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Old 07-21-2012, 03:25 PM
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I have a 98 Prelude and for some reason it shuts off while I am driving it . I have to turn the key to get her going again. What is up with this? Any idea why this might be happening!? Thanks.
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Re: Car shutting off?

Does it bog down and die, or just cut off randomly? When exactly does it cut out? When idling or driving down the road? If it is bogging out and cutting off, you have something going on. If it is just cutting off while driving, it could be the ignition module (there is a recall out for it).
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Yeah it cuts out when I am driving. Freaked the crap out of me when it happened to me the first time. It lets me turn the key and it starts right back up luckily!
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TSB 02-031

September 24, 2002
Applies to:
See VEHICLES AFFECTED

Safety Recall:
Ignition Switch

(Supercedes 02-031, dated September 17, 2002)

BACKGROUND

Electrical contacts in the ignition switch can wear prematurely due to high electrical current passing through the switch. Worn out ignition contacts could cause the engine to stall without warning. Although the engine will restart in most cases, a vehicle that stalls while driving increases the risk of a crash.

VEHICLES AFFECTED
-1997 Honda Accord (L4)
-1995-99 Honda Accord (L4 and V6)
-1995-00 Honda Civic
-1997 Honda CRV
-1997-00 Odyssey
-1997-99 Honda Prelude

Not every vehicle in the years and models listed above is affected by this campaign. Before beginning work, verify that the vehicle is eligible by checking at least one of the following.

-The customer has a notification letter.
-The vehicle is shown on your campaign responsiblity report.
-The vehicle is shown as eligible on a DCS or iN (Interactive Network) VIN Status Inquiry

CUSTOMER NOTIFICATION

All owners of affected vehicles will be sent a notification letter of this campaign. An example of the customer notification is at the end of this service bulletin.

CORRECTIVE ACTION

Replace the electrical (ignition) switch

NOTE:
Reinstalling aftermarket parts(security systems, alarms, audio systems, etc.) connected to the ignition wiring is not covered under this campaign. If a customer wants a non-Honda part reinstalled, the shop that installed the part (or the customer) must do the work and assume liability. In addition, the customer is responsible for all costs associated with the non-Honda part and its installation. If you have any questions about this, please contact your District Service Manager.
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Re: Car shutting off?

So what should I do? Bring it in somewhere and get her looked at and risk paying the money to get it looked at even though this might be the problem and I could just fix it myself or what is another option?
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Contact your local Honda dealer or a few in the area and see if your vehicle qualifies. It's a factory recall so it does not cost you money, or shouldn't.
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Re: Car shutting off?

My friend and i had the same problem. Car kept shutting off while driving.. we replaced the whole distributor on her car and with me, just the ignitor inside..
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Re: Car shutting off?

Check engine grounds.
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