1998 Honda Accord Driving down highway at 60mph, RPMs go up

Tiny
WENDYDNJ
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  • 1998 HONDA ACCORD
  • 4 CYL
  • FWD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 80,000 MILES
The rpms go up to 3, back down, back up, feels like the trans is slipping, loud noise as if there was a hole in the exhaust for the past 2 days, but in the engine, not in the exhaust. Then I freak out, pull over to a rest stop (thank god it was there!), Turn the car off. Try to restart the car, and it will not start. The tow truck guy said it was the timing chain/belt. I mentioned it to the mechanic across the street from me, he said same thing. To scrap my car. He then said he'd come over to look just in case. He came over and took the top of my engine off, pulled on a belt to the left of the timing chain, making the timing chain move, said the timing chain was not broken, and my pistons were fine, and he thinks, by the sound the car makes when you are trying to start it, that it's the starter now. My question, would the starter cause the car to do that rpm thing while driving? Do you think it might be the starter?
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Friday, April 24th, 2009 AT 2:03 PM

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Tiny
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What happens when you try to start it? The starter would not cause the rpms to jump up and down. That does not mean the starter is not bad. When the mechanic pulled on the timing chain was there a lot of slack in it. Check with him and see if it is possible that the timing chain had skipped a tooth. Without seeing the car sometimes it is hard trying to figure out what is actually happening with it. Wjhen you tried to start it at the rest area di the motor turn over at all, as if it was trying to start?
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Friday, April 24th, 2009 AT 3:36 PM
Tiny
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The mechanic did not "pull" on the timing chain. He turned a nearby belt, which turned the chain, which showed him the chain was not "broken". The car did not make a starting attempt noise at all when I attempted to start it after I turned it off. It made some type of electrical type noise, but not a an attempt to turn over at all noise. The mechanic has it now at his shop. Looks like there's like 4-5 guys hovering over it. I dont think anyone knows what's up with it. The timing chain was in tact. He said that my pistons were in tact and the inside of the engine was clean. Nothing was damaged. *Sigh*
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Friday, April 24th, 2009 AT 5:41 PM
Tiny
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The most common things for a car not to try to turn over are a bad battery and a bad starter. If they replaced the starter then the engine should turn over unless there the battery is dead or something majorly is wrong with the electrical system. Have the mechanic tried to get trouble ocdes out of the car yet?
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Monday, April 27th, 2009 AT 7:51 AM

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