My 1997 Honda Civic EX died after driving 35 miles and only a few minutes after filling up my tank. It "hiccuped" two times or hesitated, then deccelerated while I was driving. I pulled over as it died, waited a minute and tried to restart it. It made the turning over sound, but wouldn't start. I tried a few more times but couldn't start it. As I was waiting for AAA to come, I was finally able to start it again, but was afraid to drive it so had it towed to a shop.
The place I took it to had replaced the distributor assembly exactly a year ago. They told me it was either the filter or fuel pump and recommended replacing the fuel pump. I had them do the filter first and they said it was starting, but died after running awhile. When it got "hot".
They replaced the fuel pump and the filter for $499.I go to work fine. On way home (after 1-2 miles) it dies again (had just turned on AC). Wouldn't start, waited finally started. Got home a few miles away and went to drive it today, drove a few miles and died again. Check engine and oil lights came on. Waited a few minutes and was able to start it.
I took it to my usual place who is honest and they said I was overcharged for the fuel pump and that it probably wasn't that. They didn't want to do anything to it as they said the other place that just put a new fuel pump in could say that my usual guys messed it up.
Can anyone tell me what they think is going on? Shouldn't the other place have been able to tell if it was the fuel pump by checking the pressure with the regulator?
If it's not the fuel pump, shouldn't I get my $499 back (it hasn't even been a week and they obviously did not fix the problem and replaced a fuel pump that must not have needed replacing). Could it be the distributor they put in last year when the car died? Help!
Any help or advice is greatly appreciated. Am a single woman and do not want to be taken for a ride
have the same problem?
Saturday, September 22nd, 2007 AT 4:43 PM