My car also "died" in the middle of the road last week. Its embarrasing, especially during the peak hour in Sydney. Bad experience.
My car is Honda CVR 1998 4WD 150,000 kms.
The car after a while (half hour) can be started again, which means that the battery is ok.
No smoke coming out from the engine area, which means its not overheated.
I Check my fuel tank and all the fluids, apparently they are all ok. And no light indicators are on, which confirmed my car was not overheated, nor battery was out, nor the altenator was out.
I realised that I just serviced my car two months ago and I change the filter. Therefore its not the filter issue.
I called the road assitance to help me. He could not help me because he could not pin point the problem since the car is started and running. Sigghh.
After I drove my car for about another 5-10 kms, it died on my again. Hahaha.
I got my car towed away to my mechanic.
First I suspected my altenator (battery charger) is faulty.
But I was wrong, the alternator was ok after batery check up.
My mechanic told me, there is a problem with my distributor. My distributor's coil is faulty. It cost me A$600 for the new distributor (the whole set) plus the labor. Since the whole distributor come in a set, plus its better to replace the whole set rather than trying to fix it.
I am sure different mechanic will charge you different price, because I think my repair for this one is abit expensive.
Note: distributor usually made for a long long long time/for the life of the engine. Maybe our car CRV 1998 model distributor is not soo good.
I hope it helps
Friday, October 22nd, 2010 AT 11:20 PM