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Old 18 Sep 2003, 10:05 pm
Joe
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My 1992 Civic LX seems to have a personality disorder. Sometimes the car is
lively and peppy and does exactly as I expect it should. Other times it is
sluggish, hesitant, and a pain to drive. It often hesitates to go from a
stop, getting "bogged down" when I give it more gas. After about 5 seconds
the car perks up and does what it should. I also have trouble keeping
highway speeds, especially on the slightest of inclines. I have gotten new
plugs, wires, and a gas filter. Anyone have any experience with timing belt
troubles giving those symptoms? My friend has a '95 with similar milage
which behaves much more consistently and more peppy than my own.

Thanks,

Joe


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Old 19 Sep 2003, 02:59 am
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Falling asleep through Joe's post...

> Anyone have any experience with timing belt
> troubles giving those symptoms?


Timing belt is a one way beast in this case. Once it goes, it's gone.

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Old 19 Sep 2003, 07:50 am
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"Joe" <jgriffiths@nf.sympatico.ca> wrote in message
news:mouab.12271$Ej.1775009@ursa-nb00s0.nbnet.nb.ca...
> My 1992 Civic LX seems to have a personality disorder. Sometimes the car

is
> lively and peppy and does exactly as I expect it should. Other times it

is
> sluggish, hesitant, and a pain to drive. It often hesitates to go from a
> stop, getting "bogged down" when I give it more gas. After about 5

seconds
> the car perks up and does what it should. I also have trouble keeping
> highway speeds, especially on the slightest of inclines. I have gotten

new
> plugs, wires, and a gas filter. Anyone have any experience with timing

belt
> troubles giving those symptoms? My friend has a '95 with similar milage
> which behaves much more consistently and more peppy than my own.
>
> Thanks,
>
> Joe


Check the catalytic converter, may be clogged.

J


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Old 19 Sep 2003, 02:23 pm
N.E.Ohio Bob
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Default Re: two personalities

If there are more than 125K on it, I'd think about the 'ignitor' in the
distributer. bob
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