She done died and left me...
June 13, 2010 2:09 PM Subscribe
Fix-my-car-filter! I have a '92 Honda Accord LE that's showing starting problems; it acts like the battery is dead... but it can't be, can it?
posted by WidgetAlley to travel & transportation (28 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
When I hop into my car and try to start her up, she does a weird thing: I'll get to accessories, all the dash lights will come on like normal, and then, when I go a step further to fire her up, she dies, all the lights go off on the dash, and she won't even turn over.
We've cleaned the battery terminals, then replaced the battery and the alternator. Sometimes, if we go slowly enough, we can get the key to the accessories position, where we can make the windows go up and down, but this trick seems like it only works for a while and then the dash lights won't even come on. Regardless of how we wiggle the key, she won't ever start. There's no clicking or any real resistance when I turn the key to start her, it just doesn't do anything.
Upon replacing the battery, she worked fine for a few hours and then died. We could jump her to get her to start, but she would die mid-trip. This led us to the alternator. When we replaced the alternator, she worked fine for four days and now she's doing it again. (And before anyone comes up with the obvious answer, the main relay was replaced two summers ago.)