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Old 12 Jan 2013, 10:02 pm
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Default What is wrong with my 97 Honda Prelude?

I was driving one day and was low on gas, so I pulled into a gas station and put about four gallons of Marathon 93 octane into a nearly empty tank. I got back onto the road and drove about 200 yards before the engine began to bog down.

At full throttle it would only give me 2000 rpm and as I let off of the gas pedal, it shuddered and died. I walked back to the gas station, having thought that somehow diesel fuel was pumped into my gas tank, and took samples of their 93 octane from two different pumps.

The two samples were different in color and smell, but according to the manager of the gas station the two samples were pumped out of the same exact tank.

I drained the vehicles fuel tank as best I could and towed it to another gas station. Adding fuel system cleaner, I filled the tank completely with 93 octane (at this point I was convinced that Marathon had given me diesel).

At first the vehicle would start but would idle very rough. When throttled up it would shudder and knock and still would only make it up to the 2000-2900 rpm range, producing quite a bit of smoke until it had burned through approximately three to four gallons. When I turned the heat on full blast, the interior began to reek of fuel/exhaust.

The vehicle quit smoking but will still only give me about 2500 rpm at full throttle. It will idle normally after a cold start but once it warms to normal operating temperature it will stall unless given full throttle.
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Old 12 Jan 2013, 10:16 pm
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