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I am having a problem with my 1988 Honda Accord. The engine cranks but doesn't stay running; When I press the accelerator to try to get the engine to idle, it doesn't rev; It feels like there is absolutely no power- then it shuts off. The symptoms are similar to when the fuel filter is clogged. Here is what I tried: I made sure it had gas, it's receiving fuel to the carburetor, no fuel filter clogs etc, fuel pump works, I checked the fuses, it's getting a spark from the coil and it looks like the choke isn't sticking. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank You.

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Amanda J. Pierce, MBA I recommend checking an idle air control valve, they can be spendy, but often the root problem to what you are describing. This is a valve that is on the top end of your motor, that can be tapped with a hammer to insure this is the root problem.

Gelina Aquilina, Service Advisor / Mechanic at There are quite a few things this could be. If you have a check engine light on, take it to a shop that will check it for free.

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