Join Date: Dec 2017
Thanked 2 Times in 2 Posts
Wanted to post the latest, but I felt like a recap of events was necessary.
It all started with what seemed like a basic oil change done at Valvoline, as usual. The next morning, he started his car and it was running low on power and “misfiring” (his words). I met him back at Valvoline for them to take a look since they were the last to touch it and they ran a diagnostic which reported back a bad Camshaft Position Sensor. As he was leaving Valvoline, the battery died. They jumped him so he could go on his way. I had him park it at my house rather than drive it around. Next day, it wouldn’t start because the battery was dead, again. I jumped it and took it around the block to experience what he was experiencing, and it definitely lacked power. The RPMs also “bounced”at 3,000 as if it was limited. I ordered a new OEM sensor, and as I went to remove what I thought was the sensor, I realized I was taking off the wrong part. It was a sensor located under the battery on the front of the motor, or maybe the transmission. After I had it unbolted, I realized it was wrong because the connector was different, so I put the bolt back in and plugged it back on. I finally found the correct sensor and replaced it. The car started right up so I started to back out of my driveway to take it on a test drive. I didn’t get 2 feet before the car just died. At that point, it would turn over, but wasn’t firing at all. I decided to put the original sensor back in, and it acted the same, turned over but not fire. I’m the mean time, I put a new battery in it and had it towed to the shop I purchased it from.
After the shop diagnosed the car, it was determined that the timing belt skipped a few teeth causing it to run poorly. I approved the installation of a new timing chain (car has 142,000 miles, 4cyl). Once completed, the starting issue returned, but was intermittent. Mechanic could replicate it, and it was random. He initially thought it might be the ignition switch because the car was not recognizing the key (no green key light), but it would randomly start. He also noticed that if he messed with the shifter, it would start. A Honda forum suggested it was the neutral safety switch, but I would assume that would prevent the car from over completely.
As I drove the car home tonight, I noticed that the speedometer wasn’t working, and then check engine light came on, and the car seemed to limit me at 4k RPM. I called the mechanic and he seems to think it’s related to whatever electrical issue is causing the car to intermittently start. I’m going to drive to for the next couple of days to see if I notice any issues, but it all seems a strange, and my mechanic is booked for the next couple of weeks, so I just took the car back for now.
I write all of this in hopes that there is some one out there that can potentially help direct me before I sink anymore money into the car.