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  • Pete                            Palazzolo
    Pete Palazzolo - 1988 Honda Civic - Engine - 5/18/2014
    The car began sputtering like it was running out of gas.. I could hear the fuel pump and another sound like air suckin
    My fuel pump is located in the gas tank
     
    • GT500Knights
      5/18/2014 GT500Knights
      First make sure you have enough fuel. I know it sounds stupid to state this but it's the simplest things that can go wrong.

      The air sucking sound is probably a large vacuum leak or a hose that isn't connected. Ensure all vacuum hoses are connected and that none of them are brittle. A test to check for vacuum leaks is to spray soapy water around the area that you think may be leaking. If the engine smooths out , you found your problem.

      If the fuel filter is clogged , not enough pressure will reach injectors.

      If fuel injectors are dirty, same issue.

      Timing belt may have jumped time or stretched too much.

      Excessive Exhaust back pressure will cause rough idle. Idle back pressure should not exceed 1.25 psi and back pressure should not exceed 3 psi at rpm speeds of 2000-2500 rpm
      GT500Knights
      5/27/2014 Pete Palazzolo
      Thanks for your help. It looks like I’m not getting any spark to the plugs. Someone loaned me a ohm meter and the reading I got was a 1. Any ideas of what the problem might be?
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 1991 Honda Accord - Engine - 5/17/2014
    Why cant my car go past 15mph
    Hey I have 1991 honda accord and out of no were I heard a loud bang in my engine while I was driving and recently the only thing I touched from the engine was a belt change and my high school automotive students change it but I dont know if it has to do with ...
     
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    AutoMD Member - 2004 Honda Civic - Engine - 5/16/2014
    How can I diagnose weather my AC Clutch is bad rather than the AC Compressor?
    I recently bought the car, with some surprises of course. I have noticed that when i have the Defroster/AC turned on, I will receive a vibration noise occasionally (not always). I have taken it to Honda as well and they were very vague about it, although they did ...
     
    • Chevy doctor
      5/16/2014 Chevy doctor
      Most compressors come with a clutch.The gap is critical on plate style clutches. More than likely the vibration is caused within the compressor like a bearing.
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 1985 Honda Accord - Engine - 5/15/2014
    Low idle and vibration
    I just purchased my 1985 Accord Hatch MT today and i've had the AC on since i've been driving. When I don't use the air conditioning the car idles very low around 300rpm and shakes the same way you are in too high a gear on the road. When I have the AC on the rpms ...
     
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    AutoMD Member - 1985 Honda Accord - Engine - 5/15/2014
    Very low idle which causes shaking as if in too high a gear
    I just got the car and it has 100xxx miles on it. it idles extremely low but is fine if the ac is on cause this highers the idle rpm
     
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    AutoMD Member - 1995 Honda Civic - Engine - 5/14/2014
    My crank pulley got loose,so i was wondering,can i still drive home without the timing sprocket jumping out?
    I was on the freeway and suddenly heard a loud ckicking sound and belts slipping,got of the freeway and popped the hood and i saw the crank pulley was loose...the bolt holding it by just a couple of threads....i dont have my tools with me and i need to know if ...
     
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    AutoMD Member - 1999 Honda Civic - Engine - 5/13/2014
    I have a 2001 honda acord it is has extreme power loss
    I have a 2001 honda acord it is has extreme power loss (could hardly make it up the hill)? I have a 2001 Honda accord it is has extreme power loss (could hardly make it up the hill). The check engine light came on and the engine got hot as i drove the two minutes ...
     
    • Chevy doctor
      5/13/2014 Chevy doctor
      Sounds like your catalytic converter is plugged. I don't think your oil viscosity has anything to do with it. Your exhaust flow is reduced causing excessive back pressure. Have someone perform an exhaust back pressure test. This will cause it to run hotter. Remember a engine has to breathe in as good as it breathes out. That's why air filter and exhaust flow is very important. Hope this helps.
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 1999 Honda Civic - Engine - 5/13/2014
    I have a 2001 honda acord it is has extreme power loss
    I have a 2001 honda acord it is has extreme power loss (could hardly make it up the hill)? I have a 2001 Honda accord it is has extreme power loss (could hardly make it up the hill). The check engine light came on and the engine got hot as i drove the two minutes ...
     
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    AutoMD Member - 2002 Honda Accord - Engine - 5/13/2014
    Steam popped and coolant spilling
    While idling for five minutes after driving for approx. 5-10 mins a loud pop sound spontaneously happened amongst sound of steam. and about 3-4 seconds after steam started spewing out of engine, and leaking on the ground. The engine was immediately turned off after ...
     
    • GT500Knights
      5/13/2014 GT500Knights
      One of several things may have occurred

      1. Blown head gasket
      2. Freeze plug blew out
      3. Water pump failure
      4. Radiator or heater hose may have worked itself loose or developed a leak

      Most likely, this seems like a head gasket going out. Improperly maintained cooling systems will eventually break down and cause something much larger and more expensive to give.
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 1996 Honda Civic - Engine - 5/12/2014
    Engine cranks but wont fire
    removed valve cover to replace gasket and now engine wont fire from the distributor to the plug wires i have replaced the distributors parts and still have the same problem
     
    • Chevy doctor
      5/12/2014 Chevy doctor
      Never heard of that. I would check crank sensor signal. What kind of tapping noise did you have.
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 1996 Honda Civic - Engine - 5/12/2014
    I removed the valve cover to replace the gasket and started the engine to check the tap i was hearing and now the engine
    cranks but but i get no spark from the rotor to the plug wires
     
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    AutoMD Member - 2004 Honda Civic - Engine - 5/11/2014
    Weird noise in my car when i step on speed pedal
    The noise desapears when i step the clutch pedal.
     
    • GT500Knights
      5/11/2014 GT500Knights
      Is the noise coming from the interior of the vehicle or from under the vehicle?

      If it is coming from under the vehicle, and when you step on the clutch pedal and the noise goes away, I would suspect a bad pilot bearing. If I am correct, the noise produced is a sort of "chattering" noise?

      If this is to be replaced, go ahead and replace the rest of the clutch assembly--clutch disc, pilot bearing, and pressure plate. Cost at a local shop will likely not be cheap, as clutch repairs are usually upwards of $600 in labor depending on the vehicle.
    • Jimm
      5/11/2014 Jimm
      Several possibilities; faulty / worn clutch throwout bearing, faulty / worn clutch disc, faulty / worn clutch master or slave cylinder (or both).

      The parts are readily available from these many on-line sources, www.partsgeek.com, www.rockauto.com, www.discountautoparts.com, www.autopartswarehouse.com, www.jcwhitney.com - to list only a few possibilities.
      In fact, they (RockAuto) list the clutch kit (clutch disc, throwout / pilot bearing, pressure plate) from around $81.00, and the clutch master / slave cylinder from around $20.00 each - for your vehicle. Of course, these are parts prices only - no labor. To obtain an accurate estimate, use the 'Estimate Cost' and 'Find-A-Shop' features on the AutoMD website.
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 1993 Honda Civic - Engine - 5/10/2014
    My car won't start, and it won't even crank...
    The battery is good, and I'm pretty sure the starter is good... It was running yesterday morning and later on that day it wouldn't even cut on...
     
    • John's Auto Repair
      5/10/2014 John's Auto Repair
      So after you ran the car all day, was it just not starting or cranking? If so I would have the charging
      system checked out. You can get the complete battery, starter and alternator tests done for free.
      Go to any large chain type parts store like, AutoZone, or Advanced...etc and they will test all of
      those systems.
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 1993 Honda Civic - Engine - 5/9/2014
    My car won't start? Nor crank?..
    It's not the battery and the starter is good... I had it running yesterday and later that day.. It didn't start
     
    • CVO
      5/9/2014 CVO
      First, check the battery and starter cables for their tightness or free of corrosion and physical damaged.

      See this Starting system simplified diagram. Have a help from an assistant to crank the engine, use a 12 volt light tester or a digital voltmeter, apply it to the starter control circuit.
      If there is light or 12 volts and the starter isn't cranking, then the starter is the culprit. Have the starter to bench test for free at the local auto parts stores.
      If there isn't no light or no volts, then the ignition switch is the culprit.
      Check the starter relay and position the Automatic transmission shifter in neutral.

      http://www.samarins.com/glossary/starter.html

      Note: a 3/4 charge battery is 12.50 volts
      A discharge battery is 11.75 volts.
      A battery under a cranking load and it is reading less than 7 volts,it will be a recycled battery.
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 1999 Honda Civic - Engine - 5/2/2014
    Where is the inertia switch on my Civic
    Car rear-ended lightly. Now does not start
     
    • jdl
      5/2/2014 jdl
      There isn't one that I'm aware? If you having a problem with fuel, check voltage and ground at the fuel pump. Go from there.
 
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