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Old 03 Jan 2005, 11:31 am
McGyver
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Default 1996 Honda Accord

Hello,

My sister owns a 1996 Honda Accord and the problem is this:

-RPM gauge fluxes during driving, from 1 to 4 grand and then sometimes goes
to zero and stays.
-Check engine light is on.
-the car stutters, loosing power, and then it clears up. Repeats but then
gains power back again. The suttering is normally during the time the RPM
gauge is fluxing.
-Has new battery and just got oil changed.

It is (at this very moment) at the garage but I was curious as to if anyone
here could give me a "headsup" of what to look for in the diagnostic of this
problem. I am going to guess it is a combination of things, such as a fault
RPM gauge and a bad sparkplug and/or something even worse, perhaps it is a
timing belt problem although I have to admit I have no knowledge of timing
belts. I was trying to think about what could cause the RPM gauge and the
engine to act up at once and I figured perhaps the belt is slipping or
something but then again it might just be 2 simple things (gauge / spark
plug) instead of one complex thing (timing belt/chain).

Anyone have an idea of what I should be expecting (of course they will call
soon with their answer, I was just wanting to have an idea before the phone
rings).

Thanks for any input,

McGyver (Joseph)


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Old 03 Jan 2005, 06:44 pm
PILOT
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Default Re: 1996 Honda Accord

I doubt its the tach (rpm gage) because the vehicle is stuttering. The CEL
is on so the ECU senses the problem. My guess is that the RACV is stuck.
"McGyver" <mcgyver@bellsouth.net> wrote in message
news:iifCd.10519$6i.885@bignews6.bellsouth.net...
> Hello,
>
> My sister owns a 1996 Honda Accord and the problem is this:
>
> -RPM gauge fluxes during driving, from 1 to 4 grand and then sometimes
> goes
> to zero and stays.
> -Check engine light is on.
> -the car stutters, loosing power, and then it clears up. Repeats but then
> gains power back again. The suttering is normally during the time the RPM
> gauge is fluxing.
> -Has new battery and just got oil changed.
>
> It is (at this very moment) at the garage but I was curious as to if
> anyone
> here could give me a "headsup" of what to look for in the diagnostic of
> this
> problem. I am going to guess it is a combination of things, such as a
> fault
> RPM gauge and a bad sparkplug and/or something even worse, perhaps it is a
> timing belt problem although I have to admit I have no knowledge of timing
> belts. I was trying to think about what could cause the RPM gauge and the
> engine to act up at once and I figured perhaps the belt is slipping or
> something but then again it might just be 2 simple things (gauge / spark
> plug) instead of one complex thing (timing belt/chain).
>
> Anyone have an idea of what I should be expecting (of course they will
> call
> soon with their answer, I was just wanting to have an idea before the
> phone
> rings).
>
> Thanks for any input,
>
> McGyver (Joseph)
>
>



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Old 04 Jan 2005, 07:20 pm
Michael Pardee
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"McGyver" <mcgyver@bellsouth.net> wrote in message
news:iifCd.10519$6i.885@bignews6.bellsouth.net...
> Hello,
>
> My sister owns a 1996 Honda Accord and the problem is this:
>
> -RPM gauge fluxes during driving, from 1 to 4 grand and then sometimes
> goes
> to zero and stays.
> -Check engine light is on.
> -the car stutters, loosing power, and then it clears up. Repeats but then
> gains power back again. The suttering is normally during the time the RPM
> gauge is fluxing.
> -Has new battery and just got oil changed.
>
> It is (at this very moment) at the garage but I was curious as to if
> anyone
> here could give me a "headsup" of what to look for in the diagnostic of
> this
> problem. I am going to guess it is a combination of things, such as a
> fault
> RPM gauge and a bad sparkplug and/or something even worse, perhaps it is a
> timing belt problem although I have to admit I have no knowledge of timing
> belts. I was trying to think about what could cause the RPM gauge and the
> engine to act up at once and I figured perhaps the belt is slipping or
> something but then again it might just be 2 simple things (gauge / spark
> plug) instead of one complex thing (timing belt/chain).
>
> Anyone have an idea of what I should be expecting (of course they will
> call
> soon with their answer, I was just wanting to have an idea before the
> phone
> rings).
>
> Thanks for any input,
>
> McGyver (Joseph)
>
>

Not necessarily the most likely thing, but probably the easiest to check:
electrical weirdness in cars always makes me think of the engine ground
first. In the '96 Accord it is probably a wire that runs from around the
radiator to a valve cover nut on the front of the engine. If the wire is
there and tight, well, at least it was easy!

Mike


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