Apparently if you’re having issues starting your Honda and it’s either a 1988-1991 or a 1992-1995 model Civic, then the most likely culprit is the main relay. The issue never replicates itself in winter. Amazing. Usually you have problems starting cars in frigid cold temperatures because the chemicals in the battery freeze or smth and something to do with the gasoline line etc.
Civics are unique. They won’t start in a warm/hot sunny day. The reason being that the “main relay” connections aren’t as good as they used to be so with the rise in temperature, the wires might expand and completely miss each other. Here are some tricks you could do to start your car if you have that problem.
1. Gun the engine rapidly a few times.
2. Put your car in neutral and have someone push the car while you attempt to start the engine.
3. Turn the key on the ignition one click clock-wise and wait for the beep sounds. Then look at the instrument panel display and wait for the “Engine Check” light to disappear. The moment it disappears, you can start your car. Now there’s been a coupla times when that didn’t quite work but it usually does.
4. The best remedy is to replace your main relay. They cost anywhere from 30-60 bucks and is located below the steering wheel near the fusebox. You can do it yourself or have it professionally done and it shouldn’t cost you much.
5. Or if you’re poor, try kicking the fusebox panel. It works. Summer’s on it’s way out and you can be happy in winter knowing that you won’t have this problem for the next 6 months.
I’ve had this problem and so did a few friends of mine who had 1988-1995 Civic models.
EDIT 08/07/07: Cmon. There’s always over 50 people reading this dumb post everyday and NOT A SINGLE COMMENT? What is up guys? Just leave a little something for me will ya? You don’t have to put down your real email address. Say something like “firstname.lastname@example.org” and you are still able to post your thoughts. Where’re all the thank yous? Don’t do this to me.
08/20/07: Thanks DrJazzB!