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Old 06 Oct 2009, 03:37 pm
bootsie43 tim
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Default 03 civic coupe lx

i have not done anything to this car except change oil and air filter.
it is becoming harder to start. i mean rather than start in 2 seconds
now it takes 4. any thoughts

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Old 06 Oct 2009, 07:56 pm
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Default Re: 03 civic coupe lx

bootsie43 tim wrote:
> i have not done anything to this car except change oil and air filter.
> it is becoming harder to start. i mean rather than start in 2 seconds
> now it takes 4. any thoughts
>


Battery?
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Old 06 Oct 2009, 09:11 pm
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Default Re: 03 civic coupe lx

JT <jt@mail.com> wrote in news:hagp0j$4li$1@news.eternal-september.org:

> bootsie43 tim wrote:
>> i have not done anything to this car except change oil and air filter.
>> it is becoming harder to start. i mean rather than start in 2 seconds
>> now it takes 4. any thoughts
>>

>
> Battery?
>


maybe time for new spark plugs,too.

I suggest doing the entire major maintenance sequence closest to the
mileage on the vehicle.

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Old 06 Oct 2009, 10:56 pm
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Default Re: 03 civic coupe lx

On 2009-10-06, bootsie43 tim <bootsie@webtv.net> wrote:
> i have not done anything to this car except change oil and air filter.
> it is becoming harder to start. i mean rather than start in 2 seconds
> now it takes 4. any thoughts
>


A 6yo battery is probably a tired battery, especially in certain
climates.

You also might want to look into new plugs and wires.


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Old 09 Oct 2009, 02:15 pm
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Default Re: 03 civic coupe lx

Thus spake Joe <joe@spam.hits-spam-buffalo.com> :

>On 2009-10-06, bootsie43 tim <bootsie@webtv.net> wrote:
>> i have not done anything to this car except change oil and air filter.
>> it is becoming harder to start. i mean rather than start in 2 seconds
>> now it takes 4. any thoughts
>>

>
>A 6yo battery is probably a tired battery, especially in certain
>climates.


There are very few climates I can think of that would support a 6 yr
old battery. LA? Hawai'i?

>
>You also might want to look into new plugs and wires.

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Old 09 Oct 2009, 03:05 pm
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Default Re: 03 civic coupe lx

On 2009-10-09, Dillon Pyron <invaliddmpyron@austin.rr.com> wrote:
> Thus spake Joe <joe@spam.hits-spam-buffalo.com> :
>
>>On 2009-10-06, bootsie43 tim <bootsie@webtv.net> wrote:
>>> i have not done anything to this car except change oil and air filter.
>>> it is becoming harder to start. i mean rather than start in 2 seconds
>>> now it takes 4. any thoughts
>>>

>>
>>A 6yo battery is probably a tired battery, especially in certain
>>climates.

>
> There are very few climates I can think of that would support a 6 yr
> old battery. LA? Hawai'i?


I'm in Buffalo, and I've had some last that long. Not many, but some.

Heat is worse on a battery than cold...

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Old 09 Oct 2009, 03:57 pm
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Default Re: 03 civic coupe lx

Dillon Pyron <invaliddmpyron@austin.rr.com> wrote in
news:qs2vc5t71q7kcpkvm17qgplqalqdfmdsg0@4ax.com:

> Thus spake Joe <joe@spam.hits-spam-buffalo.com> :
>
>>On 2009-10-06, bootsie43 tim <bootsie@webtv.net> wrote:
>>> i have not done anything to this car except change oil and air filter.
>>> it is becoming harder to start. i mean rather than start in 2 seconds
>>> now it takes 4. any thoughts
>>>

>>
>>A 6yo battery is probably a tired battery, especially in certain
>>climates.

>
>
> There are very few climates I can think of that would support a 6 yr
> old battery. LA? Hawai'i?




The North American Northeast climate is very kind to batteries. Properly
cared for, a quality battery up here will last eight or nine years.

My original Panasonic lasted eleven summers and ten winters. Cranking got
noticeably slow towards the end, so I replaced it with an Interstate. I
just replaced that Interstate after eight years with a second one.

The 8-year-old Interstate could no longer hold a full charge, topping out
at 12.54V. Plus the seal between the positive post and the case had become
compromised, resulting in furry green corrosion, something I've not had
since my '82 Corolla. The post/case break happened in the last few weeks.


>
>>
>>You also might want to look into new plugs and wires.




Plugs, definitely. Wires, no. I believe this model has a coil pack for each
plug.


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Old 09 Oct 2009, 03:59 pm
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bootsie@webtv.net (bootsie43 tim) wrote in news:17008-4ACBAA93-7106
@baytvnwsxa002.msntv.msn.com:

> i have not done anything to this car except change oil and air filter.
> it is becoming harder to start. i mean rather than start in 2 seconds
> now it takes 4. any thoughts
>



Turn the dome light on. Now crank. Does the dome light dim a LOT?

Does the starter sound like it's actually cranking more slowly than it used
to?

Do your headlights dim at idle, but brighten when you rev the engine?

If the above are true, your battery is probably losing its oomph.


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Old 11 Oct 2009, 07:40 am
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Default Re: 03 civic coupe lx

Tegger wrote:
> Dillon Pyron <invaliddmpyron@austin.rr.com> wrote in
> news:qs2vc5t71q7kcpkvm17qgplqalqdfmdsg0@4ax.com:
>
>> Thus spake Joe <joe@spam.hits-spam-buffalo.com> :
>>
>>> On 2009-10-06, bootsie43 tim <bootsie@webtv.net> wrote:
>>>> i have not done anything to this car except change oil and air filter.
>>>> it is becoming harder to start. i mean rather than start in 2 seconds
>>>> now it takes 4. any thoughts
>>>>
>>> A 6yo battery is probably a tired battery, especially in certain
>>> climates.

>>
>> There are very few climates I can think of that would support a 6 yr
>> old battery. LA? Hawai'i?

>
>
>
> The North American Northeast climate is very kind to batteries. Properly
> cared for, a quality battery up here will last eight or nine years.
>
> My original Panasonic lasted eleven summers and ten winters. Cranking got
> noticeably slow towards the end, so I replaced it with an Interstate. I
> just replaced that Interstate after eight years with a second one.
>
> The 8-year-old Interstate could no longer hold a full charge, topping out
> at 12.54V. Plus the seal between the positive post and the case had become
> compromised, resulting in furry green corrosion, something I've not had
> since my '82 Corolla. The post/case break happened in the last few weeks.
>


I'm not sure about "very kind," but you can definitely get good
battery life up here. I average 7 years, as long as I don't do dumb
things like let them die from phantom loads in Winter. Basically, you
want to keep the battery as nearly charged as possible, with only slight
dips in charge to start, but without overcharging. You do that by
keeping the car in good enough tune to start quickly in all conditions.
This prolongs both battery and alternator life.


>
>>> You also might want to look into new plugs and wires.

>
>
>
> Plugs, definitely. Wires, no. I believe this model has a coil pack for each
> plug.
>
>


Yikes. Yes, plugs can fail as early as 60k miles. Wires last much
longer if they don't get baked by excessive heat.
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Old 11 Oct 2009, 08:26 am
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Leftie <No@Thanks.net> wrote in news:0vjAm.74404$944.15491@newsfe09.iad:

> Tegger wrote:


>>
>>
>>
>> Plugs, definitely. Wires, no. I believe this model has a coil pack
>> for each plug.
>>
>>

>
> Yikes. Yes, plugs can fail as early as 60k miles. Wires last much
> longer if they don't get baked by excessive heat.
>



But, this model has no wires to change...


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