88 Accord died while driving

Tiny
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  • 1988 HONDA ACCORD
88 accord DX +250k, carb, very likely withth original engine, manual tran.

early morning, I was going 50mph and the engine just died ( I think the check engine light came on first). I was still in gear and notice that the rpm was going down smoothly with the decreasing speed and I step on the gas but there was absolutely no respond, no hesistation from the engine. I just went smooth sailing dead.
Now it haven't start once or try to kick it, and no hesistation either. I've check for sparks (thats a go), disconnect the fuel line (just added a full tank) and observe fuel spurting out when I crank the engine. Spayed some starting fluid to check for health of carb. (An auto part attendance gave me the idea, I didn't sprayed too much though) but nothing change the engine just won't sput even a little bit, the starter turns the engine fine, i've even put it in gear while cranking. Some how the engine won't catch? It had been doing fvery fine before, just one turn would start like a champ.
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Tuesday, April 18th, 2006 AT 8:43 PM

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Tiny
BRUCE HUNT
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Check the EFI relay that losone talks about. Check the engine code as well.
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Tuesday, April 18th, 2006 AT 11:27 PM
Tiny
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Thankx for the suggestion, but I don't believe the 88 accord with carburetor have EFI relay does it? Or it still have some kind of a relay? Is there anything else I could check before I need to spend money on a code reader!
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Wednesday, April 19th, 2006 AT 9:09 AM
Tiny
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In every Honda there is a way to find the code for free. The code will be limited in what it tells you but it will point in the right direction. For instance, on the 86 civic you need to look for flashing lights on the box under the front seat and I am not sure about the 88 vehicles but it is there. Do you have a check engine light or PGM-F1 light. The check engine light is usually deciphered by finding the jumper wire usually found under the dash on the passenger side and jumpering the two wire connections with a piece of wire. Turn the key on the car to the II position (just short of engaging the starter) and watch the check engine light. Long flashes are 10's digits and short are the ones digits. Two longs and three shorts is a 23. There may be more than one code which will be represented by a delay and then the code will repeat. This is easy to find on the internet and they cover the PGM-F1 deciphering as well. It is easy once you give it a good try.
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Wednesday, April 19th, 2006 AT 7:26 PM

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