Mechanic filter: 1993 Honda del Sol sometimes starting and sometime not
February 5, 2013 1:58 PM Subscribe
About six weeks I purchased a 5-speed 1993 Honda del Sol Si. Overall, I'm very pleased with the transaction. It's in great shape and runs very nicely.
However, ever since a few days after I bought it, I've had a very frustrating recurring problem.
posted by fignewton to Technology (26 answers total)
Sometimes the car starts up fine without a problem. Other times, and this is always when the car had been off for quite some time (such as overnight), the engine will crank but it won't completely turn over. It sounds like it's just about to fire up, but it won't. If I wait long enough and come back to it, it will start without a hitch.
So far three mechanics have looked at it. The first two had the car for a combined three weeks, but they said they couldn't figure anything out because the car never *not* started for them. The third mechanic told me it was a faulty ignition switch and promptly replaced it, sticking me with a $750 repair bill last week.
Yet I am still experiencing the same problem. Obviously I will be taking the car back to the mechanic, but I would like others' opinions on what the problem could be before I do. I love the car, but I am approaching my wits' end with this mystery problem.
Here are some other details: If I get the car started once for the day, it ALWAYS starts up for the rest of the day without a problem. Sometimes if it's not starting and I play around with it for a bit, it will start. (This morning I ejected the radio receiver, turned the key to the on position, turned on the A/C for about a minute, and then tried to start -- it started up immediately.)
Someone told me it could be a distributor problem. What are other possible sources of this? My hunch is that it's something electrical-related. Could it be some sort of computer/fuse issue? We know for sure it's NOT the starter.
Any help, suggestions, ideas, commentary, and advice would be greatly appreciated!