Unable To Start Engine and Temporarily No Instrument Lights

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civic
honda
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#1

On the average, every 3 months, my engine will not start. The starting motor is brisk and it really kicks over the engine but it takes 10 minutes of cranking before the engine fires up and then every thing is fine. Also, the lights on my main instrument panel will not turn on for the first 5 minutes when it is cold outside.


#2

What year Civic? How many miles. Any prior history of electrical problems?

but it takes 10 minutes of cranking before the engine fires up

[b] Do you mean you have the ignition turned to start for 10 continuous minutes!!![/b]

#3

Hi,
I am a mechanic and the tech manager at Autolite. You need see what is missing when it will not start. If its cranking, the battery and starter is ok. So, you either have no fuel or no spark. You have to start the diagnosis someplace. A spark tester and fuel pressure tester are pretty cheap.