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

58,555

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

1 out of 1 people think this is helpful.
2,795

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.

1 out of 1 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

  • Replaced the radiator and lower hose on 1995 Honda Accord EX now it won't start. 2 answers

    The radiator was busted as well as the lower radiator hose. I replaced them both and the car would sputter when I turned it on. I would have to push the gas for it to fully turn over and stay on. I...

    1995 Honda Accord EX V6

    -

    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 1,910
#2 FordNut
FordNut
Reputation 1,530
#3 Jonathan Ford
Jonathan Ford
Reputation 1,380
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Toyota Camry
1,526 Great Deals out of 101,602 listings starting at $700
Used Honda Civic
1,173 Great Deals out of 67,656 listings starting at $1,500
Used Honda Accord Coupe
272 Great Deals out of 11,821 listings starting at $1,350
Used Nissan Altima
1,350 Great Deals out of 86,044 listings starting at $695
Used Nissan Maxima
515 Great Deals out of 25,501 listings starting at $1,500
Used Toyota Corolla
1,417 Great Deals out of 69,992 listings starting at $988
Used Acura TL
335 Great Deals out of 7,234 listings starting at $1,995
Used Honda CR-V
1,329 Great Deals out of 73,489 listings starting at $1,068
Used Hyundai Sonata
1,003 Great Deals out of 50,140 listings starting at $700
Used BMW 3 Series
1,836 Great Deals out of 41,344 listings starting at $1,250
Used Toyota Avalon
350 Great Deals out of 15,815 listings starting at $2,100
Used Chevrolet Malibu
1,157 Great Deals out of 80,726 listings starting at $2,495

Used Cars For Sale

2017 Honda Accord EX For Sale
2,684 listings starting at $22,126
2016 Honda Accord EX For Sale
5 Great Deals out of 434 listings starting at $20,400
2015 Honda Accord EX For Sale
19 Great Deals out of 276 listings starting at $14,995
2014 Honda Accord EX For Sale
16 Great Deals out of 490 listings starting at $10,495
2013 Honda Accord EX For Sale
23 Great Deals out of 375 listings starting at $11,350