1999 Honda Civic 4 cyl Front Wheel Drive Automatic 189000 miles
About a year and a half ago, our car would randomly die in the summer time when we had the AC on. It would normally be five minutes or so after we began our trip. It continued although rarely and quite infrequently throughout the subsequent winter and progressively worsened during the summer. We replaced our battery, because it was shot and it was good for a couple months during the heat of the summer. November came around and it started dying again. When it was dead, the lights, radio, and AC would still stay on, the engine would just shut off, it wouldn't stay on when we put it in neutral while moving and turned it over. We always had to pull over put it in park and re-start, sometimes, we had to wait 2-3 minutes before it would re-start again. We took it to three places they couldn't figure it out, so we had to take it to the expensive dealer who told us that it was the AC that was bad and sucking the power from the engine, they asked for $2000 to fix it, so we unplugged the power to the compressor and took the car to Utah to an old friend who fixed it for $1100. As we drove home to Phoenix I stopped in Kanab for gas, for 5 minutes, and 4 miles down the road, the car died. We pulled off and re-started, it died again 5 minutes later. I unplugged the ipod in the cigarette lighter and turned off the radio, and turned the heater off. This seemed to temporarily fix the problem.
Totally unrelated, but we were about 70 miles out of Phoenix and our exhaust resonator rusted right through and hit the ground as we were driving up a big hill. How much will it cost to get a new exhaust pipe and resonator?
We're pretty much just repurchasing the car with all the repairs we've had to make this year, hopefully it will last another couple years after this.
have the same problem?
Wednesday, January 6th, 2010 AT 7:59 AM