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Old 05 Nov 2011, 07:39 pm
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Default 91 Civic engine trouble

I have a '91 civic that is having some issues. A few months ago, I started it up in the morning, like always, and stopped at the gas station on my way to work. When I came out of the shop, the car would not start. It would crank, but never catch. I came back after work to try and start it and it still would not start. I have since been able to get it started, after doing a fuel system flush. It actually starts very easily when it's cold.

The problem is at low rpms. If I give it too much gas (1/4 or so), it sputters out and dies. If I slowly increase the rpm to around 3k or more, the engine runs very strong and does not hesitate. If I drive it around for a while, the engine eventually gets very testie and will exhibit these symptoms at progressively higher rpms. If it dies at this point, I can't get the engine restarted. It just cranks over and never starts. I have replaced the PCV valve, and I have taken it to a shop, and they said they have no idea what's wrong with it. They said it could be the distributor, but it's quite expensive and it may not be the problem.

Just a little more information: There are no engine codes being thrown. The engine burns a bit of oil, as you can see blue smoke at high rpms, but it only goes down about 1qt every 1k miles or even longer. I had to replace the head gasket last summer (2010) after it overheated (which was my fault, there was a crack in the radiator that I neglected to fix for too long). After the head gasket was replaced, it ran perfect for 9 months before this started happening.

Anyone have any ideas or advice?
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