89 Honda Civic DX Sputters on right turns

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Old 08-01-02, 01:53 PM
emasterj
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89 Honda Civic DX Sputters on right turns

I have a 1989 Honda Civic manual that sputters(flutters) when I turn right. When the car completely straightens out, the sputtering stops(it seems like something engages) and I'm on my merry way(until my next right turn). This also occurs on the freeway/highway if the curves are sharp enough. The problem has been present for about two years now and is seemingly getting worse. Anybody have any suggestions as to what might be wrong?
 
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Old 08-01-02, 03:55 PM
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Must be frustrating I must say.

First thing I would probably check would be fuses for the fuel pump.

Then, I'd check the wiring directly to the fuel pump.

Then, I'd locate and check the fuel filter.

Seems to me that something is either being moved or jiggled just enough when turning right to cause a fuel problem? I could be wrong in my assumption going right for a fuel delivery problem....and not being a mechanic....but those are the things I'd check first.
 
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Old 06-09-08, 02:58 PM
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same problem

I owned a 1988 Civic with the exact problem you describe. It had this problem for about two years - but it only occured when the tank was low on fuel. It was like a reminder to me that I needed to fill up every time I made a right hand turn.

However, in the last year or two that I owned it, it went away. I don't know what the problem was but it might have been water in the tank that settled to a low point of the tank that would only move when the tank was low. You could try adding dry gas to the tank and see if it goes away. Dry gas is alcohol based so it mixes into the water and allows it to burn through the engine.

I drove my Civic until it's 20th birthday and just sold it this spring. I loved that car.

David

Originally Posted by Baldguy View Post
Must be frustrating I must say.

First thing I would probably check would be fuses for the fuel pump.

Then, I'd check the wiring directly to the fuel pump.

Then, I'd locate and check the fuel filter.

Seems to me that something is either being moved or jiggled just enough when turning right to cause a fuel problem? I could be wrong in my assumption going right for a fuel delivery problem....and not being a mechanic....but those are the things I'd check first.
 
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Old 06-09-08, 03:38 PM
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Had This problem last year in the shop. Will not forget this one took 3 days to find the problem. The wires in the steering column to the ignition switch had came loose in there plug. When you trun right the wires pulled and lost ignition for a second. Repaired plug fixed problem never seen car again.
 
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