My '92 Acura fails to start sometimes. It will work fine for days,
then one day it will crank but not start. Later, it will start fine.
Research suggests a main relay problem except for one thing: this
problem seems to have nothing to do with the heat. The first time it
happened was in late summer when the day was warm but cooler than it
had been in a couple weeks (Washington DC summer). The second time
was in the morning of a warm but not particularly hot day. Yesterday
it was cold and rainy. There have been times when it's been far more
hot and I haven't had a problem. All the "bad relay" information
suggests this is a hot weather problem.
Should I pursue the bad realy diagnosis anyway? Any other
yes, pursue the relay anyway. hot weather syndrome is really at early
onset. once "matured", this problem can occur at pretty much any time.
if you've done your homework, and it sounds like you have, you'll know
what you're looking for if you take the relay out and pop the cover off.
re-soldering or replacing a relay of your vintage is a wise precaution
in my opinion, regardless of whether it's the culprit. if you do that
and the problem persists, you'll have a much clearer path to diagnosis.
fyi, it's better to de-solder before re-soldering. when solder cracks
and there is internal sparking, oxides form which remain in position
even if you re-solder and it weaken the joint. removing all the old
solder also gets rid of this crud allowing a full fresh joint to be made
that should give you another 18 years service. or just buy a new relay.
Motorsforum.com is a website by car enthusiasts for car enthusiasts. It is not affiliated with any of the car or spare part manufacturers or car dealers discussed here.
All logos and trade names are the property of their respective owners.