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1990 Honda Civic Question: hard to start



los101, Lexington, KY, April 10, 2009, 06:09

when i start my car and mainly when it is cold i have to keep turning the key on and off to get it started when you start it it immediately dies and it want start at all untill you turn it off then on sometimes it takes doing that 30 or 40 times any idea what that is i already replaced fuel filter and plugs

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    patrick mannion from Greg Solow's Engine Room, April 10, 2009, 12:07

    i suspect the electrical part of the ignition switch is failing but you would need to verify using a volt meter. If the engine doesn't spin over and you just hear a click from the engine compartment but by continually operating the ignition switch on and off the car eventually cranks over, the starer solenoid contacts and plunger are likely to be the problem. Another common problem is the main relay/fuel pump relay behind the dash on the driver's side.

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    December 28, 2009, 20:15

    if the car goes and turns over but does not start its the main relay any auto part store will have this. ask for main relay or fuel pump relay easy fix just under neath the driverside dash on left side of fire wall should have a 8 proged plug

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    February 26, 2012, 20:56

    my 93 just won't start. charge the battery and sometimes it will sometimes it won't. It's a new battery. The kid at the gas station I use has had 3 Honda civics 90-93 and opened the hood and very very quickly closed it and said "you need a grounding rod, yours is missing" sometimes your car starts and sometimes it doesn't right. I had gone in for gas with a running vehicle and then couldn't get it started to leave. He says its a $10 part and easy to install - I just can't get to an autoparts store!

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