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Old 11-27-2010, 03:26 PM
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Unhappy '98 Accord stalls

Hi everyone, I have yet another problem with my '98 Accord LX. It has begun stalling while being driven - different from before when the ignition switch was defective (that was successfully repaired). Now when it stalls all the dash lights come on and it will restart after 2 or 3 tries. If I take it in for diagnostics is it likely to show some code that will pinpoint the problem?? My feeling is that it has something to do with not getting enough gas. Can anyone give me some hints on what it could be?? It has relatively new spark plugs, rotor, spark plug wires and new fuel lines (all within the last year). As usual, all replies will be appreciated.
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Old 11-27-2010, 04:41 PM
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If there's no Check Engine Light, you likely won't find any codes. Small chance of a pending code.

When stalling occurs, carefully listen for the main fuel relay (MFR) to click and fuel pump to run for 2-3 secs when you turn keyswitch from Off to On. If you don't hear the click and fuel pump, fuel pressure is likely source of the problem and MFR is most likely source of the problem.

If you hear the MFR click and fuel pump run, the fuel pressure is not likely the problem, and more likely an ignition issue; switch, coil, ignitor. If you have a timing light check for spark by attaching pickup to one spark plug lead and turn engine over. No flash = no spark.

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Old 11-28-2010, 10:57 AM
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Thank you, the trouble is that it is an intermittent problem and has happened twice in the last 2 weeks so is difficult to check out. I was hoping something could be found before it finally stalls and won't start at all. Also, I'm not very mechanical....
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There is no way to diagnose a problem that doesn't exist at the time of diagnostics. You have to perform some checks, as I described, when problem is presented, otherwise your only option is to begin replacing parts and hope to hit the right part. This can be expensive.

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My 99 accord used to die while driving and sometimes won't start in hot summer days. Changing the main relay fixed the problem. Hope this helps.
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I had a similar problem when idle in the heat. Replaced my distributer and haven't had a problem since.
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