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Check Engine Light, Car idle but dies when giving it gas?

(1990 Acura Legend)
in Rocklin, CA on September 26, 2011
I was driving from Sacramento to Truckee and my check engine light came on. Then my car started puttering. I stopped at a gas station, checked the oil and turn around. It was still puttering and I made it all the way to my drive way before it died. Now, I can start it and it is fine idling but as soon as I give it gas, it dies? Suggestions?
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of Greg Solow's Engine Room on September 26, 2011
That car has on board diagnosis level 1 (OBD1) which is pretty primitive but may show you the problem Just a guess distributor issue if you have higher mileage. To get Check Engine Light codes look at
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on October 02, 2011

1990 Acura Legend L - Thanks for the info. I used the OBD1 and it first flashed one time so I changed the front O2 sensor. After that it ran the same and then flashed two times so I changed the rear O2 sensor. Then when I tried again, it flashed once going back to the original issue? I also changed the spark plugs, wires and the fuel filter. It starts up and when idling it wants to die. When I apply the gas it drops power drastically and tries to die. It also smells rich in gas. Do you still think it may be the distributor? It does have high miles and it doesnt appear the last owners replaced or did regular maintenance on the car. Thanks
on September 28, 2011
If check engine light on, you can follow these tips to check your car: 1. Check your dashboard gauges and lights for indications of low oil pressure or overheating. 2. Try tightening your gas cap. 3. Reduce speed and load.
If didn't work, you need to read the fault code, get to know where the trouble is and fix it. The Acura H685 may be helpful if want to fix troubles by yourself (
PS: 1990 Acura is too old, it may be difficult to find a suitable diagnostic tool for it.
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