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Old 17 Mar 2008, 07:57 pm
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Default Stalling Honda Legend

I am a new member looking for help in regard to my much loved very well-maintained 1994 Honda Legend coupe which I have owned from new. It has done 196,000 kilometres (I think 121,794 miles). For the past couple of years it has taken to stalling within the first 5 minutes of starting the engine. Sometimes a few seconds after the engine starts and at other times on a slight uphill grade or stopping at an intersection - but always in the first few minutes. It usually takes 3 or 4 tries and stepping on the gas to get it going and after that the engine runs very smoothly although it has begun to burn oil (about 2 litres) between servicing. The stalling has been inconsistent up until lately. I know very little about mechanical things so bear with me on the terminology - I have had one faulty sensor replaced that mixes fuel with oxygen at the idle stage and this helped for a while. Using premium grade petrol also helped for a while. I really want to keep the car but the mechanics who service it are not much help - they just want to charge me a fortune to overhaul the whole engine and I can't see much point in that because other than the stalling it runs fine and it should be good for a lot more mileage before replacement. Can anyone help me diagnose this please.

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Old 17 Mar 2008, 09:12 pm
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One easy fix is the fuel filter. Sometimes these can get clogged with impurities in your fuel. Some cars, not sure if Honda's do though, have another built in fuel filter in the fuel tank. Sometimes it can get clogged too. Do you have a maintenance manual for the car? If not, try to find one at your local auto parts store to help you find the fuel filter.

Maybe someone else can give you some more direction on possible issues.

2 Quarts between servicing? Any way you cut it, this is way too much oil. Can you see any obvious leaks under the hood or on the ground where you park your car? When you drive, is your exhaust smoky at all? A bad oil leak could cause this type of problem, or burning oil inside the motor could be a possible problem. If no leaks, might need a ring job.

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Old 17 Mar 2008, 09:30 pm
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Thanks. I will check the fuel filter and I agree that the burning oil is probably due to valve and/or ring problems. That's on the agenda.
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