I have a 1991 Civic DX (5Spd). Recently, I started my car, and then it shut off about 1 second later. I tried again, and got the same result. I fired a 3rd time and got it to start. It runs normal after that. It has been doing this for a few days. Any ideas? Bad/Clogged injectors, spark plugs, alternator? Thanks for any help!
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I would definitely check your main relay. It is located under the left side of the dash, and is a common fail item on civics from your cars vintage. They cost about 50 bucks, but are a most likely to fail item. Unfortunately, there is not much to test on them, unless you take it loose, and tap on it a bit and see if your car starts?
I have a 1991 honda accord dx that had the same problem. while driving it would just completely shut down. after about 5 minutes it start and run for a while then shut down again getting more frequently. There was a recall on the ignition control module (ignitor) which is in the distributor. call your local honda dealer with your vin # and will tell you if yours was replaced. If not I bought one from parts store for $60 or you could take a chance and buy one from a junk yard. I bought the whole distributor for $20 as a back up.
I own several cars, and do repairs all the time. And one thing i know it can be just about anything. But narrowing it down from what your saying, your solution is on the right path. I would start out with the least expensive work. Test your injectors, sparkplugs, and alternator for voltage. Go get a volt meter. or take it to auto zone or murrays they do free diagnostics on all those parts. Always check before you replace. Than replace the weak links. Which will usually take you to another component. Do sparkplug change,oilchange, flush your radiator if it leads to it--the whole works. it's normally a minor problem.
if you hear a click and it's off-it's part of the ignition and starting system. At somepoint there isnt enough juice to get the fuel and spark to combust.
if you have battery life before turning car on-- check your alternator. YOu could possibly be running off your battery. After a while the car starts and the alternator charges up from the battery and allows it to run. but if it's dead than you will have starting problems and possible shut off at random times.
Try pounding on the gas tank with a rubber mallet or similar tool. (careful not to dent the tank) Try starting it. If it runs, replace the fuel pump (it's nfg). I've diagnosed numerous fuel pumps this way. Remember the pump needs to be replaced, if you drive it, you don't know when it'll fail for good. Hope this helps. Please post the results.