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1997 Honda Accord Main Relay problem

Not sure what to think of this. My mechanic has changed everything imaginable on this car and still, on occasion, will not start. I was told about the main relay so I purchased several from a salvage yard. When I replace the relay the car will start with a jump, but after a couple of days, it will not start again. Again, I replace the relay and with a jump the car will finally start. We have to do this two, sometimes three times a week. What gives?

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  • mwmagic Feb 27, 2009

    Every time we have trouble starting the car, it pulls the battery down. Once we recharge the battery, change out the relay, and jump it with another car, it will start. It is a brand new battery and all leads have been checked and rechecked.

  • mwmagic Feb 28, 2009

    No...we have not replaced the ignition cylinder...we have only had the car for a year, but were told that there was a recall on that part...not sure if they will still honor it.

  • silver top May 11, 2010

    hi from uk if your car starts ok with jump leads then consider this ? by using jump leads you are introducing a seperate live/positive to battery but also you are providing a seperate main earth to the car and its engine by connecting the negative lead from donor to engine at a sutable point of earth ok? may i suggest you check all earth connections from body/chassis points to engine make sure clean and secure ? as these are important as regards to starter and the various sensors that are on engine a regular cause of similar problem you encounter often found with uk x type jag

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How about the ignition cylinder? Have you replaced that?

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