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Honda Civic 2005 and earlier



  • mpwbwmpwbw Posts: 7
    My fiancee has an 04' Civic and recently I noticed that the automatic floor shifter doesn't have any lighting. She said that yes it used to be lit, but there is no mention of anything in the owner's manual. I'm thinking that it has to be a fuse, but they looked fine. Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated. Thanks..
  • thegraduatethegraduate Posts: 9,731
    Hi guys. I am getting ready to take a trip in my grandparents' Civic Sedan. It's an LX Sedan, with about 110,000 miles on it. When I drove it over the weekend, I noticed the lights dimming and then going to full brightness. The headlights and dashboard lights did it, at the same time. They dimmed to probably 80% brightness, and then would go back. It happens very quickly, and as many as 10 times in 15 seconds. I would normally chalk it up to A/C cycling on and off, but the A/C was not engaged.

    Any ideas what it could be? My granddad said its been doing it for awhile now, so he didn't think it was the alternator because the battery probably would've died by now.

    Any thoughts are welcome!
  • kiawahkiawah Posts: 3,666
    Take it to an autoparts store (AutoZone, PepBoys, etc), where they can do a free alternator & battery check under load.
  • Could be a burned out or loose bulb. At least with my Honda experiences, dash bulbs have the tendancy to either come loose from the connection or burn out. My parents have replaced their clock bulb at lease twice and the light that illuminates my sun roof switch only intermittently works.

    Of course you want to make sure that there even is a light for the gear shift selector.
  • thegraduatethegraduate Posts: 9,731
    Good idea.
  • thegraduatethegraduate Posts: 9,731
    What price should we expect to pay? I'm getting quotes that seem awfully high, but I want to see what prices you think would be fair.
  • My sister just had her alternator replaced on her 99 Escort and I believe she paid around $210-$230. Last time I had one done was in 2001 on my old 89 Accord that ran me $350, but the guy had also replaced all belts, and did a full tune up including new plugs, wires, valve adjustment and valve cover gasket. You should be able to find a good reputable garage that can do it for under $250.
  • thegraduatethegraduate Posts: 9,731
    Ok. Our quote was approx. $375 so its a little high it would seem.
  • podunk503podunk503 Posts: 45
    it's just the opposite. when i pull the clutch out to start driving. the noise is very noticable in the right as if the right front wheel. the drive axles were replaced 4-5 months ago with remans but the noise was there before that too. any ideas? any suggestions on my gas pedal?
  • kiawahkiawah Posts: 3,666
    So is the noise related to the clutch (sound changes when you push the clutch in or let it out), or is it related to the vehicle wheels and their movement?

    If the car isn't moving, and you are in neutral, and you depress the clutch and let it you hear the noise?

    If you have the engine off, transmission in neutral, and you begin coasting the car down a slight you hear the noise? If so, is the noise frequency consistent with a rotation of the wheel? Have someone else coast the car and you walk beside it if you have to.
  • podunk503podunk503 Posts: 45
    good idea. however not related to wheel movement so much. i let the clutch out to "engage" i suppose, and i can hear it before and during the movement of the wheels. if i push the clutch right back no noise. so ya know how you can pull the clutch out barely and the car will start moving at this point the noise comes primarily on the passenger side. also and i mention this cause i believe it's related in driving and taking a right turn while accelerating there is a similar noise only in right turns. thank you.
  • kiawahkiawah Posts: 3,666
    Almost sounds like it might be the CV constant velocity joint. Is the boot around the CV joint cracked?
  • podunk503podunk503 Posts: 45
    not sure but i had the cv's replaced a few months ago with remans and that noise was there before that too. so i haven't a clue and of course a shop wants to charge just to look at my car.
  • careyjcareyj Posts: 1
    I have the same prolem with my 94 Prelude. Mine is a RRRRRRRRing noise. It's very inconsistant but mostly happens from a dead stop in reverse or 1st gear while I let up on the clutch. Sometimes there is a dragging noise when the car is stopped, in first, while the cluch is pushed all the way in. It sounds like the clutch might be dragging. I've taken it to two garages and they both say they can't tell if it's the clutch or transmission until they crack it open. Any help would be appreciated
  • crv16crv16 Posts: 205
    In the past 3-1/2 years, I've put on 100k miles on my 2003 Civic EX 5 speed. It still runs great. The only problem I have had was a bad front wheel bearing. I still get 40 mpg.

    My question is - how long should this car last? 200K? 250K? More?
  • pulgopulgo Posts: 400
    With good maintenance (regular coolant, engine oil, fluid replacement, ETC.) you could exceed 300k and more without a doubt.
  • jchan2jchan2 Posts: 4,956
    If you maintain it regularly, and keep all the fluids in check, I would say that you could easily toss 300K miles on it and still have it drive like it did in 2003.
  • amunityamunity Posts: 5
    I am looking to reconfigureing the ignition system to start the car useing a computer but one question is on my mind before I begin messing with the wires.

    I was told that the ignition system consists of two wires in the key lock. When the key is turned the wires touch and cause the motor to crank the engine. This was told to me by a friend who if familliar with 80's cars. Does the '02 have this same interface? I relaize that I will need to have the key near the sensor for the microchip to be detected.

    Thank you in advance.
  • kenlwkenlw Posts: 190
    No disrespect intended, but based on your lack of understanding of how this works, I seriously doubt you should attempt this. This is not a job for the inexperienced.
  • street911street911 Posts: 3
    Does it make financial sense to repair the vehicle?

    I currently own a 1993 Honda Civic Coupe (170,000 miles). Last week, I had the vehicle checked for noise. The Midas technician asked if this vehicle had been involved in a collision, and pointed to a cracked frame in the passenger rear side. I told him no collision or accident whatsoever. The only possibility I can think of are pot holes, rust (due road salt in Michigan) and road constructions.

    The technician recommended having the vehicle serviced by Honda. Is it worth the investment to pay for repairs ? Is a cracked frame repairable ? Is this a safety concern ?

    This is my first vehicle and have been extremely pleased especially with the mileage.

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