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Old 29 Jan 2010, 01:01 pm
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Default I have a question about my 1999 honda accord. Can anyone help me?

about a year ago i took it to the honda dealership because the car was cutting out while i was driving it. the rpm's would go down and when i would push on the accelerator it was as though there wasn't any connection. at this time i would shift gears (didn't matter which ones) until it would like reconnect. the dealership told me that the main computer was going out in it. the service manager said that if i continued to drive it that it would not hurt the car, but that it would eventually just go out completely. one day i went to start it and the engine started fine, but the starter continued to turn over and over again (sounded crazy). so I drove it around the corner to a guy i know that works on cars a little. he told me to turn it off and when i did i took the key out and the engine shut off but it was still trying to start without the key in it. it did this on and off for a few months. most of the time it was fine. then when i started trying to start it i would have to turn the key anywhere from 1 to 2 dozen times before it would start. in the end it tryed to start itself in my driveway while i was in the house (key was with me). that was the last of the honda. it has sat there for several months awaiting cash to fix it. i was reading some stuff about recalls on the ignition switches so i called honda to see if they would pay. they said only if the dealership agreed that it infact was the ignition. so i had it towed back to the same dealership that told me it was my computer and they have took the ignition switch out and said because the 3rd and 4th key on the back of the switch were not melted that it could not be the problem. what to do now? i already replaced that battery that completely drained out and now they want me to buy a new starter, but i know that this is not where the problem started and i just want it fixed. does anyone know what to do????
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Old 29 Jan 2010, 01:16 pm
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Ignition switch would be my guess (*guess* because im not there im looking at a computer screen). But I'l sure you need a new starter after all that prolonged, and needless cranking.
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Old 29 Jan 2010, 01:31 pm
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did the dealer perform the recall on the igntion switch replacement??? that recall is done regardless of whether or not the switch is burnt. the recall is done at no charge regardless of the age or mileage on the vehicle.

so have them do the recall first and see what happens. your description matches the reason for the recall.

i dont' see 'computer' failures as being anything other than a guess by someone who doesn't know what they are talking about. the only time the computers fail is when the car is in a flood.
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