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Hello folks, My 1988 honda accord dx hatchback with the A20A1 4cyl carb engine is having some issues. I need some feedback and ideas on what might be going on. I would post a picture from the web as to what the car looks like under the hood, but from what I read of the "new member" guide in the topic's root, I'm refraining from posting links. Here are a list of problems/symptoms: -While driving, Engine sometimes sputters and dies, or just cuts out. -Coolant blows out of the broken stem that should go to the reserve tank from the radiator. Often causes white coolant burning on the engine/exhaust manifold. -Moderately profuse oil leak. Seemingly from the Valve Cover Gasket, I can't identify any other sources. Car doesn't seem to burn it. -Battery fried. 2 years old. Oozing from terminal. -Replaced battery. Car drove fine for a few miles, but died again. I wasn't present for this instance, but girlfriend reported that smoke came from under the engine. (white color) I have some theories on why it's doing this... Theory 1 involves a bad alternator. I remember reading that if the Fuel pump doesn't receive the right voltage, it shuts off. If the alternator's regulator is fried, then it would provide too much power, frying the battery and possibly shutting off the fuel pump, killing the car. If the alternator is seizing up, that might explain some of the smoke if it burned the bearings, I'd imagine that the belt would squeal, but it might just burn the rubber. The fried battery may be explained by increased power drain (on a 2 year old battery) from trying to start for so long and so often recently. As soon as I'm able to get the car off the side of the road, I'll plug in my Black and Decker charger that has an alternator test mode and see if it agrees. Theory 2 is a bit more... expensive, and I've crossed my fingers, toes, legs, elbows and eyes hoping this isn't the case... but I think the head gasket might be blown. All the normal signs I'm aware of (knowing that a head gasket can fail in multiple ways.) aren't present... the oil isn't milky, the coolant doesn't seem to react when the car starts with the cap off, etc.... Anybody else have any ideas?
Okay so I have a 2004 impala just over 100,000 miles. This has just started happening and total of say about three or four times now. Here's what's going on. I'll come out to my car and try to start it and nothing happens. It doesn't make any sounds it just won't start. Head lights, radio ect all work but it's like the car is dead besides that. If I wait around a little while it will usually start. Longest ive had to wait was 25 minutes. It doesn't happen everytime just randomly. I went to auto zone and they ran a test on the alternator and starter and nothing came up as wrong. It's not the battery either because it's only six months old and I've tested it with a meter and it read out as good. No check engine lights come on either. Ran another test at auto zone to see if any codes would come back telling me what might be wrong and nothing. Ive checked the battery terminals, wires conecting to the starter and altinator which are all fine. I've had the car a year and a half (used) and it has never done this before now. I would really appreciate if someone could maybe tell me what it could be so I can check the car. Sorry this is so long just trying to be detailed.