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  • So, I live on the "wet" coast. We get lots of rain. I have a 2004 Honda Civic. The fast month or so when driving in the rain a terrible noise comes from under the hood when accelerating. Our car sounds like a TANK. It happens when we drive through a puddle, or if it is raining hard and the road is overly wet. When the clutch is pushed in the noise fades out ... so we thought it had something to do with the belts.
    We had it in to be serviced, and our Honda dealership mechanic told us they saw nothing wrong with the car, but they deglazed the belts. They thought this might help the problem, but if it doesn't then we will have to replace the belts at $140 each. Our Honda mechanic also went on to tell me to avoid driving in puddles and/ or don't drive in the rain. I thought that was the most absurd thing I have ever been told by a mechanic! How am I to avoid driving in the rain???!!! I said that to him, and he didn't have much of a response.
    Anyway ... has anyone else experienced the noise we have had with our car. Any thoughts on what exactly it might be? I don't think I am getting the full answer from my dealership.


  • cam2003cam2003 Posts: 131
    I almost could not move the shift selection back from R to Park or N twice today.
    I had to use a lot of force to put it back to Park. It seemed to stuck inside the transmission gear box (Brake pedal and push button were fully pressed).
    I bought this 96 CIVIC last month, I did notice the gear selection was not smooth. I had lubricated inside gear selection box, but it did not help.
    I am afraid one day, I would be able to drive in reverse only.
    Any helps to identify the problem/fix would be greatly appreciated.
  • thegraduatethegraduate Posts: 9,731
    I'm not a mechanic, but it sounds like the switch that allows you to shift from park when the brake is depressed may not be working. On your gear selector, or near it, do you see a keyhole? Put your key in there and see if you can't get it to neutral a lot easier. If that is the case, it sounds like the brake-interlock (that's not the technical name for it) switch is bad.

    Don't sweat too much yet, as that switch shouldn't be a big job to replace.
  • cam2003cam2003 Posts: 131
    I tried to put key into keyhole, it's quite a resistance when moving gear level around P-R-N. I will take a look the shift cable underneath the car. Maybe it's so rusty that preventing from shifting.
  • zeus3zeus3 Posts: 5
    I would like to know if anybody know how to get the code for my car radio. I lost the number that came with the car and my radio does not work after I had a problem with the battery. I called the Honda Dealer and he said that they have to take the radio out to get the number. There must be a better way for me to get this code!

    Any suggestions?
  • I just bought a Honda Civic LX 2003 - 93K Kms on it.
    1.When the car reaches 50Kms/hr and above it feels like a lot of noise inside the car (like truck driving, or zooming noise)
    2. When i start the accelerator slowly initially, i can feel some cranky noise like some fluids moving kind of noise and goes off when the car picksup. It is a very faint noise.
    I am new drivier, so dont know anything about cars.
    Please help
  • im wondering if anyone knows why my 95' civic (coupe) keeps reving even if i put it in "Park" after being driven for about 30 mins.???
  • This car will not start, when turning the key it just clicks. Checked battery it is charged. Headlights, horn, hazards and etc. will not work or seem to be mixed up. The cd player seems to have a mind of it's own.
  • I had a similar problem with my '99 Civic. Turned out the positive battery cables were corroded under the battery terminal. The battery was new and the terminal was fine, but I disconnected it from the cable and the cable was green and white and some of the wires fell off. I just cut off 1/2 inch from each one and replaced with new terminals (did the ground also) and all was good to go. Not sure that is your problem, but worth a shot.
  • crv16crv16 Posts: 205
    On newer civics, there is this procedure to get the serial number (NOT the code):

    With car turned off, press the 1 and 6 radio preset buttons. Turn on car, serial number will scroll by on the display. Hopefully this works on yours.
  • i have a 1990 honda civic. its an automatic with about 240,000 miles on it. it has always ran good but a few days ago it just wouldnt start. i went to the mall and a couple hours later when i went to start it, it would not fire. it cranks just fine. i checked the intake and it is clear. i grounded out the spark plugs and i am getting spark. i know im getting fuel because i can hear the fuel pump running when i turn the key and i can smell gas from the cylinder when i pull out the plugs. what could be wrong? i read online that it could be the ecu or ecm but if im getting spark then that doesnt make sense. if anyone has an idea please let me know. thanks
  • zeus3zeus3 Posts: 5

    Thanks for the instruction. But I tried and no serial number showed up when I started the car. Somebody told me that I will need the serial number of the radio but to get it I have to take the radio out, is that correct?
  • jymmyjymmy Posts: 2
    my Civic 97 Dx makes a clunking sound when I make a U-turn from a traffic light. The tighter the turn the louder the clunk. What should I ask my mechanic to look for?
  • kiawahkiawah Posts: 3,666
    Could potentially be the CV joints, but let them hear the noise, feel it when they drive it, and figure it out for themselves.
  • that noise is going to be that your cv boot is torn so you will need to replace it asap ..
  • jymmyjymmy Posts: 2
    thanks for the info
  • Since having our belts deglazed this has not helped the problem. We travelled home for the holidays and the noise was worse than ever. Does anyone have any thoughts? PLEASE HELP!
  • kiawahkiawah Posts: 3,666
    Hard to tell from your description without hearing it, what the problem really is.

    If I assume that what the dealership said is correct and they didn't find anything major wrong with it (so tried deglazing the belts), then probably the next step is to replace the belt with a new one.

    While you have the old belt off, I would turn each of the accessory pulleys by hand, to see if you can detect one of those pulleys binding or have a bad bearing. My suspicion is that you may have an accessory going bad, which is putting a strain on the belt, and what you are hearing is that secondary symptom.

    If you are not handy to do this job yourself, I would get it to a competent shop.
  • Purchased a 1987 Honda Civic. Live in the Pacific Northwest. Lots of water. The interior floor is soaking wet. There also seems to be a lot of water trapped somewhere in the body. Can anyone shed light on this for me?
  • patpat Posts: 10,421
    Does it have a moon/sunroof? The drainage lines could be clogged causing the water to drain into the car.
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