Honda Accord 1991 starting problem

Tiny
AHOYHOY
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  • 1991 HONDA ACCORD
Hi,

I have an automatic Honda Accord 1991 model with 4 cylinders. It has done over 260000 miles but had a reconditioned engine at 124000 miles. Despite the miles its done the car drives beautifally. The only problem I have with it is after I have driven the car and its been sitting for a while with the engine off. It is "difficult" to start. Almost like the engine is flooded. The engine cranks but won't fire. However it will start after a while. Sometimes I turn the key off and try again and then it fires. Its very temperamental and sometimes starts perfectly then other times struggles. I have no engine warning lights coming on and I just had a mechanic look at the car and he could'nt find a problem. He was thinking it might be a sensor problem. Can anyone help?
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Monday, July 3rd, 2006 AT 12:07 AM

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Tiny
BRUCE HUNT
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I would have a look at the injection system. I think that the injectors could be leaking and the pressure loss must be restored each time you start the car. This may not take too much time but it seems to be where I would start.
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Wednesday, July 5th, 2006 AT 11:28 AM
Tiny
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Used to own the same type Accord & had the same problems.

First problem I had. Would crank but not start. Period. Fixed by replacing ignition coil. . But that's not your issue.

There are known issues with the igniters & main relay units in Accords of this vintage. I recommend buying replacements at your local Honda dealer. If you want to break out a volt meter & see for yourself

the igniter is located inside the distributer assembly and is easily replaced. The main relay assembly is located way up under the driver's side of the dash. Best piece of advice I received for replacing this item. Don't bother removing the old main relay assembly. Just remove the wire harness from the bottom of the old one / plug it into the new one & use a zip tie to secure the new relay assembly in place.

Been a while since I bought these replacement parts so I don't want to quote prices. But I imagine you'll remedy your issues for less than $200. Best wishes.
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Friday, July 21st, 2006 AT 1:29 PM
Tiny
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Thanks guys for your help. I've been checking to see if my main relay has been working by the suggestions given on other posts & forums. I find that if I turn my key to "II", sometimes I can hear the fuel pump humming and the main relay click and the car will start fine on the first crank, however other times the main relay will click but the fuel pump will not hum and the car will crank and not fire. Could this still be something to do with the main relay or could it be more of a fuel pump problem? I had my fuel pump changed about a year ago now although this problem was there before.
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Sunday, July 23rd, 2006 AT 7:36 PM

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