1990 Honda Accord Q&A
1990 Honda Accord Question: Is a bad cylinder the end of an engine?
One of my cylinder compressions is only 30 psi. I'm wondering if this is something worth repairing or if that's the end of the engine. She runs really rough, I have to put her in neutral and rev the engine just to keep it going at a stoplight and she smokes bad when she starts up. The engine makes a sort of clicking sound and shakes. Makes it hard to sell even for a really low price! - Nirat
First question to ask is , how much do I like this car? Second is what shape is it in overall? Then get it diagnosed.It can be anything from poor valve adjustment to bad rings and many things in between.If the correct diagnosis can be made in an hour or so , would the car be worth paying a REPUTABLE shop in your area to diagnose it?Who did the compression test , and which cylinder is it? - ziptie12
have a compression test done wet and dry to determine if its upper or lower part of eng that is failing. then decide based on est - globalhelper
You don't have a bad cylinder, you have a blown head gasket. Usually you will see white smoke which is an indication of water/antifreeze leaking between cylinders. Everybody believe's they have a bad motor when this happens. If you happen to know of a good shade tree mechanic, get a head gasket set at your local auto parts and spend the better part of a day. Make sure you have your head resurfaced. Blown gaskets cause a world of problems but it's a lot of fun repairing. Goodluck - helpfull4u