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Q: engine stalles when put into drive on 1995 Honda Civic

replaced plugs and wires still stalls
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If your car has a distributor mounted at the side of the cylinder head check the ignition rotor and ignition coil, the insulation fails and the spark leaks out to ground rather than across the spark plug. Rushman is correct next thing to check is vacuum leaks. Many automotive repair shops have a machine that generates an inert non flammable low pressure smoke that looks similar to cigar smoke. The intake manifold is sealed off, and smoke is put into the engines intake manifold. The smoke then fills the engines crankcase and if there are any vacuum leaks from gaskets, hoses, or housing smoke emits from the source of the leak. Some mechanics will use propane or aerosol carburetor cleaner, with the engine running they will spray the cleaner or propane around the intake manifold and vacuum hoses. A leak will cause a "lean mixture" condition, when the flammable fuel (carburetor cleaner or propane) comes in contact with the source of the vacuum leak the engine idle speed will raise as the engine has received "fuel". this method of finding a vacuum leak works but is not recommended as it can easily cause a fire. Another less likely thing is the timing belt could slip a tooth if loose or failing.
Check for ANY vacuum leaks, Make sure the idle is where it needs to be and oops I g2g good luck!!
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