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94 accord won't start

Car cranks but won't start. has fuel at the rail. spark at the plugs and timing belt is intact

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  • JustADude Sep 30, 2008

    I have a 96 Honda Accord LX with the 2.2L engine. It won't start. It was running perfectly at one moment and then as I accelerated through a stop light, the engine died and has not started since then.

    Initially, I thought it was the fuel pump because I couldn't hear it coming on when I turned the key to the run position. I checked for voltage at the wire harness and it was present, so I changed the fuel pump. I can hear the fuel pump now, but the car still won't start.

    I have a good strong spark at the spark plugs, there is fuel in the fuel rail, the rotor is turning (timing belt intact), I put a noid light on the injectors and they are being pulsed, but it still won't start.

    I disconnected the air intake hose and sprayed starter fluid into the air intake and it doesn't even try to start when I do this and I can smell no fuel at the exhaust pipe.

    I even put a code scanner on the car, and the computer isn't throwing any codes.

    I'm lost. One comment says that the igniter may have gone bad. Doesn't sound like my problem as I am getting a good strong spark.

    Any help would be most appreciated.

  • Anonymous Mar 28, 2014

    shows fuel rail pressure on diagnostic



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The Main Relay under the dash, close to the steering. Brown or Gray box with about 8 wires tend to go bad at relay contacts inside. To troubleshoot, turn ignition key to on position and tap the relay box, you should hear fuel pump activate. If it starts, the relay is bad. If it does'nt, you need to check voltage and grounds at relay wires. Everything else you mentioned seems to be okay. I had 3 hondas, different years that have done the same thing. Good luck

Posted on Sep 20, 2008


Sounds like your alternator to me. I had similar problems a few weeks ago. Certain things were working such as driving than my gauges would drop, or my car would sound like it was starting to sputter and die. Did you have any problems before it stopped starting??? I had someone jump me although the battery had some juice left he said it wouldn't hurt. So he jumped me I got it started took it to midas and they checked the alternator it was dying:)....
Anyway minor problem cost me 150 for the part and 90 to install. I am really glad thought it was something electrical or my transmission was out.

symptoms before it stopped working:
driving about thirty five and my car felt like it dropped into neutral, my mechanic says because I had a new battery the battery was trying to keep its charge but the alternator was not recharging it so it didn't have enough juice to run the car push the fuel and all the other ****.
after getting the car started the car would die out, I thought well it cant be the battery cause the car would keep running til you turned it off.

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Would the distributor also drain the batteries power while parked over night I am having the same problem ( I have replaced the fuel pump main relay) It gets spark and fuel but sometimes it will crank (turn over) but will not start (really bad if it is hot outside)

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Probably the igniter in the distributor. They are known to fail. A new igniter is about $100 as is a used distributor. You may be able to have it tested by removing the distributor and taking it to a repair shop or auto parts store.

Sometimes after they fail they will work occasionally but finally fail altogether.

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