my 93 civic shuts off while driving

Asked by Jul 23, 2012 at 11:46 PM about the 1993 Honda Civic DX

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

This is a new problem with my civic, it shuts off when it gets warm. It starts from cold without a problem then I drive it 8-10 miles and it shuts off. Gas tank is half full and the car start back up after 30 minutes of letting it to cool off. The check engine light comes on after driving 3-4 miles and stays on until the engine is shut off. Please help

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There you go, your Check Engine light comes on. So something is wrong shutting your car down. Simple to diagnose, Scan the car for the codes using a scan tool, or have autozone or your mechanic do it. That is what is turning theCEL light on and it will pinpoint your problem area.

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I'll bet it's your coil. My 98 Civic was acting sluggish and then just quit after stopping at stop sign. The coil was bad. 5 minute fix. Coils are under $60 at Advanced Auto and you can ask them for a discount via the chat box (I always do and can get up to 30% off sometimes if I really finagle them). It's a 5 min fix if you are handy. There is also a YouTube how to video on how to change this. The coil code may not come up though so don't be discouraged. My Civic had BOTH Battery and Oil light come on at the same time when she died.....not the engine light.


I did have a Cavalier 1980's model that would just cut out when it got warmed up. After a zillion trips to the mechanics and only when the part failed it turned out to be the coil. Probably the same problem you have as my car would run okay when it cooled down.

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