My car starts, but won't stay started

Asked by Apr 19, 2015 at 10:00 PM about the 1998 Honda Accord EX

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I have a 1998 Honda Accord EX. It will start after a few tries, but will not stay started. The distributor cap was changed, spark plugs & wires, but that didn't help. We had a mobile mechanic come out to check it. He said it was getting fuel, so he didn't think it was the fuel pump or filter. But a few times, when he would give it gas, it would have a back fire. Any ideas ??

2 Answers

61,565

Back fire lead,s to timming issue,check the timming on the car,

1 out of 1 people think this is helpful.
3,045

Did the mechanic put a code reader on the car to check for any stored codes? There could be some there even if the check engine light is not turned on. There are so many sensors that factor in to the way a car runs so you need to rule that out. It could be a bad mass airflow sensor or air temperature sensor or something along those lines. KEEP in mind, you are talking about a 17 yr old car here, so along those lines, how many miles on the car? Have you ever had the timing belt replaced? There are specific intervals spec'd out by the manufacturers for the changing of the timing belts. The timing on these are a fan belt type as opposed to a sprocket & chain, so check for stored trouble codes first, then as TST says, check the timing. If it is out, have the belt replaced first, if you still have the same problem, move on to other possibilities.

2 out of 2 people think this is helpful.

Your Answer

Add photo

Related Questions

  • Car will start, but won’t move 4 answers

    2005 Honda Accord lx 5 speed manual 98k on mileage Car RPM’s jumps up and down while steadily driving 60mph in 5 fifth gear the other day. Kept driving another 5 mins and out of nowhere lost all ac...

    2005 Honda Accord LX

    -

    Maintenance & Repair

  • Car won't start 3 answers

    I have a 95 Honda accord and it turns over but won't start

    1995 Honda Accord LX Coupe

    -

    Maintenance & Repair

  • Car won't start all the time or come out of gear

    99 accord 2.4 turns over won't start all the time

    1999 Honda Accord EX

    -

    Maintenance & Repair

  • Car turns over but won't start

    Replaced spark plugs started up ran for day sat over weekend dead battery took to be tested was frozen so replaced now turns over but won't start like prior to replacing spark plugs

    1999 Honda Accord EX

    -

    Maintenance & Repair

  • Why will my car start but won't continue running ???????? 6 answers

    So I just bought a 1996 Honda Accord off craigslist . It has about 256k miles on it. Car hasn't given be any issues and I've been driving it for about a week. I just recently had my radio installe...

    1996 Honda Accord

    -

    Car Customization

Search Honda Accord Questions

Honda Accord Experts

#1 Tom Demyan
Tom Demyan
Reputation 1,980
#2 FordNut
FordNut
Reputation 1,560
#3 Jonathan Ford
Jonathan Ford
Reputation 1,440
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Honda Civic
612 Great Deals out of 75,908 listings starting at $1,200
Used Toyota Camry
927 Great Deals out of 91,050 listings starting at $990
Used Nissan Altima
957 Great Deals out of 78,061 listings starting at $670
Used Honda Accord Coupe
152 Great Deals out of 10,309 listings starting at $2,200
Used Nissan Maxima
286 Great Deals out of 24,603 listings starting at $1,400
Used Toyota Corolla
805 Great Deals out of 72,038 listings starting at $1,400
Used Acura TL
257 Great Deals out of 7,478 listings starting at $2,695
Used Honda CR-V
700 Great Deals out of 55,510 listings starting at $1,800
Used Hyundai Sonata
497 Great Deals out of 48,808 listings starting at $1,300
Used BMW 3 Series
1,228 Great Deals out of 35,974 listings starting at $1,233
Used Chevrolet Malibu
848 Great Deals out of 83,734 listings starting at $1,395

Used Cars For Sale

2017 Honda Accord EX For Sale
2,573 listings starting at $22,066
2016 Honda Accord EX For Sale
330 listings starting at $16,990
2015 Honda Accord EX For Sale
10 Great Deals out of 356 listings starting at $13,991
2014 Honda Accord EX For Sale
24 Great Deals out of 848 listings starting at $10,990
2013 Honda Accord EX For Sale
9 Great Deals out of 294 listings starting at $9,999