2nd Oct 2007, 11:45

I own a 92 Integra with the exact same problem. At hwy speeds the rpm's will 'jump' from 3000 to 4000, then down to 1000 etc. The engine follows suit and the car surges and slows. To date I have replaced the distributor cap, rotor, fuel filter, spark plugs and wires. I added methyl hydrate to the tank and cleaned every grounding point I could find. The igniter was replaced about 5 yrs ago and I replaced the main relay last summer after I experienced the classic Acura 'hot interior - so the car won't start problem' (worked well). Best car I've owned and its at 300,000 kms. The more I look into the problem the more it seems to be a failing transmission. Last 'cheap fix' I'm going to try is to clean the connections on the alternator.

29th Dec 2007, 00:39

So my oil light comes on, only when the oil gets warm, also when at a set of lights it wants to die, any suggestions?

I did all of the above, rotor cap plugs, timing, fuel test, and it blows oily smoke upon start up.

25th Jun 2008, 23:21

Umm, I have a 92 Acura Integra, and sometimes when I drive it for awhile and shut it off, and then go to start it up again, it turns over then shuts down. This happens at random times. Can someone help me out???

17th Aug 2008, 17:28

I also have a 92 Integra that has a starting problem. I experience this once every month or so for a duration of thirty seconds. When I try to start it and the engine light comes on, I wait until it pops off before I attempt to turn it over. I think that helps prevent the light from staying on for more than a couple seconds when it wants to be problematic in future starts. It will not start unless this light is off. When it gets stuck on, I turn the key from off to accessory and repeat a couple times until it goes off, or I keep the key turned to accessory until it pops off. I have asked around a lot and I hear...

Camshaft positioning sensor

Fuel pump

Ignition relay

Fuel relay


Either way, I do believe it is fuel related. I almost hope it would finally go out so I could get the code read and eliminate this problem. I will figure it out and get back with the answer.

9th Oct 2008, 09:00

My '92 Acura Integra engine dies usually when at high speeds on highway; seems heat related. Will start again after 5-10 minutes. Main relay just replaced without resolution of problem. Please help.

11th May 2009, 00:11

It's the FUEL MAIN RELAY under the knee bolster driver side.

15th May 2009, 21:03


Mine won't start sometimes, very random, wait a couple of minutes and she's fine. May be OK for months but then...

I checked my spark a couple of times when this happened. It had spark but wouldn't start. If the main relay runs the spark I must suspect the fuel relay.

As for the reving prob... since the throttle controls the rpm one would guess the engine is not running at the speed the trottle allows or that there's not enough fuel. How the problem could manifest when in gear is another thing.

16th May 2009, 01:07

Hello there, I have a 92 Acura Integra GS with 190000 miles (love the car, never regret buying it).

I have the same problem as these other people have on their vehicles, rpm does not fluctuate nor it shuts off while driving, but after driving (short or long distances) I shut off the car, it could be 1 minute or 8 hours before I go to start it up again and it won't start. I crank it over a few more times and it won't start. I wait a couple of minutes, crank it again, then it starts right up (some times it can take up to 15 minutes to start it back up). This problem usually happens in the summer or on hot days, and 2 or 3 times a month.

I gave the car a complete tune up. I think it is the fuel pump/pump relay, cam sensor/distributor or some type of electrical/sensor problem. I have no check engine light on. I plan on doing a complete build up on engine and so on, but for now can any one give me some advice or possibly know what the problem can be? Thank you. (I am not getting rid of the car)

28th Aug 2009, 08:09

Fluctuating revs over 3000 rpms, then drops to zero and stalls out, then restarts on its own. Ignition igniter could be the solution. It's cheaper than a distributor.

9th Sep 2009, 13:09

I'm not sure if the reviewer still has the car, but I noticed you purchased the car with 120,000 miles on it. I've had an 1990 Acura RS and every 60-70K miles I did my timing belt.

The drastic RPM's might be caused from the belt teeth slipping on the cams. I might be wrong but it's hard for me to sit here and read your review without commenting.

Also, the RPM's surges a lot when I hit 140,000 miles. The main reason was caused by a huge vaccuum leak.

Good luck and I hope your car makes it.

26th Sep 2009, 12:52

I have a 92 Integra 1.8 that ran STRONG until I stored it for 2 months. When I went to start it I found it had no spark. I've checked the Main Fuel Relay (since every comment mentioned it) replaced the Ignition Control Module (even though it tested OK) replaced cap, rotor, plugs and wires... and STILL have no spark. I tested the resistance through the terminals of the ignition coil as directed by my Haynes manual, they read within the specs. My question is, "is it possible for the resistance through the coil to be within specifications yet still not generate enough voltage to produce spark"???

P.s. It was stored in a dry environment and I placed moisture removers inside the cabin during that time.

6th Oct 2009, 06:34

If you removed the backseat of your car, you'd notice there's a relay back there with a wire running out of it. I believe at least on my 90 Integra that it's the fuel relay, and on high mileage cars they tend to go. If you're not getting any spark, I'd imagine it's because there's no gas being sent to the motor.

12th Nov 2009, 17:25

I have a 1992 Acura Integra 1.8 Hatchback. About 6 weeks ago I started it, backed up about 10 feet and it died. I found that it was not getting fire. When I turned it over I could smell gas, but again I was not getting fire. I had to let it sit for 6 weeks before I could work on it. Earlier this week, after a little troubleshooting, I replaced the distributor (new, not refurbished) along with new plug wires. Now, I am getting great fire but I am getting no fuel. Not even a smell of fuel, though I turn it over for several seconds. Any ideas would be appreciated.

I should add that gas is getting to the fuel filter when the key is turned on. Also, it leaves the fuel filter and flows to the fuel-injector rail. Also, I have cleaned all the injectors.