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Honda Accord (1990-1993) Maintenance and Repair



  • elroy5elroy5 Posts: 3,741
    I don't know of an internet how-to, but you can buy one of those cheap ($15-$20) manuals from Autozone, and it will have the step by step with pictures. The main secret is to remove the radiator with the fans still attached, switch the fans to the new radiator, and replace as a unit. Not too difficult.
  • It does sound like a worn motor mount symptom.

    First, check the engine torque rod (fwd side of the engine compartment). Its purpose is to prevent the engine from rocking with torque changes. The spoked rubber inserts in the rod tend to deteriorate and break.

    It's easy to remove and replace if you need one. Just use your jack and a block of wood under the oil pan to support the engine and remove the two bolts. A new one should only cost $15 - $30 aftermarket.
  • It's a pretty common problem with this car, usually caused by a faulty fast idle thermo valve. The FIT valve is the cylindrical shaped valve located on the forward side of the air intake plenum. To check, do the following:

    Start the engine and remove the top cover plate on the valve (two phillips screws). Place your finger over the valve seat. When the engine is cold, you should feel air flow across your finger. When the engine is hot, you should not feel any air flow. If either of these is not as described, the FIT valve is faulty.

    In the event you find that the FIT valve is the culprit, and you decide to replace it, try this before buying a new one:

    With the cover off, inside the valve you'll see a white plastic retaining ring with two slots cut on opposite sides. Using a small screwdriver or other suitable tool in one of the slots, carefully try to spin the ring clockwise. If it is loose enough to turn easily, continue tightening in small increments until the idle quits surging. I had the same problem with my car a couple of years ago and this worked for me.
  • jazzchazjazzchaz Posts: 19
    ....thanks so much---it's people like this group that restores faith in wonder Tommy Lee Jones retired....... :shades:
  • dano2008dano2008 Posts: 8
    I have the same question.............About the cigar lighter fuse location.
  • twa727twa727 Posts: 22
    Hey guys!

    Recently I've noticed a new sound when I start up my Accord. Right when the motor fires up, there is a high pitched sqeak that lasts about a second and then goes away.

    Is this serpentine belt or timing belt slippage, indicating that they need replacing?

  • elroy5elroy5 Posts: 3,741
    It's probably the serpentine (drive) belt or maybe a bearing. If the drive belt is slipping, your tensioner could be worn out. Does the belt feel tight, when you push on it?

    If the timing belt were to slip, you would know about it :sick: (engine would not run well, if at all). The timing belt has cogs on it, so it will usually break, before it slips.
  • twa727twa727 Posts: 22
    The belt seems fairly tight when I push on it...but it does have *some* give. Guess it's going to need replacement when I do the timing belt this summer too.

    I don't know why I even considered the timing has cogs. That children is what we call a brain fart! xD
  • javaman4javaman4 Posts: 3
    Honda Accord LX 1990. Me to. I plugged in a small car heater and it blew. Would sur like to know how to fix.
  • This past week I took my 92 LX into the dealer for what I thought was a clutch problem. It has 181K miles and I was told a while back that the clutch would soon need to be replaced. About a week ago it began to be difficult driving at low RPMs between 2 and 2.3K without the car shaking. It was more of a problem in the lower gears.

    I might have made the mistake of telling the Honda service department that it was a clutch problem. They replaced the clutch master and slave cylinders and the clutch, but the problem came back after driving 5 miles after picking the car up. Now the problem is in every gear from second to fifth. When I drive at about 2K RPM and try to accelerate (even without flooring), the car starts to shake.

    Could this problem be that the new clutch needs to be adjusted, or is it another problem? Could it be that it needs a simple tune up? I noticed when I got the invoice that "tune up kit" was listed in the long list of recommendations by the tech. I was never told this by the service rep. I just plunked $2300 on the table for the clutch, front engine seal leak (timing belt and water pump replacement while they're at it), and new battery cables. In addition, I am replacing the radiator myself today. Needless to say, I was less than happy :mad: when the car started shaking on the way home!!
  • elroy5elroy5 Posts: 3,741
    I suspect you have broken motor/transmission mounts, but please, get them checked out first.
  • Thanks for the info (I think). That sounds serious, what are we talking pricewise if that's the problem :sick: .
  • elroy5elroy5 Posts: 3,741
    I have no idea how much the labor would be, but you can get some reasonable prices from this web-site.
  • Thanks for all your help, elroy5! I will have the service dept check it out next week (since I already paid for them to find what was causing this).
  • lilengineerboylilengineerboy Posts: 4,116
    I will put in a second prop for that website. They have the exploded views for all the parts catalogs for this generation Accord. Its very helpful in debugging, trying to figure out what part is actually broken, etc. They also carry a lot of the stupid interior components (one of my doors lost the little lens for the light and they had it...).
    Their parts pricing is great, but their shipping and handling costs are slightly out of pace with the modern online retailers.
  • elroy5elroy5 Posts: 3,741
    When I received some brake pads from Majestic, the paste packet was smashed, and the paste was all over the pads (what a mess :( ). HandA now sells the pads, and I have nothing but good experience with their shipping, so I will only use Majestic as a last resort now. Majestic does have just about any part you could want though. Wish HandA would start selling replacement parts as well as maintenance items.
  • i keep hearing this noice from i think is the alternator or it may be the belt when i turn the car on it sounds like a screech and then the car starts but afterwards the rpm lowers under zero. is this a problem
  • elroy5elroy5 Posts: 3,741
    Turn of the CAPS please. :( I don't know how many mechanics there are here, but some of us know a little about Accords. ;) What would you like to know?
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