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Honda Accord (1990-1993) Maintenance and Repair

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  • It sounds like a radiator cap issue; however, if you've recently lost and readded coolant (or been into the guts of the system for anything) - make sure you've bled the air out of the cooling system.
  • Is there a wire under the hood that is only on when the car is running?
  • kkay2kkay2 Posts: 7
    Hi, I have a 1990 Accord Lx Automatic (have not had it long). When I first start the car in the morning, the temperature gauge needle goes from nothing to the center of gauge in just a few minutes, and the heater blows really HOT air if I turn it on. This is great when it's a cold morning, but I've never had a car warm up this fast. Does anyone think there might be a problem or does this sound normal? Thanks, KK
  • thegraduatethegraduate Posts: 9,731
    My '96 Accord LX (same basic 2.2L engine as yours) heats up relatively quickly; its blowing heat in the first two miles of my drive, less than give minutes.
  • I don't know where you live............but here in the Northeast my 1992 Accord takes 5 to 6 Minutes for the temperature gauge to even rise a bit.

    As long as you are not overheating.........you should be okay.
  • kkay2kkay2 Posts: 7
    Thanks. I live near Sacramento,CA, but it hasn't been very cold. I'm hoping it's just normal. When I do drive a long way, the needle stays in the middle of the gauge and so it doesn't seem to be overheating. The fan takes about 5 minutes to shut off after I turn the car off. I sure hope it's not an overheating problem... I don't really know. But, thank you both for replying. kk
  • greetings,
    i wonder if you bled the air out of the system? their is a bleeder valve screw by the thermostat that you need to bleed the air out. Here is the run down for over heating i use on a honda 90-93 accord; fill up radiator with 50/50 mixture use a funnel in radiator and fill up the funnel so their is no air in the radiator,start car let run until fan comes on, (watching temp gauge always!) check that fan is running and heater is on full blast, Now find bleeder screw (it is by the thermostat hosing on the block) Loosen nut and turn the screw open wait until anti freeze solution runs out with no air bubbles. watch that anti freeze in funnel stays full as to not allow air in system,turn screw tight and tighten nut. remove funnel, rinse area with water, fill over flow reservoir as directed and check temp gauge. your done!
  • kkay2kkay2 Posts: 7
    Thank you! That sounds like it's worth a try.
    I appreciate you writing. KK
  • jw1103jw1103 Posts: 2
    got water leaking out of a small whole on side of water pump where can i get a plug for this or do i have to change the water pump
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 44,403
    new pump

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  • ...that hole is not designed to plug, but to warn you that the pump bearing is wearing out...it's time to replace pump...if you don't, you will experience eventual increasing noise, vibration and coolant leakage--not to mention the damage to your radiator...
  • jw1103jw1103 Posts: 2
    thanks how hard is it to replace
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 44,403
    Well I don't know your skill level, but the book says that for a trained mechanic it's 4.2 hours, or 4.7 with AC. So for you and me, probably a full day's job. :P

    (not that we aren't brilliant mechanics, but the person who does them day after day has a large advantage in time-saving).

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  • this vehicle has realtime 4 wheel drive. sometimes it howls from the rea end when i punch it down and the wheels kic in to 4 wheel drive, also does it when i make u turn
  • silviodsilviod Posts: 13
    I have a 1989 accord 2 door coupe lx and i have 360,000km on it. The tranny is great. I change the fluides every 2 yrs and i use Full Syntech tranny oil and my oil is full syntech 5w30. I use iridium plugs and change them every year and change my air filter every 10000 km. Both fuel filters are changed every year. Take care of the car, change the fluids and you will be fine.
  • cybercoolcybercool Posts: 117
    hi all,
    I was told that only Honda steering fluid should be added into all hondas. Well, a few years ago a mechanic added a generic brand when my steering fluid hose was fixed.
    My car is starting to make steering noise when I make turns and I also notice rough steering. Can I just fix this problem by replacing old fluid with Honda brand fluid? Thanks
    cybercool
  • cybercoolcybercool Posts: 117
    Hi all,

    Can I install new oxygen sensors without a catalitic converter? I dont want to throw $$$ away if it defeats the purpose. Thanks, Cybercool
  • cybercoolcybercool Posts: 117
    Hi all,
    Does a my 93 Honda Accord EX use two fuel filters?

    Thx
    cybercool
  • thegraduatethegraduate Posts: 9,731
    You should be able to do it; I've had mine replaced three times under an emission recall on my '96 2.2L Accord LX, and never had the catalytic converter replaced.
  • cybercoolcybercool Posts: 117
    Hi all,
    I'm getting this rough wobbly and annoying steering noise from my 93 accord EX. I was told to add only Honda steering fluid. How can I get back the smooth steering as if the car was new? Flushing with original Honda fluid will fix this?

    I also understand it can be an alignment thing correct?

    Thanks for your help.
    Jim
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