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Old 17 Jul 2008, 02:16 pm
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Default Can someone help me with a Honda Accord 1994?

My honda has a problem that it does not start during the day but starts at night time. I am thinking its a fuel problem cause the fuel needle doesn't work properly and when I give it gas it hesitates. The transmission doesn't slip, but the car hesitates and seems to want to shut off when I am at a stop or red light.Sorry, I meant that the car actually only turns on at night but won't turn on in the day time.
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Old 17 Jul 2008, 02:31 pm
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It may actually be your alternator, do your headlights seem to brighten when you accelerate also? I do not understand why else it would be a nightime problem unless it's because you must use more battery power for your lights. Good Luck
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Old 17 Jul 2008, 02:46 pm
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your car might be nocturnal. there is no mechanical reason for your car to start only at night and stay off in the daytime. when you start your car do you have your headlights on. i know a friend of mine never had trouble starting it but if he had his lights on with the car off the fuel pump would turn on. for some reason his fuel pump was getting power when his lights were on because he had a minor short in his underdash harness. if you need your lights on to turn on the car your fuel pump is getting power from something else. other then that im kinda stumped.
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Old 17 Jul 2008, 03:01 pm
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IF it is a common problem, it would probably be a faulty ground wire to your feul tank causing the feul pump to be intermittent and the feul sender to be inop.My theory is you have TWO different problems.1) Feul gauge: dash panel connectors dirty, remove gauge cluster, clean contacts, and reassemble. Search this website for more details, I've answered this a several times on removing the gauge cluster2) Tune-up including a new valve cover gasket set. The gaskets around spark plug holes are often overlooked and can fill the spark plug access with oil. This added oil eventually starts to short out your spark causing the hesistation and rough running.Why it is NOT the fuel pump: You would more likely notice a lack of power while at speed when the demand for fuel is the most. At IDLE, the fuel demand is very low and the easiest time for the pump.
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Old 17 Jul 2008, 03:16 pm
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I think by your description that you have a very dead battery. The battery generates the electricity that is used to start the car through a chemical reaction. if it sits for a long time the battery can generate enough electricity during the day to start the car but if you don't give it enough time to recharge it won't have enough energy to start the car.the battery is probably run down because of a loose or worn alternator belt that isn't allowing the battery to fully recharge when you are driving the car. without a fully charging alternator you won't have a strong spark to fire the spark plugs, hence the misfires and seeming like it wants to shut off. most batteries fail from chronic undercharging because the alternator belt is loose or worn. if the belt is new and properly adjsuted and the alternator output is still low it would be a problem with the internals of the alternator and that would require an alternator replacement. that is typically not the case.a low battery will also cause the problem with the fuel gauge. the gauge needs a minimum voltage to read properly. a drained battery is under that minimum and that will cause the gas gauge to fluctuate.I recommend you have the battery tested; I'm certain you'll find it needs to be replaced. once replaced, have the charging system tested and if necessary replace the alternator belt.hope that helps
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