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Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Northeast Texas
Model Year: 2014
Color: Crystal Black Pearl
Why do Hondas sometimes not start?
Buddy's '05 Civic, my '06 Accord, '09 Civic, and '10 Ridgeline...
Since new, every so often the engine cranks but won't start. I think my '07 Ridgeline did this, too, but can't remember for sure. At any rate, I've NEVER had a vehicle - new or old - that didn't start every time it was cranked. My '09 Civic was the most frequent offender. It would act as if it was out of fuel at least once or twice a week. Crank the engine a second time and it fires right up. One forum suggested the problem might be turning the ignition key directly to "START" from "OFF" without giving the fuel pump enough time to prime was a possible cause. This doesn't help for me. It doesn't seem temperature related, either. I'm curious why this annoyance manifests itself with Honda and seemingly no other brand. It doesn't bother me too bad, but I'm a bit self-conscious that my neighbors notice that my Honda sometimes won't start on the first try, but their ol' Fords do. I can't think of any significant design difference in the engine that would cause this. Software, maybe.
Former vehicles: '10 Ridgeline, '09 Civic, '09 Silverado, '99 B2500, '08 G35, '07 Ridgeline, '06 Accord, '96 Cougar, '73 F-100, '00 Cavalier, '93 Cougar, '84 Fiero, '99 Regal, '98 Neon, '96 Ranger, '95 Probe, '94 Escort, '92 Grand Am, '91 Tempo, '86 Escort, '69 Skylark