Main Relay or Vapor Lock?

civic
honda

#1

1990 honda civic lx

Won’t start after being in heat/hot sun. Starts after 5 min or when it cools down.


#2

Main relay. Easy to swap. Very common on that era Civic.


#3

Buy a main relay and replace it. $30 - $40. You can replace it yourself.


#4

If the main relay is not the problem then it could be a faulty ignition switch. Some Hondas are under a Recall for switch problems (yours is not) but by the same token, many non-recalled vehicles of the same make also suffer the same problems.


#5

I’m betting on the main fuel injection relay. Under the dashboard. Common problem with older Hondas.