Engine Mechanical problem
1998 Honda Civic 4 cyl Front Wheel Drive Automatic 114000 miles
At temperatures under 20 degrees for an extended period of time the car won't start-more specifically the engine won't fire. It sputters and attempts to start but will not fire completely up without assistance and the longer it sits without running in extremely cold weather the higher the probability that it won't start at all. I have been able to get around the issue by placing a small space heater under the hood for 30 minutes or so prior to attempting to start and it usually does the trick, although the initial try after doing this is met with resistance, it will eventually start but have a rough time getting there. The other way I found to combat the issue is to start it and let it run for a little while at regular intervals (if I can) usually about every 8 hours but that is shortened depending on the severity of the cold temperature. Otherwise any other weather conditions and the car starts normally and without issues. I'm leaning towards a problem with either a sensor or a component in the distributor. I know from past experience that there is both a coil and and an ignitor in the distributor but I don't know which of those components this issue seems more indicative of being the culprit so any suggestions there would be helpful. I'm hoping to avoid the ritual of replacing everything to solve the problem if I can focus on one area or component that is the most problematic so I welcome the forum's thoughts in helping me get it fixed.
Sunday, January 3rd, 2010 AT 1:30 PM