89 Accord Radiator/Engine Problems

Tiny
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My 1989 Honda Accord 5sp 4 cylinder 2dr Coup needed a new radiator. There's a whole on the top of it and had been doing fine with the patch I had on it. That is untill last month when it shut off while driving on the freeway. :Cry: I don't know much about the history I had just purchased it not too long ago. It has 200,000 miles on it and the only real issue was the radiator. The engine was/is in great condition (not leaks). Anywho, the car stoped, I exited the freeway and popped the hood. After waiting a bit I put water in the radiator and tried starting it. Nothing. ? It just cranked but wouldn't turn over. Assuming the worst (blown head) I called and had it towed home. The car just sat for about a month-month & a half till today when I decided I was ready to see the damage. I checked the oil for water (blown head) & found only oil no water/milky color. Tried to start it but it had been sitting a while so when I turned the key nothing. The lights and everything worked but no cranking. So I jumped it thinking the altanator was the reason & still nothing. When I turn the key it just cranks louder than usual & won't turn over. The spark plugs have their spark :) & the gas tank has gas (enough to start it) but it's still not wanting to kick over. Any idea what's happening here? :Cry:
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Wednesday, July 11th, 2007 AT 2:17 AM

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Tiny
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Even though there is gas in the tank, that does not mean that what there is reaches the cylinders. You need to see if the injectors are getting fuel and delivering it to the cylinders. I might suspect the EFI relay that is located up under the dash on the driver side.
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Wednesday, July 11th, 2007 AT 10:37 AM
Tiny
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How do I tell if it's working or not? Is it like a fuse or is there some sort of test I need to do?
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Wednesday, July 11th, 2007 AT 2:41 PM
Tiny
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Basically what I would do is buy one, get the old one out and you will know what you are looking for with the new one to view. Pull out the old one and look at it. Many times there is evidence of the problem visually. Some people have had luck resoldering the connectors. If it works for you, take back the unused item.
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Wednesday, July 11th, 2007 AT 3:48 PM
Tiny
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Thanks for the help! :D
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Wednesday, July 11th, 2007 AT 6:25 PM

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