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Honda Civic: Problems & Solutions

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  • artycatartycat Posts: 11
    Another tire question: what are the Michelins like for rolling resistance? After all, I got the HX for the gas mileage. Thanks.
  • dvricedvrice Posts: 70
    I have a '95 Civic EX with the exact same problem.

    The A/C will cool great for 5 - 30 minutes, then may quit working for 30 minutes, then start working again. It seems random.

    I agree that the A/C seems to normally work in the morning or night, but when it is really hot (when you need the A/C) is doesn't work.

    By the way, I have taken mine into two different Honda dealerships and they could not find a problem. Of course it worked while I had it in the dealership.

    I would love to solve this problem.
  • It sounds as though you have some sort of compressor issue. Many problems are hard to diagnose if they don't occur when diagnostics are occurring. Unfortunately, many things have to get worse before they get better.
  • mattya802mattya802 Posts: 3
    I have 98 civic dx 5 spd and was just wondering if anyone had an idea on what the redline would be because im purchasing a tach and just want an idea. If anyone has a different year civic or different model just let me know what yours is and anything would help. thanx
  • ajnjajnj Posts: 12
    Did you find out what your problem is?
    I also had similar problem with 2003 civic ex. Stuck in 2nd gear. There is no noise, and check engine light is off too.

    I am hoping transmission is not busted.
  • illdudeilldude Posts: 1
    :cry: hello i have a/c problems with my '99 civic ex basically it won't blow cold air at all commpresor kicks in and i had it charged but still it only blows hot air anyone knows what could be a problem thank you in advance :D
  • maryhartmaryhart Posts: 3
    Hi-I own a 99 Honda Civic 4 door automatic. I'm coming up on 100,000 miles this year, and I did not get a manual when I bought the car.

    Is there any routine maintenance I should be getting at 100,000? I just got it inspected yesterday, and everything passed with no repairs necessary. I got new brakes last year, so I'm not due for them.

    The pickup seems a little worse than it used to be.

    Sorry for the vagueness, I'm definitely not a car person and I'm just looking for some things I might do for better upkeep.

    Any help is much appreciated.
  • tac147tac147 Posts: 9
    It should have little effect on sound. The heat shield is necessary to prevent the car from radiating too much heat so, say, if you park on top of a pile of dry leaves it won't set them on fire.
  • artycatartycat Posts: 11
    Yes, you MUST change the timing belt. If you don't you could have SERIOUS problems. Run don't walk to the repair shop and get it done.
  • tofertofer Posts: 1
    I have a 2004 Civic EX (12k mi) with this problem too. It started earlier this month and is an intermittent problem. I took it into the dealership and they were not able to find any problem and then they said they couldn't replicate it (even though I was in a test drive with a representative and it happened in the parking lot with him driving the vehicle).

    Can you recall more specific information about what sensor is doing this? I'm having a hard time getting this problem across to these folks and it has already been in the shop all day once.

    Thanks
  • maryhartmaryhart Posts: 3
    Thanks, I should have mentioned that I did that at 95k! Anything else? Flushing the radiator or anything with the transmission?
  • chanel5chanel5 Posts: 1
    Hello Chris,

    I have a 2003 Civic and I am experiencing the same exact noise. When I take it to the mechanic, my car does not make the noise which prevents them from diagnosing the problem. When you find out the problem, please let me know and if I find out, I will let you know as well. Good luck with the search.
  • theracoontheracoon Posts: 666
    I own a 99 Honda Civic 4 door automatic. I'm coming up on 100,000 miles this year, and I did not get a manual when I bought the car.

    Log on to American Honda Ownerlink and register for a (free) account. If you enter the information about your Civic you can view the Honda recommended service intervals. Some models even have a downloadable Owners Manual available.
  • boyracer1boyracer1 Posts: 1
    Hi. I own a 2001 2 door Civix EX. The driver's side door will not close. The hard plastic/rubber latch on the door itself that normally is in an open, waiting to accept the metal catch on the car position, is stuck in a way, that will not allow me to close the door. It just bangs against it and will not budge when i try to move it. So far i have not wanted to take off the door panel itself, because frankly, I have no idea what to expect inside. Any suggestions or clues on what to look for when I do open the front door panel? Thanks!
  • My daughter and her husband bought a 2005 Honda Civic May 9th 2005 and were driving it home from the dealer (60 miles on the vehicle) when the clutch shattered, the car stopped quickly and Honda is claiming that for some reason she must have down shifted going from 5th to 1st at 45 miles an hour on the freeway intentionally and therefore will take no responsibility. She is currently still disabled from a back injury due to the accident and can't drive, work or finish her college program, she DID NOT downshift. She was happily driving her new car home, going 45 in fourth on the freeway and cruising nicely in the slow lane (it's her first new car and she was being cautious). Since no one hit her (there was no impact whatsoever) the airbags did not deploy and thus her injuries are worse, but no one believes she could be this hurt from a nonimpact injury, plus now that Honda has rendered its verdict, 2 lawfirms have turned her case down. I'ld take any advice from anyone anywhere! Thanks
  • vanxvanx Posts: 2
    I appreciate you send me the link to the website. I went to the website and registered to the site but it would not allow me to add my vehicle. Have you had problems adding a vehicle. I tried to add my car using my VIN number and then it took me to a page to with a submit button and cancel button. I selected the submit button and it did not do anything. If you could give some guidance i greatly appreciate it.

    Thanks,

    Gustavo Luna
    Houston, Texas
  • I don't know about normal, and I don't have an answer for you, but please read my post of July 23. I would take what you are experiencing very seriously in light of what happened to my daughter. Good luck!
  • I have a 2000 EX w/ 47500 miles and a slushbox. For a while now I've had a rattling sound which seems to be coming from under the car. Before it would only make the noise a little bit when idling or pretty much everytime I hit 2500 rpm accelerating or decelerating and didn't matter if I was going 80 mph or 20. As of today it is making the same noise when I start the car and it is louder when idling and stays until I get some revs on the tach, and not doing it anymore at 2500 rpm. I've heard heat shields on these things have been a source of this but I was wondering if it was indicitive of something more serious. I plan to bring it somewhere soon(the noise is annoying and make my car sound like a piece of junk) but I was wondering if there was anyone who had an idea for me before I bring it in to a mechanic.
  • wftwft Posts: 7
    I have a 1994 Honda Civic EX and the A/C works fine 1st thing in the morning but doesn't in the afternoon when it gets hot outside.
    I replaced the Compressor Clutch Coil and checked everything under the hood using the Honda manual flo-chart.
    The system is fully charged and all wiring under the hood checked out along with the relays and pressure switch.
    If anyone has any suggestions on what it could be I would really appreciate it.
    I know that the ignition switch is glitchy because somethimes it will not start and I have to push in harder while turning the key then it starts fine.
    It's a great little car I just need to figure out the A/C ?
  • ere1124ere1124 Posts: 2
    I had to have my transmission replaced. $3600. The car is less than 4 years old and has less than 60,000 miles. Absolutely stunned that I had to replace the transmission on my Honda, at such an early stage no less.

    Am contacting Honda customer service. Found out a friend of a friend had the same problem, and Honda paid for the new transmission. Am writing them tonight. Worth a shot...
  • bwadbwad Posts: 7
    Call the toll free customer service number in your manual. I have made three calls and have been satisfied with each result. Two were for problems out of the warranty period and they covered replacement parts in both cases. I saved a total of $500 in parts just by complaining. In the third case the alloys had corroded during the warranty period and the dealer said that was normal. I called to complain and they gave me a new set of four alloys and said the dealer was at fault. Compared with what I have read about customer service from other makes I have been satisfied with compromises Honda has made for me.
  • blueiedgodblueiedgod Posts: 2,803
    My daughter and her husband bought a 2005 Honda Civic May 9th 2005 and were driving it home from the dealer (60 miles on the vehicle) when the clutch shattered, the car stopped quickly and Honda is claiming that for some reason she must have down shifted going from 5th to 1st at 45 miles an hour on the freeway intentionally and therefore will take no responsibility. She is currently still disabled from a back injury due to the accident and can't drive, work or finish her college program, she DID NOT downshift. She was happily driving her new car home, going 45 in fourth on the freeway and cruising nicely in the slow lane (it's her first new car and she was being cautious). Since no one hit her (there was no impact whatsoever) the airbags did not deploy and thus her injuries are worse, but no one believes she could be this hurt from a nonimpact injury, plus now that Honda has rendered its verdict, 2 lawfirms have turned her case down. I'ld take any advice from anyone anywhere! Thanks

    I don't understand, she got injured from the shattered clutch, but there was no impact? How does that happen? Unless pieces of the clutch punctured the bell housing, and firewall and flew into the cabin, I can not see how shuttered clutch would cause injuries. Even if the shattered clutch seized up the fly wheel and cause the wheels to stop turning, the CV joints would have given way to the momentum. I think siezed up tranny shock is less than full power brake (to lock up) application at 45 mph. I have never heard of anyone getting injured from slamming on their brakes.

    It is very easy to determine what happened at the moment. Most new cars computers store on board information up to the last 3 minutes. If she indeed downshifted into 1st at 45 mph, the computer would show a sudden surge of engine RPM's past the red line, past the rev limiter. I am not even sure it is possible to shift into 1st at 45 mph without rev matching, but this would be beyond engine's rev capability. Also, the synchros would show damage from shoving the shifter into 1st at 45 mph. It is quite possible that she was able to shove the shifter in 1st at 45 mph, which caused the clutch plate to spin beyond its rev maximum, which increased the centripical forces on the friction material, which just started being flung off the plate, even before she had a chance to release the clutch. Which would not show in the engine record, but will show in the ECM's tranny record.

    I am still puzzled how one gets injured by mis-shifting or shattered clutch.
  • ruking1ruking1 Posts: 14,756
    Something doesn't seem to track to me either. The only thing I can see is that they are taking protective measures due to an anticipated lawsuit, which they feel they can not resolve in the warranty process.. So I am thinking during the course of trying to get resolution, a pre existing injury was mentioned and either it was communicated a lawsuit was forthcoming or they deduced one was coming. In any case if the situation was exactly as billed, I would start the process to hire an aggressive lawyer to handle the case without trial or failing that, to adjudicate the matter in civil court.
  • wftwft Posts: 7
    Try having someone hold the door handle in the open position and take a screw driver and place it behind the latch assembly and pry it open while the door handle is being pulled ( Try inside and outside handles if needed ).
    You may have to pry rather sternly if it is jammed.
    That should work. Good luck
    wft
  • civic96civic96 Posts: 1
    My manual transmission 1996 Civic LX shakes really bad when I drive forward after starting it for the 1st time during the day. The shaking also happens when I shift from 1st gear to 2nd. It is similar to the shaking that happens when someone is learning to drive stick and almost kills the engine (this isn't my problem...I've been driving stick for years). It does not seem to make a difference whether it is really cold outside or really hot or whether I let my car sit idle to warm up. The shaking does go away after I've been driving around for about 5-10 minutes.

    Does anyone have any idea what could be wrong?

    Thanks for your help!
  • I really appreciate all your information. I am not at all knowledeable in autos and can only "tell it like it is". Honda is the one who has diagnosed the shattered clutch. My daughter was cruising. She hit no brake and didn't even try to shift out of 4th. She was comfortably going 45 miles an hour on I-5 south and had miles to go before her next exit. She was simply cruising. Her recollection of the incident was that there was a big jerking sensation. She was afraid she had hit a huge pothole or animal or something. Then the car lost all power ( Not electric...the see manufacturer light came on or service or whatever it says), she put it in neutral and coasted off the slow lane to the shoulder. By that time there was enough of a bad smell that she got out quickly. There was no pothole, no impact and no animal. The police were there and their report verifies this. The reason this "jerk" hurt her more than an intentional quick breaking at 45 miles an hour may have to do with the fact that if you break or downshift, you are anticipating a huge change and brace your body for it. I don't know. I just know that when she called 911 and they took her to the hospital for x-rays, a very healthy 18 year old girl was diagnosed on x-ray with a facture of the T-11 vertebrae and she has been home unable to sit upright since. My husband was excited to be reminded by your note of the tranny record. He is going to talk to our service engineer about that. And I am in the process of trying yet another attorney referral, this one is supposed to be good at new vehicle and lemon law issues. I wish we could have handled this with just the car problem, but with the back fracture and uncertainty of her prognosis we did feel we needed guidance and whether we got good or bad, I'm sure it didn't make Honda happy. Anyway, thanks again!
  • Thanks for writing. I, too, think they may have reacted to the lawyer involvement. Just to clarify though, there was no pre-existing back injury. This was caused by this incident. And it isn't small. The x-ray report of the night it occurred after she was taken by ambulance from the scene shows a compression fracture of the T-11 vertebrae and she has not been able to sit upright since. She had to quit college and cannot drive or work. She is in physical therapy and ever so slightly better, but we still don't know her prognosis. That's why we were terrified to do anything without an attorney. I have another attorney referral to try, this one a new car issue-lemon law pro and do appreciate your mention of civil court. We'll learn what we can about that. Thanks again.
  • gee35coupegee35coupe Posts: 3,475
    But I have to say that I agree with those that find something amiss... It seems rather strange that there could be that much physical injury from what amounts to at most locking up the front wheels for a fraction of a second. You have a long uphill battle ahead.

    Additionally, who cruises in 4th gear on the expressway?
  • maddy51maddy51 Posts: 1
    Yes the same happen to me $450.00 and Ill be happy.(per dealer) I have checked all the harness underneath both font seats and found them all secure, however my driver side light switch plunger had not been working for a while, so I took that apart and found it had worked itself lose from the holding bracket, and now works fine. And my SRS light went out.Go fiqure...
  • Who cruises in 4th gear on the freeway? An 18 year old girl with her first brand new car and she wants to take it easy and slow her first drive home in the dark on a road she's only been on maybe 10 times as she grew up in New England and just moved out to the Seattle area. Thank God she did or more than likely someone would have been behind her and creamed her and them. I'm truly so sick of having people imply she is less than as hurt as she is. She goes to her orthopedic doctor tomorrow and we are demanding a bone scan to comfirm the x-ray already done so we have a complete diagnosos and maybe prognosis as well. Thanks for the luck...we could use some right now.
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