The car is a 99 Accord LX with 162,xxx and the automatic transaxle, properly maintained.
2 days ago I was idling at a stop light with the A/C on and it was 85ish degrees out. The car started to run poorly, lacked power, then cut off about a minute later and would crank, run for a split second, and then die. W
With the help of a friend, got it pushed off to the side and he listened when I turned the key to “ON”. He could not hear the fuel pump pressurize and neither could I. No luck with a restart so I called the tow truck which took about 30 minutes.
The tow truck driver showed up, cranked the engine and it started and continued to run. We elected to have the car towed to John (my independent mechanic) just to be safe.
It was after 5 PM when I got the thing there and he couldn’t look at it same day, and he was swamped yesterday so he didn’t get to look at it until today. Summary: Car sat in John’s lot for 1 day.
This morning I got the call saying that the car is ready to go and that they could not find anything wrong with the car and thus could not reproduce the issue.
I said fine and went to pick it up ($0 for diagnostics, at least). When I walked out to the car to start it, it wouldn’t start on my first and only attempt. I walked back in and said “there it just did it…” One of the other techs walked out with me and started it right up…go figure.
Do I have any choice but to keep driving the thing until it gets to the point that it’s a consistent issue?
About a month ago I had a similar episode of the engine running poorly with the “maintenance required” light flickering on and off, but it didn’t actually shut off on me, then. A few days later the CEL came on for an EGR code which I now realize was probably just a coincidence.
Oh well, it is a 12 year old car. If you google this issue, “Fuel pump relay” comes up quite a bit. Thoughts?