I’ve got a 2004 V4 Honda Accord. For the past few weeks I’ve been having problems starting it. The engine cranks at first, but won’t turn over and then the cranking slows and stops–over the course of a few seconds. If I let it sit for a second and try it again it will start on the 2nd or 3rd or 4th attempt. But then some days it starts without any problems at all.
It’s very well-maintained, and I just recently splurged for one of those overpriced maintenance schedules from the dealership (though didn’t mention this problem to them because I don’t trust them). Hoses, lines, fuel connections etc. were all inspected. I took it to my local mechanic yesterday and of course it didn’t have any trouble starting while I was there. The battery and starter tested fine, so he was at a loss.
Now it just occurred to me that the only thing that wasn’t checked were the spark plugs, so of course that’s my suspicion–and they are due for a change. Does this problem sound like it could be spark plugs? Any other ideas or suggestions?