1988 Honda Accord shut off

Tiny
POLAR313
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  • 1988 HONDA ACCORD
  • 4 CYL
  • FWD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 258,000 MILES
Today I floored my car and when I let off the gas and braked the car just died out. It started back up but just turned off suddenly.
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Wednesday, November 18th, 2009 AT 6:20 PM

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Tiny
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Hi polar313,

Are you able to restart the second time?

Dose the engine run ok when it is cold?
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Sunday, November 22nd, 2009 AT 7:09 AM
Tiny
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Yea the engine runs fine when its cold and even when its hot. The only weird things are that it smoke a little and my exaust is knocked lose so it rattles when its in gear or after the car comes down from revving. I was thinking that the exaust wasnt escaping the engine fast enough after I floored it and shut off due to that.
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Sunday, November 22nd, 2009 AT 6:39 PM
Tiny
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Clogged exhaust can cause the problem but poor idling system would do so likewise.

Is this a carburetted or injected model?
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Monday, November 23rd, 2009 AT 5:51 AM
Tiny
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Its the injected model and it idles kind of rough but it only idles rough after revs
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Monday, November 23rd, 2009 AT 4:47 PM
Tiny
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Seems the idling system is not working correctly.

Get the throttle body and IAC cleaned and readjust the idling speed.
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Tuesday, November 24th, 2009 AT 7:11 AM
Tiny
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Sorry dude but your going to have to try to explain that a little more because I know absolutly nothing about this car.
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Tuesday, November 24th, 2009 AT 3:20 PM
Tiny
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The throttle body is the part attached to the intake manifold immediately after air intake hose.

The IAC is the part on front upper part of intake manifold with 2 coolant hoses and a 2-wire connector.

If any or both of these are dirty inside, they would cause erratic idling in instances of the AC cutting in or when decelerating after revving the engine.

These items tends to get dirty over time and affect the idling.

Remove the intake hoses and spray some carb cleaner into the throttle body and with the aid of a rag, scrub the internal part clean. The throttle plate has to be opened to clear the area surrounding the resting position of the throttle plate.

With throttle plate closed, you would see 2 ports inside the throttle body, spray some carb cleaner into them and let it soak for a while.

If you spray in a lot of cleaner, wait for at least 1/2 an hour before attempting to start. Initial starting after using carb cleaner would be difficult and might run rough briefly.

Remove the idle adjust screw and clean it. Spray carb cleaner into the screw port to clean it.

With engine running, spray some cleaner into the ports to clean the IAC and FITV. You would need to feather the throttle slightly to prevent stalling, which would occur due to the carb cleaner causing a rich condition.
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Tuesday, November 24th, 2009 AT 4:45 PM
Tiny
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Does it work the same on the injected models?
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Tuesday, November 24th, 2009 AT 5:08 PM
Tiny
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Carb cleaner is a applicable for carburetted or injected models.

It is a term used for cleaners used to clear dirt accumulation in intake systems.
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Tuesday, November 24th, 2009 AT 5:18 PM
Tiny
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Oh ok I'm going to try it once I get paid
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Wednesday, November 25th, 2009 AT 11:21 AM

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