So I went to an auto shop to get Ace's routine tune up. While they were adjusting the tappets, the mechanic showed me there was an oil leak in the distributor, O-ring needed to be replaced. So of course I gave them the go signal to do it. The mechanic removed the distributor, replaced the O-ring and installed it back in. Everything was done so it was time to test it. That's when all hell broke lose.
It was super hard starting, 5-6 tries before the engine starts. And when it does, it was sooo out of tune. The engine was vibrating like crazy. Super low idle to a point that the engine will die down. Ace had to stay there for 3 freaking days. On the third day the check engine light finally turned on. They tried to adjust the distributor, cleaned the throttle body and reset the ECU... They couldn't fix it. So a simple routine tune-up turned into a big mess! They broke my baby and couldn't fix him! Idiots! I made sure they felt a woman's wrath for sure. I brought my car there in mint condition and now it doesn't even start. One big %$#@!.
Finally got fed up with them and brought Ace home (didn't pay them a cent of course). I asked an Accord expert mechanic friend to take a look at him. He tried to do a manual scan of the ECU but the check engine light didn't blink. It wasn't giving any codes. He said it looks like my box is busted. So my heart broke into small pieces, put into a frying pan, sauteed with red chilli, then pounded until it was a pasty consistency. Felt really good.
Been to 4 mechanics and asked for countless opinions from car gurus, the cause is a debate between the distributor being busted or the ECU. So now it feels like I'm in the middle of nowhere. Don't know which part to look for (and where to look!) and which mechanic to trust. I would have the box scanned but there's no auto shop near me that has a scanner and Ace can't be driven anymore. He needs to be towed. So I can't just bring him here and there and here again. It's been more than a week now and I'm missing my Ace so much. Get well soon Ace. Car gods.. please hear my plea.
Whoever reads this, if you have a theory as to why I have the check engine light on, please do comment.