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Has anyone experienced problems starting vehicle? I pressed brake pedal and touched ignition button (just as Honda instructs) and it wouldn't crank. I kept trying the same sequence and finally got car cranked. I've owned car for a little over a year and this is first time I have had this happen. Message on dash saying to press brake and press ignition button.
 

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There have been reports of a stiff brake pedal condition when starting the vehicle. A faulty brake booster or check valve allows vacuum to escape after the vehicle is turned off. The brake pedal needs to pressed far enough for a switch to sense movement. If the vacuum escapes additional brake pedal force is required to move the pedal far enough to start the vehicle. This is not subtle. If this is happening you will notice the difference in pedal stiffness when you press the brake pedal prior to starting the vehicle.
 

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There have been reports of a stiff brake pedal condition when starting the vehicle. A faulty brake booster or check valve allows vacuum to escape after the vehicle is turned off. The brake pedal needs to pressed far enough for a switch to sense movement. If the vacuum escapes additional brake pedal force is required to move the pedal far enough to start the vehicle. This is not subtle. If this is happening you will notice the difference in pedal stiffness when you press the brake pedal prior to starting the vehicle.
Thanks Cbayman, good info sounds logical. I will be able to get vehicle started now (with this information) until I can take into dealer for repair.
 

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I have exactly the same problem, but found a different solution.

When I encounter the stiff brake/no-cranking problem, I open & close the driver door. Fixes it every time.

I tried re-closing the door thinking that maybe the door was ajar. It never occurred to me that it could be due to a pedal interlock switch not closing on the brake pedal, although I remember my old '87 Celica GTS had this type of switch on the clutch pedal.
 

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Had that issue a few times, thought maybe I didn’t press the Stop far enough, usually a second try worked. However I had two or three times after parking the vehicle, pressing the Start/Stop button only to find it did not stop, or sometimes in the accessory mode. Weird.
 

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I have exactly the same problem, but found a different solution.

When I encounter the stiff brake/no-cranking problem, I open & close the driver door. Fixes it every time.

I tried re-closing the door thinking that maybe the door was ajar. It never occurred to me that it could be due to a pedal interlock switch not closing on the brake pedal, although I remember my old '87 Celica GTS had this type of switch on the clutch pedal.
The problem has recurred several times and I have to agree that the fix is to just press harder on the brake pedal, not open/close the door as I had been doing. It probably worked because when I got back in the car I was pressing harder on the brake pedal. Duh.
 
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