Engine Mechanical problem
1995 Honda Civic 4 cyl Front Wheel Drive Automatic 208000 miles
My '95 Civic won't turn over. It drove fine on Friday - the last time I actually used it. No hesitation, no funny noises, no weirdness. Saturday afternoon I wanted to go to the store. I thought it fired up fine but when I went to drop into gear, I discovered that the engine wasn't actually running and I was just in accessory mode. I shut down completely and tried to fire it up again and it just revved without actually turning over. It's been doing that every time I've tried since.
My dad, who drove this car for over 10 years before giving it to me, thought that I might have flooded the engine somehow, so he told me to go out periodically and give it a 10-second try. His though seems to be that if I did flood it, those attempts would burn out the excess gas and it would fire in 3-4 tries. Well, I'm now on Day 5 with 4-6 attempts per day.
We've checked the connections at the distributor cap and fuel injector, and everything seems solid. The battery is now starting to lose juice from several days of trying, but the fact that I had battery at all on Saturday tells me that it's not alternator. It's trying to fire, so apparently (?) It's not starter or solenoid. And I have no idea where the fuel pump even is, but I would think that if that was having problems, I'd have seen some sort of hesitation or something while driving Friday.
Since I can't start it, I can't get it to the service center to let a pro figure it out. And it's about 18 degrees outside and I don't have any kind of shelter, so anything I do is out in the open. However, we had gorgeous warm weather all weekend, so if something's frozen, it happened AFTER the starter issue hit.
Any suggestions you can give would be GREATLY appreciated.
have the same problem?
Wednesday, December 17th, 2008 AT 11:37 PM