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Old 25 Mar 2012, 05:46 pm
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Default Honda Civic Stalling Issues..?

i own a 1995 Honda Civic. Since about the beginning of winter my car has had several stalling and low idle problems.

Sometimes when i turn the key on my car it will turn on perfectly and smoothly. Although sometimes it will struggle 4-6 seconds to start, and when it has trouble starting it will have a very low idle, and my car will begin to shake. This shaking and low idle behavior will last 3-15 seconds before it slowly reaches to a normal idle.

Then when i begin to drive the car reaches about 10 mph, no problem, but then, with my foot still on the gas, it has a 5-10 second stall going 10-15 mph. It then will kick back in and drive normally, but i cannot figure out what could be causing this odd behavior.

I have changed the rotor, distributor cap, spark plugs, spark plug wires & fuel filter; but yet nothing is fully getting rid of this problem. I have ran fuel system cleaner threw the system with my gas and it has only made the slightest difference.

So my question is: What other possibilities could be causing this problem? Ignition Control Module, Idle Control Valve, etc.??
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Old 25 Mar 2012, 06:31 pm
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On that age of vehicle you may want to over haul the electrical system bec many of them may have rust or corrosion on them and the wire connectors, plus the cables/wires can rot or corrode internally after so many years of use.Things to check are the connections on the starter solenoid and be sure the battery posts are tight and clean, also the engine block has a ground and the starter may also have a ground post that should be checked.Note this may not fix the starting and idling issues but go over the grounds and any wiring related to the ignition module, coil and ignition system.Also you didn't mention the air filter that could cause starting and idling issues especially if it's quite dirty.

Cleaning the throttle body may require cleaning try some STP throttle body cleaner and also clean the leavers and linkage.Go over all the vac lines be sure none are leaking or damaged or loose you can try just spraying some bottled water on the vac hoses with the engine running to see if any changes occur and if so you've probably found your problem.Check the fuel pressure, pcv valve and check all the fluid levels just in case you've low fluid levels.The throttle position sensor might be causing your issue or another sensor, plus check the wiring. A sensor may just be slightly dirty or acting up so you may need to have a free scan or pay for a full diagnostic test.

Hope that helps and best of luck.By the way check the coolant temperature and if it's the original sensor for sure change it bec they can also cause idling issues.
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