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What’s Wrong With My Car?

November 8th, 2010 by ed friedrich

My 1996 Accord is freaking me out lately. I’ll be driving along and it’ll just go dead. The first two times I was on the highway and it was just a hiccup and went right back to normal after a second. The next two times I was on country roads and it died and I had to pull over. After a few seconds, it started right up like normal and ran fine. It seems to happen in the first few miles of a trip, and after it happens, it’s fine thereafter.

Some people told me they think it’s the ignition switch. They said to look at the dash lights. If they go out, that’s the giveaway. I didn’t notice if they do or not.

Any ideas?

6 Responses to “What’s Wrong With My Car?”

  1. Colleen Smidt Says:

    Ed, check the ignition distributor. Honda’s have common problems with these. When this type of behavior happened in my Jeep Grand Cherokee, it was the fuel pump going out. Check that too.

    If it was a newer vehicle, I would also check the anti-theft system. Starting and dying occured in our 2006 Dodge Ram 2500. The transponder was going out so at random times when we tried to start it, the dang thing thought we were trying to steal it and cut the gas to the engine after a minute or two.

    In conclusion Ed, you need to stop torturing yourself and your poor son with that sorry excuse for a car and get something fun and sporty. I recommend the new Mustang GT or Nissan 350Z. I would recommend the Solstice GXP, but they don’t make them anymore and GM is really ticking me off with their public funding and questionable tax breaks for the next two years.

    I will most likely be ditching my Solstice in two years for a BMW 330i hardtop convertible as a reward for the fact that they (BMW) have recently brought manufacturing jobs to this state with the opening of the electric engine factory in Moses Lake. Although the Audi S4 convertible is also very, very tempting.

  2. gustaf Says:

    I have seen the ignition switch fail at my shop in several Honda’s. Your symptoms are similar ..easy restart, bumpy roads. Common Honda issue like distributor, but your symptoms sound like the switch

  3. gustaf Says:

    I have seen the ignition switch fail at my shop in several Honda’s. Your symptoms are similar ..easy restart, bumpy roads. Common Honda issue like distributor, but your symptoms sound like the switch

  4. Kelly Says:

    This happened to me several times right after I got a new Mazda. All we could figure out was something had gotten in the fuel line, was blocking the fuel for a minute or two, then cleared the line and all was fine again. It happened to me about 4 or 5 times, once on the freeway and I have to admit, it was a bit scary. That was the last time and it never happened again. I’m stumped.

  5. Kelly Says:

    This happened to me several times right after I got a new Mazda. All we could figure out was something had gotten in the fuel line, was blocking the fuel for a minute or two, then cleared the line and all was fine again. It happened to me about 4 or 5 times, once on the freeway and I have to admit, it was a bit scary. That was the last time and it never happened again. I’m stumped.

  6. Sharon O'Hara Says:

    Ed, have you tried singing or talking to it?

    We once had a little Fiat red sports car I loved to drive. Trouble is it died almost every time we had to stop at stop signs and other times for reasons known only to itself.

    Finally, even I had enough. We gently kicked the tires for the last time and almost begged someone else to drive it on down the road and out of our lives.
    Sharon O’Hara