96 civic 120K miles, stock, automatic.
In March I was running low on fuel, maybe 1 gallon left in the tank. It took a few cranks and on the last try i gave it a little gas and it started, albeit very rocky for about 1 minute of driving, filled up immediately and 2 freeway miles later, no real issues. I live in LA so very low ambient temperature is not a problem.
April through May, starting was a little rocky, it was inconsistently rocky too, sometimes there was no problem. Usually it’s weak, stuttering, sometimes just cranking but I seem to get it to start. I stopped giving the pedal gas because I read that’s bad (I own a vintage bike, so it’s news to me). I don’t drive that far and figured I’d try some Seafoam and some freeway miles would clean out any debris. Helped for that tank a bit for the next tank before the problem came back.
Still getting the rough starts, but now when I give the car gas as I pull out sometimes it doesn’t accelerate for 15-30 seconds, maybe 25 yards then it drive like normal. No dying at all but getting worse with starting up.
I’ve tried turning the key (not turning the engine over) 5 times and cranking on the 6th and it seems to help.
Any ideas/tests to try? I thought maybe it’s the fuel pump or fuel filter but read it could be an ignition coil/ spark plug/ spark plug wire issue. Two different ball games.
My MPG is not really dropping
I had a new fuel filter put in in February as routine maintenance (thing was on so tight had to bring it to a shop so no rookie mistakes there).
Timing belt &water pump replaced 6,000 miles ago