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Old 25 Aug 2007, 11:27 am
lpetty
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Default WIERD STARTING PROBLEM

So this problem seems bizarre to me, but occassionally, I go out to start
my car and it tries to turn over however it won't start. I can try it
several times and nothing. However, typically if I wait about 20-30
minutes and go back and try again, it works just fine.

In addition, after I have this problem, if I only drive a short distance,
turn it off, and then try to start again, I have to give it another 20
minutes. But if I drive a longer distance the problem doesn't resurface.

I seem to have better luck with I put premium gas in it. But whenever it
does start, it drives just fine.

Other than that, its completely random and unpredictable. What could this
be??

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Old 25 Aug 2007, 11:30 am
jim beam
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Default Re: WIERD STARTING PROBLEM

lpetty wrote:
> So this problem seems bizarre to me, but occassionally, I go out to start
> my car and it tries to turn over however it won't start. I can try it
> several times and nothing. However, typically if I wait about 20-30
> minutes and go back and try again, it works just fine.
>
> In addition, after I have this problem, if I only drive a short distance,
> turn it off, and then try to start again, I have to give it another 20
> minutes. But if I drive a longer distance the problem doesn't resurface.
>
> I seem to have better luck with I put premium gas in it. But whenever it
> does start, it drives just fine.
>
> Other than that, its completely random and unpredictable. What could this
> be??
>


is this a honda? what model, trim level, year, etc.?

if it /is/ a honda, ~'86 onwards, it's main relay. tegger.com for details.
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Old 25 Aug 2007, 12:01 pm
Matt Ion
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Default Re: WIERD STARTING PROBLEM

lpetty wrote:
> So this problem seems bizarre to me, but occassionally, I go out to start
> my car and it tries to turn over however it won't start. I can try it
> several times and nothing. However, typically if I wait about 20-30
> minutes and go back and try again, it works just fine.
>
> In addition, after I have this problem, if I only drive a short distance,
> turn it off, and then try to start again, I have to give it another 20
> minutes. But if I drive a longer distance the problem doesn't resurface.
>
> I seem to have better luck with I put premium gas in it. But whenever it
> does start, it drives just fine.
>
> Other than that, its completely random and unpredictable. What could this
> be??


"Tries to turn over" is a bit vague... do you mean it cranks but doesn't
catch, or does it actually have trouble cranking? If the latter, I'd
suspect the battery is near the end of its life and not holding much of
a charge. If the former, Jim is right, it's probably the main relay.
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Old 26 Aug 2007, 09:23 pm
Michael Pardee
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Default Re: WIERD STARTING PROBLEM

"lpetty" <laurelpetty@hotmail.com> wrote in message
news:eeae2c9b333794e6049f43380ee6bc10@localhost.ta lkaboutautos.com...
> So this problem seems bizarre to me, but occassionally, I go out to start
> my car and it tries to turn over however it won't start. I can try it
> several times and nothing. However, typically if I wait about 20-30
> minutes and go back and try again, it works just fine.
>
> In addition, after I have this problem, if I only drive a short distance,
> turn it off, and then try to start again, I have to give it another 20
> minutes. But if I drive a longer distance the problem doesn't resurface.
>
> I seem to have better luck with I put premium gas in it. But whenever it
> does start, it drives just fine.
>
> Other than that, its completely random and unpredictable. What could this
> be??
>
>

Assuming it's a Honda, it sure sounds like the infamous main relay
http://tegger.com/hondafaq/startproblems.html#mainrelay

Mike



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