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Old 21 Aug 2008, 12:32 pm
Derek Lawler
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Default 1986 Honda Civic 4 Door Sedan

Yesterday I drove this car about five miles, parked and was away from it
about an hour. When I tried to start it to leave, the starter spun the
motor but no firing occured. I popped the hood and checked all the ignition
wires and coil wire but the motor still did not start. Then I held the
accelerator down all the way and kept it there as the motor turned over.
Finally I got a kick and a few more and kept turning it over till it began
running then revved it up several times to keep it running. I drove it home
with no other problems. I think it is a fuel problem and might involve the
fuel pump. What else could cause this problem? Thanks for your answers if
you can shed some light on this.
Derek in Florida


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Old 21 Aug 2008, 11:29 pm
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"Derek Lawler" wrote...
> Yesterday I drove this car about five miles, parked and was away from it
> about an hour. When I tried to start it to leave, the starter spun the
> motor but no firing occured. I popped the hood and checked all the
> ignition wires and coil wire but the motor still did not start. Then I
> held the accelerator down all the way and kept it there as the motor
> turned over. Finally I got a kick and a few more and kept turning it over
> till it began running then revved it up several times to keep it running.
> I drove it home with no other problems. I think it is a fuel problem and
> might involve the fuel pump. What else could cause this problem? Thanks
> for your answers if you can shed some light on this.
> Derek in Florida


Sounds like it was either flooded or you forgot to pull the choke.

I have an 87 civic sedan... it can be a pain to get started when cold.

- Chris


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Old 22 Aug 2008, 03:29 pm
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Derek Lawler wrote:
> Yesterday I drove this car about five miles, parked and was away from it
> about an hour. When I tried to start it to leave, the starter spun the
> motor but no firing occured. I popped the hood and checked all the ignition
> wires and coil wire but the motor still did not start. Then I held the
> accelerator down all the way and kept it there as the motor turned over.
> Finally I got a kick and a few more and kept turning it over till it began
> running then revved it up several times to keep it running. I drove it home
> with no other problems. I think it is a fuel problem and might involve the
> fuel pump. What else could cause this problem? Thanks for your answers if
> you can shed some light on this.
> Derek in Florida
>
>



Stuck valve, (carb), possibly from debris in the carburetor. There
should be a glass window on the side of the carb with a "dot" in the
center which should be the gas level.

Sometimes, a sharp blow to the carb body will free it. By "sharp," I
mean hitting it with a good mallet or large screw driver handle. Never
use steel directly.

JT

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Old 23 Aug 2008, 08:32 pm
Derek Lawler
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"Grumpy AuContraire" <Grumpy@ExtraGrumpyville.com> wrote in message
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>
>
> Derek Lawler wrote:
>> Yesterday I drove this car about five miles, parked and was away from it
>> about an hour. When I tried to start it to leave, the starter spun the
>> motor but no firing occured. I popped the hood and checked all the
>> ignition wires and coil wire but the motor still did not start. Then I
>> held the accelerator down all the way and kept it there as the motor
>> turned over. Finally I got a kick and a few more and kept turning it over
>> till it began running then revved it up several times to keep it running.
>> I drove it home with no other problems. I think it is a fuel problem and
>> might involve the fuel pump. What else could cause this problem? Thanks
>> for your answers if you can shed some light on this.
>> Derek in Florida

>
>
> Stuck valve, (carb), possibly from debris in the carburetor. There should
> be a glass window on the side of the carb with a "dot" in the center which
> should be the gas level.
>
> Sometimes, a sharp blow to the carb body will free it. By "sharp," I mean
> hitting it with a good mallet or large screw driver handle. Never use
> steel directly.
>
> JT


Thanks JT and Chris for your replies. It has been raining here so much that
I tend to avoid popping the hood to work on the problem. Tapping the carb
sounds like a possibility. I will look for that little window you mention.
With the air cleaner off I might try spraying a bit of Starter Fluid
directly in the carb.

Derek


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Old 01 Sep 2008, 05:41 am
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"Derek Lawler" <dereksl2@bellsouth.net> wrote in message
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> Yesterday I drove this car about five miles, parked and was away
> from it about an hour. When I tried to start it to leave, the
> starter spun the motor but no firing occured. I popped the hood and
> checked all the ignition wires and coil wire but the motor still did
> not start. Then I held the accelerator down all the way and kept it
> there as the motor turned over. Finally I got a kick and a few more
> and kept turning it over till it began running then revved it up
> several times to keep it running. I drove it home with no other
> problems. I think it is a fuel problem and might involve the fuel
> pump. What else could cause this problem? Thanks for your answers
> if you can shed some light on this.
> Derek in Florida
>


Points? (re-gap or needs to be cleaned/replaced).


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