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iceman jr, 1.5L 4 Cylinder, Columbia, SC, January 29, 2011, 19:25
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I heard a squealing noise for two days whenever I drove my 1990 Honda civic. Engine light(yellow) kept coming on. Then car just shut down. Gas pedal had no pressure at all. I smelled burning and saw light smoke on left side of engine when I lifted the hood. Ways the problem?

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    patrick mannion from Greg Solow's Engine Room, January 29, 2011, 21:14
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    So hard to guess without being able to do some diagnostic test. A squealing sound for a few days followed by the engine shutting off could be a loose fan belt but the symptoms could be more serious and something I have come across on the 1990 Civic. I have seen the distributor bearings seize (make noise for a few days first) followed by the timing belt breaking because the distributor no longer turns and stops the camshaft. Just a guess but something I have seen a dozen times. Hopefully it turns out to be something a lot simpler and less expensive.

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