Engine Mechanical problem
1998 Honda Civic 4 cyl Front Wheel Drive Automatic 140K miles
Hello, first I would like to say I am not very inclined in terms of car repair so I am not sure if " Engine Mechanical" is the appropriate category choice.
Background: About a year ago, my check engine light came on. I took it in to a local shop, they checked the codes, did an " inspection" on the car, and reset the codes because " nothing was wrong". When I attempt to accelerate, I could feel the engine " breathe heavy" especially between idle to second gear. After driving for 15 minutes or so, the car would operate normally again.
The above happened on random occasions for the course of a year. Most often the " heavy breathing" problems occurred in the mornings when I first started my car. After driving for 15-20 minutes, the problems go away. I also received blinking check engine lights 4-6 times. I had the vehicle checked at a local shop 3 times, and every time they said they could not find anything wrong with the car.
In the past month, I have had problems twice starting my car, and I can't help but think the problem is related. I hear the car crank up, even the intake/exhaust make a start up sound. But then the car instantly dies. Once it dies I am unable to start it again (though I can keep cranking it in the same manner). However, if it sits around for a day or so, it will start up again like nothing was ever wrong with it! So when I take it to a shop, I get the same response " nothing is wrong with it"!
What do I do? To me it seems to be a very serious problem, but none of the shops I go to seem to be able to diagnose what is wrong with my car. Any help or suggestions would be greatly appreciated!
Saturday, December 27th, 2008 AT 12:06 AM