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Honda Civic: Problems & Solutions

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  • whasian085whasian085 Posts: 3
    hey everyone. normally when something goes wrong with one of my cars, my honda dealership quotes me some rediculous price to fix it. for example, my front brakes, the pads and front rotors were shot. honda wanted to charge me $350 to replace all that with OEM stuff. well i managed to upgrade my rotors and pads to AEM and brembo for less! this has happened a few times now. the most recent thing that may need changing now i have NO IDEA about. i know most of how car parts work.. but for this one i need help. honda says my "front wheel bearings and hubs" need replacing. they want to charge me $800 for this. i tried to find upgrades on the net.... but i found nothing at all. is there a way i can upgrade these or get them done for cheap, or should i bite the bullet and pay out the $800 for OEM replacements?? thanks alot for any help you can give.
  • blueiedgodblueiedgod Posts: 2,803
    hey everyone. normally when something goes wrong with one of my cars, my honda dealership quotes me some rediculous price to fix it. for example, my front brakes, the pads and front rotors were shot. honda wanted to charge me $350 to replace all that with OEM stuff. well i managed to upgrade my rotors and pads to AEM and brembo for less! this has happened a few times now. the most recent thing that may need changing now i have NO IDEA about. i know most of how car parts work.. but for this one i need help. honda says my "front wheel bearings and hubs" need replacing. they want to charge me $800 for this. i tried to find upgrades on the net.... but i found nothing at all. is there a way i can upgrade these or get them done for cheap, or should i bite the bullet and pay out the $800 for OEM replacements?? thanks alot for any help you can give.

    With such vague information it is very diffcult to give advice. Try going to an independant shop, their prices will be half of what the dealer qoutes you. How do you know that bearings a hubs need replacing? Do you have oversized wheels?

    I changed my brakes on the Si to Brembo Blanks and EBC Green Stuff pads and never looked back. The stockies warped on me once, Honda cut them under warranty, second time, they said that I had to replace them, and they would split the cost with me. I told them to forget it, got parts from Tire rack and changed them myself.
  • whasian085whasian085 Posts: 3
    well they told me the bearings and hubs need replacing because in their opinion.. "they're worn down and extrememely loose, which is a safety concern"
    car seems to be driving perfectly though..

    i guess i'll just take it to a second shop and see what they think about it.
  • I have a 2002 Civic EX and I needed a new transmission at 53k miles. Weird. I am very unhappy with the car and I'm looking to sell it. Automatic transmissions should not fail on a three year old car...
  • gx222gx222 Posts: 32
    Sorry to hear about your transmission failure. It seems Honda has a very poor track record when it comes to automatic transmissions.

    http://www.autosafety.org/article.php?scid=93&did=908

    I have a friend whose Accord tranny died shortly after the warranty expired and Honda did nothing to help. Honda used to have a strong reputation for quality but sadly that seems to have gone by the wayside.

    My '03 Civic has a long list of problems, many of which seem to be common design or manufacturing problems. I'm still in the warranty period but I am getting tired of visits to the dealer and their inability to fix things.
  • isellhondasisellhondas Issaquah WashingtonPosts: 17,348
    Extremly rare for a Civic to have transmssion problems.

    Still, things can happen to the best of cars.
  • gee35coupegee35coupe Posts: 3,475
    Where's the problem free car? The one where all of the are perfect. Not one single complaint on Edmunds. That costs the same as the Civic. Is as safely rated as the Civic, Get as good gas mileage. And sells as many copies yet has so few complaints. Heck even the Camry forum has complaints and it's supposed to be bulletproof.
  • ruking1ruking1 Posts: 14,480
    I know this is a "Problems and Solutions" thread, but KUDOS so far for a 2004 Honda Civic 4 door VP automatic. It has been FLAWLESS. It is due an oil change at 10,000 miles. This is just normal scheduled maintenance.
  • terristerris Posts: 1
    I just found out that our check engine light on our 98 Civic is due to a cracked manifold. I have the same questions as you. Did you find out anything about how this could have happened and/or any information regarding any related service bulletins and/or recalls.

    Thank you so much.
  • ruking1ruking1 Posts: 14,480
    Just did the 10,000 mile scheduled maintenance interval (per checklist). Jacking this vehicle was an absolute breeze. Once the car was in the air and on jacks, it went very smooth. The tires wear is dead even across each tread (outter, middle, inner) and the rotation was completed. I will let another 10,000 miles sneak up on me! Sometimes it is good that the news is BORING!!

    This is not a criticism, but I wish Honda would go to an evacuation system like the VW Jetta TDI. I spent more time "cleaning up" the tools and equipment than it took to do the actual scheduled maintenance interval.
  • alarming9alarming9 Posts: 10
    Anyone have the procedure to unlock a Honda Radio 1992 Accord. Have the code. Thanks
  • purple6purple6 Posts: 1
    Hello,
    I realize you posted your message a while ago but I just bought a used Civic Ex Automatic (94) and I am experiencing the same problem. I just had the transmission fluid and filter changed but it seems to have a little (minute) trouble when shifting from 1st to second and 2nd to 3rd. I also found that by lifting up on the gas pedal a half second it shifts automatically. I am wondering what you did about the problem. Will I need a new transmission? Or how long can I hold out as you did for two years- meaning at what point do I have to do something about it? Any advice you (or anyone else) can provide on the issue is deeply appreciated as I am a novice and trying to save money.
    Thank you.
  • stan6stan6 Posts: 2
    I have a 1998 Honda Civic which I purchased new. I rarely use it as I live in Washington DC and take the subway. It has 9000 miles on it and it is in (I think) perfect condition. I took the car in to the dealership for a oil change. He said that Honda recommends that the timing belt be changed every seven years. He also stated that the price would be from $650.00 to $700.00. Should I spend that kind of money when the car only has 9000 miles on it and runs perfectly? Also, a friend was telling me that Honda Civic's have timing chain on them when rarely if ever break. Is he right?

    Thanks,

    Stan
  • ruking1ruking1 Posts: 14,480
    Check your specific model and year technical data to be sure. I do not know each and every specification, but my 2004 Honda Civic VP automatic has a timing BELT!!

    If I can project!! ?? The technical data indicates 110,000 miles/7 years. With 9,000 miles it is an easy case to make mathmatically to say you have 101,000 miles to go.

    On the other hand the 7 years time frame serves as a baseline. The dealer can make a case that given the manufacturers recommendation of 7 years, they can not be held responsible for the damage if the belt breaks. (establishing fearful doubt?)

    What they do not tell you is they are probably not responsible for the damage if after they change the belt the belt breaks and causes damage. They might however in the fine print gurantee the belt and labor for like 12,000 miles but the damage they alluded to would probably not be covered. Again the best is to see the written guarantees.

    I am not saying YOU should do THIS... BUT... IF the vehicle were mine, this is what I would do. Most vehicles in 7 years will go an average yearly 12-15 k miles. That of course translates to 84,000 to 105,000 miles. This is also hidden in plain sight: Honda recommends a timing belt change (among other things) 110,000 miles/7 years. Mathmatically this would indicate 15,714.285 miles!!!! Hmmm seems to be a coincidence here?? So given my 2004 Honda Civic 10,000 mile first oil change recommendation, YOU are not even past break in!!!

    Let us know what you decide.
  • yleecoyoteyleecoyote Posts: 32
    Discounting wear, which your belt doesn't have, that leaves age. Rubber compounds do age over time, one factor being ozone. The belt has fiber inside which actually carries the load with the rubber matrix of the belt holding the fiber in place. To better visualize, think of a fiberglass structure. The strength is in the fiber, but left alone they just flop all over the place. The epoxy cured without reinforcing fiber will crack apart when subjected to force. Put them together and you have a very strong structure.
    Your belt is the same. Despite rumors to the contrary, it won't just go from looking brand new into a broken belt. If you visually inspect the belt, you will see signs of wear and aging. Wear is fairly obvious, fraying on the edges, missing rubber teeth on the side where the belt touches the pulley are extremes. Less extreme are smaller cracks on the flat surface of the belt, the surface of which may also start looking glazed rather than flat black.
    The belt is fairly easy to inspect by removing the upper cover. You can then rotate the belt by turning the engine over by hand with the igntion off, or by bumping the ignition. Not the best idea, but some people drive with this cover off which makes inspection on a regular basis easy.
    You should be able to make a pretty good judgment call after looking at the belt if you should replace it or keep going. But remember, you are the one taking the gamble. We all have different tolerance for risk. If the idea of the belt being out of the maintenance replacement tolerance will bother you every time you drive, replace the belt for peace of mind. If on the other hand you are willing to assume the risk, keep an eye on it and keep driving. Mine is almost at 180,000 miles and four years, and it hasn't been replaced.
  • stan6stan6 Posts: 2
    Thank you both for replying to my message. I have decided not to replace the timing belt. If I was planning on taking a long trip out of town or if there were some symptoms that indicated there was something wrong with the belt, I would probably have it replaced. However, since I have AAA to come pick me and or my wife up if the belt breaks, and since we drive the car so infrequently, I see no need for me to spend all that money on a timing belt. I also note that the service writer at the dealership stated that Honda recommended that the timing belt be replaced every seven years. He did not state that the technican found anything wrong with the timing belt. He did not even state whether the technican even checked to see if there might be something wrong with the timing belt.

    Thanks again for your responses.

    Stan
  • civic1998civic1998 Posts: 1
    The check engine light on my 1998 came on and after connecting the diagnostics meter from autozone to the onboard computer, the O2 sensor(bank 1 sensor 1) was diagnosed to be the problem. I changed this sensor, replaced the spark plugs, sanded the distributor contacts, and cleaned out the air intake. The car runs much better now, however, even after resetting the error on the computer, the check engine light came on after restarting the car a couple of times. While replacing the O2 sensor I did find a crack in the exhaust manifold, and was wondering if this would cause the O2 sensor to malfunction? The car' runs a lot more smoothly when idle, and the fuel utilization has improved as well. Prior to replacing any of the parts (O2 sensor, spark plugs etc.) the car felt like it was about to die whenever idle. Any help would be appreciated!

    Thanks.
  • alcanalcan Posts: 2,550
    While replacing the O2 sensor I did find a crack in the exhaust manifold, and was wondering if this would cause the O2 sensor to malfunction?

    It would cause the O2 sensor to do what it's designed to do, sense excess oxygen in the exhaust stream which the engine control computer would interpret as a lean air/fuel mixture.
  • miket99miket99 Posts: 6
    My 2003 Civic is locking me out of the car. Today the Honda alarm system locked the doors after I unlocked the doors and opened the trunk. After I had the trunk open for about a minute, the alarm system locked all the doors (like its supposed to) but then I pressed unlock on the keyfob to unlock the doors again but the door lock on the drivers door only went up a quarter inch, then went back down.

    I kept pressing unlock but the same thing kept happening, the drivers door lock would go up a little bit then right back down. Using the key in the door will not work either. HELP!
  • I need some help to resolve an issue with my 2000 Honda Civic. 80K and counting, but recently the car started running hot and happens at most times during heavy stop and go traffic or long periods of stops. At 70K, I replaced the Water Pump, all needed rubber tubes, and bearings. I suspect the issue to be either with the thermostat or ECT switch. How was I able to bypass the ECT switch and turn on the main fan at will if needed which accounts for the fan as ok by disconnecting the thermostat ECT sensor by the Thermostat housing. Second, major indicators show a rise from mid to 3/4 readings when this happens in which I will have to turn on the heater to reduce heat. With this not much time is needed to overcome the issue. But I would like to rule out the problem further prior to changing parts left and right. Third, having the AC on or off did not make much of a difference and was hoping that the 2nd fan will do some assistance in cooling. I guess this is the problem when you reside in Phoenix Arizona. Thanks for all the help...
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