My 94 Honda Civic is sputtering. Acceleration is weak and the sputtering
causes a bit of a jerky ride. The sputtering happens inconsistently at all
different speeds including idling.
The temp gauge just shot up close to the red -- don't know if this is a
different problem or not.
I replaced the distributor recently, could this be related?
Dunno - but the distributor was the first thing that came into my mind. If
you check the timing I think you will see it jumping like a hop toad
(technical description). I think that distributor has failed.
Years ago I had a Hyundai Excel. I had some routine maintenance,
including a tune-up, done right before a two-day drive from
Massachusetts to Florida. On the morning of the second day it was
running roughly and I couldn't get it past 70 MPH on the highway. At
my first stop it kept threatening to stall, so I popped the hood in
the hope that it would be something obvious and easy to repair.
It was: one of the plug wires had come off the plug and was dangling
free. I'd been running on three cylinders. Put it back on and
I've also had a Dodge van that ran for months on five of six
cylinders; finally got around to changing the plugs and wires, and
one wire had disintegrated completely inside the plug boot.
Modern cars, even relatively crappy ones, are impressively resilient.
Michael Wojcik email@example.com
That's gotta be one of the principles behind reality. Accepting things
Fill the reservoir to the MAX line and check each morning before
leaving. No tap water . . . Your engine needs to be FULL of coolant,
since any air can throw off the computer when sensors aren't fully
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