets me out. i was so anti jap cars this is all uncharted waters for me. i gotta say though she has really grown on me. i mite even do her body next year. she is a keeper. now if she will stop fighting me i'll be a happy camper.

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