Cranks rough

Tiny
HONDADX
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  • 1999 HONDA CIVIC
  • 170,000 MILES
My car cranks just fine the first time but when I go run an errand and crank it. It'll start like if it was dieing and I have to press the gas pedal down to get it to run good. Any thoughts or advise much appreciated!
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Saturday, August 11th, 2012 AT 10:05 PM

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Tiny
SATURNTECH9
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Have it scanned for codes let me know the exact code nunbers you have not code descriptions.
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Saturday, August 11th, 2012 AT 10:12 PM
Tiny
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No CEL is on some had told me to do a timing check with a timing light?
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Saturday, August 11th, 2012 AT 10:40 PM
Tiny
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I dont see how the timing being off would cause your symptoms. Who told you to check the timing?Also just because the lights not on doesnt mean there arent and codes.I always check for codes first.
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Saturday, August 11th, 2012 AT 10:44 PM
Tiny
KHLOW2008
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Symptoms indicates a possible fault with the IAC. If no trouble codes are present, have the IAC and throttle body cleaned and retest.
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Sunday, August 12th, 2012 AT 9:15 AM
Tiny
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Will do that clean the throttle body and IAC
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Sunday, August 12th, 2012 AT 9:23 PM
Tiny
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Will post results later on thank you
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Sunday, August 12th, 2012 AT 9:26 PM
Tiny
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Keep us posted.
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Sunday, August 12th, 2012 AT 10:40 PM
Tiny
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Ok I cleaned the IACV and throttle body and it seemed to do a little better on the starts unlike before. Only sometimes will it crank rough
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Tuesday, August 14th, 2012 AT 5:52 AM
Tiny
KHLOW2008
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What do you mean by crank rough?
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Tuesday, August 14th, 2012 AT 3:16 PM
Tiny
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When I go to start it. It'll hesitate to run. It chokes, chokes and then warms up like usual
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Thursday, August 16th, 2012 AT 11:00 PM
Tiny
ACOSTAAE
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Its could b ur starter battery or alternator.
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Friday, August 17th, 2012 AT 4:12 AM
Tiny
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Alternator or starter might be the case? Will test those tomorrow
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Friday, August 17th, 2012 AT 6:32 AM
Tiny
ACOSTAAE
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If its hesitating wen u start n drive it n u loss power wen u step on da break its defently ur coil or sparkplugs/ sparkplug cables
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Friday, August 17th, 2012 AT 6:41 AM
Tiny
KHLOW2008
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Not the starter. If it is starter you would not be able to crank. Neither is it alterntor. You are having issues with the cold start and it could be due to valves too tight, head gasket problem, IAC, spark plugs, ignition coils, plug wires.

DO you have coolant losses issues and/or overheating?
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Friday, August 17th, 2012 AT 10:23 AM
Tiny
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Very true KHLow2008 and I did have a overheating problem I fixed it and hasnt overheated since then. And I also replaced the ignition coil not that long ago. Im about to go aboout changed the spark plugs because I checked them out the other day and they are burnt. Black crust on the top all around
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Friday, August 17th, 2012 AT 8:57 PM
Tiny
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Just changed the spark plugs and it still does the same
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Friday, August 17th, 2012 AT 10:48 PM
Tiny
ACOSTAAE
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Like I said coil. If it wasn't da sparkpluggs
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Friday, August 17th, 2012 AT 10:51 PM
Tiny
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Damn word. The ignition coil right? I bought an accel I dont know if its a very dependable brand
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Saturday, August 18th, 2012 AT 12:00 AM
Tiny
ACOSTAAE
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Yes. Just make sure to mark number to each spark plug from where u take them off. Write one on da first spark plug n before u pull another off mark one one one on coil top to connect them in da same place u took them off
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Saturday, August 18th, 2012 AT 12:31 AM
Tiny
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Though you have no overheating do you have coolant losses issues? You mentioned rectifying the overheating, what was done and how long ago was it?
Have you tested the fuel pressure?
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Saturday, August 18th, 2012 AT 6:35 AM

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