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Honda starts, then dies,

I start the car, car starts and dies, won’t idle. Car starts fine when cold, idles high at first. I drove the car just fine to school (1 mile).(So car warmed up). Car is in Park, I start the car, car starts and dies, won’t idle. I can start it again and it will only stay running if I pump the gas pedal CONSTANTLY. As soon as I stop pumping the gas pedal (TB), engine dies. I give it gas, but car won’t idle, it dies. Its like the fuel can’t get to the engine.

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  • Erin Lehner Feb 22, 2012

    Its a 1985 Honda accord hatchback, carburated engine, automatic trans; has 140,000 miles on the engine.

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SOURCE: 1989 honda prelude enigne idles high then low irratic

I had the same problem on a Rover. There was a leak in inlet manifold that was caussing the problem.
To verify, spray some sealant to temporarily seal the inlet manifold .and the eratic idling should disappear for some time.
If it does, you know there is leak in inlet manifold which you can take of and refit with a new gasket.

Posted on Oct 27, 2008

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SOURCE: stalls at idle

I had the same issue with the same car....turned out to be my Idle Air Control Valve. The mechanic cleaned it out and so far my car runs fine. Actually, a little better than before. It wound up costing me $88.00 for the mechanic and $45.00 for the tow. Hope this helps you out.

Oh by the way, it would've cost me $475.00 to get the part replaced...

Posted on Feb 16, 2009

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SOURCE: 88 honda accord lxi 2.0 fuel injected (high idle)

Check for vacuum leaks, with engine at idle, go around engine and wiggle EVERY vacuum hose(especially near connections) you will probably find one that causes the issue to occur.

Posted on Apr 13, 2009

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SOURCE: idle is too low, car dies, engine runs fine

An IAC (idle air control) motor is designed to adjust the engine idle RPM speed by opening and closing an air bypass passage inside the throttle body. The car computer or ECM (electronic control module) receives information from various sensors and will output signals to adjust the IAC motor in or out to adjust engine idle speed by controlling engine idle air.
An IAC motor is highly susceptible to carbon and coking build up; if an IAC goes too long without cleaning it can cause stalling and poor idle quality. Some cars are designed with a large vacuum transfer hose that connects the intake manifold to the IAC (idle air control) motor. If a broken or dilapidated these vacuum lines can cause the engine to lose vacuum which will allow the engine to run rough and die. 
Inspect all engine and accessory vacuum lines to look for missing, torn or dilapidated lines and replace as needed. To check the IAC motor remove the unit, with the wires connected turn the key to the "on" position without starting the engine, the IAC should move in or out. 
If the IAC motor does nothing it has probably failed, replace it with a new unit and recheck system. Note: while the IAC motor is removed clean (use aerosol carburetor cleaner) the passages the IAC uses to control idle air speed.

Good luck and hope this helps

Posted on May 08, 2009

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SOURCE: 95 honda accord dx with 2.2 non vtec won't stay

Hello
You say you checked the ignition switch, you are 100% sure that isn't the problem? this year and indeed most 1990's Honda"s has a problem with the electrical contacts in the ignition starter switch, the symptom is the car will run until the key is released to the run position or the engine just stalls for no reason, the switch is very easy to replace and I bet is your problem, just remove the sterring column covers, they are a **** shell cover the screws are recessed on the bottom of the cover, Honda doesn't sell the switch seperately from the key cylinder buy it is sold in the after market, here is a price and picture of the part.

STANDARD MOTOR PRODUCTS Part # US288 {IGNITION STARTER SWITCH} $31.79 US
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