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97 Honda Civic shakes at start and check eng light comes on.

I last drove the honda 3 days ago and it was FINE, now this morning I get in and start it and while it started normally there was a lot of odd shaking and vibrating and I noticed the check engine light was on. This car is meticulously maintained, fluids checked, oil change etc. Any ideas? Oh and PS new fuel pump and tune up about 1 and a half years ago.

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  • sporthorses5 Feb 09, 2009

    Thanks heaps and I just went out to restart it and see if it would do this again but it turned over and wouldn't start this time. Odd, as it has run SO very well !

    Thanks and will check what you suggested.

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It looks like misfiring in one cylinder. That is why check engine come on. Misfiring can be due to spark plugs/wiring/worn distributor cap. Maybe also vaccum leak and clogged injectors (use injector cleaner).
You can read the trouble codes at Autozone store for free
Please kindly let me know if this infor was usefull for you or you need more infro
Good Luck

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  • Grigory Zyryanov Feb 10, 2009

    For Distributor cap you can use hair dryer. Warm up the area around 5-10 min, try start up. Also warm up area spark plugs

    also might be coolant temperature sensor faulty. Tru to warm up upper part of engiene (GENTLY DO NOT MELT SOMETHING)

    and see if helps.

    Good Luck

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