When driving the car will suddenly stop running forcing me to pull over on 1998 Honda Accord

when driving the car it will stop running and force me to pull over . after a couple of minutes the car will start up again and I can can continue to drive . This is intermittent and can happen after driving for 5 minutes or an hour . So far it has always started back up but is very dangerous when losing power.

by in Wayne, NJ on December 03, 2012
4 answers
ANSWER by on December 03, 2012
could be coil or dist issues
ANSWER by on December 03, 2012
I had a similar problem with a nissan sentra. It was the fuel pump.
ANSWER by on December 03, 2012
Depending on specific conditions/symptoms , they also had a problem with the electrical portion of the ignition switch. One thing you can try--when it's not acting up, watch the check engine light while turning the key to 'run'(not start) and listen for a faint click from under the left of the dash when the light goes off. Get familiar with that sound and next time it stalls and won't restart , try that. If , this time you don't hear the click , replace the 'main' relay. Depending on your skill level , you can visually inspect the coil for 'hot spots'.
ANSWER by on December 28, 2012
While driving, try cycling the key to the run-off-run position (do not try to start) to restore power. If that works, it's a symptom of a larger issue, which I haven't isolated yet. It takes a few seconds and you will lose all power/lights/etc... momentarily, so expect it. If the car suddenly stops anyways, it shouldn't be much of a surprise. Conjecture: I suspect it's an ignition system problem with either the ignition switch/rod or an adjoining component.

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