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91 Accord stopped running now engine won't start

Last night I was driving on the motorway at about 100kph when it stopped driving and started coasting. I couldn't feel anything underfoot, no matter how hard I pushed the accelerator I couldnt hear the engine doing a thing, and I noticed the rev counter had dropped to 0, the car was also making an unusual humming sound while it was still moving.

Once I had coasted to a stop, I tried turning the ignition on, I could hear the starter motor cranking with no problems, but the engine wasn't ''firing''. Once towed back to my place of work, I noticed a puddle of water under the car where the belts etc are, and no water in the radiator.

I have spoken to my mechanic who thinks it will be very expensive to fix and not to bother - just get a new car. I would like a second opinion as I'm getting married in a couple of months and really cannot afford a new car right now.

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  • psycho_honky Jun 23, 2009

    All electrics seem ok ie lights & Radio working, Battery was replaced in the last 2 months - doesn' t sound dead at all, the starter keeps ticking around, its just the engine wont fire!



    I am concerned about the water/lack of water in radiator as I am certain this is related. The water isnt dripping from underneath the radiator though, its dripping from the side of the engine where the belts are.

  • psycho_honky Jun 23, 2009

    Sorry, No - the engine didn't overheat.



    Hopefully its not an Omen, but she doesn't look good!

  • psycho_honky Jun 23, 2009

    Thanks co7196,



    I have had a closer look and although it is hard to see in there, it doesn't look like there are any loose or cracked hoses & it looks like it is coming from inside the water pump. Unsure if it helps, but when the Radiator cap is removed, it starts leaking more - drips turn into a trickle! Still can't get it to fire >.<


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    Ned C Cook May 11, 2010

    Question? Did you overheat the motor? Did you discover where the leak was? Let me have a couple of those answers and we can determine whether its going to be a woman or a set of wheels. Just kidding. Do you think this is an Omen

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Ok, here is the point.
The source of the leak needs to be accurately determined. Since there was no overheat, the failure was sudden ( catastrophic), which in a way a good thing.The water dump was quick and did not permit any consequential damage. In short! The failure was probably a hose and when it cut loose big time causing probably a great deal of coolant to foul out your ignition system.SO! in the event I visualized the failure correctly, You are doomed to be married. Repair the leak, fill it with coolant and this vehicle will take you to your quietus.Good Luck with both car and woman. Let me know how things work out -- with the car :-)

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    Ned C Cook Jun 23, 2009

    Well, I'm still not worried about serious damage. Can you change the water pump? The cooling system does have a coolant level and temp sensor for emmisios . So you won't be able to condemn the car and and sleep at night without finding out. So good luck. Standing by. Ned

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Check all your fuses/hows your batt,alt.fuel system

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    Bill Jun 23, 2009

    look at your oil,is it clear,or milky if so sounds like an bad head gasket.

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