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Car won't start/92 honda accord lx

Hi. I'm helping out a friend w/their problem, but I'm not a mechanic. The car turns over, you can smell the fuel, but no spark. The spark plugs are only 4mos. old, so I'm thinkin wires & dist. cap. Is the rotor easy to replace? Are there any Honda-specific problems I should be paying more attn. to? What's my best plan of action? Please advise, thank you!

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  • attila_3113 Feb 09, 2009

    Again, I'm not a mechanic. Sorry, but what's an obd reader? I'm outside in a driveway on a mission of mercy. Error codes on the dash lights? What bulb might be blown or missing?

  • attila_3113 Feb 09, 2009

    To blueextc3221 AND joelukas2 : Thanks for the info, I completely understand now! The CEL you mentioned is indeed faulty.The pepboys and advance stores in this town will not let the OBD out of their sight, deposit or not. Since the car won't even start, it's not possible to get this simple process done. Stupid? a little... Annoying? A lot. My friend w/the Honda in question is gonna' make use of another friend's AAA to get it to a "mom&pop" garage w/an OBD to get the data you guys suggested. As luck would have it, the garage mentioned has some history w/the car from the previous owner, & will do the OBD test for free/reduced labor rate. I can now relax in the knowledge that the problem is being handled properly, thanks to your advice & Lady Luck! Thanks again for your help, it saved us time & cash! I will definatley continue to trust FixYa for help. Sincerely ~ attila_3113

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    blueextc3221 May 11, 2010

    OBD = On Board Diagnostic code reader.

    This machine gets information from the car's computer and gives you out a code that you then can interpret into the cause of failure.

    There are multiple things that could be causing your problem, and the more items that can be narrowed down, the faster we can help.

    You can rent a reader at any pepboys, advance autoparts, murrays. Usually it is free (deposit for safe return required). Write down any and all codes, and we (or they) will tell you the meaning of the codes.

    Post back your results!!

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    blueextc3221 May 11, 2010

    CEL = Check Engine Light.

    Bulb for same indicator may be blown or removed.

    It is behind the Instrument cluster.

    You must check for codes for us to troubleshoot any further.

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    blueextc3221 May 11, 2010

    Are there any error codes? Even if the CEL is not on - hook up to an obd reader. The bulb may be blown, or missing!

    Report back your findings.



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If you find problems (since this is a known repeat vehicle to this garage) please re-post and we will be able to help better.

Chances are good that a camshaft or crankshaft sensor has failed - as each needs to send a signal to the computer to tell it when to fire. (or the sensors are good but the computer is garbling the information and needs to be replaced)

Let the mechanic diagnose, and if it seems shady or you have additional questions - re-post!

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Under the blank pannel at the end of the dash board drivers side there is a rubber switch called and enersher switch ( sorry about the spelling)which stops the fuel.. hold it in for about two to three seconds then try to restart the car ... i work for honda in swindon but not worked on the old cars works for the new can be caused by shutting the door hard....

hope this helps ... jedi-inc...

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Do not waste money on dist cap and wires at this point. The problem is more likly in the ignition primary curcuit. Meaning anywhere from the distributor primary impulse detecftor to the computer that manages the timing of this primary curcuit that ultimatly goes to the ingition coil. It will be more cost effective to go to a shop that has the product specific information and diagnostic tools to sort out this problem.

good luck

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