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Honda Accord Won't Start

The RepairPal team is ready to help you figure out why your Honda Accord won't start. We break it down so you can figure out if it's a simple fix, or something more advanced that a trusted technician should take care of.

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Why Won't My Car Start?

What are common reasons my Honda Accord won't start?

38%
27%
20%
of the time it's
of the time it's
of the time it's
BATTERY REPLACEMENT
ALTERNATOR REPLACEMENT
STARTER REPLACEMENT
38%
of the time it's
BATTERY REPLACEMENT
27%
of the time it's
ALTERNATOR REPLACEMENT
20%
of the time it's
STARTER REPLACEMENT
Changed head gasket. Car turns over but won't start. Changed spark plugs.& sprayed with starter f...
Car has been acting up for about a year now. every now and then it It would takes a few tries tur...
I've replaced ignition switch the coil and the igniter the car will only start when I turn the ke...
Honda issued a recall on some 2005 Accord models due to a defective...
The 1998-2016 Honda Accord may develop issues with the automatic tr...
Ignition switch failure may cause the car to stall or fail to start...

Won't Start Repairs and Prices

Car
Service
Price
2001 Honda Accord
Starter Replacement
$441 - $563
1996 Honda Accord
Fuel Pump Replacement
$292 - $559
2001 Honda Accord
Battery Replacement
$75 - $135
1996 Honda Accord
Ignition Switch Replacement (Electrical)
$204 - $245
1990 Honda Accord
No Start Diagnosis
$95 - $121
1996 Honda Accord
Ignition Lock Cylinder Replacement
$205 - $491
1993 Honda Accord
Camshaft Position Sensor Replacement
$112 - $175
1999 Honda Accord
Crankshaft Position Sensor Replacement
$361 - $571

Honda Accord Won't Start Repair Symptoms

Battery Replacement

The battery is considered “dead” when there is insufficient charge to start the engine, or run electrical components. Normally, the first sign is dim lighting in the interior of the vehicle, and when attempting to start, the engine may crank extremely slowly, or not at all. A very rapid clicking noise is normally heard if there is any charge left in the battery, but in many cases the vehicle will be completely unresponsive to any input. If the battery is losing charge while driving the vehicle, the battery warning light will illuminate, and the engine may stall from lack of electrical power needed to run.

Fuel Pump Replacement

Fuel pumps require replacement if they leak or begin making too much noise, which is a sign of malfunction. A failing fuel pump will not create enough pressure in the fuel system, potentially resulting in a loss of engine power or a "no start" condition. You may also have a lean running condition that can set a diagnostic trouble code and turn on the Check Engine Light.

Ignition Switch Replacement (Electrical)

When the electrical portion of the ignition switch fails, the vehicle will permanently or intermittently lose power to certain systems and components, depending on which position the key is in. The vehicle may not turn on accessories like the air conditioner, or the vehicle may fail to start. It is possible for the vehicle to start, and die as soon as the key returns to the run position, or the vehicle may not respond to input from the ignition switch at all. In intermittent cases, the vehicle may randomly fail to respond to the key being turned, or stall while driving. These symptoms may come and go for some time before the ignition switch finally fails.

Ignition Lock Cylinder Replacement

When the ignition switch lock cylinder fails, the ignition switch may very well work, but it may be difficult to find out, as the lock cylinder can fail to release when the key is inserted. This creates a situation where the ignition cannot be turned, or takes much wiggling and shaking before it finally turns. If that is not the problem, perhaps the ignition will turn no matter what, runs with the key removed, and allows the key to be removed in any position. In this situation, the vehicle is much easier to repair, since the lock cylinder can be removed without removing the steering column. Lastly, the lock can fail to release your key, or not allow the key to travel all the way into the ignition lock cylinder. In these frustrating scenarios, the repair may be a little easier as well, since lubrication usually releases the lock cylinder.

Starter Replacement

Starter motor failure produces one common symptom for all makes and models. When the key is turned, the starter solenoid will click, but the engine will not rotate. This may be due to a lack of continuity between the starter and starter solenoid, or internal failure of the starter motor. A whirring, or fast spinning noise may be heard when the key is turned, indicating the starter motor is actively working, but the pinion gear has failed to extend and contact the flywheel ring gear. In this case, the starter solenoid and starter should be inspected for failure.

Camshaft Position Sensor Replacement

When the computer senses the engine is out of time, the check engine light will be displayed, and the engine may start and stall, or fail to start. Some models may prevent the ignition from attempting to start the engine. If the engine runs, it will experience loss of power, poor fuel mileage, restricted performance for engine and transmission, hesitation before accelerating and intermittent stalling. Lastly, OBD trouble codes will be stored for the crankshaft and camshaft position.

Crankshaft Position Sensor Replacement

When the computer senses the engine is out of time, the check engine light will be displayed, and the engine may start and stall, or fail to start. Some models may prevent the ignition from attempting to start the engine. If the engine runs, it will experience loss of power, poor fuel mileage, restricted performance for engine and transmission, hesitation before accelerating and intermittent stalling. Lastly, OBD trouble codes will be stored for the crankshaft and camshaft position.

No Start Diagnosis

As discussed, many things can trigger a no-start condition, so there may be associated symptoms. If there is an electrical problem followed by a no-start condition, there may be the sound of a fuse popping, brief smell of burning, or sounds of charring. Vehicles that will not start because of a faulty electronic fuel pump, the fuel pump noise is noticeably absent when the key is first turned on, or when the door is first opened before driving. Noting any symptoms that occurred before problems can greatly diminish the time needed for diagnostics.