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Old 12-24-2010, 03:44 PM
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Car turns over but then boggs down and dies! Help!

I put the key in, turn the ignition, and it starts....then immediately bogs down and shuts off completely!!

just had starter and sparks replaced about 2 weeks ago... but I can smell fuel when this happens...

Is my fuel filter clogged? i need new electronic fuel pump? electrical or connection problem?

just don't want this to be ungodly expensive repair

anyone? any idea?
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Re: Car turns over but then boggs down and dies! Help!

Check your intake. Vacuum lines, and the air control valve in the front, names slipping me. A plug and 2 coolant lines go into it. I did some cleaning and unplugged it, forgot and had the same problem.
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Re: Car turns over but then boggs down and dies! Help!

If you hold the throttle down (open), does the car continue to run?

From what you wrote it seems the car will start, but not run.

3 possible Causes:

Fuel
Spark
Timing

From your statement, you smell fuel. You can rule that one out. If you can smell it, its 100% fine. The prelude also doesnt have any notorious fuel issues with pumps or filters.

Spark: Do you have adequate spark? Check the distributor cap, plugs, plug wires for damage.

Timing: The timing belt could have slipped. From your brief description, this is what it sounds like happened. When the timing belt slips, the car will stumble and not run very long. Being off just one tooth can cause the car to run poorly.



BTW: a better description of the problem might help us help you.... There are literally hundreds of things it could be. And an accurate description of the problem usually helps it get solved alot better than my car dies after cranking...
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Re: Car turns over but then boggs down and dies! Help!

i didn't even think about timing... the car will start, run for a second and then shut off completely everytime. I was concerned about fuel issue and not trying without it being fixed. (afraid of flooding)

i checked all the sparks and wires n everything seems connected properly.

Thank you for your help!!
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Re: Car turns over but then boggs down and dies! Help!

I know the thread is a bit old but I was having the same issue and was assuming it could be my timing had jumped as well. Did you ever figure out if that was your issue or what it was exactly.
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