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Shuts down while driving

I have a 1992 honda accord lx automatic. New starter, alternator, battery, battery cables. From time to time I can drive this car anywhere from 5 miles to 600 miles and it will shut down while driving. When it shuts down it will not accelerate but all the electrical elemants will stay on. After leaving the car sit for a day or so I can get back in it and it will turn right over and can drive it to my next destination. I have heard from many people to check the main relay, the igniter and the ignition coil. I want to see if this is the right path, or if this could be a fuel pump problem. Thank you.

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  • vanflejn Apr 24, 2009

    I have not been able to get any codes for the car. Should I get a diagnostic run for this? I am pretty clueless at this point.

  • David Melrose May 11, 2010

    You're in luck! The Diagnostic Trouble Codes (DTC's) for your year honda can be retrieved yourself. There is a diagnostic terminal located under the passenger side dash (under the glove box) and behind the passenger side kick panel. It has two wires going into an electrical connector. The connector has two female slots in it to accept a jumper wire or a paper clip. Bridge this terminal with a short jumper wire or paper clip and turn the ignition key to on (but not start). Your check engine light will begin to blink codes. The first digit of the first code will be in long blinks. The second digit of the first code will be short blinks. For example: 1 long blink followed by 6 short blinks is the two digit code "16".

    If the system has more than one code stored it will pause after the first code and then flash the second code. This will continue until all the codes have been displayed in sequence and then the sequence will repeat until you turn off the ignition key.

    Codes will latch into memory without turning on the check engine light depending on the severity of the problem. Some codes need to latch multiple times before turning on the light. So just because your check engine light is not on does not mean there are no codes.

  • David Melrose May 11, 2010

    a dead spot in the throttle position sensor might do this. Have you been able to get any trouble codes or DTC's from this car?

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My accord did this so I thought the coil was overheating. it was the pickup under the rotor. I replaced it and never had another problem. well with it anyways.

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