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post #1 of 6 Old 03-11-2018, 02:15 PM Thread Starter
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2008 Accord EX-L 2.4 intermittantly dies

Hi, hoping for some help or suggestions of things to check.
I have a 2008 Accord EX-L 2.4 wtih 180,000 miles that starts and drives great, but will intermittantly have the engine die. This can occur while idling in the driveway or even while driving down the highway.
After some research, these are the things I have tried:
To test the ignition switch, I have started the car and then giggled the key to see if the engine would die. It did not on many attempts. So, the ignition system seems to be ok.
I have changed the air filter thinking that maybe it was clogged and that was the issue. No help.
I have changed the spark plugs (they were about due) and no help.
Edit: I should have mentioned, there are no codes. The engine light is not coming on or any other indicator. I hooked up an ODBII scanner and there were no messages.

There is a little bit of a back story with this issue. The car dieing started when I fixed a bad relay for my AC compressor.
We bought the car used about a year ago and it ran perfectly.
About 2 months ago the AC would not always come on. When it did come on, it was cold.
So, this weekend, I tried a few things on the AC to get it to work and it appears to be the AC Compressor relay switch is bad. I bought an AC Compressor switch from Honda ($30 seems overpriced...) and whala the AC runs and is very cold.
Now, later in the day, my son takes the car out and calls me saying that the car is dieing while driving. It is not so bad that he can't get home, so we waited till the next day to investigate.
So, just to see if it is something with the relay, we take the new relay out and put the old one back in. The AC no longer works, but the car does not seem to die. But, it is hard to know for sure since we don't know how to relyably make it stop running.
So, we put the new relay switch back in, but turn off the AC and drive. It eventually dies again.

Is there some reason why the relay switch for the AC compressor would sometimes cause the engine to die? Or is this just another issue that coincidentally appeared while we were fixing the AC?
Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
Can someone tell me where the "Main Relay Switch" is located?
One thing I have seen suggested for this is the "Main Relay Switch" going bad or having a bad solder joint. I can't seem to find information on where the "Main Relay Switch" for a 2008 accord 2.4 engine is located.

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Any pending codes ? Clean the maf sensor & throttle body to rule them out, look the air intake tube for any cracks.

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Thank you for the reply.
I should have mentioned, there are no codes. The engine light is not coming on or any other indicator. I hooked up an ODBII scanner and there were no messages. I will update my original message.
I do not see any cracks in the air intake tube. It looks to be in good condition.

I will get some stuff to clean the mass air flow sensor and throttle body and let you know how it works out. Thanks.
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The first thing to check is the battery and battery connections, both cables should be clean and tight. Also, the connection on the negative cable to the body should be checked to make sure it is clean and tight as well. Be sure the grounds from the engine to the body and the transmission to the body are clean and tight as well. How old is the battery?

The next thing is the AC, the fact that you have had 2 bad relays is concerning. It could be your AC compressor is having issues and the clutch is drawing to much current. You could try driving will no AC relay in the car and see if the issue goes away.

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Hi, thank you for the response.
I should have included in my original post, the battery is only a few months old.
I did check the battery connections, but I did not look at the negative connection to the body. I will do that.
I will also try driving around with no AC for a while to see if it dies.

On another note, I also cleaned the Mass Air Flow sensor that was suggested by KW2004Accord. The car does seem to run a little smoother and it is actually idling a little higher, but smoother. So, I will see how that goes.
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good luck buddy
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