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PoleCat 06-07-2013 07:51 AM

relay hunt on '89 Honda civic
 
We have a civic that runs great once its going but has intermittent issues with refusal to start. I understand a relay needs to be checked but can't find the dadburn thing. Anyone here know what I am going on about?

r0ckstarr 06-07-2013 06:58 PM

I've owned 2 of those Honda Civic's. By any chance are you talking about the "Main Relay"?


Watch this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kY_GnVwOF9U

PoleCat 06-08-2013 04:44 AM

Yes Sir. That is the culpret. Today I move in for the kill.

r0ckstarr 06-08-2013 07:24 AM

Good luck!

How many miles on yours? Those D-series motors are very reliable.

PoleCat 06-08-2013 02:30 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by r0ckstarr (Post 1197342)
Good luck!

How many miles on yours? Those D-series motors are very reliable.

It has ~ 80K. Runs like a sewing machine. You can set a glass of water on the dash and there will be no ripples at idle.

r0ckstarr 06-08-2013 03:20 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by PoleCat (Post 1197567)
It has ~ 80K. Runs like a sewing machine. You can set a glass of water on the dash and there will be no ripples at idle.

That's how mine was at 150k miles when I sold it. Wish I still had it. I could put 5$ of gas in it and drive all week.

My 2nd Civic, I swapped the DOHC engine from an '89 Integra in it. It was a fun car.

ukrkoz 06-08-2013 10:55 PM

Never realized sewing machines are gold standard for well running cars. But hey, always a new one.
Relayis under the dash, in front of your left knee. Basically, on cars that have parking brake pedal and release handle, it'd have been right there. It's quite a pain to get to.
http://www.tegger.com/hondafaq/mainrelay.html
http://www.tegger.com/hondafaq/faq.html#startrun

r0ckstarr 06-09-2013 08:15 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ukrkoz (Post 1197756)
Never realized sewing machines are gold standard for well running cars.

Except for the 4.6 Ford motors! If you hear something that sounds like a sewing machine at idle, your timing guides are gone, and you aren't far from engine failure.


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