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1990 Honda Civic Question: Engine shuts down at operating temp.

 

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TimGoodreau, Acworth, GA, November 09, 2012, 17:20
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In a 1989 Honda Civic with a 1.5 engine, at normal operating temp., the engine shuts down. The coolant temp. Sensor has been replaced. I believe the ignition control module could be the problem. Any other ideas? Thanks in advance for any help.

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    November 10, 2012, 02:29
     Master

    hondas are bad for distributers when the engine gets hot it shuts down if you let it cool down it should restart have it scan tested for codes

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    TimGoodreau, November 11, 2012, 02:15
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    I think it has something to do with the ignition control module,my OBD11 will not scan it, it is a 1989 my scanner only does 96 and newer. Should I just replace the entire distributor or single out the ignition module? I want to save my customer money, is there any way to test the module?

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    goodguy, November 11, 2012, 05:55
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    I would go to the nearest auto wreckers and get a used distributor

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    TimGoodreau, November 11, 2012, 17:26
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    I don't use salvaged electrical parts for my customers,they deserve better than that.

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    goodguy, November 11, 2012, 18:24
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    I would ask your customer what they want to do a used dist will be a lot cheaper than a new one

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    TimGoodreau, November 11, 2012, 18:55
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    And what happens when the one I use from a salvage yard goes bad a few days or weeks later? I have to redo the same repair free. I am about doing it right the first time. And as far as electrical parts, I always go new. That way if it is flawed, they get a warrantee. I would rather do that free then have a used one fail and have to buy another one out of my own pocket. In my opinion, any one who uses used electrical parts, aren't worth taking any vehicle to. So, I'll ask some one else other than you.please don't reply to this again. I've been at this over 30 years. How long have you been at it?????

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    goodguy, November 12, 2012, 02:28
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    I have been doing this for 35 years if you were that good why are you asking us questions

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    TimGoodreau, November 12, 2012, 03:11
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    One can be Good at their job, but if they are unsure about something, they should NEVER be afraid to ask about anything. It takes a REAL mechanic to be able to ask advice once in a while.

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    November 10, 2012, 08:00
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    check distributor

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    TimGoodreau, November 11, 2012, 02:17
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    What part of the distributor?

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    your.mechanic, November 11, 2012, 21:23
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    spark from distributor

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    TimGoodreau, November 12, 2012, 03:20
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    That's what has me confused, when the car shuts down, there is no spark from the distributor. That's why I am thinking ignition control module. Would you agree?

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    November 10, 2012, 20:15
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    Smooth or rough before it shuts down? Ignitor or main relay most likely ,by symptom.

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    TimGoodreau, November 11, 2012, 02:16
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    It runs great till it warms up to temp.then just shuts down. No warning at all.

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    ziptie12, November 12, 2012, 18:43
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    Try this; in a hopefully quiet shop , watch the check engine light and turn the key to 'run' position(do not start) listen carefully for a 'click' when the light goes off. if it clicks but car will not start , replace the ignitor. If no click -car should not start- replace the main relay (under dash left of column follow large wires from ignition switch.

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