Crazy issue with acceleration- 89 Accord

Discussion in 'Accord' started by Steinmart, Jun 20, 2005.

  1. Steinmart

    Steinmart Guest

    Hello everyone,
    Not a huge car person, but I have a small bit of basic knowledge of
    cars. I’m having this crazy issue with my 89 Accord. When I’m driving
    (at various speeds, usually while accelerating) my engine abruptly
    starts jerking and then the car pretty much stalls out. If you press
    on the gas, it does nothing and still stalls out. Just had the
    carburator replaced. Fuel filters as well. Spark plugs brand new. Any
    ideas? This is starting to suck.
    Also, it doesn’t do it all the time, sometimes I can drive 65 and it’s
    fine. Help!
    Steinmart, Jun 20, 2005
  2. Steinmart

    motsco_ _ Guest


    Hot days or cold, full tank or nearly empty, humid or dry, and what's
    the mileage? Have you tried running some Gasohol thru it in case it's
    just WATER in the gas?

    motsco_ _, Jun 20, 2005
  3. Steinmart

    Jason Guest

    It's possible that you got a tank of gasoline that had water or other
    stuff in it. If so, the problem won't go away until you use all of that
    gas. Don't ever get gas at that station again. You may also need to
    install a new fuel filter after you use all of the gas that is now in the
    Jason, Jun 20, 2005
  4. Steinmart

    DW Guest

    You might try a bottle of 99% isopropyl alcohol in the gas tank the next
    time you fill up. If there is water in the tank, this will evaporate the
    water. Give it about a tank before you see results. Also, stay away from
    any gas station that has a tanker refuelling the gas station. This is the
    best chance to get water in your tank.

    I have an '87 Accord LX-i (fuel-injected) and I have had a similar problem
    (my problem was with occationally the car not starting after turning the car
    off for a few minutes, but after a couple additional minutes it would start
    again), as recommended by Pat Gauss of Motoroweek on PBS, I put about 16 oz.
    of 99% isopropyl alcohol in my full tank of gas, and it appears to have
    solved the stalling problem.

    I was like you, getting all those things replaced and still not solving the
    problem. The Honda dealership couldn't even find what the problem was.
    Since I used the alcohol, it has not stalled since. Make sure you use 99%
    isopropyl alcohol to avoid any additional problems with your fuel delivery.

    I hope this helps.
    DW, Jun 21, 2005
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