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Old 09-24-2009, 10:09 AM
 
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i have a 93 honda accord that will turn over and over again but wont start. it acts like it is flooded. i had this problem earlier and i took out the spark plugs cleaned them off put them back in and it started right up. i changed the spark plugs thinking that was the problem but it didnt start today it just turns over and over.
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Old 09-24-2009, 10:12 AM
 
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How does it sound like its flooded? Trust me, if the cylinders were flooded you'd be hearing something a whole lot more unpleasant.
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Old 09-24-2009, 10:35 AM
 
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it doesnt sound like its flooded it just acts like it is flooded.
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Old 09-24-2009, 11:30 AM
 
Location: New Jersey
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Could have a bad distributor.
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Old 09-24-2009, 11:43 AM
 
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Do you know how to check for a spark? IIRC Hondas of this vintage have a single coil. You can check for spark at the coil wire, then check at the spark plug/spark plug wires.

A tip. If your spark plugs, cap & rotor, and or fuel filter are overdue for replacement, go on and do this, it will expedite troubleshooting and may clear the problem outright.

Some FI cars are pretty easy to flood, at least lower compression engines like the one in my 'roc can be flooded badly enough to not even try to start *way* short of "hydra-licking" or locking up on a cylinder full of fuel.

Anyway. First verify that you have a spark. If you have a good strong spark but it still won't even try to start, figure out if you are getting fuel or not. After cranking for a bit, spark plug should at least smell of gas if you have any getting to the injectors. Watch screwing around with the fuel system on FI, it's running at 40 PSI or more, a leak can turn into a fire just like that.
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Old 09-24-2009, 01:36 PM
 
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What does it sound like when you crank it over? Does it sound like it's turning over faster than normal?
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Old 09-24-2009, 01:47 PM
 
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Do you know how to check for a spark? IIRC Hondas of this vintage have a single coil. You can check for spark at the coil wire, then check at the spark plug/spark plug wires.

A tip. If your spark plugs, cap & rotor, and or fuel filter are overdue for replacement, go on and do this, it will expedite troubleshooting and may clear the problem outright.

Some FI cars are pretty easy to flood, at least lower compression engines like the one in my 'roc can be flooded badly enough to not even try to start *way* short of "hydra-licking" or locking up on a cylinder full of fuel.

Anyway. First verify that you have a spark. If you have a good strong spark but it still won't even try to start, figure out if you are getting fuel or not. After cranking for a bit, spark plug should at least smell of gas if you have any getting to the injectors. Watch screwing around with the fuel system on FI, it's running at 40 PSI or more, a leak can turn into a fire just like that.
Be very careful if you crank it over with the spark plugs removed. If the cylinders are flooded, a spark from a plug wire can ignite the gas (the voice of experience speaking ). Make sure all the plug wires are away from the spark plug holes or better yet, pull the coil wire out of the coil or disconnect the wiring harness from the distrubutor.
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Old 09-24-2009, 01:59 PM
 
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Could have a bad distributor.
Good possibility. These older Hondas were bad about engine oil getting inside the distributor and causing all kinds of problems.
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Old 09-24-2009, 02:07 PM
 
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What does it sound like when you crank it over? Does it sound like it's turning over faster than normal?
Yeah, a broken cam belt is a definite but ugly possibility. IIRC this car, like most Hondas that are not old enough to vote, is an interferance engine, right?
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Old 09-24-2009, 03:13 PM
 
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Yeah, a broken cam belt is a definite but ugly possibility. IIRC this car, like most Hondas that are not old enough to vote, is an interferance engine, right?
Yes, afraid so.
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