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Old 11-01-2007, 11:16 PM
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Ok so I'm starting up my car to go to school in the morning and something goes wrong with the car. It keeps shutting off on me.. I turn it on and it just shuts down again. By the way I have a honda prelude 1999 base with 133k miles on it. Anyways, I kept trying and after 5-6 times, it stayed on, Thank god even though I got to school late. Now I'm only 17 and I'm new at this car stuff and I have to go to school tommorrow, can anybody give me tips on what you thinks wrong with it? Thanks
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A lot of things could be wrong... does it do anything? Any check engine light? funny noises? Checked the vacuum hoses? Battery cables? Fluid levels? I dunno how cold it is down in Florida, but up here in Atlanta its been cold enough to make my car want to stall the last couple mornings until it warms up, maybe your coolant is low?
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Damn man what can I tell you, I just got the car 2 months ago and replaced the timing belt, water pump and motor oil.. I was thinking about going back to the mechanics but at the same time, I don't think it has anything to do with what they changed ... Or I dunno I could be wrong.. I've checked all the fluids and it looks good, and nah, over here the temperature has been 70- 90 degrees everyday so like I said I have no idea what to do..
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Old 11-02-2007, 12:08 AM
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The first thing i would check is your fuel filter, those little things can cause all kinds of problems. If you go to a mechanic they'll tell you that they don't know what it is, but it could be either x, y, or z. Then they'll suggest fixing each one (starting with the most expensive ) until they find what's wrong. You can get a fuel filter for like 17 bucks from O'reilly's. If it not the filter then i would definately suggest that it is the main fuel relay. They usually crap out around 140,000 miles. What happens is the interior of the car gets too hot and it causes it not to work. Try parking in the shade or leaving your door open for a minute so the hot air can escape before you start the car. The main fuel relay on a 4Th gen is located under the dash on the driver's side, i'm not sure where it is on the 5th gens.
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True that man thats why I hate trusting some mechanics out there, I was thinking of taking it to pep boys for a check-up tommorow or I dunno I'll probably think of doing the fuel filter thing I dunno cuz my dad wouldn't agree with it hes always been trusting the real mechanics like the honda dealer ..problem is that theyre too expensive.. any more suggestions thanks alot btw
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