Honda Accord-engine cuts out with no warning

Discussion in 'Accord' started by Hemingway, Nov 15, 2005.

  1. Hemingway

    Hemingway Guest

    I have a 99 1.8 vtec accord which has done 101,000 miles,on 3 occasions
    now it the engine has died without warning.On each occasion the car has
    restarted without any problem and has run normally for 2 or 3 weeks.The
    first 2 times it was annoying the3rd time it happened on the motorway
    and was dangerous.Help?
    Hemingway, Nov 15, 2005
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  2. Definitely sounds like the ignition switch. There was a massive recall
    for that not long ago. Don't know if UK cars were part of the recall, but
    that's most likely what the problem is.
    High Tech Misfit, Nov 15, 2005
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  3. Hemingway

    MLD Guest

    Been there--my problem turned out to be the in- tank fuel pump. Inlet
    screen was very clogged and occasionally restricted fuel flow to the point
    the engine would die (no restart problems)
    MLD, Nov 15, 2005
  4. Hemingway

    Hemingway Guest

    Thanks a lot,was the failure instant no warning whatsoever?
    Hemingway, Nov 15, 2005
  5. Battery cables are not tight.
    Elmo P. Shagnasty, Nov 15, 2005
  6. Hemingway

    Hemingway Guest

    Battery connections OK,radio fan etc. still continue working
    Hemingway, Nov 15, 2005
  7. Ah, then you're right--if it's just the engine and not everything, then
    it's not the battery connections.
    Elmo P. Shagnasty, Nov 15, 2005

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    Use to search 'honda ignition switch recall' It happens
    suddenly, no warning. It doesn't start to sputter or anything. Just
    dead, wherever you happen to be driving. Restarts fine. VERY DANGEROUS.
    Fuel filter will start to choke while passing or climbing hill and give
    you warning.

    'Curly Q. Links', Nov 16, 2005
  9. Hemingway

    Larry B. Guest

    It could be the ignition coil. They can be intermittent and cut out
    suddenly. Cool down, open circuit closes, presto, they work again.
    Larry B., Nov 16, 2005
  10. Hemingway

    MLD Guest

    Yes--The engine would start to cut out without any warning. Nerve wracking
    when in the passing lane with an 18 wheeler right on your tail.
    MLD, Nov 17, 2005
  11. Assuming your Accord has a tachometer, a lot of info depends on the tach's
    behavior. If it drops like a stone when the engine cuts out, the ignition is
    dying. The top suspect is the ignitor, although there are other suspects. If
    the tach takes a second or two to fall, the ignition is still doing
    *something* and the suspicion turns to the fuel delivery (like the main
    relay). It is possible to have good signal to the tach and no juice to the
    coil, though, so the chance taking the wrong direction on that is there.

    Michael Pardee, Nov 19, 2005
  12. Wouldn't a bad main relay be evident only when attempting to start the car?
    High Tech Misfit, Nov 19, 2005

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    I'd say 99% yes, since the vibration of the vehicle is what keeps the
    flaky solder joints 'sparkin'. That's why the owner shuts it off, buys
    cigarettes, and it won't start unless he smacks the dash.

    Another thought: When the bad ignition switch on our '97 CR-V
    manifested, I was on the highway going 100Km / hr when the cruise
    suddenly disengaged itself . . . We'd only had the car a while so I
    reset it and kept going. Three minutes later the tach (and speedo, I
    think) dropped to Zero, and the engine died. Car restarted after a quick
    look under the hood with a flashlight. Next manifestation happened in
    city traffic, while trying to get out of an intersection.

    'Curly Q. Links', Nov 20, 2005
  14. Good point - yes, the main relay (and fuel pump relays in other cars, like
    my old Volvo) usually show up bad while trying to start the car. I don't
    know why.

    Michael Pardee, Nov 20, 2005
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