2001 Honda Civic Mystery problem

Tiny
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  • 2001 HONDA CIVIC
  • 4 CYL
  • 2WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 121,263 MILES
I've had this car for a few months now (I bought it from my sister) and everything was fine until a few weeks ago when "it started getting hiccups". The car would skip when I had the cruise control on on the highway but I thought, hey, it's still running and there's no light on, so it must be fine. Well last week I was driving it in town after school and the car died and all the lights came on and the steering was basically impossible to do. The car wouldn't go over 20 when I turned it back on, so I went and stopped at a gas station and turned it off for about 15 minutes. After that, the car turned on and was fine. It was going well over 70 and got me back home (15 miles from town) The next day we took it in to get fixed, but the mechanic found nothing wrong with it, and just replaced the spark plugs and gave it back, telling me it was fixed. I drove it around yesterday, first on the highway, then through town, and 30 minutes into the trip. The car stalled, wouldn't go over 30 and had all the same problems. My car is now sitting at the shop with a mystery problem. Please help!
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Tuesday, June 3rd, 2008 AT 12:02 PM

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Tiny
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Hi Blaisem,

When the engine started jerking, did the check engine light come on?

It could be a TPS or fuel problem.
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Wednesday, June 4th, 2008 AT 11:08 AM
Tiny
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The light came on as soon as the engine started messing up. One thing I did leave out. Just minutes before the car first started messing up, I just filled it up with gas. Could there have been something wrong with the gas?
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Wednesday, June 4th, 2008 AT 12:33 PM
Tiny
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Hi Blaisem,

The fuel is possible but we need more info about the check light.

Get a scan done to find out wht caused the check light to come on before we can continue further.
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Wednesday, June 4th, 2008 AT 12:52 PM
Tiny
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After a week in the shop (locally owned, not a dealership) the mechanic changed a sensor and says he thinks it's fixed. Apparently no one else can make the car go into it's problems except me. The mechanic says he drove it about 50 miles and that it never acted up, but tomorrow I am going to drive it and see what happens.
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Tuesday, June 10th, 2008 AT 7:00 PM
Tiny
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Well. I drove the car today and it's back to it's old habits. It was fine on the highway, but as soon as I got in town and started going through stop signs, it started acting up. I would give it a little gas after I had stopped and it would miss, and then slowly go up to speed, but I eventually did it enough times to where it died. 15 minutes later my parents came to tow it home. But the thing started and drove fine the whole way back. Help please!
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Thursday, June 12th, 2008 AT 9:14 PM
Tiny
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Hi Blaisem,

Get a scan done to find out the error code. I understand there is such a place as Autozone who can do it for you. Ask around and see if any one can help you.

We need to know the error code to be able to help you.
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Friday, June 13th, 2008 AT 8:17 AM
Tiny
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Does the car need to be messing up when I get the scan done?
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Friday, June 13th, 2008 AT 12:04 PM
Tiny
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Hi Blaisem,

No, the error code should be stored in the ECM memory. The scan would bring out the code, except if the ECM memory fuse is blown.
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Saturday, June 14th, 2008 AT 8:54 AM

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