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I have a 1988 Honda Accord LX. My car stalls and then will not restart; This has happened : 1. While it is warming up in the morning. Or 2. After I have used the car the entire day, I have come home and then tried to re-start the car a couple of hours later. The engine will crank but not start.

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Amanda J. Pierce, MBA Rjftmr, Thank You for writing into AskPatty, by the description of your situation this drivability concern could be caused by many different things. My immediate instincts point to a possible intermittent fuel pump failure. If you do not have a check engine light that is illuminated you may need to have some diagnostics test run with a scan tool hooked to your ECU for further diagnosis.

Audra Fordin, Owner at Great Bear Auto Shop Hi There Rjftmr, I hope I spelled your name correctly :) Does this happen once in a while? After rain? or all the time? How do you get it started? Once you get the car running, is it running fine? When was the last time your 1988 Accord had a good tune-up? My first guess, it sounds like a fuel issue. If your filter has not been changed in a long while, it could be clogged. But, that same premise holds true for your ignition components, and fuel injectors. When you change the filters, or have them changed, take a look at their condition. It can give you great insight as to the condition of the other components they work with. Mechanically yours, Audra

Kerri Papajohn, Marketing Director at USA Sealants, Inc. There is a common problem with the EFI relay causing cranks but won't start conditions. It is a brown relay, located in the upper dash area, marked "MITSUBA".

Laurie Sarno, Co-Owner at Super Girls Auto Hello Rjftmr- when the car fails to start it should be checked for the presence of spark at the coil & checked to make sure that fuel is present- as it can be an ignition or fuel pump issue- hope this helps thanks Super Girls Auto.

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