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Old 10-14-2009, 05:39 AM   #1
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VX Quirks

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After about a year of driving two different VXs, I've come to notice some quirks, and would like to compare notes with others.

First off, last tank was 40mpg all city, one before that was 55 combined. Lovin' it!

On three occasions, when sitting at an idle, we've had the cars die. They have been just warm enough to get to their low idle and for no reason, just stall. A restart gets them going. But it's kind of disconcerting. I'm guessing that it is a "lean burn moment" but wanted to run that by others. These stalls were not often, rather isolated events. The cars have, of course, been totally updated with new ignition components, all proper Honda parts. When they occur, we are not running headlights/heater/ac or anything that would cause the idle to be faster.

Another occasional quirk is the "almost start" sound. Once in awhile, when attempting a start of the engine, and it doesn't catch, the car makes this "fart" sound. It's really odd, and both of the car do it. I'm assuming it has something to do with the cat so close to the head as in the VX design? We had a Del Sol that made no such noise.

Does anyone experience these, or any other quirks you care to share?

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Scott
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Old 10-14-2009, 07:38 AM   #2
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The stalling may be fixed by cleaning out the EGR ports and the IACV (Intake Air Control Valve)

The almost start fart sound has happened to my VX on several occasions. Due to me not holding the key in the start position long enough. This may be happening as a result of the IACV and EGR ports needing cleaning as well.
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In nearly 2 years, I've never had mine stall or fart.

My quirk: When the car is below 1/3 tank of fuel, it takes twice as long to start as when it is full. My '99 Civic did the same thing, although I do not remember my '95 del Sol having the same issue.
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In nearly 2 years, I've never had mine stall or fart.

My quirk: When the car is below 1/3 tank of fuel, it takes twice as long to start as when it is full. My '99 Civic did the same thing, although I do not remember my '95 del Sol having the same issue.
Del sols have a different tank configuration than Civics do. That may have contributed to the "non-longer-starting" issue.
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Another quirk

Forgot to mention. I have an oil leak from the top of the engine. Looks like it is not coming from the valve cover gasket, and I've replace both the distributor "O" ring and the Vtec valve fancy gasket. Both with Honda parts. Yet I still have a pretty good leak. I'm not convinced that the Vtec is sealed, and I'm wondering if there is another gasket in or around the actual solenoid? It's kind of hard to see what's going on under the intake manifold.

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Forgot to mention. I have an oil leak from the top of the engine. Looks like it is not coming from the valve cover gasket, and I've replace both the distributor "O" ring and the Vtec valve fancy gasket. Both with Honda parts. Yet I still have a pretty good leak. I'm not convinced that the Vtec is sealed, and I'm wondering if there is another gasket in or around the actual solenoid? It's kind of hard to see what's going on under the intake manifold.

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I got an oil leak in my 94 VX that sounds just like yours. Haven't gotten to fixing it yet. Please let us know if you figure it out first.

Also about your idle issue and stalling - I set my idle to spec and it idles really low, at like 600 rpm, but never stalls or anything like that. I've been driving it for a while too, so don't think it's normal for the car to stall at idle.
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Yep, my idle is at the 600 level also, on both of our VXs. As far as the stall thing, it's been once in 6 months on each car. That's a pretty isolated incident, and wondered if it had happened to anyone else.
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