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I tried to start my 2000 Honda Accord V4 EX and it kept reving but wouldn't start. I tired jump starting my car with another car and it still wouldn't start. I don't think it's my battery because the lights still go on and I can rev it for a long time without it stopping. Does anyone know what the problem could be and how I can fix it?
 

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You don't have a v4, you have and inline 4 first of all. How long have you had this problem? Any modifications made?
 

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could be the alternator or a combo of battery/alternator. you said that you were able to jump start it and got it to rev but when you try to let it idle it would die out?

Just because you can turn on the lights does not mean that the battery is 100%; lights draw a lot less current than the alternator would. While the car is idling you should have around 14.5 volts across the battery, when the engine is off it should be around 12.
 

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Perhaps the fuel pump is dead?

Or somebody siphoned out the fuel.. it would still show it as having gas on the fuel gauge as I don't think the gauge updates to reflect the actual amount of gas in it until the car is on.
 

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I took it to a mechanic. He told me that the electrical Computer unit is bad. I asked him how much the piece costs and he said it's around $1,150 for this Honda Accord 4 cylinder 2000 with 52,000 miles that I bought about a year ago from a private seller. I verified by calling the dealership and asked them how much an ECU with my Vin number was and they concurred on the same price. Is this a standard problem that Honda is having on this particular model? Is this an easy job or am I better off taking it to a dealership? Could also somebody recommend a good mechanic that I can tow to around Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, NY? Also, does anyone know of any discounts for mentioning this forum? Thank You
 

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this whole post has gone to so many levels of BS i could type paragraphs..... rnstein69 you were almost thinking but not quite.......to the OP if you have VEREFIED that the ECU IS BAD that sucks, but i doubt that is the issue, its pretty rare for an ECU to fail.... to the OP you say it "revs" but wont start, what do you mean by this, troubleshooting online is like the blind leading the blind unless you get pretty detailed and specific.... paint us a picture
 

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this whole post has gone to so many levels of BS i could type paragraphs..... rnstein69 you were almost thinking but not quite.......to the OP if you have VEREFIED that the ECU IS BAD that sucks, but i doubt that is the issue, its pretty rare for an ECU to fail.... to the OP you say it "revs" but wont start, what do you mean by this, troubleshooting online is like the blind leading the blind unless you get pretty detailed and specific.... paint us a picture
The OP is not giving me enough info to really think about. I'm doing what I can with what little information he is giving me.

And x2 on the ECU. If it really is bad you can get a used one for 1/10th the price of what the dealer would charge.
 

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My mechanic said the OBD reader doesn't come with any error code at all, that is why I have to buy a new ECM. Then, I went to Autozone to pickup an ECM. I explained the problem to the specialist and he told me it doesn't sound like your car needs a new ECM, your alarm probably just needs to be reset b/c of the fail/safe. He said let me give a call to your mechanic and pretended to the mechanic that he was a relative of mine. So the guy from Autozone called my mechanic and asked him the error code. He gave the Autozone guy the same bull, then he told him to reset the alarm, my mechanic said he did. The Autozone guy told me he was lying as you can't just reset the alarm without your code. He said there is a switch to press it, low and behold when I went to my mechanic he gave me a whole story that it's a big process to get to my alarm, he has to disassemble the dash board. I then said let me use my spare key, which didn't work. I noticed a cut wire on the floor and said what the hell is this. He said he was doing work for 2 days, that's why. He then went over to his car, which happened to be the same make and model. He showed me that my Green Key light or the check engine light is not even coming up on my car when I start try to start my car. Can someone please tell me what I should do now?
 

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sounds like fuel pump died. Its in your trunk. Mine used to freak out occasionally. Also, My ECU on 2000 2.3 ULEV LX fried at like 30k miles. If it were an ECU problem, you would be stuck in LIMP mode, not go over like 3000rpm.

If it cranks over at all, its not the immobilizer, because that disables the starter interrupt. you said it turns over but doesn't start. That means you have no fuel.
 
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