Any info will be greatly appreciated! I have a 1998 Honda Accord V6. CEL came on? Car surging while idling and dies?

Kim Dowell

Asked by Jan 08, 2015 at 08:58 PM about the 1998 Honda Accord

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

CEL was on a while back for close to 8 months. Changed gas cap. Light was
still on. I never had code forward..CEL went off one day, again never
had it cleared or read. Light stayed off for approx 1 1\2 months. Never a
problem with the car, light on or off. I filled my car up (reputable busy station).
I did not use car the next day. The following day the car had a hard start (it
had also gotten real cold this week) but car sorta sputtering.Drove to work
and back. Next day started car and idle good at start (choke good?) but soon
as choke released idled lower than normal, then a surging idle, exhaust out of
tail pipes had a light misting of some darker fluid (oil??). I think I hear a slight
misfire (not sure I'm not a mechanic). CEL light came back on (it's Not
flashing). Any ideas? I'm going to get codes ran tomorrow. I just put some
heet w/injector cleaner in yesterday, but haven't driven it. Only started it and
let run. It's been sub zero weather here. It's been a great car until a week ago.

1 Answer


first, you need to have the car checked (at autozone or similar, they do for free) to see what codes are in the memory. What you describe to me sounds the same as a problem I had on a 97 Accord XL V6, but you need to verify thru the codes. There is a poorly designed air port under the egr valve. You need to remove the valve & the intake plenum it is attached to, re-drill the port hole, then drive a steel sleeve into the hole (makes it bigger and smoother than the OEM design) then replace every thing back on engine and good to go. Check this link for some good pics showing what I am talking about: q=Honda+Accord+V6+egr+service+kit&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ &sa=X&ei=U_qvVPjmDZWTsQT- 04FI&ved=0CFUQsAQ&biw=1280&bih=840

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