Car won't start until I take it to the garage... then it starts


#1

I came home yesterday, got in my car and turned the key. It started at first and whithin seconds it died. I tried again and the engine wouldn’t turn over. I waited a while and tried it again - still nothing. I don’t think it is the battery - it cranks at a normal pace (and will keep cranking) but just won’t turn over. I had it towed to the garage and they called me to tell me that it started right up. It happened about 2 months ago - but by the time AAA got there it started. I gave it some fuel injector cleaner, and it was doing ok until now. It is a 99 Honda Accord. Anyone have any idea what might be causing this?


#2

If the car was parked outside in the sun with the windows up, the problem might be the fuel pump relay. They seem to have a heat related nonoperation problem with these relays. At least it is a simple part replacement that might cure your intermittant problem.

Hope that helps.