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1996 Acura RL: stalls..low speeds..few minutes the car started again…

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I have a 1996 Acura...
I have a 1996 Acura RL 3.5 Prem (156K miles). I recently encountered two stalls (engine dies) as I was driving a relatively low speeds. After waiting a few minutes the car started again. The third stall (engine dies) happen at my house. I left if for a few days went back to try to start it and it started up (sputtered initially but it did... Read full answer
I have a 1996 Acura RL 3.5 Prem (156K miles). I recently encountered two stalls (engine dies) as I was driving a relatively low speeds. After waiting a few minutes the car started again. The third stall (engine dies) happen at my house. I left if for a few days went back to try to start it and it started up (sputtered initially but it did start). Now fast foward a few more days and it will not start at all.

Q: My engine has stalled out 3 times and now will not start at all. Any ideals what/where/why this is happening?
Submitted: 8 years ago.Category: Acura
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Mechanic for Acura: Kyle N., ASE Certified Tech replied 8 years ago
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Hi,

 

It sounds like a main relay to me. I would see if it will start on spray. Use throttle body cleaner and spray a little up the intake tube. If it will start and run a few seconds then sputter out it's not getting fuel. About the only thing I ever see go bad an the RL's is the main relay. It's about $60-75 at the dealer for the part. Hope that helps.

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Customer reply replied 8 years ago
Where is the main relay and are the procedures to remove and re-install it available to me?
Mechanic for Acura: Kyle N., ASE Certified Tech replied 8 years ago

Hi,

 

It's located under the driver's lower dash panel. Here's a picture from the manual to help you find it. It's attached with a bracket to the car's underdash with one 10mm bolt. You just unplug it and take out the bolt and it's out. Then you install the new one in reverse order. It's pretty easy to replace.

 

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Customer reply replied 8 years ago
Thanks Kyle. How can I get you again when I have other questions?
Mechanic for Acura: Kyle N., ASE Certified Tech replied 8 years ago
Hi again,

Just ask a question and put my name in the title or request me. I'm online everyday but mostly evenings on weekdays.
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Customer reply replied 8 years ago

Awesome Kyle, I will pick up a main relay tomorrow and attemp to R&R it myself. Will chat with you again very soon as I have one additional problem inside the car...digital clock does not illuminate bright anylonger. Want to remove it but afraid I may break something...i have the procedures but still can't determine where there are screws versus the snap things.

 

Thanks again,

Keith

Lorton, Virginia

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