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Honda Civic: Problems & Solutions



  • 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: 8
    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.

  • 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.


    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...
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