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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.

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Re: Why do Hondas sometimes not start?

Hmmm. That is odd.
Mine has never cranked and not started.
But once in a while, I'll release the key too soon, because all mine takes is a small bump to get going. If that does happen, it will crank a little more than average on the second attempt. I thought that was an odd situation, but just thought I'd mention it if it lights any light bulbs out there.
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Re: Why do Hondas sometimes not start?

I have had the same problem with mine. Once I had to crank it over for about 5 seconds before it started.
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Re: Why do Hondas sometimes not start?

Texas conspiracy....at night the Ford, Chevy and Dodge salesmen travel in packs, usually in a Texas Caddy, to Honda owners and install an ignition gizmo. Their motto: If you can't better them, make them appear worse.

Honestly, never had this problem with any of my Hondas.
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Re: Why do Hondas sometimes not start?

I always turn to II wait a second or two and then to III to start - Almost never does it not start on the 1st try. (it was -6 outside the one time it took 2 tries)

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Re: Why do Hondas sometimes not start?

sorry, I've never had this problem, starts first time everytime.
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Never a problem, many Hondas over many years!!!

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Re: Why do Hondas sometimes not start?

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Texas conspiracy....at night the Ford, Chevy and Dodge salesmen travel in packs, usually in a Texas Caddy, to Honda owners and install an ignition gizmo.
I was afraid that might be the case.

It's a topic that pops up in significant numbers on the Civic forums and occasionally on the Accord forums. When I read that the '09 Ridge received a "high resolution crankshaft sensor" and "improved starter" for faster starting, I figured there might have been issues that prompted these changes. I remember when GM started using high-res crankshaft sensors on the 3.8L V6 engines back in the late 90s - those things lit off seemingly before a single engine revolution was complete! Like I say, it's not a big deal - more a curiosity than anything.

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Re: Why do Hondas sometimes not start?

Could be a leaky injector or fuel rail. Does it do it after it's been parked for awhile but will start right up if it hasn't been sitting too long? There is also a check valve in the fuel pump that is supposed to keep the fuel from draining back into the tank. By turning the key to the start position it will only run the fuel pump for a second and then shut off on most vehicles. Not sure about the Honda though. A good thing to try is to turn the key on and off a few times without activating the starter. This way the fuel pump will have a few cycles to get the fuel up to the fuel rail if it did drain off. Then try and start it. If it starts right up I would say you have narrowed it down to the fuel delivery system.
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Re: Why do Hondas sometimes not start?

My jeep had occasional long starts: Turns over and over and didn't start... Then starts right up after a second (or sometimes third) attempt. It was a bad camshaft sensor, and once replaced, I never had another issue.


Maybe Jeep and Honda share a supplier for camshaft sensors???
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