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#1330 of 1859 Re: Engine doesn't go over 3k RPM [kiawah]
Dec 10, 2008 (1:09 pm)
Hi All, I am having the same problem. 1994 Honda accord EX 4cycl.
Since it's pre-1996 Autozone won't scan it (OBDI not OBDII)
but it is the same problem, once it warms up.
See below post - Mine is a Vtec but has the same problem, however, I did replace the hitachi distributor with a non hitachi, still not sure if this is the problem
Hello everyone, been reading the message back to last October and haven't found anything that matches the problem that I'm having. I have a 1995 Accord LX, I4, non-VTEC, automatic trans, with 200k miles.
On a cold engine, I can hit 4k+ RPM without problems. About 15 mins after I start the engine, the check engine light turns on and the car won't go over 3k RPM. I can drive fast, slow, or drive to the gas station and turn off the engine and it's almost always 15 mins after I first start the cold engine. When I hold the gas down steady, it will oscillate between 2.75 and 3.25k RPM and if I give it more gas, it will back fire periodically while oscillating.
Been meaning to go over to a friends to get the code but haven't been able to sync up with him. Anyone have any ideas what is going on? Am I completely hosed?
Thanks in advance for any help...
#1331 of 1859 97 Honda Accord engine problem
Dec 15, 2008 (8:12 pm)
My girlfriend has a 97 honda accord that has been working great up till yesterday when the weather got down to -3. Now the idle bounces from 2500 to 6000 and back and forth. The heat and the defrost are not working now and the smell of burning oil is coming into the car. The check engine light just came on and i cant even locate the OBD plug so i can pull the code.
any ideas please
#1332 of 1859 Re: 97 Honda Accord engine problem [coloradoj]
Dec 15, 2008 (8:26 pm)
OBDII Plug should be behind the ash tray. Pull it straight out.
#1333 of 1859 Re: 97 Honda Accord engine problem [coloradoj]
Dec 16, 2008 (12:23 pm)
Trhenning is correct about OBD!! connector location. behind ash tray
You will need a scan tool.
Autozone, Advance, ETC will scan for codes.
Suspect -3 is your problem, something frozen, move it inside and let it thaw out if possibe.
Service Manual available at
#1334 of 1859 electric cooling fan won't shut off
Dec 20, 2008 (8:10 am)
I have a 94 accord ex. The electric cooling fan will not shut off. I disconnected the battery and waited over nite. When I re-connected the battery, the fan began to run again
#1335 of 1859 Re: electric cooling fan won't shut off [zippy123]
Dec 20, 2008 (8:59 pm)
Probable causes Temperature sensors or Fan relays.
Down load this Service-Manual. look under the electrical tab. Fan controls, page 23-125. Diagrams and test procedure links.
The manual reference in message 1333 is no longer available.
#1336 of 1859 Idol problems?
Dec 21, 2008 (2:57 pm)
I have a 96 Honda Accord EX sedan, 2.2L VTEC. I just had to replace a heater hose that comes out of the engine just below the distributor and goes down to what seems like something attached to the heater core. A friend and I get the hose replaced and filled the radiator back up with antifreeze, when I have the car started it is idoling at about 2,000 but when the temp gauge on the dash reachs the normal point, the idol begins to drop down and the shoot back up to about 2,000 repeatedly. I turned on the heater to see if it was blowing hot air and it was just blowing cold. I talked to another friend and he said that I should try getting a heater under the engine because it could be froze up a bit. Is this true or do I have another problem that I don't know about? It's about 28 degrees outside now but has been anywhere from -10-5 degrees on average for the week that it has been sitting. Any input will be helpful.
Dec 21, 2008 (4:38 pm)
I have a question about my honda accord 96.
It sometimes does not start at all when it is warm. It does do a little click though.
I took it to the mechanic and he changed the started, but that did not resolve the problem. I am thinking it might be related to another problem that i have with the inside lighting system in the car, they do not work properly. The other day I park my car for 5 minutes, then tried to start it, but it would not start until I put some snow in the starter area and made it a bit cold. Any ideas?Thanks
#1338 of 1859 1997 Honda Accord distributor problems
Jan 15, 2009 (11:04 am)
I replaced the distributor on my 1997 Honda Accord. I am getting a spark, but the car will not start. Is this the timing? Not sure if I have the firing order correct...please help. Car has been down for over a week and we need the transportation.
#1339 of 1859 Re: 1997 Honda Accord distributor problems [wester2008]
Jan 15, 2009 (6:03 pm)
Maybe 180 degree out
Check for 94-97 Honda Factory Service Manuals.
You will need to register to download. no big deal its free.