Car Talk: 2013 Accord's pushbutton start problematic

Q I own a 2013 Honda Accord. It came with a pushbutton start. I put my foot on the brake pedal and push firmly, and sometimes it starts and sometimes it doesn’t. When it doesn’t — at least half the time — I get a static-sounding noise. This has been going on for approximately a year now. At first, I felt it had something to do with the brake pedal (where on the pedal I pushed). Sometimes the pedal was a bit mushy, and I had better results if I pumped the pedal until I got firm resistance. It got to where this didn’t help, so I moved my finger around the button from the center to all the edges. Currently, this is my method, and as yet, I haven’t been stranded. I’ve tried two respected local mechanic shops, and both said they couldn’t find anything wrong. I’ve discussed it with a guy at the gas station where I get my oil changed, and he experienced the problem but didn’t know what was causing it. I called the Honda dealership where I bought the car, and the guy who answered the phone said he had never heard of such an issue. I would like to get a diagnosis and cure. Thanks. — Paul

A Once moving your finger to different parts of the button stops working, I think your next step is three Hail Marys and a couple of Our Fathers, Paul.

Actually, I don’t believe the brakes or your finger position has anything to do with it. Whatever it is, though, the dealer is your best bet. Just don’t ask the receptionist next time.

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