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Old 06-07-2013, 07:51 AM   #1
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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?

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


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

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