My 93 Honda Accord died yesterday after filling up the tank. I was driving about 30 miles an hour, and only made it 4 blocks from the gas station. When I filled up, I didn’t “top it off”, but I did notice that it needed a lot of gas- about 13 gallons. I don’t remember if I fully tightened the cap or not. I was in drive when it died, even though I had my foot on the gas pedal. When it died, the battery and oil light went on; it wouldn’t restart, and smelled pretty foul. The engine wasn’t over heating- just no power.
Over the past few weeks when the car is in park, the RPM will surge, but it doesn’t happen when it is in gear. Other than that and the car stalling on the road, there haven’t been any problems with it.
I had it towed to a local repair shop that I trust. They looked at the gas to see if it was contaminated, but it came out clean. They said the car started right up, and they didn’t find anything wrong with it.
I am happy to have a working car, but scared to have it die again in rush hour on my way to work. Any idea of what happened, or what I could do in the future?