Engine Performance problem
1990 Honda Accord 4 cyl Front Wheel Drive Manual 175, xx miles
I have a '90 Honda Accord, and the other day I was driving home from the gas station and car wash when it started chugging, and started experiencing intermittent (almost to the point of whiplash) surges in/out of power every time I pressed the gas pedal. At first I thought I may have got a bad batch of gas (4 gallons), but then the car began to lose power as everything began to dim. The car finally died altogether as I coasted into a store parking lot. It would not restart due to the dead battery (which I purchased new a week ago). After a half hour it recharged itself and restarted but then I noticed a small plume of white smoke emit from the front of the engine. I chugged it the final mile home when it died out in my driveway. The next day I put in high octane gas and gas treatment and a new fuel filter. I jumped-started the car and noticed minimal smoke and then no smoke altogether. The car ran for a few minutes before sputtering out again. Drained battery again. I had the battery tested and charged. Can a toasted alternator emit smoke? It sits in my driveway waiting for my next move. I'm afraid to take it anywhere as I may end up stranded again. Towing is expensive!
Any direction will help at this point!
have the same problem?
Monday, October 25th, 2010 AT 2:36 PM