Question about 2002 Honda Civic

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Start up problem when hot or cold

Can you help me?
My car may be 6 years old but it only has approx. 46,000 miles on it

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  • Lydiahanne Sep 14, 2008

    Thank you theryano,

    I appreciate your response. I have taken my 2002 Civic LX to (2) dealerships, and took it to another place 'for free' and had it analyzed by a OBDII: NO CODES came up.

    All three did not know anymore than me, LOL's

    I was the one who suggested the OBDII, both dealerships just wanted to 'basically' guess. I imagine they thought they were smarter than the OBDII.

    One said I needed a new started. I declined and laughed.

    The other said I needed a new fuel pump. I declined, and ran with my wallet in my hot fist.

    I took matters into my own hands and did the following:

    I bought and replaced: battery, power relay, fuel sensor. Checked all that I could: filters, fuses and oil level, rechecked the new plugs for fouling. I switched gas, and am using an additive now.

    It has started quicker, still at times there is a delay in it turning over-but does eventually start. (maybe a wire getting too hot and rubber coating wearing out)

    I still think there maybe (1) sensors and (2) relay's that I could switch out that would help before I run around replacing wiring.

    I was talking to an engineer who said: these two factors above are always overlooked when there are no lights on in the dash to signal what is wrong to the OBDII. He said over time all electrical components start to fizzle before they totally blow and stop working.

    So there it is guy's, a little female persistance paid off, and saved me buckets of money.


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Well you didnt give me much to go on here but im gonna try to be psychic.. Ha ha joking! No the car is a 2002 model if its six years old. So im assuming it would not have a distributor cap and rotor button and your timing should not be out of the margin of error. So for you it is really just a one shot deal with the info you have provided. The quickest way to find you a fix is take the car and have a diagnostic test run on it. The cost for this is generally $30 dollars or so. So if i were you that would be my first move. The computer will tell the technician exactly which component on your car isnt operating correctly, and hopefully for you it will be inexpensive.. Hope you try this first it will really save ya alot of guess work.

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  • Ryano Tolliver Sep 28, 2008

    well at least the car will eventually start. I wish you the best in getting your honda going. It is an odd problem though. So be sure when you find the problem let me know what it was. Odd problems eventually lead to the best diagnosis'.


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