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Why are Honda's hard to start in the cold?

i have had a Honda scooter, 250ex, 300ex, cr125, cbr 600rr, 04 civic si and the RL. They all seem to hate the cold weather.(not as much as its owner) But they have always have giving me hell in the winter. Its seems my Honda experience in the winter seems like if its red and has an H, it has a crappy initial start up. Just my 2 cents.

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Re: Why are Honda's hard to start in the cold?

I think it is because they need a good battery with at least 800CC and all hondas in my opinion come with small batteries.
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Re: Why are Honda's hard to start in the cold?

Many Accords, 2 CR-V's, 2 RL's, tiller, and push mower. Always start with out problem, tiller and push mower on 1st pull. BTW, tiller is 25 years old.

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Re: Why are Honda's hard to start in the cold?

I've noticed this, too. Both my wife's car and my RL are a little harder to start after sitting in really cold temps for a while - especially the RL. They still start and have never given me an issue doing so. It's just like they really don't like it. I replaced both batteries with strong Duralast Golds last fall with CCA's of well over 700. The old batteries were the ones that came with them when we bought them used, so I really had no idea how hold each of them were. The RL was really getting difficult with some of the single-digit and sub-zero temps we had the winter before, so I just replaced them both for good measure. Both new batteries have been load tested and are fine, but the cold temps still make both vehicles start slowly. Guess it's just another Honda quirk.

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Re: Why are Honda's hard to start in the cold?

'Only Honda I ever owned (this one) started just fine last winter in MT at 16 below zero Fahrenheit. That's pretty cold.

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Weird, never had a problem, even if I forget to plug in the block heater. I always throw a bottle of gas line anti-freeze in during really cold weather and keep my tank over half full. I'm still on my original battery.
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Lowest temp I've ever started a vehicle was minus 40. Conveniently thats the same temp in Deg F and C.

Wasn't a Honda. Definitely a case of square tires.

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when it was cold my 01 Honda Shadow reminded me of when I forgot to plug in a semi.

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Re: Why are Honda's hard to start in the cold?

My 2003 Rincon ATV (carb) was also temperamental in the cold. It would start, but had to crank it a lot.

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Re: Why are Honda's hard to start in the cold?

*shrugs*
Japan is a warmer climate ?

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