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1992 Honda Accord EX turns over but won’t crank

Turns over wont crank. Been told is common and consistant for timing belt issue. Saw video of ignition switch loose causing stalls. **It’s a 92 Honda Accord wagon/hatchback EX

“Turns over” IS crank… what you have is crank but no start. That could be cause by a long list of problems. If you want to narrow it down, let us know a LOT more detail… like the engine, transmission, # of miles.

If this just started, have you checked for spark, ect? If you don’t know what this means, just have it towed to your good local independent auto shop and let them determine the cause.

If it is a timing belt, you likely have bent a whole lot of bent valves because this is an interference engine which means if the timing belt breaks, the engine is severely damaged.


By ‘won’t crank’ you mean ‘won’t start’, right? I think there’s a relay that’s a common problem with older Honda’s. If it is a bad timing belt you may have bent a lot of valves, I think you have an interference engine.

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And, this leads to the inevitable question:
When were the timing belt and its tensioners last replaced?
IIRC, the specified interval for that model is every 90k miles or 7.5 years, whichever comes first.

Again, +1
However, that type of failure is most likely to occur during hot weather. Not to say that it can’t happen during the winter, however.

i believe there is a module in the distributer that goes bad and you wont have any spark. also check crank sensor, fuel pump and fuel pump relay

Yeah, the coil. :wink: Hondas of that era put the coil inside the distributor.

OP, you need to figure out if spark or fuel is missing. If you’re not getting fuel, suspect the main fuel relay, which as @VDCdriver said usually fails when hot, but if the solder break is bad enough it could fail at any temperature.

If you’re not getting spark, then take the accessory belt(s) off, and get a wrench and try to turn the crank pulley by hand. If you’re able to do so, you broke your timing belt and should be considering junking the car because it’s not worth what the repair is going to cost you.

If you can’t turn it, then the timing belt is most likely intact, and you should then suspect the plugs and wires, the distributor cap and rotor, the coil, and the ignitor, in that order.

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The ignition switches do not fail because they are loose. They fail because of heat created by current draw over time which burns the contacts. This has been a problem for a long time. Some Hondas are under a Recall for this but yours is not.

The main relay is mentioned as a possible fault and that is certainly true. That relay is also part of the same circuit which causes the ignition switches to fail.

Check the black/yellow tracer wire at the coil/igniter for power with the key in the RUN position. No power means a failed switch or a lowly fuse has decided to die.