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Old 07 Jul 2013, 05:50 am
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Default Honda civic 1998 problem?

When i start my car, for the first time during the day- I have no problem.

When I go somewhere and shut it off, sometimes it won't resatrt.

It doesn't seem to matter what the weather is outside, it just does it when it feels like it.

It seems to happen more when I am stopped at a gas station, (not getting gas)- as crazy as that sounds.

When it won't restart, it will turn over and crank and act like it's not getting fuel.

We have checked the coils, fuel pressure regulator and just now replaced the fuel pump.

The car has 160,000 miles on it and is well maintained- tune up, etc..

When it won't start, I have to put the gas pedal to the floor, and it will start.

But when I let off the car, the car will want to die.

I have to keep my foot on the gas and rev it up to keep it running- then it's fine.
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Old 07 Jul 2013, 06:02 am
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Check your exhaust for leaks, change air and fuel filters. Make sure all vacuum lines are free of holes. Sounds like a fuel problem. Use injector cleaner through a gas tank full of gas. Make sure egr valve isnt sticking by pushing it back and forth so its not stuck. If check engine light comes on get codes read auto stores do it free and may be able to help you. Also have your pcv alve changed 3 bucks. Check throttle body system to make sure its clean. My truck died once all it was it had a lack of air to motor. Have your ignition module checked.
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Old 07 Jul 2013, 06:25 am
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turn up the idle so the car won't stall. check the idle air control valve may need adjusting

also check egr valve
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Old 07 Jul 2013, 06:32 am
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You are describing an over-rich (too much fuel) situation which is unusual for a fuel injected car. They have a cold start injector that supplies extra fuel for cold starts. Yours appears to be stuck. Injector cleaner (DO NOT USE LUCAS) might help; try Prestone FI cleaner (yellow bottle). If that doesn't work, it will either need replacement or it might be receiving a bad signal from the ECM.
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Old 07 Jul 2013, 06:50 am
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Did you check your main relay and or fuel relay? How about your fuses? Always start with these before spending unnecessary dollars
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