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Oct 12, 2012, 9:01 AM

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1986 Acura Legend Stalling Sign In

Hey there. I've got an '86 Acura Legend. She's been kept up fairly well--repairs if and when necessary, and all her fluids are topped off and looking clean. Recently, she's had a problem that's rather disconcerting. It started out as just bucking when accelerating, it feels like in a manual transmission if I'd engaged the clutch but wasn't feeding her enough gas (though she's an automatic). That said, it quickly progressed into full on engine stalls when attempting to accelerate. As best as I can tell, it seems to happen when it tries to change gears, but that's speculation--I know for certain that it's always when accelerating, and most commonly when starting from a stop. Though these could be coincidence: a full tank usually aggravates the problem more, and she seems to do better in the cold mornings than in the warmer afternoons. Lastly, she seems to have less trouble revving the engine when parked or in neutral, and doing so sometimes stays the other effect--might be a placebo though, and I have had her putter out even while in neutral (attempting to circumvent the problem). Normally, I'd just take her into my mechanic, but I'm a ways away from home right now and don't have that luxury. I figured I'd try and at very least diagnose the problem myself, if not attempt to fix it. Any and all help is greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance,

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Oct 12, 2012, 9:06 AM

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It's a car, not a women..................

That has a pretty primitive computer so it's not going to supply much data. Someone is going to have to start doing some individual testing on various sensors.


We offer help in answering questions, clarifying things or giving advice but we are not a substitute for an on-site inspection by a professional.

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Oct 12, 2012, 1:01 PM

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It's a car, not a women

Ya, but they can be a real bitch sometimes.

Since we volunteer our time and knowledge, we ask for you to please follow up when a problem is resolved.

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Oct 12, 2012, 7:52 PM

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Maybe it is a woman. I see the similarities.

You invested a good deal of money into her thinking it was for the long haul, but every step of the way she keeps needing more money thrown at her.

She may look good for her age now but going to look like hell pretty soon

You are nowhere near the only guy who has taken a ride inside her

All of those guys had a better ride in something else and are no longer there

After all these years, she can and will leave your ass to walk home on the side of the road despite the fact you did absolutely nothing to piss her off.

There are, however a few differences that I will point out.

Unless your kids were conceived in the car, it had nothing to do with all the child support you get to pay for 18 years.

You can let your friends borrow it without argueing with the car first, and you won't feel jealous.

You can borrow your friend's car and like it more than your car without catching hell later.

If it really pisses you off you can kick it with a steel-toed boot and not do jail time.

When you want to get rid of it, you can actually find someone to pay you to take it off your hands. Or you can watch it get crushed in a hydraulic press.

Cars also are free of the design flaws women are unfortunately plagued with.

They chatter at high speeds.

They have too much rear end wobble.

The intake is placed too close to the exhaust.

They can't be returned under the lemon law due to poor performance.

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