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Honda Civic Care and Maintenance



  • lvtltnlvtltn Posts: 10
    Hi, My Civic had 31K miles,is it ok if I use the high-mileage oil (75000) for it? Thanks
  • tomsr1tomsr1 Posts: 130
    I have almost 6000 miles and decided to rotate the tires.
    Simple enough, but the right front wheel lock was overtightend and ruined the threads. I was able to get
    the wheel lock off but can't get it back on so I have to
    take it to the dealer. They should take those impact
    wrenches from the monkies who prep the cars.My only other thing is I bought the wrong car.If you have to park in
    parking structures it is difficult to open the door wide
    to get in and out unless you are short legged.So I try to
    avoid having another car on the drivers side. :mad:
  • tomsr1tomsr1 Posts: 130
    I took my 2006 Civic in to the dealer to correct the
    buggered wheel stud which was done under warranty and decided to have the oil changed since it was close to 6000
    miles.I expected to have to pay for that but when I picked
    up the car the invoice said no charge.I asked why and
    the service rep said "for good customer relations".This was
    in Poway California.One of the reasons I traded my Kia
    Sorento in on this Civic is poor service.I don't think it is
    Kias fault but Kia dealers are always combined with other makes and so the service department is not skilled in Kia.
  • Just bought 06 Civic EX last wk and it poured rain last night. I have the same rusting occuring all over roof and hood areas. Additionally, I found in every window frame of the interior metal of door, rusting occuring at the welding points. Also found this on the edges of the doors where the factory frames the sheet metal edging together w/o welding and if you look close enough where this meets, you may find it too.

    I am so not happy with any of this along w/ the alloy rim damage from new tires being placed on it for the sale, backseat plastic shoulder guide broken and very evident (even though even I missed it during my review of car on day purchased)- and the trunk lighting is so dim! A glow stick lights it up better!
    Lastly, can anyone explain to me what reasoning supports Honda designing the Civic without a under hood light? This is beyond common sense to me but last time I checked, lighting for the engine area was standard on every other car I've owned from Ford,Buick & Saturns.
    Not a good experience and now having dropped it off earlier today to make paint and other repairs, I think I need another car.
  • tomsr1tomsr1 Posts: 130
    Is it possible this car was one of the ones flooded in
    hurricane Katrina.I saw on the news that those cars can be found in any state.
  • targettuningtargettuning Posts: 1,371
    The car seems to have suffered some type of environmental damage to the paint. Maybe industrial fallout? This is a used Civic right? Can you absolutely verify the previous owner and why it was traded so soon? Did you buy from a Honda dealer? I too question whether this car was flood damaged since rusting is occuring in unusual places and very early in its life. It is, after all, a 2006.
    As for the lack of underhood lighting..well it is a Honda after all and they NEVER break down...joke, joke, joke. Seriously, most new cars don't have any type of underhood lighting any longer. There is nothing to see (most of a modern engine is covered by a plastic shroud) or repair by the owner under there anyhow. If your engine fails you can stand there all day and stare at the engine and see nothing amiss. It is all computer controlled with modules and sensors and various other black boxes that mean nothing to the average owner.
  • I don't think it is a flooded car from hurricane Katrina, but will look into that possibility.
    Ditto, it has suffered some type of environmental damage to the paint.

    But this is a brand NEW 2006 Civic bought from Honda dealership! The title never left dealership until I bought it. I hear you on the rusting occuring in unusual places and very early in its life- and shouldn't be occuring at this rate from factory in Canada to U.S. dealership. I have contacted Lemon Law resources for the Mid-Atlantic to see what my rights are in this matter. This is pending as my car is still at dealership due to new issues on delays with parts ordered. I chose to leave car there to avoid only more inconveniences of ping pong dropping car off and getting loaners as the paint repairs only occur on Tuesdays and parts deliveries are further delayed. Did I mentioned they scratched glass with razor blade trying to remove film of unknown substance all over all windows said to be from factory window protection wrapping? This appeared 3day I had car and wasn't visible until after a major rain overnight. Dealership denies it is over wash from wax job but still hasn't gotten residue off all window surfaces to date.
    These defects and damages are not what a new car should be sold with or that quality control missed, skipped what have you. I've been told by Srv. Mngr. the Manufacture Rep. will be back soon and I will have to discuss this with him.
  • sandman46sandman46 Posts: 1,798
    After some grief from the dealership, they have agreed to do the TSB next Monday and will order the necessary kit this afternoon. Tried to get it all done with just one trip down there, but they failed me on that score. The service manager's not to happy but has agreed to do it. That's all I want so I'll just have to drive down there next week.
    Oil change was also done with 30% on the monitor with 5050 miles on the car and 7 months of ownership. Just didn't want to go much more on the break-in oil actually. And today was a holiday for me also. Turns out the oil change was free also & finally got some touch up paint to fix my garage door incident.

    The Sandman :)
  • ruking1ruking1 Posts: 14,478
    Hard to beat the price of the oil change!! :)
  • sandman46sandman46 Posts: 1,798
    Still get the 10k and 15k gratis...but deep down we all know I paid for it somewhere. I was told a tire rotation is done with the 10k service. Been keeping a close eye on 'em and all is well.
    Will post back here next Monday nite after the TSB is performed.

    The Sandman :)
  • Can you tell me how to reset the indicator manually?
    I just had my first oil change done tonight in my '06 Honda Civic. The Mr. Tire I took the car to because of time could not figure out how to reset the indicator. Please reply here or to Thanks.
  • targettuningtargettuning Posts: 1,371
    I thought it may have been used because you mentioned damage to the alloy rim/s due to a tire change prior to sale. So, this begs yet another question...why were the tires changed if this was a "new" car? A film on the glass?More evidence of some type of environmental damage? I am not entirely sure the glass is protected by some type of film for shipping and even if it were it shouldn't be necessary to scrape it off with a razor blade. I have been seeing postings of easily scratched/chipped glass on these as well. Something seems fishy with your purchase. There seems to be too many issues with a "new" car. What is the latest with your inquiries to Honda?
  • tomsr1tomsr1 Posts: 130
    I would do a vin# search in Louisiana because I still think
    the car was flooded and Honda won't know and dealers won't
    tell the truth.I once bought a new (unregistered) Mazda
    and was told it was a demo.I had it a couple of weeks and one day I noticed a panel had a different contour so I got
    a magnet and checked it.It had Bondo on it.It had been
    in an accident.I took it back to the dealer and they denied
    knowing anything.I wanted a new car but they were not going to budge till I threatened to sue. Eventually I got the new car but it left a bad taste about that dealer.
  • Ok so I heard from my gf of all people that you need to break in a new engine. i have less the 100 miles on my car and I was wondering if this is true and how to do it?
  • Yes she is right, although the break in period on new vehicles today is not nearly as strict as they were back in the 20th century. The best way to break in your new engine is to just drive moderately for the first 1000-1500 miles. Try to vary the speed from residential speeds to highway speeds and avoid jackrabbit starts. Also remember there is a small break in period on new brake pads too. Brake moderately as well and avoid panic stops for the first 200-300 miles. This will ensure the brake pads are seated properly and ensure proper wear for the life of the pads. Hope this helps, enjoy the new car.
  • dtownfbdtownfb Posts: 2,915
    The recommended break-in steps are outlined in the owner's manual.
  • Just passing along...The check engine light came on at 138k so I took it to Autozone and with malfunction code in hand went to the local Honda dealership to get some parts.. Turns out the 96/97 Civic has a 150K/14 year emission warranty...

    So for all those Civic owners...don't forget to ask....
  • OK, a quick rundown of what has happened to me with my 03 Civic coupe can be found on the honda civic climate control system board. I got the car back from the shop after its head gasket, water pump, and timing belt replacement. The car ran great out of the shop, but I smelled oil burning coming from underneath the hood. I checked it out, and it was coming from the block somewhere, and not out the tail pipe. I called the shop back and he commented back saying he cleaned really good under there (which he truly did), so it was probably just burn off from that and to give it a couple of days of driving. Still curious I looked at my receipt for the repairs he did this morning (I got the car back Friday and probably have driven it 150 miles). He charged me for FIVE quarts of oil. So I popped the hood again and checked the level and it is well above the max line. I can't really notice any oil burning smell anymore after this weekend of driving. I am going to drive it to the shop tomorrow to show him what he did and have the excess drained out in case there was any damage done.

    My question is:

    Do I have to worry about any permanent damage done by this incident? I have only driven it about 150 miles like I said with this problem and am having it corrected tomorrow. Engine still sounds quiet and the oil burning has gone away, and it has never burned out the tail pipe. I have researched it a little on the internet saying oil whip could occur causing damage due to the lack of lubrication because the oil pump does not do a good job pumping air and oil can leak out due to the excess pressure which is probably what I was experiencing. Any help or advice is much appreciated.
  • usually for oil "cavitation" or excess crankcase pressure you need a LOT of extra oil in there, not just one quart extra.

    So I'd say no harm done. It would take like ten quarts to create a menace like you read about.
  • I have a 2003 Civic LX 85,000 miles. recently a yellow lamp came on in the cluster with the tachometer in it. My mechanic who I very much trust said he had to reset the throttle positioning sensor. the light stayed out about 400 miles but is now back on again. Do I have a bad problem or just a pain in the rear one?. I will go back to my mechanic but what can i expect?. This is the first problem I have had other than maint. items since I got the vehicle?
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