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1997 Honda Civic Ex Cold start problems

I have a 1997 Honda Civic EX. With the advent of winter here in Coloado I am experiencing problems starting the car. When I start the car for the first time during the day, be it morning or afternoon, it takes a few seconds (about 7-9) to start. I have to hold the key in the start position for all that time for it to start while its cranking. I replaced the battery because it was getting old but that hasn't helped solve the problem. During the rest of the day it doesn't take time to start at all. I just bought the car and it was fine a month ago. Since it has been in Colorado, I am assuming the oil, etc. that have been used in the car should be suitable for the cold weather.  I wanted to see if there was something I could do myself before I take it to a mechanic.  Thanks!

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  • parag_shah Dec 25, 2008

    How do I test where the problem is in the ignition? Thanks!

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Make sure to check your oil.check to see if your losing any because of the cold. Also check your starter you can burn it out if you crank it for too long and check your alternator make sure its charging your battery.

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    Gonzalo Magana Nov 20, 2013

    how can u check if its the timing belt or alternator

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Always be sure to change timeing belt as reg. maint. but sounds like ingnition module is getting ready to go

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