98 Honda Accord wont start when its hot outside.

Tiny
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I have a 1998 Honda Accord EX with 140,000 miles and a 138 cu-in 4-cylinder SOHC VTEC. On random occasions for the last two and a half months, when its really hot outside my car will not start. As odd as it sounds, as soon as I call AAA or Midas it seems to start. I've taken it to the mechanic twice and they seem to have no idea what it is, cause when I take it to them, of cousre it starts every time. They suggest that it may be the distributor, and everyone else I've spoken to thinks the fuel pump. No one has a solid idea of what it may be. I would really like to have a confident answer from someone before I spend a load of money on something it "might" be. I appreciate any suggestions you may have.

Sincerely,
The not so car smart chef
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Thursday, July 26th, 2007 AT 7:14 PM

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Tiny
KIN CHAN
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Doing all kinda testing. Hooking up advance equipments. With years of experience and trained up to the current technology. Crawl all over a car from 1 - 4 hrs. Then tell u whats wrong. What else might be wrong. And how much a car owner owe him/her for the diagnostic for a solid answer. That is the mechanic. Hang parts are easy. Any1 work in a junkyd for a yr or so can do it. If u never pay a shop crawl all over the car for diagnostic. So cuz monday morning 1/4back is the easier thing. And it is also free. Free or responsibilty too. Big difference. Intermediate is the hardest to diagnose. Cuz u have to catch it when it appear.
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Monday, September 28th, 2020 AT 5:17 PM
Tiny
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KC's heart is in the right spot, I think, but if you got more out of his explanation than I did you really don't need much help. Wow!

Your problem. Next time this thing goes AWOL on you have a friend help you. Jump right right on it before it wants to start. Check the spark to the plugs. Is it there and is it strong and blue?

If so, determine if the fuel is being put out by the injectors. If the answer to that is yes and you have spark, we go the the sensors.
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