Honda acceleration and startup problem

Tiny
LUKE1271
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I have a 1991 Honda Civic 1.5
I was going down the highway at about 50 and tried to accelerate to 65. When I push the accelerator the engine starts to accelerate but then cuts out if the pedal is pressed too hard. I can usually let off and then press it very slowly and I will eventually make it to the speed that I need. The check engine light is on all the time. And now to top it off I can't get it to start. The ignition will turn over but when it starts to fire it somehow gives up and dies. Then I get a very acrid gasoline smelling grey smoke from the exhaust. It sounds like an injector or fuel filter problem to me. Or some other form of clog in the fuel system.

I tried to jump the switch under the dashboard and get a code, there was no sound and no flashing lights.
Can you offer me any advice or assistance at all?

-Luke
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Thursday, November 16th, 2006 AT 3:42 PM

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Tiny
BRUCE HUNT
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Two things that are key to an engine. Gas (which it appears you are getting) and spark. Check for spark at the plugs, a good blue spark.
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Thursday, November 16th, 2006 AT 8:13 PM
Tiny
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Here is a follow up question for you.
Can a fuel clog cause my distributor to go bad?
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Friday, November 17th, 2006 AT 10:37 AM
Tiny
BRUCE HUNT
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I don't see how. No.
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Friday, November 17th, 2006 AT 11:03 AM
Tiny
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Ok how do I check the plugs for spark?
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Friday, November 17th, 2006 AT 12:24 PM
Tiny
BRUCE HUNT
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Pull out one plug and insert it back in to the wire and hold the tip of the plug to ground or metal on the engine. Have a partner crank the car and watch the spark. Should have a blue spark. I think you will find spark but I would next check to see if the timing of the spart is close. Do yourself a favor and find the jumper again to read the codes. The check engine light should flash. The key should be in the start position during this.
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Friday, November 17th, 2006 AT 6:06 PM

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