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Honda Accord (1990-1993) Maintenance and Repair

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  • 91 starts runs "ok" when temp kicks up then idle goes down and runs rough and wont accept fuel coaxing. if I can get it to 2000 rpms it runs great but if I let off the gas it dies out and I have to wait for it to cool down again and start over. fuel pump, filter, flow all seem alright. decent spark. what the heck! also no check engine light. :confuse:
  • does it have a hitch and wiring? I used to work at U haul and the wiring box (4 to 3 wire converters) would sometimes go bad and do funny things to cars ie. turn signals come on w/ headlights, dome lights won't turn off etc. if you find one wired in then removal should fix problem right away.
  • Hello everyone,
    This is my first posting. What is the procedure to replace the instrument cluster for a 92 accord? without breaking the trimming.
    I'll appreciate your response, Thanks
  • Just a quick question, Is there a cabin air filter in 1990 Ex model? Where is it and how do I access it? Thanks to you all !!
  • elroy5elroy5 Posts: 3,741
    No, there is no cabin filter. I think cabin filters started in 6th generation in (98).
  • I have a 91 Accord that after warm stumbles under low rpms 1000-2500. Then it will clear up. If you hold the brake while accelerating. It will just sputter and not rev-up. You can give the car gas slowly and it will work in all rpm ranges. But soon as you put any sudden strain on the motor it will sputter till it hits 2500 rpm. I have checked several things; The EGR ports blocked was the first thing. My dad cleaned them, so I didn’t get to see them. That didn’t work. Rotor button. Cap, I just changed the plug wires about 1-1/2 years ago. Plugs look to be firing great. I have 185 compression on three cyl and 135 on one cylinder. I have checked several sensors. My check engine light does not come on. I checked for codes and got none. Please help. I can fix it, if I can find out what it is… Thanks
  • Had to boost my 1991 Honda Accord yesterday and couldn't figure out what I left on, but then today I noticed that a fan was running 3 hours after the engine was shut down in freezing temps. I'm not sure which fan is what, but it is the fan on the passenger side of the engine. Is that a rad cooling fan or is that the condenser cooling fan? ( I'm very green on the subject but from looking at electrical drawings I noticed there are both rad fan and condenser fan in there and there's 2 fans at the front where the rad is) What's what ? Can anyone enlighten me? Is it a sensor or a temp switch possibly? Thanx from a greenhorn! Lol!!
  • elroy5elroy5 Posts: 3,741
    From my limited experience, it sounds like your fan timer has gone kaput. You may have to read through a lot of unrelated information, but this link may help you. Good luck
    http://techauto.awardspace.com/overheating.html#Fantimer
  • astorastor Posts: 30
    I got a quote of $570.00 from an independent Honda shop for a timing belt replacement. It includes replacing the Timing belt; Balancer belt, water pump, water pump seal, camshaft seal, crankshaft seal, Balance shaft seal; oil pump "o" seal; Alternator drive belt and power steering belt. He uses Honda genuine parts. Is this price reasonable.

    Thanks.
  • I have a '92 that seems to be having alternator issues. While driving down the road I notice the lights getting brighter and then dimmer. Also the heater fan will increase and decrease in RPM's. This is not a difficult fix I am sure but I do not want to throw parts at it until it fixed. Anyone have a direction for me to go here?
  • thegraduatethegraduate Posts: 9,731
    Sounds like a new alternator is in your future.
  • elroy5elroy5 Posts: 3,741
    An auto parts store (Autozone) may be able to test the alternator for you, just in case. I'm pretty sure their test equipment can tell you if the alternator is charging too much, or not enough. Good luck
  • What ended up being the problem with your 93 accord and the front oil leak? I have a 93 accord with @ 151,000 miles on it and I am having the same issue. I know this was a while back, but any info would help, thanks
  • I have a 93 accord with @ 151,000 miles and I am noticing some small oil drips on my drive way near the front of the car. It is not just one spot, it seems to be several small spots........any suggestions on what it could be?
  • kiawahkiawah Posts: 3,666
    only you will be able to tell. Clean off the engine and wipe it down as oil will travel around, and then start to watch it to see where the oil appears to be coming from.
  • twa727twa727 Posts: 22
    Hey guys,

    As I approach 200K on my '93, I'm looking at a timing belt replacement.

    I've never had to pay for one myself--what's to be expected for a '93 Accord?

    Thanks in advance for any help. :)
  • thegraduatethegraduate Posts: 9,731
    Your 1993 Accord should be similar to my 1996 Accord (both are the 2.2L, same design). I got two quotes - one was $720, the other was $475. Both included having the water pump replaced as well (you should have this done at the same time).
  • twa727twa727 Posts: 22
    Thanks, there's a Honda specific shop not too far away--I'm going to get a quote from them. I know about the water pump, should always be done with the timing belt.

    The Honda dealership in Leesburg quoted my replacement @ $950! :mad:

    Problem is, I do not know when the belt was replaced last, but the serp. was replaced recently, so they might have done them at the same time. In either case, it's just safe to do it now so it dosen't break on me down the road.
  • thegraduatethegraduate Posts: 9,731
    That's true about being safe rather than sorry, especially if the rest of the car is worth keeping awhile (in good shape).

    I've got 178k mi on mine, and I drive it several days a week.

    Keep shopping around - I'm in Alabama, but I'd think you could get a timing belt done ANYWHERE in the country for less than $600, if not necessarily $475 (for just the belt, they quoted $400, and said they'd do the water pump for the price of the pump - no extra labor).
  • have a 93 accord with 151,000 miles and I am noticing some small oil drips on my drive way near the front of the car. It is not just one spot, it seems to be several small spots........any suggestions on what it could be?

    I am hoping I am wrong, but I think its the counter balance shaft seals. The counterbalance shaft galley is pressurized by the oil and the oil pump. When those seals fail, the car drips oil out of the the front. When those seals fail catastrophically, it pumps all of the oil out of the car onto the ground in a Valdez type puddle (don't ask me how I know :sick: ). The upside is if you need a timing belt service, this would be a good time, as they can replace those seals at the same time saving you some labor.

    edit - I think mine did it at 140k but I have to go back and look.
  • twa727twa727 Posts: 22
    Hey everyone...again.

    I've got a rust spot on my Accord's right rear fender. It is a small spot--maybe 1/2" in diameter. If I go to a body shop to get that fixed, will they paint it? I'd like to have it look as close to the original paint color as possible. Has anyone had experience with this before??

    Thanks,

    Matt
  • Is the rust spot just on the surface, or is there a hole? However the rust spot is repaired, yes, they will paint it. There isn't any other way of fixing rust without applying paint, even if you did it with a bottle of touch-up paint. It can be tricky to match the factory color, but an experienced body shop will know how to handle it. Even a small 1/2" repair may turn into a whole panel paint job if there are issues with the paint match.

    However severe the rust is/isn't, don't expect any type of warranty on the repair work.

    Mrbill
  • user777user777 Posts: 3,341
    Honda is probably going to be able to provide you with a touch-up pen or applicator ($5-10) that best matches the original color (code on the door jam) of the fender. However, because the vehicle is old, it's likely the color faded and a pen or applicator isn't going to be a perfect match.

    But you are talking 90-93 right?

    Matt, if it were me, for a 1/2" spot, i'd probably apply some Rustoleum or other chemical neutralizer to just the affected area, then lightly sand the resultant area and apply the paint I got from Honda. I admit to not knowing much about painting and touch-up and such, but to have someone shoot the entire fender????

    I've had hondas for years, and touchup has worked for me...I'd be saving that $$$ you'd pay a paint shop to cover replacing a major part or unexpected service.
  • twa727twa727 Posts: 22
    Thanks for your insight guys.

    I'm going to go to a local body shop here and see what they quote me.If it's too much I'll try the rustoleum idea with the touch-up paint.

    Thanks again!
  • 1993 Accord 10 Anv Ed
    198,000 mi

    I am having a problem with the electrical system on my 1993 Accord 10th anv ed. While driving or after i have been driving for sometime, even short distances at times, the electrical system will start to fail. All of the gauges will cut off and power to the engine will severly diminish. When it happens if I try to give it gas the engine will sputter. Nothing else goes out except for the gauges, but the headlights,interior lights,etc will go dim. I changed the battery two days ago and the problem is still occuring. Was told that it could be the alternator. Is there any advice or suggestions that anyone can help me with?
  • this could be your belt slipping or your alternator going bad (or worse) ;) . use a voltage tester and with the car turned off it should read 12v dc at the battery terminals and then with the car running, it should read 13.5 to 14v dc. try it when it's cold and when it's warmed up.
  • elroy5elroy5 Posts: 3,741
    Click on this link, and scroll down the page to the symptoms of your problem. I would guess either alternator, igniter, or distributor. Good luck
    http://techauto.tripod.com/
  • twa727twa727 Posts: 22
    Hey guys, I've got a silly question for you.

    I've got a 93 Accord with the auto transmission. When @ 60 MPH, the motor turns over at 2400 or so RPM. 65 is about 2600 RPM, and 70 MPH takes 3000 RPM.

    From those of you with other accords in this generation, is this a normal number? It seems high to me. Thanks in advance for any input!
  • thegraduatethegraduate Posts: 9,731
    That is practically identical to my 1996 Accord, also with the 2.2L 4-cyl.

    2350-60mph
    2600-65mph
    2850-70mph

    Don't sweat it, it's quite normal.
  • twa727twa727 Posts: 22
    Thanks!

    It just seemed a bit high compared to some other cars I've driven. Thanks for the confirmation. :)
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