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Old 01-10-2012, 10:00 PM   #1
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Default 2003 Honda Element sometimes won't start

Hey all,
Sometimes when i try to turn over my honda it makes a buzzing sound from what sounds like under the dashboard below the steering wheel. I turn the key off and sometimes it cranks just fine. I tested the battery and its fine. I'm pretty sure its not the selenoid or the starter though its been a very long time since i've had starter issues from a car and this is my first 4 cylinder. it does not turn over the motor when it makes the buzzing noise. I tried researching it on the web and seem to come to the conclusion that it is my Main Relay? buzzing but when i try to research it deeper i seem to find alot of people blaming the main relay for not delivering fuel to the fuel pump. will the main relay cause it to make a buzzing noise and not turn over? the noise kind of sounds the same as when u try to crank the car if its already running. any suggestions will help. i'll try to record a video of the sound it makes. thank you for reading my post.

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Yeah, sounds like the main relay went bad. They gets pretty hot while the car is on then cools once it's turned off. This constant hot-cold cycle eventually wears out the solder connections.

Is the check engine light on? Can you get any codes read?

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Default Re: 2003 Honda Element sometimes won't start

THERES ALSO A RECALL ON THE TUMBLER SYSTEM IN THE IGNITION/GEAR SELECTOR
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So would i order a main relay? the light does come on every once in a while but goes off. i guess i should find out what the code is.
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Ill check on that recall too. thanks for bringin that to my attention.
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