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Hesitation Troubles?

Discussion in 'General Tech and Maintenance' started by buzz_42, Jul 18, 2008.

  1. buzz_42

    buzz_42 New Member

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    I have a 1993 Civic DX D15B7

    Lately when I am driving down the highway I'll get a 'buck' or a hesitation. Yesterday I was driving home from work and I got about a block away and I lost all power, it just bogged down and stopped. It turned over but had nothing. I ran back to the shop I work at and got a tow. When we got there to tow it I tried it and it started... for a few seconds then stopped. We left it at the shop overnight. This morning it started fine and they for a while and it ran fine. It may be fuel pump but I replaced the filter this aft and it has been running fine. I was driving it tonight and it stumbled or hesitated once...but it has been fine. I have to drive about two hours tomorrow and I need to be able to trust it.

    I phoned Honda, and the guy I spoke to said that there is a main relay down by the drivers side kick panel beside the fuse block and he told me to take it out and take the cover off and check the solder joints. He said it is common that those joints crack when it gets hot and then the connection is lost. Once it cools off it should start. He said that the relay controls spark and fuel.

    Any ideas?
    Any common problems?
    I had also recently just replaced the ignition control module.

    I am new to this Honda game.

    Thanks for the help!

    -Lance
     
  2. BrokenRex

    BrokenRex New Member

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    it's more than likely your distributor. the relay problem usually wont cause hesitation and stalling, just hard starting in the hot (once it's started, it runs fine.) honda distributors are, unfortunately, notorious for causing all sorts of drivability symptoms, including yours.
     
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    wire expands when hot and contracts when cold just the opposite of what you were told , relays do go bad from heat soak , and seem to fix them selves when cool , but as broken rex said usally its a hot start issue. possible rust in the fuel system , causing the stumbing and power loss , rust settles back to the bottom when the pumps off
     
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    So a swap is in order! :D

    Not sure what to go with yet.
     
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    So... that problem should just happen (if it is the distributor) when it is hot....? Would you trust it driving a couple hours?


    Thanks for all your help.
    Have a great weekend
     
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    If it's a distributor issue, and it caused your car to cut off, you should have gotten a check engine light. Seen any? because you can check them, and that'll tell you if you need a new distributor. Otherwise, my guess would be on the fuel pump, since you won't get a check engine light for that. Also, what Bkk said about the rust is true, I've had rust kill my pump before. So if possible, see if your tank (inside) is all rusted out. you can get a new one on ebay for like $60-100

    I've been stranded a few times because of both problems, so I personally wouldn't drive it for a few hours.

    Just my 2 cents.
     
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