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    Asked Feb 21, 2005, 02:10 PM 14 Answers
    We have a 1992 Honda Accord that won't start. Same problem as many others on this website. That is when it gets hot outside etc... the car won't start. We have replaced the distributor, coil, and fuel pump. We are still having the problem. We have read the forums and it appears that our main relay switch may be bad. Has replacing the main relay switch fixed it? I read on one forum that the just resoldering it has worked... sure would be nice to save a few bucks but not if it would create further furstration.

    Last edited by EGRI; Feb 21, 2005 at 03:15 PM. Reason: Has replacing the main relay switch fixed it?
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    CroCivic91 Posts: 729, Reputation: 23
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    Feb 21, 2005, 03:00 PM
    Main relay gives power to the ECU and fuel pump... if the relay is bad, pump won't operate. So the car will most likely run on the fuel that is still under pressure from when you last turned the car off, but will stop imeddiately.

    But back to your question... yes, if a relay is bad, fuel pump won't operate, and fuel pressure will drop.

    On a side note, do not try buying new relay right away. It might be a waste of money. I just resoldered mine and it runs fine for a few months now.
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    EGRI Posts: 4, Reputation: 1
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    Feb 21, 2005, 03:17 PM
    Thank you for the info. I apologize I didn't read your reply until after I revised my posting. I will give it a try.
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    CroCivic91 Posts: 729, Reputation: 23
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    Feb 22, 2005, 03:02 AM
    No problems. Do get back to us when you try the main relay.
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    EGRI Posts: 4, Reputation: 1
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    Mar 11, 2005, 08:57 AM
    Thank you for your advice. Re-sodering the main relay appears to have worked. The real test will be in July and August when tempatures reach 90+. Even at that replacing it is certainly cheaper than a fuel pump. Thanks again.
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    CroCivic91 Posts: 729, Reputation: 23
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    Mar 11, 2005, 02:04 PM
    Woot! I'm truly glad that helped. Mine is working flawlessly for a few months now. But you're right, it will be put to real test in the summer!

    Enjoy your Honda!
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    Kimbur Posts: 1, Reputation: 1
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    Nov 16, 2009, 12:31 PM
    I'm having the same problem with my 92 Honda Accord the distributor & wires, thermister? Injector fin have all been changed. We have even taken the computer from my daughter's Accord (same make an model) and nothing. I will act as if it wants to start and then nothing.
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    TxGreaseMonkey Posts: 15,944, Reputation: 5553
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    Nov 16, 2009, 12:40 PM


    . Test all under hood and under dash fuses with a test light or multimeter:

    . Try substituting the distributor from your daughter's Accord in your car, if it's the same engine.

    If the Check Engine Light comes on and goes off after two seconds, when you turn the ignition switch to ON (Position II), and you can hear the fuel pump run, then the problem is likely with the distributor. Over 50% of new aftermarket distributors for Hondas don't work. I only recommend Genuine Honda distributors, for this reason.
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    denardlove Posts: 2, Reputation: 1
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    Apr 22, 2011, 12:02 AM
    My honda accord starts but makes this loud whistling noise and cuts back off and I've put transmission fluid in it and still I get the same problem
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    randy.m Posts: 1, Reputation: 1
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    Apr 27, 2011, 06:38 PM
    They put the relay in a bad spot that year. The relay can go out and some other parts of the car still work. I had the same problem in mine when it would get hot and heat up. Classic relay problem.

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