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Acura Integra, Coupe, Hatchback
#903 of 1037 Re: 1990 Acura Integra GS 1.8L [integraguy]
Sep 11, 2006 (6:56 am)
So you have personally witnessed both fans running at the same time with the A/C on? Then you have to go to the next obvious culprit - the radiator. Your car and your friend's are both old cars at this point - if these are original radiators, they may be so plugged up at this point that they are just barely doing the job most of the time. As soon as you put the extra load of the A/C on, they can't keep up with the extra heat generated, and you see rising temps and overheat as a result.
The radiators on the older Integras were always a bit of a weak link in the chain - you should make sure it is not leaking also. If it is leaking at all, it may not be maintaining the pressure necessary to do its job properly, or it may be low which would always cause problems only at peak times. And on a related note, the radiator cap may not be maintaining proper pressure if it is the original, which would also reduce the efficiency of the system enough to cause problems at times of heavy load (high-speed driving, running the A/C) only. You can pressure-test the radiator cap using a simple device available to the parts store, or a shop will do it for a few bucks I am sure.
#904 of 1037 Re: '92 Acura Integra:Intermittent Ignition Problem [imascot2]
Sep 14, 2006 (6:22 am)
I also have a '92 Integra and have this same problem. This has happened to me twice in the past week. I go to start the car, put it in drive and the S3 light flashes. The car drives like it is stuck in third gear and will not down shift or up shift. If I shut the car off and then restart, it is fine.
In addition the car has had problems starting on both days where the S3 light flashed. The car eventually starts after 15 - 20 minutes of trying. cars turns over fine but just wont fire. Local Acura dealer says they have never heard of this problem and can't diagnose unless they see it happen. I can't make it happen. It is random.
Does anyone know what causes this problem?
#905 of 1037 Help with 92 Integra LS
Sep 26, 2006 (9:10 am)
Need help. I have a 1992 Integra LS Automatic Trans. It stalls sometimes and will start up again after I turn the ignition. It stalls more often with the AC is on. I'm the original owner and dont' want to get rid of it. I brought it to the dealer and they can't find any problems with it since they can't replicate the problem. Help!
#906 of 1037 Re: Help with 92 Integra LS [kcy14]
Sep 26, 2006 (7:38 pm)
What would happen if the engine is idle and you put the car in Park & turn on the AC? The RPM drops?
#907 of 1037 Re: 1990 Acura Integra GS 1.8L [integraguy]
Sep 26, 2006 (7:47 pm)
Is the water pump belt too loose?
#908 of 1037 Re: 1990 Acura Integra GS 1.8L [chucko3]
Sep 27, 2006 (8:23 am)
When the car is in park, the car will stall sometimes too. As for the belt, its fine.
#909 of 1037 Re: Help with 92 Integra LS [kcy14]
Sep 27, 2006 (6:06 pm)
I am the original owner of a 92 Integra LS db1 5spd.(300,000kms and still going strong). A few years ago I had a similar problem with the ignition - it was intermittently not starting - usually when the engine was warm.
It turned out to be the fuel relay under the dash. The solder connections loosen up over time and can be repaired by applying new solder to the contacts (or just replacing the relay) For more details search on g2ic.com.
#911 of 1037 Was this a good deal?
Oct 23, 2006 (9:28 am)
I just had my 94 Integra LS serviced. It's an Automatic with 83K miles, last tune up 5 yrs ago at 45K. I've used this repair shop before for minor problems and they seem to be reasonable and never tried to talk me into unnecessary work. I want to get your expert opinion on whether my recent repair costs were reasonable so that I can gauge whether to keep going back to this shop or start finding another place.
$850 total ($~450 for parts, $400 labor) for tuneup that included these:
Replaced Timing belt, water pump, 3 other belts, spark plugs and wires, PCV valve, Distributor Cap & Rotor, Valve Cover Gasket, and fuel filter. Also miscellaneous parts, such as coolant, belt tensioner, Dry Gas, Fuel Inj Cleaner.
Also, a week before this, the catalytic converter started to fall off the bottom of my car and I took it in. They replaced the pipe that connects to the CC (the Catalytic converter was saved), replaced R & L Tie Rod Ends, and Alignment. Total for this job was ~$650 (parts ~$350, labor ~$200 & alignment $90).
#912 of 1037 spending a little
Oct 24, 2006 (5:20 pm)
on the ride, are we?!
If the tie rod ends were broken or worn out, then they needed to be replaced. $560 for that and the exhaust pipe seems on the high side of OK, unless they used OEM parts, in which case I suppose it is in the ball park. Are you sure they needed replacing? Your car doesn't have very high mileage, and miles are what wear out tie rod ends.
Now, this tune-up needs a closer examination. What the heck is half this stuff they did? Timing belt and water pump, OK, at that mileage. Spark plug wires? Were they really worn out? Their resistance can actually be tested, and they don't need to be replaced unless it's too high. Dry gas and fuel injector cleaner? Mostly just high-profit items for the shop. Valve cover gasket? Was it leaking? Did you report a problem and ask them to fix it? It certainly is not part of a standard tune-up.
Basically, this is a comprehensive, "let's find every single thing that isn't like brand new on a 12 year old car and replace it" servicing. If that's what you asked for, then great - that's what you got. But the car is 12 years old. It is OK for SOME things not to be exactly like brand new! And $400 of labor seems a bit pricey for what was almost exclusively routine maintenance stuff that should have taken three hours max.