When you started it to wind down the windows did you only have the engine running for a few seconds? As if I do that with my car I have terrible problems starting it next time because the engine gets flooded with too much fuel (I think - I'm not great with cars)
So I always make sure I leave it running for a few minutes that way I have no problems! Could it be something like this?
If I can find it, I have a Haynes manual for that model of Civic lurking somewhere. I had the same 1.4/1996/P and it was a lovely car till someone drove a Mercedes into the side of it and wrote it off... Would be happy to send it in your direction if it turns up.
I used to have a car that did that! I had the spark plugs changed - about £20, and put more oil in. Worked a treat!!
Have you had the car serviced recently? Maybe it needs an oil/filter change?
MOT is for the bigger things - like chassis, brakes, tyres etc..
You should have a service done yearly, they will change the oil/filter, spark plugs, clean up the engine etc.. Will generally make you car run nicer. :)
Did the car come with a service history? Do you know the last time a full service, A/A was done?
:D:D;) TBH we were quite impressed with the thieves, not only did they get it started but abandoned it in a nearby town that's at the top of a hill, the car struggled to go up a gentle incline without going into first gear!
Ask round friends and family for recommendations of local small garage, if you've little or no experience with car engines you'll need a garage!
I have to disagree..MOT doesn't cover the brakes..efficiency yes, condition no. You could have deathtrap brakes with shot to hell pads, yet if it stops for the MOT, you're fine.
Chassis too - they can't move bodykits etc...you could quite feasibly have rotten sills and severe structural issues, but if they're covered at MOT time, the tester can't move the bits to see, so he'll pass it.
I've had a car pass MOT and 4 minutes later put me into a skid towards an oncoming lorry due to total brake failure and pad disintegration...that's when I went and had a nice chat to the tester and found out that the MOT is, in his words "not as great as people think".
You don't even need a speedo for MOT..
Only 2 advisories this time. It's going in tomorrow to get the alternator belt changed (£20) as apparently it had 'started cracking'.
Find a good local mechanic and get the car serviced annually. My experience of Jap cars is if you do that they'll last (almost) forever.
Or you can be adventurous in finding out what's wrong.
Requires two people, and some tools.
Take engine cover off and remove HT leads off one spark plug, remove the spark plug, you may need an extension bar and ratchet driver depending how far down the plugs go. Once the plugs out, plug the HT lead in again, rest it against something metal, (lie it on top of the engine) and get your mate/brother/father/mother, whomever to start the car. (DO NOT hold the HT lead) Check its sparking, simple turnover should suffice.
Check all the plugs this way, if one isn't sparking its either the Plug or HT lead, diagnose further, swap the plugs around check its the plug and not HT lead, if another plug works, its the plug, if it doesnt spark its either HT lead or coilpack.
Then swap HT leads around and check every terminal is firing, if plug wasnt sparking and HT lead swapped around to a working one and it doesn't spark, than you've got problems with coil pack, easily replaced, could do it yourself.