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Old 02 Dec 2009, 01:23 pm
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Default 1999 Accord Ignition or Starter problem..

Guys,
About three weeks ago I was driving and it died when I let off the gas three times in the same day. It would re-crank on the first try. Then a few days later it did it again, while letting off the gas to stopping a red light. The problem has not showed its self again. But about a month later it started not wanting to crank. I will turn the key and wait about 3 seconds and it would start up just fine. When I did turn the key you could hear the Solenoid "click", then you wait about three seconds and it cranks. Now this week it will Click, sit there and you turn the key jiggle it and little and turn it again and wait a few seconds and it cranks (some times it takes up to 6 times)... Please help me, any advise would be much appreciated!

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Old 02 Dec 2009, 01:39 pm
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Default Re: 1999 Accord Ignition or Starter problem..

I'm no expert and I'm not sure about the "died while you were driving part" that's a tough one. But I can offer some input with the solenoid clicking.

I had that solenoid clicking on my old volkswagen trying to start it. Turns out it was a badly rusted/corroded wire connection on the starter solenoid. I jammed a short length of copper wire in there to bridge the contacts and has worked for a couple of years and still is. I don't recommend this as it's a macguyver fix but that's what my cheap fix was for it. The car is retired for other reasons but it still starts. Check your battery terminals, they may need tightening or maybe take the battery terminals off and sandpaper them for a nice clean connection and check your starter wires but it sounds to me like you have a weak connection somewhere in the cicuit going to the starter (might not be enough juice getting to the solenoid to energize it).

Anyways hope this helps and good luck.

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Old 02 Dec 2009, 01:49 pm
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Default Re: 1999 Accord Ignition or Starter problem..

Almost forgot, I had the same thing on an older (again volkswagon) jetta the battery terminals were loose and just needed some cleaning and tightening so hopefully it's as simple as that for you.
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Default Re: 1999 Accord Ignition or Starter problem..

Thanks, I am going to check the starter today like you said, the battery terms are clean and tight (first thing I checked )
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