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Honda Accord (1998-2002) Maintenance and Repair



  • thegraduatethegraduate Posts: 9,731
    $840 for a radiator seems like an obscene amount of money. I think mine cost between $300 and $400 installed by my dealer on my '96 several years ago.

    My grandmother has an '02 LX 2.3L Automatic with no mechanical issues at all. The only thing that's been replaced is wiper blades and tires! 100k miles thus-far. It even has original brakes front and rear.
  • KettyKetty Posts: 14
    My daughter took her Honda CRV to have brakes replaced as regular maintenance. The mechanic told her the recent Hondas are not as good as they were. He said he had a 2006 and recently sold it due to repairs. Are the newer models not standing up as the previous Hondas
  • My daughter had a 06 civic. She had trouble with the doors not opening and closing properly. The dealer told her that the hinges were the problem, and honda was working on a fix. After six months and no fix, issues getting the door open and closed. She sold it. Not saying honda has slipped, but it is enough to make me think twice. Especially when honda's tend to cost a premium over other makes.
  • therivertheriver Posts: 67
    I have a 2002 accord with 85 K. After I saw the recent updated recalls for the ignition interlock I went an tested my 2002 and the key can be removed when the car is in drive.

    I happened to be at the dealer for another Honda service and made an appointment to fix. They checked my records and said the recall had already been done on the car, although they did not have the date.

    Does anyone know when the original recall came out for 2002 cars? I presume Honda will have the date when it was allegedly done.

    Also, is it possible the clip could have broken again or is it more likely they did not fix it?

    I intend to call Honda to ask them to fix it again - anyone know what happens when a recalled item is fixed (i presume it was), then fails again.

    Honestly, considering how little i use this car, it was probably never done.

    Any thoughts
  • recall on shift interlock -- 03/02/2005
  • therivertheriver Posts: 67
    Thanks - called Honda today.They said it was done in 2006, but if it is the same issue they will cover it again.

    I sort of remember about 2 years ago, I came inside the house and I heard a small crash outside (although crash is really overstating it). I went outside and saw my car had moved a few feet and hit a rake and a trash barrel - no damage - barely heard it. I saw the shift in drive. At that time I thought it was odd it had rolled, but just assumed I hit the gear shift as I was coming out of the car or something. Anyway, it was definitely after 2006.

    Ironically, I have another Honda that had a recall related to the ignition at about the same time - different issue, but I must have assumed the recall notice related to the other car and not thought about it and did not even know there was a recall on this until I started reading the paper about 03 recalls and thought I would check mine..

    Anyway, they are covering it again but I still believe it must not have been done.
  • grega3grega3 Posts: 2
    I bought my son a 2001 Honda Accord Ex from a private party. By the vin, it is supposed to be equipped with keyless entry. The private party wasn't the original owner but said they never had a remote for the car. So I bought a remote and followed the programming sequence published in several places on the web.... close all doors and trunk, turn key from off to on, hit lock button on remote turn key off, repeat three more times without allowing 5 seconds to expire between steps. Anyway, nothing ever happens. Maybe the keyless entry is broken... but everything else seems to work electrically with the car so I'm wondering how to tell if the car does in fact have the keyless entry option. I thought: well maybe the transmitter I bought is not working... but the led comes on so it appears to be transmitting. Any suggestions?
  • thegraduatethegraduate Posts: 9,731
    It was standard equipment on the Accord EX for 2001.
  • lletournlletourn Posts: 19
    I have a Honda Accord 2000 and I'm a bit confused about air filters. :confuse: Do I have both a cabin air filter (the one behind the glove compartment) and an air conditioning filter? If so, where is the ac filter and is it fairly easy to replace (ie, no harder than the cabin filter). Thanks!
  • jodar96jodar96 Posts: 396
    There is only one filter that is servicable and that is the cabin filter behind the glove compartment. A/C evap or condenser may have some type of an in- line filter that that do not require ever replacing. Your filters are cabin, air, oil, and transmission ( if it is automatic). The old canister fuel filters are now a little screen in pick up tube inside the gas tank which is not considered servicable.

  • lll3lll3 Posts: 10
    2000 Accord EX (75,000 miles)-about 2 weeks ago the SRS light appeared on the dashboard and stays on. A few days ago lost both regular beam headlights but high beams, turn signals and parking lights work. Is there any connection? What to do for either.
  • marvin6marvin6 Posts: 72
    IDK about your headlights - it could be that they simply burned out at the same time. I've had that happen to me and spent a lot of effort looking for something only to find out both bulbs went out at the same time. The SRS light is a safety issue that is covered by the manufacturer. Probably seat belt tension pulley or something like that. They had several TSBs on that issue for 2000 accords and it is covered regardless of mileage.
  • lll3lll3 Posts: 10
    2000 Accord EX paint sealant is chipping. What to do to address problem.
  • bajajoesbajajoes Posts: 48
    After sitting overnite my car seems to have a clutch contact problem starting. On
    Accords with the manual transmission the clutch needs to be depressed for the engine starter to activate. I am having difficulty with the clutch making contact with whatever is needed for the engine to start. After many tries I can succeed but it obviously needs
    maintainence. Thankfully this problem does not reoccur once car has been initially used for the day.
    I am seeking advice from fellow board members who may have experience or knowledge about this issue. Thanks. B.J. :shades:
  • Not much you can do with peeling clear coat but have a body shop prep and re-spray that panel.
  • I'd recommend you crawl under there and find the switch that contacts the shaft of the clutch pedal. It might be nothing more than loose in its screw-down holder, or a wire could have come loose from the push-on connector. At worst, you'd have to replace the switch, which would be a simple operation.
  • Could anyone help me with a slow crank issue. I have a 98 accord 4 cylinder auto transmission with 170K. This is an intermittent problem. Sometimes the car cranks normal, sometimes slow (like a mid winter below 0 start) and occasionally a click, click, click. Had battery checked at 2 auto parts stores and was told it checks fine. Redid the negative ground, and most recently replaced starter. I'm at a complete loss and any ideas would be appreciated. The only think I can think of at this point is to replace both battery cables - while they have aged a bit I really don't think that will solve the problem. Thanks in advance.
  • Before buying new ones, I'd clean the current ones with baking soda and water (when unhooked from the batt, of course). They may be corroded to some degree.
  • Battery efficiency drops markedly when the battery is that cold. By the time you get it out and to the auto parts store, it's warmed up and might behave a lot better. Many a battery that does just fine for *years* in a mild climate would fall flat on its face in sub-zero weather.
  • Thanks for response - cold / warm nothing to do with it. It's not subzero now. Installed new starter after two auto parts store battery tests said good. They tested battery with handhld units...Same problem after new starter installed. Took battery to a place that load tested. Dead cell. This was my second bad battery in 3 years. Never would have guessed it after two guys told me it was good and it was only about a year old....anyway battery replaced no charge but I now have a new $130.00 starter and learned another lesson. I've lost confidence in Fleet Farm batteries and my ability to solve a simple problem.
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