1990 Acura Integra Repair Question
Asked on October 8, 2010
Backing out of the parking space the engine quit/stalled
1990 Acura Integra 1.8L DOHC mileage: 111,000. The problem has happened twice. The first time I had pulled into a shopping mall and after about 15 minutes I started the car and as I was backing out of the parking space the engine quit/stalled. I tried starting it and it would not start. I came back the next day and the car started right up with no problem. I was able to drive it (my normal driving habits) for a little more than a week, when I was going about 45 mph the engine just quit on me again. After getting it towed, it started up again the next day. Both times, it stopped; I heard no unusual noise or felt anything out of the ordinary. I took it to a local service station and they couldn't find anything wrong with it, although they mentioned an ignition system problem with a newer model Integra. They looked at it, said it appeared to be fine, and were reluctant to replace it on a "maybe" that would cost about 500 dollars. I called an Acura dealership and the service department (I did not talk directly with a technician) suggested that the hot engine restart" problem might be due to a problem with a coolant (ECT) sensor. A man in the parts department mentioned that there had been a bulletin on an igniter problem with models around that year. Do any of these suggestions make sense?
Replied on October 8, 2010
Tracing down an intermittent stalling problem is difficult to do. The suggestions to you about the coolant sensor and the igniter being a possible cause, makes sense. You might also want to look at the fuel pump. If problem still exists, scan computer for trouble codes.