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#386 of 410 1999 Honda Civic Coupe DX
Dec 13, 2012 (6:11 pm)
I recently encountered a problem that I'm a little confused on what the cause might be.
I was driving the other day with no problems and it was raining heavily. As I was enter the freeway, the engine stalled for a second and would no longer accelerate, it would just idle at 10-15MPH. I pulled to the right shoulder, shut off the engine to check under the hood. Nothing seemed out of the ordinary, but I am no mechanic, so a glaring problem would go unseen even if it sticks out like a sore thumb.
However, after having a quick look under the hood and not finding anything. I tried to start the car and it would not start. It could not be the battery because all the lights etc were on. Needless to say, I called AAA and had it towed back to my house.
The following day, it started and ran normally without any problems thus far.
I was talking to a friend who was looking under the hood at the same night while it was raining and suggested maybe too much water gotten onto the engine and caused it. I am no expert truth be told and unsure how accurate that is.
My question is, have anybody experienced a similar problem and have found out what was the cause? I drive pretty long distances daily and having a car die out like that would get pretty dangerous on the highways with traffic.
Thanks in advance for the responses, I hope I can have an idea of what the problem might be and suggest it to my mechanic if he can't find a definite answer.
#387 of 410 Re: 1999 Honda Civic Coupe DX [brutella]
Dec 13, 2012 (6:31 pm)
On a car that old, it is possible that old wiring can lose it's seal, thus letting in water. It's not hard to use a silicon gel to reseal connections, but without knowing the right wires to check, this one is probably best left to a mechanic IMO. You may wind up having to replace a harness, but a good mechanic might be able to reseal bad connections. A harness can mean big bucks, so I would get a second opinion if your mechanic says you need one.
#388 of 410 Re: 1999 Honda Civic Coupe DX [olddustoffer]
Dec 16, 2012 (4:12 pm)
Quick update, I was driving home from my daily commute, made the drive up with no problems, but ran into the problem several times coming home.
Engine loses power won't accelerate when I pushed on the gas. Eventually pulled over to check, again car won't start. It will crank but would not start. But after 20 minutes it would start again. At this time I have already called AAA and they have already sent a tow truck.
I had it towed to my friends body shop for him to look at and he said that the problem seem to be the coil/distributor. I really hope its that simple.
Has anybody have a similar problem and if replacing the coil or and the distributor fix the problem?
#389 of 410 Re: 1999 Honda Civic Coupe DX [brutella]
Dec 16, 2012 (4:44 pm)
Clearly an electrical issue. Best of luck, but the last time I had a large electrical issue, it cost big (However, this had to do with my son shorting out the wiring harness under the dash trying to install a big stereo). Wasn't something I could blame on Honda. The other thing possible might be one of the fuel pumps acting up. Please let me know what they find.
#390 of 410 Re: 1999 Honda Civic Coupe DX [olddustoffer]
Dec 18, 2012 (5:30 pm)
I just talked to my mechanic this morning and he said he replaced the distributor and left the car running for about an hour and it didn't shut off.
Before he installed it he left it running for 20 minutes and it died.
I haven't had the chance to go pick it up and actually drive it around but it seems that the problem was indeed the distributor.
However, I still have my fingers crossed until I drive it around.
#391 of 410 Re: 1999 Honda Civic Coupe DX [brutella]
Dec 18, 2012 (8:22 pm)
Thanks for the info. I may need it for my 2001 Civic
#392 of 410 2003 Honda Civic Issues
Dec 20, 2012 (3:51 pm)
I am really confused and would appreciate any answers / help you have to offer. So here is the issue:
I bought a 2003 Honda Civic Coupe EX for $5000 in August 2011. Then took it to 3 mechanics to get 3 different opinions, in order to get it completely fixed. My idea was to drive the car for atleast 5 yrs. So in order to fulfill that idea, I spent close to another $5000 on it.
The fixes included:
Replaced timing belt and 2 drive belts and valve cover gasket
Replaced both lower control arm units
New water pump
Replaced all front seals, cam and crank seals
Replaced thermostat and gasket
Replaced both front and rear struts
Replaced new spark plugs
Serviced Automatic transmission fluid flush
4 new Honda tires
replaced clock spring behind steering driving air bag
After 16 months of driving, it turns out that the engine has ceased on me because of a chipped camshaft and compression problems. It will cost another $2000 to get a 75k mile engine as replacement. This time as well I got 2 opinions and both stated the same problem.
Now the predicament is whether i should sell it or spend more to fix it? If I look at the numbers, I have already spent $10k on the car and if i sell it, the max i will get is around $2500. But if I chose to fix it by dumping another $2000 in it since majority of the parts in it are close to new, I am not sure how long the car is going to last w/o major issues and whats the guarantee that I wont have to spend more? I am really confused at this point.
#393 of 410 Re: 2003 Honda Civic Issues [abhip]
Dec 20, 2012 (9:06 pm)
Am I to understand that you bought it THEN took it to mechanics?
Never a good idea. Without a warrantee, you should Always have a Mechanic look at it.
Too late now. What I am seeing you had done was at least 30% overpriced at 5k More like 50% Timing Belt/Water pump $300, Struts $1200-1500 Seals <800. It's your call, but if you buy a 75K miles engine, you are looking at Timing belt/water pump(always do them together as it saves taking the front of the engine off again) at 110K engine miles, You didn't say how many miles on it, but a new Tranny is likely at 200k-250K miles if automatic. Personally, I would take the $2000-$2500 and buy one off the lot for 17k or less, depending on what you buy. For what your mechanics are charging, I'd find new mechs after the Warantee on the new one wears off. You either bought a rare Honda lemon, or one with a TON of HARD miles on it. Please Please take any used car to a trusted (prolly Factory) Mech BEFORE buying. If they won't let you, walk away. You cannot afford any deal you can't walk away from. BTW, I'd buy some cheap used tires and stick em on B4 selling as well. Save or sell the good ones. It's not going to affect the price on a broken engine car in my experience.
#394 of 410 What the...???
Jan 07, 2013 (7:24 pm)
Driving the wife to work nothing seemed wrong, took a right hand turn....car dies. I pop it into N and it restarted for about three seconds then died again (for good this time). Pulled it home to my garage and hooked up the OBD2 scanner and to which it read absolutly no problems. This car was my brothers wifes before i bought it and i know she isnt the brightest bulb but my brother says he has never had any issues with the car. Im stumped, its getting fuel, the battery is almost new and no trouble codes. Anyone have any ideas?
#395 of 410 Re: What the...??? [bigfur]
Jan 08, 2013 (2:22 am)
You didn't say what year or how many miles on the car. without knowing that, I have no book to look at. Has it restarted since then? When did you last run Fuel System cleaner through it? If over 100k miles on it, has the timing belt been changed? If that is overdue, you may have a serious engine rebuild coming.