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Honda Accord (1994-1997) Maintenance and Repair



  • mamamia2mamamia2 Posts: 698
    When my (sold since) '95 Accord V6 had this problem, what was going crazy was the SPEEDOMETER needle, not the RPM needle. And the car was slightly BUCKING at high speed. No "check engine" light, though. Replacing the Speed Sensor and Distribution Cap fixed it all. I think I paid about $450 to my local guy, then I found out about the special recall -- and got reimbursed by Honda.
  • elroy5elroy5 Posts: 3,741
    Read back a couple of pages, this has just been covered. Here's the VSS (vehicle speed sensor) link again. It may be covered by an extended warranty, so check that out too. Hope you solve the problem.
  • I went to honda for the recall work. I have to double check the invoice but they should have automatically replaced that right?

    I was with him when he replaced my distributor and spark plug wires...not sure if he did the VSS.

    What do I do now? :cry:
  • elroy5elroy5 Posts: 3,741
    Find out for sure. Duh. :confuse:
  • Nope, they never replaced the VSS.

    Now I remember how they were trying to get me to pay for the parts they were installing as part of the service bulletin

    I had issue with it and I guess they got around it by not replacing the part.

    So do you think I can take it to another dealership to get the VSS replaced? If not how hard is it to replace. I hear it is located beneath the thermostat housing.
  • elroy5elroy5 Posts: 3,741
    Click on the link I posted. It has pictures, and all the details.
  • I had the service bulletin done on my 97 Accord Ex and 2 years later my speedometer stopped working. After I changed it, I found out on this site that it should have been replace during the service bulletin. I took my car back to the same Honda dealer with the receipt for the new VSS and a copy of the bulletin showing them that they should have replaced it. They then changed it and reset the computer to turn off the check engine light, it stayed on after I changed the VSS. You should do the same or if you feel uncomfortable with that Honda dealership go to a different one.
  • mamamia2mamamia2 Posts: 698
    djsg143, if the work was done BEFORE the car hit the 150,000 on the odometer, you were eligible for a FREE service, if it was covered by that bulletin. And you were eligible for a FREE TUNE UP.

    Since your dealer has been trying to play funny games, before going back to him, or any other dealership, I would call Honda first, discuss it with them, let them call the dealership and give them instructions.

    The Speed Sensor, btw, is right next to (or even attached to) the Distributor Cap, at least it was on my '95 Accord V6.
  • hi there,
    Have you had any reply's to your problem? I have a similar problem if not the same. My Honda accord 94 manual has been parked up for some time and the battery was dead. tried to swap the battery but as soon as i connect it the standard honda alarm keeps going off. I aslo have an aftermarket alarm fitted but have disarmed that. Someone told me to reset the fuse for the standard alarm, i found that but it hasn't reset. No matter what i do i can't start it with the alarm going off. If you have found a solution then i would appreciate any advice.
  • user777user777 Posts: 3,341
    this may help. i saw a reference to the auto alarming with the battery removed with the alarm still armed on page 18, which i think is your scenario.

    anyway, perhaps this has the info you seek.
  • My accord makes a humming sound after it has been driven and is sitting in my garage. This is happening when the car is not running. It seems like when i loosen the gas cap this sound stops. It seems that the gas cap is sealing tight because it make a sound like pressure is being relieved when i loosen it. Any ideas? I am getting crappy gas mileage and i am thinking maybe the fuel pump? Any help would be appreciated. Thanks
  • I just bought a 94 Accord Ex a couple months ago, it's got the four cylinder engine and an automatic transmission, I love the car but the problem is I'm only averaging about 18 mpg :cry: when I was expecting to get high 20's out of it! ANY ideas on how I can remedy this? ANYONE else had the same problem? I'm really hoping that there's something I can do to fix this and that it's not just the way the car is. It's my first car and I got it over a truck or SUV because I wanted to save $$$ on gas! :mad: PLEASE HELP! THANKS
  • tallman1tallman1 Posts: 1,874
    It's going to be tough for anyone to respond because we don't know your driving style, city/highway driving breakdown, typical length (short drives don't allow the engine to warm this giving very poor mileage) etc.
  • I get the same millage as well, exactly 18 mpg in city, I asked my mechanic and he said its not normal, mine is Accord 95 EX,I bought it 2 months ago.

    Based on what I've read in forums it could be Spark plugs , wires, O2 Sensor or fuel injector parts.

    I've also tried premium gas to see if it helps, I'll post the result when I fill up the gas next time.

    Please post if you get any update as well.
  • mamamia2mamamia2 Posts: 698
    You mpg will always be significantly lower in the winter, especially in a cold winter... It might not be the only issue you have, but it sure "helps" with lowering your gas mileage. Especially if you drive short distances.
  • user777user777 Posts: 3,341
    if i bought a used car and was questioning the mileage i was getting, first thing i would do is check tire inflation pressure and cleanliness of the engine air filter. putting air in your tires (i like running mine close to sidewall pressure) and a new filter (check if yours is dirty) cost: your car maybe $9.00-$12.00.

    next upon next empty tank, have with you 1 bottle of injector cleaner. pour that in, then fill the tank.

    how many miles on the car? 80K or more? i'd have new honda recommended plugs put in - they affect mileage.

    now mamamia2 is correct...everyone get's lower mileage in the winter, and the winter formulation of fuel i think is part of the reason.

    finally, do not judge the fuel efficiency of the vehicle based on city tripping. too many variables including driving style impact what you get vs. someone else. for example, the same car in downtown New York City isn't going to get the same city mileage as in releigh / durham NC.

    fill the tank, reset the odometer, go for a 300mi or so drive on the highway at about 60-65, stop and re-fill and divide miles on the trip OD by gallons pumped for a HWY estimate.
  • mamamia2mamamia2 Posts: 698
    User777 has very good ideas. And as to your MPG, the ONLY way to really check any car's gas-mileage in the "real world" is just that, take it for a LONG drive, on a dry day, keeping it at a consistent speed -- the best is actually 55-60 -- use the cruise control, maybe, and do the math...

    On another forum (a Sonata forum) an Indiana owner of a V6 Sonata with the 3.3L engine was commuting to work every day, driving about 250 miles. He decided to challenge us all with his gas mileage... For a month he kept driving at 55mph, no A/C in mid summer(...) and got 35-36.5 mpg...

    Nice, ha?
  • tallman1tallman1 Posts: 1,874
    I have a '95 EX I-4, 5 speed manual with over 220k miles. When I bought my new Accord about a year ago, I gave my son my '95. I'm not sure how he is doing but my mileage was always in the high 20's/low 30's with combined driving. So for my driving style, 18 mpg would not be acceptable.
  • user777user777 Posts: 3,341
    is that an I4 5-spd, V6-5spd, or I4 AT, or V6AT you just purchased?
  • thegraduatethegraduate Posts: 9,731
    *Just a technical note - the V6 is a 6-speed manual, not a 5-speed as in the 4-cylinder manuals. Just a heads up in case you didn't know. :) ;)
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