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Old 17 Oct 2013, 01:18 am
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Default 1988 Acura Legend starting problems?

We have a 1988 Acura Legend with only 82,000 miles (we've put on 40,000 of those on it in the last 3 years). Lately, it has started to take several crankings before it starts. Might start on 1st try...might take 5 tries. So far it always starts. No other issues in power, etc.

Car has a new distributor (about 2 years ago). I re-gapped all the spark plugs which looked fine in color but were a little wide. I just replaced the fuel filter, but that didn't improve anything. No other recent work.

Any ideas what to try next? Cranking is strong, and like I said, it runs excellent once it has started.

I should note that the Check Engine light does NOT come on...except for its initial 2 second display.

Regarding the fuel relay, I don't hear any clicks but will try to take it out and check it. I do have the shop manual to guide me unless I can see an obviou solder issue. Thanks. I assume that if it is failing, I would see that as a zero fuel pump pressure reading when it fails to start? I have a pressure tester arriving Tuesday.
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Old 17 Oct 2013, 01:33 am
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listen for the fuel relay to come on.....I know my 91 integra had a issue with a defective fuel relay and it would intermittently not work.The solder would detach in the relay when the car was sitting in the sun (interior of car got hot). Removed relay disassembled could see cracks in solder re sodered works to this day flawlessly for 5 years....
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Old 17 Oct 2013, 01:49 am
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First, I would check the voltage of your alternator because this does not sound like a fuel pump problem. You said you re-gapped the plugs, but how about replacing them? They are not that expensive, and could solve the problem. (NGK GP Platinum/Spark Plug $3.19 at Autozone) I will also replace the ignition wires.

If that does not resolve the problem it has to be your starter or crankshaft position sensor!
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