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Honda Civic Bel Air Auto Lsi Saloon (L Reg) Wet weather starting

On Saturday 24th Jan, had to call in the RAC because I needed a Home Start, I have had Starting Problems in the past, in wet weather, but no problem after the car has started and warmed up, even when it may continue to pour with rain. The RAC mechanic found that there was no spark to the plugs, and concluded that I needed an expensive distributor unit £200/300. The motor has been towed to a local RAC recommended garage,who informed me that they agreed with the RAC mechanic. I later realised that most modern (?) car problems are logical. i.e. If your lights go out in the house, it is most probably a fuse somewhere, plug or mains, and I never saw him check any fuse box, for a 'blown' fuse. I am almost 77, and have a fair knowledge of older cars, and have had electrical problems, which I sometimes cured simply by replacing a blown fuse. I never even thought about it when the RAC mechanic was at my home, but I KNOW he only checked for a spark to the plugs. He never checked if there was any charge getting to the sealed unit. When we bought the motor, we could not find a Workshop or User's Manual, and it never entered my head to check for a fuse box (Is there one?). I know the garage has not yet solved the problem, so could you please advise me further? I can not afford to spend too much at this at this time. James

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  • thinks2000 Mar 01, 2009

    honda civic, and the problem is engine crank but does not start. when the ignition switch on the instument panel lights on. i have notice that when switch the ignition switch on the check engine on, and i need to wait for a few minutes until the check engine off to start the engine. hope you can help me to solve this problem.because no honda service center in our city, i dont know how to retrieve trouble code >>. i am amateur technician.

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Try checking your ground wires and make sure they are not dangling from a few thin copper strands. Also check to see that the wires have a solid connection to the contact points" corrosion, rust, poor or weak connections can cause a weak spark within your distributor. I had a 1989 suzuki swift that was in the shop for 2 months and after hours of research and 300.00 dollars in it could be this it could be that, I went down to thouroughly inspect all of my wiring harnesess and found one that was dangling by a few strands of copper wires. I crimped on a new connector, bolted the harness back onto the intake manifold, turned the engine over and the engine started immediatly! Wish I would had done it sooner! This was after I replaced the distributor, full tune up cap,rotor,plugs,wires and cleaning the fuel injectors. WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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