Car have problem starting

Tiny
HATEM HASSAN
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  • 1991 HONDA CRX
  • 1.5L
  • 4 CYL
  • 2WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 125,000 MILES
I Just did a major repair on my car, it all started with car will not start at all. It was a bad starter. I replaced the starter and adjusted ignition timing for smog. Two days later car broke down on the freeway and the radiator cracked due to excessive pressure. This time it was timing belt failure. I replaced timing belt, water pump and radiator and thermostat and all hoses. I paid over $900.00 for the job. Next day after I picked my car, when I was taking my car back from lunch car would not start again. Battery is on, starter is working engine is crank and make grr grr sounds then does not start. I tried a couple of times and finally it worked. Later I notice it only does that when you turn the key have way (ideal or ignition switch) and leave it for a couple seconds after that it will not start. If you take the key out and turn immediately it will start fine. Battery is three months old, sparks are new, all other possible connection is fine. Not sure what is the problem.
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Thursday, March 16th, 2017 AT 10:06 AM

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Tiny
KEN
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Hello,

It sounds like the battery is defective, lets try this test to be sure.

https://www.2carpros.com/articles/car-battery-load-test

Please let us know what happens.

Best, Ken

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Saturday, March 18th, 2017 AT 2:56 PM
Tiny
STEVE W.
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You say that if you take the key out, then put it back in and turn it immediately the engine will start, but not if you just turn the key on and let it set a couple seconds, is that correct? If you turn the key on and let it set, then shut it off, pull the key and immediately put it back in and turn the key does it start then? Or does it need to set a minute or two before it will start again.
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Monday, March 20th, 2017 AT 9:02 PM
Tiny
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@2CARPROS KEN: Its not the Battery, Battery just got changed 2 month ago. I just had another major problem with the car, Spark plug took the thread and popped out of the engine. Honda dealer syas the whole cylinder head need to come out and sent to the shop and not recommending doing inside the engine. Any idea what should I do?
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Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017 AT 8:51 AM
Tiny
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@STEVE W. : Yes Steve this is correct, if I let it set for a second it will not start but if I turned off and turn on immediately its fine and will work fine. This is before that major problem happens with the Thread of the spark plug. The spark plug was recently changed. You think this was the problem causing the starting issues? Can I fix the thread inside the engine and avoid paying 1300$ to take the whole cylinder head off and send it to the shop? Is it really worst at this point to put more money in that car?
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Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017 AT 8:56 AM
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STEVE W.
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Starting issue probably isn't from a plug, at least not the way you described it.

If the plug issue is that it pulled the threads out of the head. It is possible to repair that with the head on the engine but it is not very easy. What you need is a spark plug thread insert kit. It will have the threaded insert and the tool that cuts the new thread for the insert.
The tricky part is cutting the threads and not getting any of the metal inside the engine. If you search you tube there are a lot of videos on that to give you an idea of what is involved. These use a different engine but it's the same process.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c_t2mz2tN3w

part 1 of 3
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ltnJPTKp_a8

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Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017 AT 9:21 AM

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