My 1999 Honda Accord is having sporadic stalling problems. I've noticed a pattern. It stalls while going slow speeds and stop and go traffic, etc. The engine just dies and usually restarts just fine. The engine also loses power while driving high speeds, but after less than a second or so the engine just comes back on. In this situation, the car usually bucks when power is regained. I have also noticed that prior to stalling my temperature gauge starts becoming unstable, for instance, it shoots up to the top red area, and then within a couple minutes shoots back down to the normal, cool range. This is usually the indication that my car will start with the stalling issues. I can go days, even weeks, without any problems whatsoever, so the problem is very frustrating! I've tried many dealers and independent shops and while they've tried many things, nothing seems to work. They replaced the EVR valve (?) (Sorry, might not have the right name) and cleaned all all of the backed up carbon from it not being backed up in the engine. That cost a lot, maybe $400. They also sealed a few oil leaks. The computer does not show anything wrong. According to Honda's records, I've had the ignition switch replaced as part of the recall (some mentioned that could be the issue) but to be honest, I have absolutely no recollection of EVER bringing my car in for that or ever receiving notification of the recall.
Any thoughts? I would love to get another season out of the car but if it's not safe, which it's not, and no one can fix it, it doesn't seem worth it, especially if the fix is going to be at all expensive! I've about given up on it!
Wednesday, February 16th, 2011 AT 9:23 PM