Engine Performance problem
2000 Honda Civic 4 cyl Front Wheel Drive Automatic 109300 miles
Last Sunday my 2000 Civic DX automatic sedan wouldn't start. It would crank but not turn. It didn't take a jump. I had it towed to the only known shop open on Sunday, a national chain that a cousin had good service from for years. They ran a diagnostics and it showed a code the mechanics attributed to a failure for the ignition control module and a low reading for the ignition coil (1.2, normal range 4.5-6.5). They replaced these the next day as well as the spark plugs. The next day the car stalled in the middle of an intersection. I had it towed to the dealer, who ran another diagnostics, and said one of the spark plugs had a hole in the side causing a misfire. The first shop gave me three of the four plugs as they couldn't find the fourth (they had tossed them and fetched them later; how convenient). They also gave me the ignition coil and module they replaced. On the way home from the dealer, who again replaced all four spark plugs, the engine light came on. Dealer suspected it was excess gas from the misfiring and it should go away quickly. The car ran okay initially, but by day two post-repair it struggled going up any incline. By day four I had it back to the dealer who ran another diagnostics and it showed a code for inefficient catalytic converter. I had this replaced. I just got it back today and it drove home okay and no engine light on. My issue is that I'm having a hard time believing all this (over $1600 in repairs) went wrong at once by coincidence. The first shop refunded all labor charges and the spark plugs (over $200 total) after the stall. I do have three of their plugs plus the ignition coil and module. I'm inclined to believe that either the spark plugs they put in caused the catcon to go bad, but dealer says that couldn't have happened in just one day with just one misfire, plus when they took the catcon out it was worn almost through. My question is basically, how do I know now that the catcon wasn't the problem all along? Could a failing catcon have been the cause of the car not starting (crank but not turn)? Is there a way to test the old ignition parts to be sure they were not working? Lastly, I would think a faulty catcon in a Honda wtih 109,000 miles is unusual, but the dealer says it's not.
have the same problem?
Monday, June 15th, 2009 AT 9:17 PM