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Old 22 Aug 2009, 04:51 pm
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Default 95 Accord Won't Start

Can someone explain exactly what happens --electronically -- when you attempt to start an accord?

That is, turning the ignition switch activates the main relay, which sends power to the fuel pump and to the ecu... etc.

Basically, I am trying to troubleshoot why I cannot get my 95 Accord LX to start. I have power enough, but it just won't turn over and ignite.

That means, electrical, fuel, or air is the issue. I've eliminated air, the fuel pump is operational (I can hear it when I turn the ignition switch to on), so I suspect it is not fuel, but that is all I've done to verify that.

To test the electrical, first, I pulled the cord from the distributor that leads to the ignition coil. Conducted a spark test and saw nothing. Also, did a simple spark test with a spark plug pulled. Nothing.

So, I am lead to believe it is electrical.

Read some, which lead me to assess the main relay. I was supposed to feel/hear two clicks upon turning the ignition to ON. One for the fuel pump and one for the ECU. I only could sense one click, so I replaced the unit, and clearly felt two clicks upon setting the ignition to ON, but no luck.

This seems to leave me with: ignition coil, igniter, or distributor, but I contend that if a spark test shows nothing coming from the ignition coil, it seems pointless to consider the igniter or distributor. Is that right?

Is there anything else in the sequence that I am overlooking -- the ECU itself, maybe?

A little more background:

My wife was driving it around one afternoon when it simply cut off. It did not sputter or anything; it was running normally and simply turned off. Trying to restart, everything seemed normal (all sounds normal, engine turning), but it simply would not start. That continues to be the case, plenty of power, no ignition.

Help... and thanks in advance.
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Old 26 Aug 2009, 03:13 pm
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Default Re: 95 Accord Won't Start

Have you taken off your oil cap and made sure your valves are moving while you are cranking?

If not...

It's your timing belt

If so.... you are having the same problem as me.... and if you get an answer... let me know...
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Old 26 Aug 2009, 05:12 pm
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Default Re: 95 Accord Won't Start

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Have you taken off your oil cap and made sure your valves are moving while you are cranking?

If not...

It's your timing belt

If so.... you are having the same problem as me.... and if you get an answer... let me know...
Bingo... had it towed in and repaired on Monday.

Guess that is why I was getting no spark?

Thanks.
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Old 26 Aug 2009, 05:40 pm
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Default Re: 95 Accord Won't Start

so did the timing break when she was driving?

And is it running now?
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Old 26 Aug 2009, 05:45 pm
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Default Re: 95 Accord Won't Start

Yes to both questions. Fortunate that neither she nor the engine were hurt.
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Old 26 Aug 2009, 05:46 pm
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Default Re: 95 Accord Won't Start

how fast was she going?
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Old 26 Aug 2009, 05:48 pm
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Default Re: 95 Accord Won't Start

I am trying to find out if I am just out of timing and that's why mine wont start.... same issue.... lots of power.... cranking.... not fully engaging though
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Old 26 Aug 2009, 05:57 pm
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Default Re: 95 Accord Won't Start

Don't know for sure; I would guess around 35 mph. Why?
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Old 26 Aug 2009, 06:01 pm
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Default Re: 95 Accord Won't Start

I was doing about 75

trying to find out if i keep making adjustments.... it will start...
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Old 26 Aug 2009, 06:10 pm
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Default Re: 95 Accord Won't Start

Hmm... I tried lots of things before someone at the parts store suggested the timing belt.

What I learned is the my car has an "interference" engine, so if the timing belt jumped and things were out of sync, that would likely cause significant damage internally. Not sure what that means for you, but there it is.

I wish you luck. Mine was a $950 repair that included a new water pump and new belts all around.
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