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Old 01-02-2011, 04:36 PM
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I turn on my 96 accord and let it run for afew minutes. When I got in the car, I noticed that my car was sputtering as if it wanted to shut off. No lights have come up on the dash, however, the car is slow to start when I crank it up. I just put 300,000 miles on the car and wonder if my engine I trying to tell me somethin...

Any ideas as to what this could be?????

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Usually hard starting issues are ignition related; spark plugs, wires, distributor rotor, distributor cap. If it's been a while since a tuneup, it's good to start w/ those items, particularly spark plugs.

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I changed the spark plugs, wires, and cap a few months ago. I do not recall changing the distributor rotor. I guess that could that explain the sputtering and slow start....correct??
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Rotor cap could be the problem, but not highly likely. Still it's only a few bucks and worth replacing.

Does the check engine light ever come on or flash? If yes, you should investigate the codes w/ a scanner (autozone, et al).

Does the engine run smooth once fully warmed?

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Up until yesterday, once it warmed up, it was fine. Now, that constant sputtering isnt going away once it warms up. Check engine light has not flickered at all. I will look at replacing the distributor rotor.

Hopefully, the problem isnt major. I will keep you posted.
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If rotor doesn't fix problem, then suggest checking fuel pressure as possible source of poor performance.

I would also suggest pulling spark plugs and examining them to be sure they are not improperly gapped and/or fouled. This only takes a few minutes and will eliminate most likely source of sputtering.

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So, after much review...here is what could have caused my problem:

First, my rotor button was chewed up and oil was sitting where the spark plugs were. So, valve cover gasket (with rings), new spark plugs and wires have been replaced...pick up the car tomorrow...will keep you posted...
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