1999 Acura Integra $$$$please help--will pay good if proble

Tiny
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  • 1999 ACURA INTEGRA
  • 4 CYL
  • FWD
  • MANUAL
  • 157,800 MILES
My acura was sitting for about 4 months and only drove about twice. The battery was shot, so I bought I new one. Car started right up as usual. Was low on gas, forgot the money when I went to pick it up from my mothers and forgot about the gas. Driving to my house, I supspected, I ran out of fuel. I went and got fuel. No start. So with my mechanical knowledge the fuel pump was bad. So I replaced it. Still. No start. So then I checked to see if fuel was getting to the motor. Yes fuel is being delivered into the engine. So I continued to check the spark--good spark to all 4 cyliinders---- I checked all fuses and relays and all seem to be good. I hooked up the obdII and it says no codes found pass. So I am stuck I don know where to go from here. Please if you can help me out and give me some ideas.I have been working on cars my whole life I am 21.
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Wednesday, January 7th, 2009 AT 3:13 PM

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Tiny
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Ma have sucked up trash from tank cloging injectors. Spray asome carb cleaner into intake see if it lights. If yes then injectors
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Wednesday, January 7th, 2009 AT 3:22 PM
Tiny
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Thank you I will try tonight. But also I am getting fuel to the engine I pulled the spark plugs out and from me trying to start it and trouble shooting they had fuel on them from it being flooded. I will pay you if we figure this out.
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Wednesday, January 7th, 2009 AT 3:34 PM
Tiny
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The injectors can also be stuck open from debris. That would flood engine. Do you have acess to a fuel pressuer gague? If yes hook up see what pressure is whlie cranking then it should hold pressure after stop cranking. If not they are leaking.
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Wednesday, January 7th, 2009 AT 3:48 PM
Tiny
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WELL ANOTHER THING IS I PUSH STARTED IT AND IT STARTED AND IDLED FOR ABOUT A MIN AND I GOT IN THE CAR AND AS SOON AS I MASHED THE GAS IT SHUT OFF. I HAVE A FUEL PRESSURE GAUGE BUT I COULDNT FIND THE PLACE TO HOOK IT UP ON MY INTEGRA. I HAVE INTAKE CLEANER SO I WILL DEFINATLEY TRY THAT. SO IF THEY ARE STUCK OPEN THEN THE CAR SHOULD STILL TURN OVER RIGHT. IT IS CRANKING BUT NOT TURNING OVER. ----WHEN YOU MASH THE GAS WHILE IT IS CRANKING IT BACKFIRES JUST A SMALL BIT--LIKE TRIES TO START BUT DOESN'T YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN
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Wednesday, January 7th, 2009 AT 4:08 PM
Tiny
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YOU THINK IT COULD BE THE ESM/COMPUTER
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Wednesday, January 7th, 2009 AT 4:11 PM
Tiny
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Need an adapter to check pressure at the banjo fitting. Would not think ECM. Try new plugs see if it runs and put inj. Cleaner in tank maybe if you get it running you can flush out debris.
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Wednesday, January 7th, 2009 AT 4:29 PM
Tiny
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Well I have to get it off the side of the road some how tonight and I will spray some intake cleaner in there and some starter fluid and try and get it to start and clean it out. If that doesnt work maybe it did not run out of gas, you think? Maybe it had a malfuntion? The only problem is if it doesnt start not many people will not tow it because I lowered it. Thank you for the help hopefully we will get this car going. She is beautiful!
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Wednesday, January 7th, 2009 AT 4:37 PM
Tiny
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Found a tow but not until morning. I will try what we discussed on the side of the road tonight. We will talk soon. I will let you know either way. If not we will figure it out I apprecite all the help
rich
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Wednesday, January 7th, 2009 AT 5:05 PM
Tiny
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Keep in touch we got more things to try will get you back on the road.
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Wednesday, January 7th, 2009 AT 5:11 PM
Tiny
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I have not tried it yet I had to move into my house last night. I am off sunday so I will do it then if not before. Any other sugestions before I start working on it. I do not have any internet connection at my new home yet, so I will have to just do many things.
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Friday, January 9th, 2009 AT 12:34 PM
Tiny
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Ok. I tried what we talked about. Sprayed starter fluid and no start. I progress to check the compression and it was at 100 and stayed. No problem with compression. I went to check spark again and I am getting spark with the spark plug in the wire. Even if it was a fuel problem it should have atleast tried to start. Nothing just turning but no start. I also checked my timing belt. Took the valve cover off and it is tight. I turned the engine over with it off and the belt is tight and turning. I am stuck. Lets try something else I don even know
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Sunday, January 11th, 2009 AT 8:10 PM
Tiny
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I see Docfixit has been giving you great advice.

It is receiving fuel and spark correct? In the original post you stated that you replaced the battery because it was dead, so how about the alternator? Have you tested the charging system sense stall out on highway?

Thanks for using 2carpros. Com!
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Sunday, January 11th, 2009 AT 8:30 PM
Tiny
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Hi there,

Compression is NOT OK. Minimum required is 135 psi.

Due to the flooding and long storage the rings might be dry resulting in the compression drop.

Remove the spark plugs, diconnect the distributor wireharness, pump some engine oil into plug hole and crank the engine. Do a compression test again and if compression is higher than 135 psi, try restarting. Repeat with additional oil into cylinder. If compression does not increase much, check valve clearance.
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Monday, January 12th, 2009 AT 8:03 AM
Tiny
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My charging system is fine. My compression built up to 90 while cranking over but no leak. So are you say ing it is vapor locked. I have used transmission oil to unlock a hydro locked motor. The motor is turning over though. How much oil in each piston hole and if I gain compression and it starts then what. Change the oil? I am going to do this tonight. I got to get this car on the road my wife and I have only one working car now. I mean I was just driving and down shifted and it like died on me. Acted like it ran out of fuel.
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Monday, January 12th, 2009 AT 12:15 PM
Tiny
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Hi KHLow is right compression to low. Put about 10cc oil crank recheck compression. Tell us if it went up.
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Monday, January 12th, 2009 AT 2:03 PM
Tiny
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Thanks doc. I will do it when I get home tonight. Late shift. If the compression doesn't change that means head problems and if it does it is ring problems, correct?
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Monday, January 12th, 2009 AT 2:27 PM
Tiny
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The way the engine died could be due to a skipped tooth of one of the camshafts if the timing belt tension is loose.

I would suggest rechecking that as it would cause low compression as well.
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Monday, January 12th, 2009 AT 2:30 PM
Tiny
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Correcto that is what we are try to isolate. KHLow was on it with long storage and rings being dry. The oil shot will tell if valves are not the problem and may very well correct low compression.
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Monday, January 12th, 2009 AT 2:32 PM
Tiny
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Thanks doc I will talk to you tomorrow and we will go from there. May just start up never know
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Monday, January 12th, 2009 AT 4:34 PM
Tiny
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If the head is bad.I may want to go with a v-tec head or you think it is just better to get the stock head rebuilt or just replace the engine? If I go v-tec do I need a new ecu? Harness? Alt? Or just put the head on?
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Monday, January 12th, 2009 AT 4:46 PM

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