1998 Acura TL Stalling

Tiny
CAMGIRL
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  • 1998 ACURA TL
  • 6 CYL
  • FWD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 175,000 MILES
I have a 1998 Acura TL. Recently the entire brake system was replaced because someone used power steering in the brake fluid canister ($2500). I was driving on the highway days later when the check engine light came on and 10 minutes later the car shut down. I tried to start it but it won't crank over. AAA towed to their shop and can't seem to find out what is wrong with car. What are some of the possibilities of the cause?
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Sunday, April 4th, 2010 AT 7:03 PM

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Tiny
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Hi camgirl,

Thank you for the donation.

If the starter cannot be cranked, then it coudl be the main fuses or the ignition switch.

If it cranks and cannot fire up, then you need to check what is missing, either ignition sparks or fuel.

Is the vehicle working now and they could not find the cause or the vehicle is still not able to start?
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Monday, April 5th, 2010 AT 11:55 AM
Tiny
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It's at the AAA service center. They said the throttle body needs cleaning, fuel injection service and the idle air controller motor needs replacing. All for $1150. They also said the timing chain may need to be changed because the car isn't as fast as it should be.
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Monday, April 5th, 2010 AT 3:48 PM
Tiny
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Can the engine be started now?

I would suggest getting a second opinion as some of the items mentioned do not cause non starting.
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Tuesday, April 6th, 2010 AT 12:24 PM
Tiny
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Yes the car started. Exactly what part wasn't true, because they did all of it and my son picked it up today.
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Tuesday, April 6th, 2010 AT 8:15 PM
Tiny
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The air controller motor does not cause non starting. It would only affect the idling quality and might cause stalling. Likewise dirty throttle body would cause poor idling and stalling.

Fuel injection service is not really necessary.

The timing belt has nothing to do with power loss unless it is out of sync or is very loose.
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Wednesday, April 7th, 2010 AT 9:46 AM

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