I read with great attention to your article/response
about the 2008 Focus losing power (also a Chevy truck). My girl
friend has been having the same problem with her 1999 Honda Accord
(V-6) for the past 11 months.
She has taken it to the Honda dealer and two independent garages,
but no one has been able to solve her dangerous problem. She has
had the ignition wiring replaced along with the distributor cap, ignition
rotor, air control valve, ignition main relay, ignition wiring, and had
the fuel injectors replaced three years ago. Also, the fuel sensor and
fuel sensor pump check out okay.
But the car will lose power anywhere between 35 to 55 MPH and at different
mileage levels from being driven after 5 miles to 10 miles. She has to pull
off the freeway and shut the car down for a minute or two and then it is okay.
It has become so dangerous that now she only drives on the feeder roads
because it dies/loses power so often.
Can it be the same problem as in your article of 6/16/10? Or is it something
different on this Accord? Can you please provide a solution or what garage
could fix it? We are at our wits ends with the loss of power for almost 10
months. The car has been at the dealer for 1 1/2 weeks and they could not
re-create the loss of power issue. The two garages kept the car for three
months and could not do it either.
It is hard to exactly say on this one.
The ignition switch could be a problem since these cars in this year range have had some problems in the area and this could be a come and go problem. The ignition switches actually had a recall in this particular vehicle so this is where I would start.
Also get the catalytic converter checked as it could be coming loose inside and stopping up the exhaust flow therefore not letting the car run until it cools a little. This is not a visible problem so you would either have to use your fist “on a cold exhaust system” or a rubber mallet and hit the converter to see if it rattles inside, do not try this on a hot converter as this part gets upwards of 1000 degrees.
Thanks for writing in and I hope that this helps.