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Sudden loss of power, Backfiring, starts then stalls

Without warning my 91 civic dx lost power like running out of gas, then sputtered and backfired to a hault. Upon restart the engine starts and stalls over and over. When accelerator is applied at restart engine runs very irradically backfiring and missing accompanied by a strong smell if unburnt gas. Checked timing, Dist., Rotor, Cap, Wires, Plugs. Same happenes after cool down. This hasen't ever happened in the past. Please help, I'm at a loss at this point.......Thanx,

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  • Curt Downs May 11, 2010

    You checked the timing, but this sounds like the timing belt may have jumped. Do u know how many miles on the engine since the timing belt was changed?

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The car still runs and drives, just no power and shakes badly during acceleration. Could the timing belt have jumped? Could this happen while driving yet the car still runs?

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Your timing belt could be broken. You want to have this checked as soon as possible to prevent any further engine problems.

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