Honda Accord-engine cuts out with no warning

I have a 99 1.8 vtec accord which has done 101,000 miles,on 3 occasions now it the engine has died without warning.On each occasion the car has restarted without any problem and has run normally for 2 or 3 weeks.The
first 2 times it was annoying the3rd time it happened on the motorway and was dangerous.Help?
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snipped-for-privacy@pete-sue.fslife.co.uk wrote:

Definitely sounds like the ignition switch. There was a massive recall for that not long ago. Don't know if UK cars were part of the recall, but that's most likely what the problem is.
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Been there--my problem turned out to be the in- tank fuel pump. Inlet screen was very clogged and occasionally restricted fuel flow to the point the engine would die (no restart problems) MLD
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Thanks a lot,was the failure instant no warning whatsoever?
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Yes--The engine would start to cut out without any warning. Nerve wracking when in the passing lane with an 18 wheeler right on your tail. MLD
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Assuming your Accord has a tachometer, a lot of info depends on the tach's behavior. If it drops like a stone when the engine cuts out, the ignition is dying. The top suspect is the ignitor, although there are other suspects. If the tach takes a second or two to fall, the ignition is still doing *something* and the suspicion turns to the fuel delivery (like the main relay). It is possible to have good signal to the tach and no juice to the coil, though, so the chance taking the wrong direction on that is there.
Mike
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Michael Pardee wrote:

Wouldn't a bad main relay be evident only when attempting to start the car?
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High Tech Misfit wrote:

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I'd say 99% yes, since the vibration of the vehicle is what keeps the flaky solder joints 'sparkin'. That's why the owner shuts it off, buys cigarettes, and it won't start unless he smacks the dash.
Another thought: When the bad ignition switch on our '97 CR-V manifested, I was on the highway going 100Km / hr when the cruise suddenly disengaged itself . . . We'd only had the car a while so I reset it and kept going. Three minutes later the tach (and speedo, I think) dropped to Zero, and the engine died. Car restarted after a quick look under the hood with a flashlight. Next manifestation happened in city traffic, while trying to get out of an intersection.
'Curly'
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Good point - yes, the main relay (and fuel pump relays in other cars, like my old Volvo) usually show up bad while trying to start the car. I don't know why.
Mike
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wrote:

Battery cables are not tight.
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Battery connections OK,radio fan etc. still continue working
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Ah, then you're right--if it's just the engine and not everything, then it's not the battery connections.
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It could be the ignition coil. They can be intermittent and cut out suddenly. Cool down, open circuit closes, presto, they work again.

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" snipped-for-privacy@pete-sue.fslife.co.uk" wrote:

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Use google.com to search 'honda ignition switch recall' It happens suddenly, no warning. It doesn't start to sputter or anything. Just dead, wherever you happen to be driving. Restarts fine. VERY DANGEROUS. Fuel filter will start to choke while passing or climbing hill and give you warning.
'Curly'
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