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Honda Civic: Problems & Solutions

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  • i have an elemental question about my 1994 honda civic hatchback which, until this morning has been in perfect working order for 104,000 miles. I discovered while in moderately heavy traffic (i.e. not going too fast) that my temperature gauge was above the H mark. i immediately stopped and turned the motor off. there had been no billowing smoke as i have seen before when cars overheat. i opened the hood and found that radiator had apparently sprung a leak--the engine did not sound different than it always has--no strange sounds indicating that it was self destructing. my question is what is the likelihood that i have warped the head or done some other catastrophic internal damage...is it possible to catch this situation in time to prevent something nasty? any insight would be most appreciated.

    thanks

    dan
  • blueiedgodblueiedgod Posts: 2,803
    My car is honda civic 99, I just replaced the battery last night, this morning it has been losing power when I waited for green light to freeway twice. It is working ok after restart. But this makes me nervous. Any idea?

    Usually batteries don't come fully charged. You just need to drive long distance for an hour ot two to fully charge it, or just put it on a trickle charger overnight.

    Define what is "this morning it has been losing power"?
  • blueiedgodblueiedgod Posts: 2,803
    i have an elemental question about my 1994 honda civic hatchback which, until this morning has been in perfect working order for 104,000 miles. I discovered while in moderately heavy traffic (i.e. not going too fast) that my temperature gauge was above the H mark. i immediately stopped and turned the motor off. there had been no billowing smoke as i have seen before when cars overheat. i opened the hood and found that radiator had apparently sprung a leak--the engine did not sound different than it always has--no strange sounds indicating that it was self destructing. my question is what is the likelihood that i have warped the head or done some other catastrophic internal damage...is it possible to catch this situation in time to prevent something nasty? any insight would be most appreciated.

    thanks

    dan


    You caught it in time, you probably have nothing to worry about. Just replace the radiator and fill the cooling system with Honda Premixed Antifreeze/Coolant and you should be fine.
  • chenthilchenthil Posts: 2
    Hello:

    My 99 Civic EX sedan is doing great. Lately the driver side passenger door stopped working from inside. It will not open from inside, but can open from outside. Could someone please tell me from where to start looking to fix this problem.

    Thank You
  • john500john500 Posts: 409
    That happened to one of my cars in the past. It was a broken cable. The door panel was removed and then the cable that ran from the interior handle to the latch at the edge of the door was replaced.
  • stimeystimey Posts: 3
    I have a '98 Civic hatchback. It started to play the PGA tour and was putting when i pressed on the gas and then i just cut out. It will start up just fine, but when every time i press the gas it will go back to putting. I checked the battery, the timing belt, the spark plugs......i'm at a loss. Can anyone help?
  • blueiedgodblueiedgod Posts: 2,803
    Hello:

    My 99 Civic EX sedan is doing great. Lately the driver side passenger door stopped working from inside. It will not open from inside, but can open from outside. Could someone please tell me from where to start looking to fix this problem.

    Thank You


    Like John said, it is the actuator linkage. You will have to remove the plastic plate from behind the handle, and maybe te door panel to access the damage. Usually it is the linkage rod that just pops out of the door handle lever. I have seen the back side of the door handle crubmle, but it was on a Chevy.
  • blueiedgodblueiedgod Posts: 2,803
    I have a '98 Civic hatchback. It started to play the PGA tour and was putting when i pressed on the gas and then i just cut out. It will start up just fine, but when every time i press the gas it will go back to putting. I checked the battery, the timing belt, the spark plugs......i'm at a loss. Can anyone help?

    Fuel filter?
    When was complete tune up done?
  • stimeystimey Posts: 3
    it's been awhile since i've had a complet tune up.
  • hondaalhondaal Posts: 4
    I Put a new radiator,water pump,thermastat and head gasket in my 89 Civic Dx. I start the car and when the fans come on, they stay on.(takes a while for them to come on) I let the car run for 20 min with the hood up. My coolant level is ok. Tem gauge is in the normal position. What is going on? Does anyone know?
    Thanks. Great Forum!
  • blueiedgodblueiedgod Posts: 2,803
    it's been awhile since i've had a complet tune up.

    It may be time for the tune up, again.
  • blueiedgodblueiedgod Posts: 2,803
    I Put a new radiator,water pump,thermastat and head gasket in my 89 Civic Dx. I start the car and when the fans come on, they stay on.(takes a while for them to come on) I let the car run for 20 min with the hood up. My coolant level is ok. Tem gauge is in the normal position. What is going on? Does anyone know?
    Thanks. Great Forum!


    20 mins for the car to fully warm up at idle is not bad. When you say the fans stay on, how long do they stay on for? do the fans eventually turn off? You may have an air buble trapped in the system, or you may need the fan switch replaced.
    You may not have a problem at all. As long as the car is not overheating, you should be fine. If the fans never turn off (with A/c off), then you probably need new fan switch (should go in the lower portion of the radiator)

    What kind of coolant did you use?
    Not sure if it applies to 89, but Honda recommends using Honda Antifreeze only. Even though others out there look the same, trace amounts of silicates will ruin Honda water pump. Others use silicates as lubricants, but in a Honda, silicates act as abrasive.
  • hondaalhondaal Posts: 4
    The fans don't turn off. I let the car run for 20 min and the fans still didn't turn off. They go off when I shut the car off. If the car is cool, it takes a while for the fans to come on. I'm using Prestone 50/50 premix. I don't have anything in the lower portion of the radiator.(nothing electrical)Where is the fan switch on this car? How do I get rid of an air bubble?
    Thanks
  • stimeystimey Posts: 3
    Thanx. I'll try it and see if that works. Thanx for the help.
  • sirdonsirdon Posts: 10
    Hi,
    You may want to change the gas filter if that wasn't done before. Also clean or change the intake air temperature sensor and clean the throttle body.
    Let me know if that does it.
  • I have a civic 99 ex (D16Y8) I recently changed my stock pistons for p29 pistons. as I push the gas pedal a noise comes out of the engine. It sounds like a truck or something, Im sure the timing is right. Any advise?
  • sirdonsirdon Posts: 10
    I recently got a 1993 Honda Civic DX that has on the regular steel rims. I want to know, can the rims for the 2004 Honda Civic fit the 1993?
    I like the look of the 2004 rims. I'm particularly interested in the 14inch rims.
  • blueiedgodblueiedgod Posts: 2,803
    The fans don't turn off. I let the car run for 20 min and the fans still didn't turn off. They go off when I shut the car off. If the car is cool, it takes a while for the fans to come on. I'm using Prestone 50/50 premix. I don't have anything in the lower portion of the radiator.(nothing electrical)Where is the fan switch on this car? How do I get rid of an air bubble?
    Thanks


    If you are going to be doing the work on your car get a service manual Helms manual is the best, but at $70 is pricey (although it is worth every penny) Hayes is good too, and Chilton is probably the worst you can get.
  • hondaalhondaal Posts: 4
    I just replaced the Thermo switch and The Temp sensor and still no change. Could it be a relay sticking?
  • azhottieazhottie Posts: 1
    Hi, I have a 1993 del sol S coupe. It has 97,900 miles on it and for the past 2 years has been sitting untouched due to my insurance wanting to charge me $230 mo. liability only! Anyways i am trying to get it road ready and have already gotten a new distributor, clutch and cv boots for a whopping $1,400(towing + diagnostic). The mechanic advised me when i picked it up the timing belt, water pump, and belts need to be replaced as well as a 90k tune up. Have taken it somewhere new b/c when i tried to start it again to go get the tune up and belts the brand new battery bought 1 month ago was dead (possible alternator??. Would really not like to spend $1400 again as i have a feeling i totally was overcharged for previous work done at other shop. I am 21 year old girl and no some about cars but not enough to look at a invoice and tell if i was charged for non existing parts, extra labor, ect. Does anyone have suggestions as to what to look out for when the bill arrives? Any help would be greatly appreciated. Gullible Girl in AZ
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