My honda accord won't run. Help?!

Asked by Jan 07, 2015 at 11:20 AM about the 1997 Honda Accord

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

So I broke down a week and a half 2 weeks ago on the side of the highway. As I broke down my thermostat was all the way as high as it could go, so i pulled over a bunch of grey whitish smoke came out from under my hood. i tried to start it again after it died and it wouldnt make a sound, the battery light came on and the oil light came on. (keep in mind my check engine light has been on 2 weeks prior to me breaking down, but got the codes read at auto zone and they said it was just my spark plugs) after sitting there for an hour, i try to start my car again and it starts, i turned around on the driveway and started going home because i don't have aaa and no one could help me out, as i'm driving my thermostat starts to shoot up again, and blowing out cold air. so i turned my hazards on and drove way under the speed limit on the highway doing about 40-45 so it wasn't working my car to hard. 5 mins from my house and i finally broke down and my car hasn't started since. I really messed up big time driving it but i didn't wanna leave it on the highway and had no way to get it back to my house! ),: Please help me figure out what's wrong if possible.

3 Answers

24,035

Sounds like your engine overheated- and you might have overheated it again- it might possibly have a blown head gasket now- and any other damage, I can only guess- you can have a mechanic do a compression test, and tell you for sure- then you can see how much it will cost to get it running again- and if it will just be cheaper to get another $800 car (probably)- and get AAA this time-

45

When your water pump goes out the thermostat does too. The car will run without a thermostat but not for long in the cold weather. Your water pump has a small hole at the bottom. Start the car and look to see if water is coming out. That's what it's there for.. I hope you don't have to replace head gasket. Way to find that out is to check the oil and see if there is water mixed with the oil. Hope this helps

10

Also have them check your Distributor cap and O ring. That happened to me last year. And after several trips to mechanics, it was discovered that my distributor cap, rotor and O ring were bad. My distributor was full of oil. It cost about $360 to have fixed. Hope this helps.

1 of 1 people found this helpful.

Your Answer

Accord

Looking for a Used Accord in your area?

CarGurus has 73,772 nationwide Accord listings starting at $1,100.

ZIP:

Honda Accord Experts

  • #1
    Tom Demyan
    Reputation
    2,230
  • #2
    JP1956
    Reputation
    1,780
  • #3
    Jonathan Ford
    Reputation
    1,610
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Toyota Camry
1,074 Great Deals out of 86,827 listings starting at $800
Used Honda Civic
796 Great Deals out of 60,935 listings starting at $950
Used Nissan Altima
1,329 Great Deals out of 77,581 listings starting at $1,695
Used Honda Accord Coupe
164 Great Deals out of 6,813 listings starting at $1,691
Used Toyota Corolla
944 Great Deals out of 65,492 listings starting at $1,850
Used Nissan Maxima
321 Great Deals out of 21,816 listings starting at $1,200
Used Honda CR-V
887 Great Deals out of 59,641 listings starting at $1,495
Used Acura TL
117 Great Deals out of 4,195 listings starting at $1,875
Used Hyundai Sonata
892 Great Deals out of 56,568 listings starting at $1,500
Used BMW 3 Series
1,127 Great Deals out of 32,917 listings starting at $1,200
Used Chevrolet Malibu
1,061 Great Deals out of 62,287 listings starting at $880
Used Toyota Avalon
221 Great Deals out of 15,988 listings starting at $997

Used Cars For Sale

2017 Honda Accord For Sale
81 Great Deals out of 6,515 listings starting at $13,491
2016 Honda Accord For Sale
97 Great Deals out of 2,715 listings starting at $11,995
2015 Honda Accord For Sale
274 Great Deals out of 6,110 listings starting at $9,900
2014 Honda Accord For Sale
246 Great Deals out of 4,859 listings starting at $8,999
2013 Honda Accord For Sale
59 Great Deals out of 2,035 listings starting at $7,995

Content submitted by Users is not endorsed by CarGurus, does not express the opinions of CarGurus, and should not be considered reviewed, screened, or approved by CarGurus. Please refer to CarGurus Terms of Use.