Stalled and will not start now

Tiny
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  • 2005 ACURA MDX
  • 6 CYL
  • AWD
  • 150,000 MILES
I was driving home on Saturday evening and started hearing a strange clicking noise when I reached sixty five mph. Slowed down a little and noise stopped. When I started moving back up to sixty mph I heard the noise again and felt a delay when I pressed down on the gas. Stopped at a red light and when I started moving everything locked up, including my steering wheel. It became really hard to turn off the highway. Then my car sort of rolled off to the side- felt like no gas to the engine anymore, and stalled completely. Everything else seemed to stay on (radio, lights, etc.) When my brother tried to start brakes were not functioning and when pressed on the gas it seemed to start for a mill second and go off. Brought car into the dealership and they said they do not know whats wrong and I could pay $800.00 to have them try new spark plugs and repair a valve, but that they are not sure if that will help, or I can pay $10,000 for a new engine and at that point it would be totaled and not worth it to fix. I paid $118.00 for a diagnostic with no explanation on anything and I am not sure what I should do. My truck has never had any problems before this except the emissions light has been on, but the dealership told me not to worry about that because it was likely a sensor issue because it did not come on for them. My SUV does have 150,000 miles on it, but the last mechanic who looked at it said it was in great condition and would likely last awhile. What could be the problem? I am not sure if I should invest in a new engine, have the dealership “try” the spark plugs and valve repair, or look into getting a new car. It just does not feel right to me because as I said before, I have never had any other problems and it drove fine on Saturday morning. No indication of any issues.
Dealership says its not the timing belt.
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Tuesday, May 24th, 2011 AT 3:05 PM

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Tiny
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First, unless the oil was really low, chances are you do not need an engine. I would recommend starting by checking for spark and fuel to the engine. You could have a bad fuel pump or a problem with the ignition. Next, make sure the timing is correct. If you need directions, go to our homepage under the DIY section for directions. Let me know what you find. Do no't authorize any repairs until I know if you are getting spark and fuel to the engine. Also, I need to know about the timing. With only 150,000 on it, the vehicle should have an easy 100,000 left.
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Tuesday, May 24th, 2011 AT 6:43 PM
Tiny
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My brother indicated that I am not getting a spark and that two cylinders have low compression and a faulty spark plug.
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Tuesday, May 24th, 2011 AT 9:00 PM
Tiny
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How low is the compression and has he checked all cylinders? That makes me question timing. Is there spark to other cylinders?
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Wednesday, May 25th, 2011 AT 2:20 AM
Tiny
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The mechanic at Acura said, the compression readings were: 240, 220, 240, 250 (all four cylinders) then 15, 20, 13, __ (he did not say the fourth one) then 36, 35 (I think they are for the two cylinders that are losing compression too fast.)
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Wednesday, May 25th, 2011 AT 7:03 PM
Tiny
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If the two cylinders that are low are next to each other, it sounds like a head gasket. Rings do not go bad that fast. Ignition timing could cause low compression in a couple cylinders. If there were no noises when it stalled for you, my first guess is a head gasket.
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Thursday, May 26th, 2011 AT 2:54 AM

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