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My 89 honda civic has been running rough

It has been running real rough so I took it to a shop and the guy told me that autolite spark plugs were no good in foreign cars he took the old spark plug out and it was well didnt look right at all he put in a new one and had me rev the engine and all of sudden the car was smoking real bad out of the muffler whitish smoke he told me the motor was gone and i needed a new motor

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  • crystalcasto Nov 12, 2008

    hat was not a solution a gary asked for more info. and i dont know how to respond directly to him

  • Anonymous Dec 03, 2008

    I recently picked up a 89 dx and found receipts for autolite plugs as well, and i immediately went and bought some resistor type NGK plugs and my car smoked for a good 3 mins after i started it up (and went into the garage) this is perfectly normal cause the plugs wernt firing correctly. Runs hard and strong now. dont swap out your motor unless you want to.

  • Gary Queen
    Gary Queen May 11, 2010

    White smoke from the exhaust is an indication of water getting into the crankcase(engine). There are a couple of different things that can cause this to happen. Have you been loosing coolant, engine overheating? Sorry but I need to know a little more to help you.


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No it has not been overheating or losing coolant at all it just has been running rough and poorly (loud) it was not smoking till he took out the old spark plug and put in the new one he said it was smoking out all that had been backed up into the cylinder due to non working spark plugs (there was oil on the spark plug)

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