1995 Honda Civic No pick up (vibrates & shakes lot) no

Tiny
HITESHSPATEL@HOTMAIL.COM
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  • 1995 HONDA CIVIC
  • 4 CYL
  • FWD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 162,000 MILES
I have honda civic 1995 LX.
When I start my car it vibrates also when I apply the braked at a full stop and sit with my foot on the brake peddle to keep it from moving such as at a stop light, it vibrates so hard that it shakes the whole car. Many time it stops in between.

When I press the gas paddle, seems has no effect on speed. It's not taking the pick up. When I start running car it takes huge time reach to speed 20 or 30. Doesn't go beyond 40 or 50.

Earlier I have overheating problem, I took it to auto shop, he did the pressure & other tests and said head gasket is ok (good). But may be problem with raidiator, so replaced new raidiator, Raidiator fan, thormostate etc.
It ran fine for one month, then again I had the overheating problem.
I got suggessting that it could be the air trapping problem. So I took off the raidaitor cap and start the car and run it for 1 hour. It solved the problem for next one month.

Now it does't overheat but vibrates lot and doesn't have power. I mean no pick up or seems like gas paddel has nothing to do with speed.

I shown it autoshop again he says cooling system is fine but might be problem with head gasket, so recommend replacing headgasket, timingbelt, warterpump etc which cost around $2100, which is not worth the cost of car.
Any help on hat could be the exact problem behind the vibration and no pick up (no power)?
Any recommonation for repair?
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Saturday, November 29th, 2008 AT 12:36 AM

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Tiny
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Are you going through coolant? (Loosing coolant)

Whens the last time you had a tune-up done?

It sounds like you have a mis-fire, it may be a headgasket (since you have overheated) or it may just be as simple as a faulty ignition component (cap, rotors, wires, etc). I would recommend getting it DIAGNOSED before replacing any parts.

A simple leakdown test or compression test will tell you the condition of your cylinders and gasket. (This is very easy on your car).

But personally, I think you may just need a tune-up. I would do a cylinder balance test first, then go from there by checking fuel, spark and compression of the faulty cylinder(s)
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Saturday, November 29th, 2008 AT 12:55 AM
Tiny
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I'm having the same problem with my Civic. I'm losing a lot of coolant as I have to refill every other week. The car tends to overheat a lot and occassionally vibrates as if I'm driving a putt-putt car. I had new cap, rotors, and ignition coil replaced a little over six months ago. F41_guy, can you help me zero in on what may be the problem with my car? Would I just need a tune-up like hiteshspatel or do I need to replace a gasket?

Thanks for your help in advance!
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Sunday, February 22nd, 2009 AT 2:21 PM
Tiny
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Elpuebgil,

You need to do a coolant system pressure test to find out where your coolant is going. If you do not see any external leaks, I would do a cylinder leakdown test to see if your headgasket has failed.

By the way, don't let your vehicle overheat, you can really cause some damage.
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Sunday, February 22nd, 2009 AT 2:34 PM

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