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2004 Honda Pilot Startup Issues

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Sep 11, 2019, 2:50 PM

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Hello everyone,
I have a 2004 Honda Pilot that will not start. The first time the issue appeared I started my car and went to pull out of the driveway and it died. I put the car into neutral and pushed it back into my drive way. I came back several hours later and tried to start it again, it started but died immediately after it started. I tried to start it again but couldnt as my battery died so I thought that was the issue so I took it get tested and they stated it was low but still good and to charge it. I bought a charger and charged the battery and I tried to start it again but again, it dies immediate after starting. Searching around I was told to replace the fuel pump so I did that today, I dropped the new fuel pump in, turned my key and verified that it turned on then tried to start the car but had the same result. This sucks because I have to charge my battery every time I want to start my car (after I start twice when testing it seem to not have enough juice to start the car all the way). I wanted to see if anyone on here had any advice?

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Sep 11, 2019, 3:13 PM

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All "crank, no start" conditions are approached in the same way. Every engine requires certain functions to be able to run. Some of these functions rely on specific components to work and some components are part of more than one function so it is important to see the whole picture to be able to conclude anything about what may have failed. Also, these functions can ONLY be tested during the failure. Any other time and they will simply test good because the problem isn't present at the moment.
If you approach this in any other way, you are merely guessing and that only serves to replace unnecessary parts and wastes money.

Every engine requires spark, fuel and compression to run. That's what we have to look for.

These are the basics that need to be tested and will give us the info required to isolate a cause.

1) Test for spark at the plug end of the wire using a spark tester. If none found, check for power supply on the + terminal of the coil with the key on.

2) Test for injector pulse using a small bulb called a noid light. If none found, check for power supply at one side of the injector with the key on.

3) Use a fuel pressure gauge to test for correct fuel pressure, also noticing if the pressure holds when key is shut off.

4) If all of these things check good, then you would need to do a complete compression test.

Once you have determined which of these functions has dropped out,
you will know which system is having the problem.


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