Did the change of spark plugs cause hard starting?

1,805

Asked by Feb 19, 2012 at 07:57 AM about the 1996 Honda Civic DX

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

i recently changed my Denso performance plugs and put in new NGK V-Series plugs... i tried
starting the engine but it's not starting after a few clicks... it starts immediately when the engine
is still warm but hard in the morning...my old plugs do not have problems at all, they're just old
and worn out... idle is also lower than usual but a slight acceleration difference is felt...its the
starting that bothers me...could the change of plugs cause this?

8 Answers

1,355

What you describe sounds like a problem with compression on one of the cylinders. Could be possible that one of the sparks is not sitting correctly or the thread is weak, I doubt there would be a problem with the new sparks, but it could be possible too.

Best Answer Mark helpful
7,245

make sure all of the NGK's have seals on the plugs- have seen them without thus causing low compression.

1 of 1 people found this helpful.
1,175

could also gap your plugs properly should say the gap in your manual

1,805

did them all... i also checked if the plugs were tight... still no luck, gonna chck it again

1,175

Hmm not sure cause I've never heard of that

1,805

darnit my high tension wires were toast... i pulled the socket out using long nose pliers... glad i still have the stock plugs and replaced all of them... i think i figured it out... the wires werent able to withstand the current... what more could happen if i put back the stock one? its just temporary though...

4,695

the clicking sound i would have associated with a bad battery but since you found the wires that were "toast" that sound you heard was probably the spark plug wires shorting out.

1 of 1 people found this helpful.
4,695

i hope that fixes your problem!

Your Answer

Civic

Looking for a Used Civic in your area?

CarGurus has 52,144 nationwide Civic listings starting at $1,491.

ZIP:

Honda Civic Experts

  • #1
    Tom Demyan
    Reputation
    1,210
  • #2
    Takoda Fraser
    Reputation
    1,040
  • #3
    Jonathan Ford
    Reputation
    1,030
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Honda Accord
852 Great Deals out of 88,504 listings starting at $1,444
Used Toyota Corolla
930 Great Deals out of 70,174 listings starting at $1,479
Used Honda Civic Coupe
166 Great Deals out of 10,770 listings starting at $1,800
Used Toyota Camry
1,107 Great Deals out of 76,443 listings starting at $1,100
Used Honda CR-V
724 Great Deals out of 62,844 listings starting at $1,495
Used Nissan Altima
1,175 Great Deals out of 74,525 listings starting at $900
Used Hyundai Elantra
558 Great Deals out of 46,365 listings starting at $999
Used Honda Accord Coupe
139 Great Deals out of 5,055 listings starting at $1,995
Used Ford Mustang
338 Great Deals out of 42,005 listings starting at $1,488
Used Hyundai Sonata
600 Great Deals out of 54,112 listings starting at $1,500
Used Nissan Sentra
656 Great Deals out of 53,404 listings starting at $1,150

Used Cars For Sale

2017 Honda Civic For Sale
36 Great Deals out of 3,898 listings starting at $13,989
2016 Honda Civic For Sale
70 Great Deals out of 2,310 listings starting at $10,982
2015 Honda Civic For Sale
240 Great Deals out of 6,703 listings starting at $8,495
2014 Honda Civic For Sale
81 Great Deals out of 2,346 listings starting at $6,480
2013 Honda Civic For Sale
39 Great Deals out of 1,421 listings starting at $5,500

Content submitted by Users is not endorsed by CarGurus, does not express the opinions of CarGurus, and should not be considered reviewed, screened, or approved by CarGurus. Please refer to CarGurus Terms of Use.