I'm resorting to asking for suggestions from cyberspace as I've asked
everyone else I can, and no one seems to know what's wrong with my car,
including the mechanics. I've given up dealing with my local Honda
dealership because I think they gouged me for yrs and performed many
unnecessary "repairs" that weren't a problem when I went in. They
couldn't find anything wrong with it, and now the honest mechanics
around the corner are stumped as well.
As a recap, I have a 92 Honda Accord station wagon with 310,000km and an
So here it goes:
--in warmer weather, there is a tendency for my Honda to have problems
firing up. Frosty, as I've named my car, has an EFI system and not a
--after starting up, the engine just won't catch, ie the tachometer goes
up, stutters, and then drops down to 0 rpms, stalling. The engine
simply fails to fully turn over, .
--this never happens on the first start up of the day. It could happen
once or more during the day, or not at all. When the engine won't turn
over, I might have to try 7 times before it finally fires up.
Eventually it always starts up. If I don't let some time pass after it
won't fire up, and try too soon afterwards, when I try again, I get a
sound like it's flooded, so I need to wait at least 1 min between attempts.
--nothing comes up in diagnostics. And of course, Frosty never acts up
when I take it in.
--the mechanics have looked at the wires, loose connections, coils,
delay in the timing in the electronic ignition, adding fuel injector
cleaner, etc. I wonder if there's a problem with the fuel injector or
fuel pump. A number of yrs ago, my fuel tank was replaced, and the car
has never been the same. Something makes me think, some other part near
the tank was "injured" at that time, and needs to be replaced. My
mechanics are so honest that they don't want to replace anything for
fear it's not what's broken. How refreshing. I'm sure I would have had
2 new parts had I gone to my local Honda dealership...(just in case you
think I'm bashing Honda, I'm not. I would buy a Honda again and again,
but I don't trust the service division in the small city I live in, and
it''s the only dealership we have. They couldn't find anything wrong
with my car when they had the chance either).
--last week, the injector unit was replaced. After filming the start up
problems with a digital camera so my mechanics could see it rather than
imagine what I described, they felt this made the most sense. I ok'd
the repair so I can't blame them. They seem really dejected at not
being able to identify the problem.
--it seems to be related to engine temperature, which could be
aggravated by the outside temps. I don't experience this in colder
weather. It did flare up in Mar after hibernating over the winter months.
--oddly enough, in cold weather, I have just as weird a symptom of
another problem. Instead of stalling after turning over, my engine revs
and revs like the choke is stuck when in Park. Unfortunately the car
has an EFI system. The engine justs vroom, vrooms, without my foot
being on the pedal. Very odd. It happens sporadically just like when
the car has problems firing up in warmer weather. The only way to stop
this is to shift it into gear. Hitting the gas pedal with my foot does
So does anyone out there have any ideas what's going on with my car? I
love it, and want to keep Frosty on the road. But unless I get this
problem solved and sorted out, I won't be able to rely on my car.
Thanks for any suggestions you might have.
Please note that I've disguised my email address due to spam problems.
If you post to this NG would you mind contacting me at my work address
as well? I may not get a chance to check the NG each day, but I read
every email that is sent to me at work. Thanks.