1989 Honda Accord car will not start

Tiny
LADYANDREA
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  • 1989 HONDA ACCORD
Engine Mechanical problem
1989 Honda Accord Engine Size unknown Wheel Drive Type unknown Automatic 245931 miles

whenever the temperature goes below -10, the car will not start. Once the temperature rises to above 0 it will start again. However, if I do not drive the car at that point, the car will not start the following day and needs to be jump started.
Also, when the car has been sitting for a few hours and I start the car, I need to give a bit of gas and then the car will start. The next times it does not need gas to start. It will start immediately.
The car is plugged in and has a block heater.
The battery is 6 months old.
All connections correct and clean.
Starter replaced.
Alternator gets correct voltage.
No problems starting in above -10 temperature.
Help! I am ready to throw the thing out.
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Friday, March 21st, 2008 AT 12:37 PM

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Tiny
MASTERTECHTIM
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Have you tried a little spray of starter fluid into intake and see if that will make it fire off? When it wont start do you give it a little gas and try? Does it sound like it is cranking over at the normal speed?
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Friday, March 21st, 2008 AT 6:52 PM
Tiny
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Thanks for the reply.
To tell you the truth, I would not know what to do with the starter fluid.
The 'normal' start for the car is: When the car sits for a few hours and I try to start it, I need to give a little gas and then it will start on the 2nd try. It sounds like it is cranking normally. Just not catching' without that bit of gas. After that 1st time I do not have to give gas when I start, it literally roars to life when I turn the key.
As for the cold start (or not start):
when I try to start it, it sounds like the battery. Just a 'whining' that gets fainter as I try. Does not sound like it is cranking at all.
When it warms up, it will start the way it normally does. But if I do not drive it at that point, the next day it will not start. Not even a 'whining' sound. It has to be jump started. And after that it is ok again. Until the next cold day.
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Friday, March 21st, 2008 AT 7:56 PM
Tiny
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It sounds like a weak battery or the starter motor is drawing too much current and needs to be replaced.
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Friday, March 21st, 2008 AT 8:33 PM
Tiny
LADYANDREA
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The battery was checked and seems ok. The starter was replaced, but I am not sure if they checked the motor.
It will give a starting point when I bring the car in.
Also, the previous owner put in a remote starter/alarm and extensive stereo cabeling. The stereo was stolen and cables cut ect. The starter does not work. There are a lot of loose cables etc
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Friday, March 21st, 2008 AT 9:19 PM

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