I've been having problems with my Honda Wagovan. It currently has 220,000 miles on it, and I've been driving it for more than 20 years now. Yesterday, I encountered a problem starting the vehicle. It doesn't happen all the time, but whenever I start it, it shuts off again, and it will just stall. After that, it takes a few tries before it starts again. I almost got stranded in the middle of the road. I'm afraid the same incident will happen to me again. What should I do to fix this problem?
If you notice your rpms go up then immediately fall back to zero, then there might be a problem with your ignition module. This module is found in the distributor, and its main purpose is to open or close a ground circuit to the primary winding inside the ignition coil. When this part fails, the engine will usually fail to start. However, if your vehicle only continues to cranks after warming up but won't turn over, then the problem could be due to your main fuel relay. Check it for fuel and spark. If you are not getting any fuel, then you are positive that your main fuel relay has failed. If you are not getting any spark, on the other hand, then the problem is in your distributor.
I just changed the head gasket on my Wagovan this morning. I re-installed everything the way I removed each one of them—sensors, vacuum, and all. I also ensured that the timing belt is in the right position as well as the distributor. However, my vehicle still won't run properly. It idles fine, but it won't pull especially on low rpms. I tried replacing my spark plugs and wires with new parts as well as the timing belt. After idling, it slows its rpm and dies when I press down the pedal. What's wrong with my vehicle?
While you think there might be a problem with your reinstallation of your car's components, the problem can be due to a defective timing gear. Make sure that your timing gear is in good condition because it is responsible for opening and closing the valves at the correct time to best fill the cylinder with an air and fuel mixture. When it is off even just for a few degrees, the engine might not work properly. For this kind of problem, since it has to do with certain specifications, it is best that you take your car to a professional mechanic to have it checked and repaired properly. If the timing gear or belt is not the problem, then there might be something wrong with your distributor.
What is the difference between a Honda Wagovan and a Civic Wagon?
Wagovan is actually a trim level for the base model of Civic Wagon. In terms of function and style, a Wagovan has vinyl seats, foldable rear seats into one bench, and horizontal bars of rear one-fourth glass. A Civic Wagon, on the other hand, has cloth seats, with rear seats split fold, and no bar on one-fourth glass. When you see the emblem "Wagovan" on a Civic wagon, don't be confused because it's just a trim level description.