Engine hard to start, when up runs ok, rough idling and stalls

Discussion in 'General Motoring' started by hynek.cihlar, Feb 8, 2008.

  1. hynek.cihlar

    hynek.cihlar Guest

    Honda Accord 1992 2.2l.

    The car worked flawlessly until yesterday when I came back from one
    month vacation. The car started up with no problem at all. It ran for
    another 5 kms or so. After I parked (in deep snow), shut off the
    engine and another 30 minutes the troubles began.

    Since then the car was difficult to start. When started up I had to
    keep pressing gas pedal to keep it running. From 1500RMP up, the
    engine didn't experience any troubles at all - responsive, full power,
    no choking, all ok. Bellow 1500RPM it quickly got worse - the idling
    was rough, unresponsive to the gas pedal and was hard to keep up.
    After an hour of trying to start up the car it got to the point when
    it wouldn't start at all.

    Other observations

    * No strange sounds when starting up, except - 2-3 dull sounds/clicks
    during the ignition process (fuel lines, intake?)
    * The car was sitting for 1 month with almost empty gas tank (clogged
    fuel system?)
    * The symptoms worsen quickly in half an hour
    hynek.cihlar, Feb 8, 2008
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    hynek.cihlar Guest

    My mechanic called me today that the engine gives random sparks all
    over. I'm not exactly sure what he meant but it doesn't make sense
    when the car ran ok on 1500RPM and up.
    hynek.cihlar, Feb 8, 2008
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    Jim Yanik Guest

    wrote in :
    bad plug wires? maybe it needs new wires,plugs,distributor cap/rotor,and
    some dry gas/injector cleaner in the gas tank.(for the next 2-3 fillups)
    a new fuel filter,too.

    heck,maybe a mouse made a nest in your air intake.
    Jim Yanik, Feb 8, 2008
  4. hynek.cihlar

    hynek.cihlar Guest

    What's really puzzling to me is that the engine would run great over
    1500RPM - but only after some hard time to start it up and get over
    the first 1500RPM.
    hynek.cihlar, Feb 8, 2008
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    Fill the gas tank with fuel that has some ethanol in it. Make sure the
    coolant reservoir is full to the MAX mark. My CR-V gave multiple
    misfires after a long winter storage. If it goes OK on highway DON'T
    replace the fuel filter. It's not necessary.

    Is there a possibility of sabotage?

    'Curly Q. Links', Feb 8, 2008
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    JRL Guest

    Do what I used to do with an old Ford. Get a shop light with a 40 watt
    bulb minimum , turn on and put it under the hood until everything is
    dry.. Then try and start. Your mechanic checked the car in semi
    darkness and saw the sparks from the plug wires no doubt.
    JRL, Feb 8, 2008
  7. hynek.cihlar

    Jim Yanik Guest

    And that's NOT kosher.
    Considering the age of your car,the plug wires are probably breaking down.
    I'd surely check the rest of the ignition system while you're at it.
    Jim Yanik, Feb 9, 2008
  8. hynek.cihlar

    bi241 Guest

    In Honda of 3rd (with EFI) and 4th generations, hard statring and poor
    throttle response at low rpms is most likely ignition problems
    Give her a tune-up, new plugs, new wires, new dist cap & rotor, and
    even a new igntion coil
    bi241, Feb 9, 2008
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