1992 Honda Accord 6 cyl Front Wheel Drive Automatic 161k miles
I've had a problem with my 1992 Honda Accord EX lately, it's been dying. The car has two symptoms, but I'm wondering if they could be related to the same issue.
The FIRST PROBLEM I'm having is one I've read about quite a bit on the internet. It sounds like it's very common to have an Accord with starting issues. Here is an exact description of my problem, as written by another Accord owner:
"My '92 Accord EX sometimes won't start, either. It seems to be more common on a hot day and/or after a short period of being turned off, before being restarted, but that's not 100%. It can go for days or weeks without this problem, or may do it a couple times in a day. Note that it cranks fine, but never fires. However, the green square around the D4 indicator always starts blinking when it won't start like this -- which indicates a transmission problem. I don't think there was any pattern to it at those times -- just on and off about every second."
My SECOND PROBLEM is a bit more severe. When I'm driving the car, after about ten or fifteen minutes it shuts down. It happens at stoplights and while driving. It is not speed dependent either. The first thing I notice is the gas pedal loses power, then the steering locks up, and finally the brakes get REALLY hard to use. I then find myself praying it makes it to the side of the road. I took it into a local repair shop, where I was told it was the main relay's fault, that it was shorting out after it warmed up. The mechanic replaced it with a used main relay, but that night it died again. So I took it to the mechanic a third time and he replaced the used one with a new one for no charge. It sounds like it's starting stronger, and seems smoother to drive, but I'm afraid to drive it too far. Since visiting the mechanic yesterday I have driven it maybe four or five miles. It seems the first two times I brought it home from the mechanic it only lasted 8 or 10 miles before dying.
My friend was videotaping briefly when my car died, and here is a link to the video. At the end you can hear the car trying to start up. I don't know if that is any help. Ha ha.
What do you think I should do?
Monday, January 18th, 2021 AT 9:19 AM