My 16 year old son has been driving my mother’s 1997 Honda Accord LX with the intent of buying it when he’s saved up the money. The car was bought new, and has always been very reliable. Lately, though he’s had some starting issues. Sometimes, when he turns the key in the switch, the car will fail to start and the horn will sound. When he turns the switch back off, the horn stops, and when he tries again, the car starts. Other times, though, it keeps doing the same thing, and he has to find other transportation. I had never encountered this in the car myself, and thought he might be doing something wrong. But last week, we were in the car together ( he was driving) and it did the same thing. I didn’t see him do anything incorrectly, and the car started on the second try.
I have no idea what might be causing this, and when I laeft it with my mechanic for a day, he couldn’t duplicate the problem. A couple of things might be relevant, though.
It only happens when the car is warm. It’s never failed to start cold. Also, with age, the ignition switch frequently sticks, and the key has to be jiggled to make it turn.
I hope someone can help us with this.