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Honda misses then appears to go into a self-protect mode

Posted on 03/17/2012 9:55:25 AM PDT by varmintman

I have an 03 Honda Accord EX with about 155K miles on it which I've purchased recently which has had no problems until this morning: it will miss and then seems to go into a protect mode of some sort and will not run over 2500 rpm until I turn the key off and on again, then it's good for another mile or so until it does it again.

Has anybody else ever seen or heard of this problem? It may actually be a problem with the on-board computer, you'd think if it was a plug or bad gas it would keep on missing and not be the sort of intermittent thing I'm seeing.


TOPICS: Science; Travel
KEYWORDS: automotive; gearheads; honda

1 posted on 03/17/2012 9:55:35 AM PDT by varmintman
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To: varmintman

Sounds like a computer thing. Does it have a Computer control box? Take it to someone who can hook it up to a reader and go from there.
Good luck


2 posted on 03/17/2012 10:05:58 AM PDT by Yorlik803 (better to die on your feet than live on your knees.)
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To: varmintman

Cars these days have about a million sensors on em. It is prolly one of those.

Best thing to do is get your hands on a scanner and read what the computer says is wrong.


3 posted on 03/17/2012 10:08:35 AM PDT by shelterguy
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To: varmintman

Yep! You need the error code readings. If you don’t have a diagnostic tool take it to AutoZone or similar place and they will read the codes for free.


4 posted on 03/17/2012 10:11:36 AM PDT by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: varmintman

My wife’s Civic EX had the same problem. Intermittent misfire. Had to change the coils on top of the cylinders.


5 posted on 03/17/2012 10:14:31 AM PDT by ricmc2175
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To: varmintman

You should buy a volt. You won’t have the 2500 rpm problem. /s>


6 posted on 03/17/2012 10:17:55 AM PDT by AdamBomb
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To: AdamBomb

We have an 03 Odyssey. The FIRST time we lost the transmission it went into a failure mode much like this. The computer determined we had a problem, blinked the D symbol at us indicating the problem, and let us move on at low RPM. I guess the idea is you get into a failure mode it can manage - it is still able to move for you to drive DIRECTLY to a dealer, do not pass go, pay 2000 dollars :-(


7 posted on 03/17/2012 10:31:39 AM PDT by fremont_steve
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To: varmintman

It’s the mother ship. I check with Farrakhan and he confirmed it. Sorry about it, you’re screwed.


8 posted on 03/17/2012 10:32:30 AM PDT by Jabba the Nutt (.Are they stupid, malicious or evil?)
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To: varmintman

Get a Harborfreight code scanner plug it in and find out what’s wrong with it. I love cars with computers—they tell you what wrong. All you have to do is ask them.

I had a Dodge Caravan start missing once. I got home, plugged in the scanner and it said throttle position sensor. I opened the hood, unplugged the TPS and plugged it back in. Voila!

Really, computers are great. A lot of automotive stores will scan the computers for free.


9 posted on 03/17/2012 10:41:32 AM PDT by 5by5
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To: varmintman
First, Is it 4 cylinder or a 6? Do you have any warning indicators on the cluster? Check engine light? Dose it flash when it happens?Do you feel it misfire or just a lack of power. Need more info to help you. By the way, I play a technician in real life.
10 posted on 03/17/2012 10:51:26 AM PDT by jordansdad
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To: Jabba the Nutt
I check with Farrakhan and he confirmed it.

Is that the dreaded error code 19?

11 posted on 03/17/2012 11:08:18 AM PDT by BfloGuy (The final outcome of the credit expansion is general impoverishment.)
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To: varmintman

I had an ‘89 Hinda that did something similar - started wide spaced and random and deteriorated. Turned out to be the throttle position sensor (basically a rheostat) that was worn.


12 posted on 03/17/2012 11:15:29 AM PDT by trebb ("If a man will not work, he should not eat" From 2 Thes 3)
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To: varmintman

Check for a transmission recall. Right around that time there were transmission problems, I’m not sure if it extended to 2003 models. Mine is on it’s THIRD transmission.

Won’t ever own a honda again.


13 posted on 03/17/2012 11:24:55 AM PDT by Ham Hock
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To: Ham Hock

That’s crazy. My son is using my 1997 Honda EX for a beater (He drives 40 mi./day to and from work) and my 2007 is humming right along with nothing but scheduled maintenance. I cou
Dn’t ask for better car.


14 posted on 03/17/2012 11:35:29 AM PDT by Clara Lou (Deliver us from Obama (and Obama Lite). GO NEWT!)
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To: Ham Hock

Put 254,000 on my 1993 Civic LX. For the first 240,000 or so got 37 mpg on every tank. FANTASTIC car. Yes, I drive a Honda now. 2010 Accord.


15 posted on 03/17/2012 11:56:54 AM PDT by Bryan24 (When in doubt, move to the right..........)
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To: Yorlik803

Good for you if you have good a good experience with honda. I only give a manufacturer ONE chance to make a good impression, and honda has most definitly NOT done it.

All you have to do is google honda accord/odesssy transmission problems and you will find a lot of people in a similar position that I am in.


16 posted on 03/17/2012 1:14:10 PM PDT by Ham Hock
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To: ricmc2175

Thanks, that sounds like a most likely answer.


17 posted on 03/17/2012 1:59:05 PM PDT by varmintman
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To: Ham Hock; varmintman

Whatever, My 1992 Accord EX has 270,000 on it and I replace the Tranny fluid every 30,000 or so. It makes a huge difference with the vacuum and all. Replaced the blower motor, timing belt and hoses. Best little car ever.


18 posted on 03/17/2012 2:06:28 PM PDT by eyedigress ((Old storm chaser from the west)/?)
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To: eyedigress

I live in Japan , and both my wife and my daughter own Hondas . We owned an Odyssey for a time when living in the States some years ago . ZERO problems . My Japanese brother-in-law’s little Honda window van just died with 350,000 miles on it . Never had a major problem with it . What do you think he bought to replace it ? Yep - another Honda .


19 posted on 03/17/2012 3:07:01 PM PDT by sushiman
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To: sushiman

I bought mine used here in the states. A 1992 Accord EX is Gold here. I wound it up on I-40 in TN against a Grand-Am about 4 years ago. She maxed out about 125mph. The Grand Am couldn’t keep up. It was kinda funny as that Pontiac was quite new, I would guess a 2003 or better.


20 posted on 03/17/2012 3:14:17 PM PDT by eyedigress ((Old storm chaser from the west)/?)
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To: eyedigress

Should’ve mentioned, sorry, this car has a 5-speed manual transmission. I generally prefer Hondas to Toyotas but that’s because I prefer manual transmissions, if I had to own a car with an automatic for some reason it would probably be a Toyota since the Toyota autos are pretty much bulletproof and nobody elses really are.


21 posted on 03/17/2012 4:03:34 PM PDT by varmintman
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To: varmintman

My Auto is original. Little Guy that drains past the right wheel.


22 posted on 03/17/2012 4:09:07 PM PDT by eyedigress ((Old storm chaser from the west)/?)
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To: eyedigress

If it misses, sounds like a coil failure. Each plug has a separate coil. Coil fails shortly after starting (overheating, etc) and misfires. Computer notes the misfire and disables the coil to prevent damage to the engine. Any good mechanic can replace it. Cost will depend on which coil has failed. On front side, easy to get to. On bak side , may have to remove the intake. Not real expensive in any case. Good luck


23 posted on 03/17/2012 5:12:00 PM PDT by rstrahan
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To: varmintman

Have your fuel pressure checked.
Has the check engine light come on?


24 posted on 03/17/2012 5:17:25 PM PDT by right way right (What's it gonna take?)
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To: BfloGuy

that’s a B19 Bingo, good buddy.


25 posted on 03/18/2012 6:52:03 PM PDT by Jabba the Nutt (.Are they stupid, malicious or evil?)
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