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My 1998 accord ex is sporadically not fully starting.

In the last two weeks, on two different occasions, i go to start my car and it begins to turn over but never fully kicks off. The next day I am able to start it up with no problems. I have taken it to Honda and a local mechanic and neither can find a problem. I don't want to fix something that might not be broken, but i also don't want a car that is unreliable and could leave me stranded. Has anyone else ever experienced this?

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  • jennifermash Sep 07, 2008

    both times it had sat from around 8am until 530pm - i was able to drive to work, but not leave. the next moring at 8am it would start up with no problem.

  • John Husman May 11, 2010

    Ok make sure i have this correct the engine does fully turn over but does not start.?if it does not fully turn over it sounds like the starter solenoid is bad.But if it does turn over and just keeps turning over with out starting then u need to have the spark control modual tested.When you have the spark control modual tested make sure they run the test 3 times to make the modual gets to opperating temp.Please let me know how it goes.Thanks for using fixya!

  • John Husman May 11, 2010

    Does it do this when the engine is hot or cold or whenever?

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Oleroy is correct the was a problem honda has with basically all there cars, your problem is the main relay. Had the same problem with my 93' civic, my 92' accord, my 96' accord and with 98' accord.

Posted on Sep 29, 2008

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If it happens primarily in hot weather (i.e. inner temp of car is over 100 degrees after returning when parked), I'd definitely replace the main relay located under the dash on the driver's side (waaaay up under the dash). It's a $55 part from Honda that plugs directly in to the existing harness. Unplug the old, plug in the new. I'd bet a paycheck that this would fix your problem (if it mainly happens in hot weather).

Posted on Sep 19, 2008

  • Oleroy Sep 19, 2008

    ...This is a known problem with aging 98 - 02 Accords.

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