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1995 Honda Accord: wont start..warmer day..starts down

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My 1995 Honda Accord won't start after particularly cold nights. After it has a chance to "thaw out" during the warmer day, it starts every time, though. Also, if I drive the car late at night, giving it less time to cool down, it usually does start in the morning. The battery and connections are good and I got the starter replaced recently. When I try to start it, it sounds like the engine is trying to turn over, but it can't. There is also an artificial beeping sound coming from the dash. What could it be? Possibly the thermostat?
Submitted: 8 years ago.
Category: Honda
Expert:  Rob826 replied 8 years ago.



From what you are telling me it seems to me that you are having a problem with keeping either the engine warm or the battery. Please follow the steps below and you should be able to get some good results and hopefully solve your problem.


1. Flush the antifreeze in your engine completely and replace it with a nbew mix of 1/2 distilled water and 1/2 antifreeze specified for your vehicle. This will help the engine by preventing freezing. What happens when you have to much water in your engine you can get freezing and this will give you hard starts.


2. Replace the engine oil in your car with a new oil but be sure that you are using an oil that is suitable for the area where you live. Lets say if you live in alaska where the weather gets really cold then you need to get a different type of motor oil.


The oil recomended for your vehicle is 5w 20 the w stands for winter and it is the temperature that the oil will begin to freeze 5 degrees ferenheit.


3. Go to parts store and buy a warming blanket for your battery, these are small blankets that can be cut to the size needed and you wrap it around the battery to keep it warm.


This is the only 3 things that I can think of with out actually having the car here. this is the most common that any good Mechanic will check when you come in with this symptoms.


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Customer: replied 8 years ago.
I appreciate the help, and I really appreciate the promptness.

I change the motor oil (5W 30) myself every 2-3 months, so I know that is OK, but I actually haven't flushed the radiator in quite some time. I will get that done this weekend. I don't know a ton about cars, but I'm pretty certain that the radiator needs to be flushed several times with distilled water before it is refilled, correct? Not just a simple drain-and-refill procedure?

FYI. I live in southern California, so its not like its below zero at nights. Its only about 40 degrees at night at worst, so I didn't think antifreeze would be an issue here. But it is?

First time on this site. I've accepted your answer so you can get compensated. I would hope that you can give me some feedback later on after I follow your suggestions, if necessary. I will also definately pay you a bonus (not sure how it works) if this fixes the problem, as this solution will be well worth more than $15 to me if it does indeed remedy the problem.

Expert:  Rob826 replied 8 years ago.

Thank you,


Remember that the freezing point of water is 32 degrees ferenheit and 0 degrees celcuis and we have been having some pretty cold nights so if your area where you live drops to 40 degrees you are only 8 degrees from freezing point of water.


You need to have the cars engine and radiator powerflushed. A well equiped shop should have this equipment on hand and should offer deals on this service, this service is a good preventetive maintenance so the shops normally use this service to attract customers to shops.


thank you again. Feel free to look me up next time you have a question.