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Honda Civic: Problems & Solutions



  • daveyddaveyd Posts: 14
    I have a 2k1 Civic EX coupe. I think i have that same problem. I dont want to bring my car to the dealer cuz I hate my local Honda Dealer, and there is only one dealer around. I could drive 150 miles to another but who wants too. I go up there when I have some other stuff to gripe about. Try looking on for a soulution. That site has a lot of info, and only info on the 2k1.

  • spokanespokane Posts: 514
    If you have an auto trans and you can feel the engine pulling against your braking action as you come to stop, the problem is likely related to the control circuitry for the torque converter clutch. The dealer should be able to zero in on this and make repairs; usually not major.

    If the stalling is not accompanied by pulling against the braking action, which is the case with a standard transmission and may be the case with an automatic, I would first suspect the Idle Air Control (IAC) valve. Checking and adjustments of this involve several steps but are detailed clearly in Section #11 of the shop manual. A Honda dealer mechanic with any experience has surely addressed this type of problem. Good luck.
  • To all 2001 Honda Civic EX owners. If you are having problems with Hesitation/Stalling or any problems at all, make your problems known on You would be surprised to find out how many people have complained about the stalling/hesitation problem.

    This was a similar recall for the LX and DX models. The fix it, was to replace the PCM. Why Honda would do this for the LX and DX models and not the EX is a question in my mind.

    I took the car into the dealer on Friday, they checked for codes in the PCM and they found nothing.

    I plan on taking it to another dealer. My problem is an intermittent one. It happens at random.

    I feel strongly that it is the IAC. If the IAC is causing this idle problem, can it affect the PCM? Can a code show up in the PCM?
  • My state decided to redesign thier license plates this year. So instead of the usually sticker, you get new plates. Ever try to take off 7 (94 civic) year old bolts? For some reason Honda decided to make these metal as we as the threads. Rusted together. Spent over 2 hours with the drill removing them. The anchors are also part of the trunk lid so it's not like you can replace them.
    Drilled all the way through the trunk and secured with long bolt and nut.

    Hope Honda uses platic or aluminum screws and threads for anchors now. Anyone know if they do?
  • dudkadudka Posts: 451
    i had similar problem, i just cut the plates around the bolts in a flower pattern, and just removed the plates, then similarly cut the new plates to put them on.
    new cars have plastic nuts
  • The front passenger window creates alot of wind noise, but I can not pinpoint where the noise is coming from. When the window is rolled up I don't get any water leaks, etc and the seals seem fine. Could it be the power window isn't shutting correctly?? Anyone have the same problem??
  • My Civic just rolled over 180k miles. No problems until last week. Then I noticed that the electric radiator fan runs contiuously while the engine is running and the fan no longer runs for a short while after the engine is turned off. What's wrong? I would like to repair it myself. Thanks in advance!
  • The "check engine" light comes on in my dash mysteriously and consistently. It happens only when climbing hills, shortly after starting, only in cold wheather. It has been happening since I bought the car used 2 years ago. My dealer told me to replace the O2 sensor; I did, and to no effect. Does anyone know what the light means and what should be done about it?

    liberty: just replace the fan on my engine. It wasn't running at all, causing overheating when sitting in traffic.
  • fxashunfxashun Posts: 747
    May be a stuck/shorted switch on the radiator or shorted/stuck relay.

    Try the coolant sensor for the check engine light. What code is it blinking?
  • I own a '95 Civic with 130K miles on it that some mornings will not start. The car sits outside overnight in Wisconsin and for 5 or 6 recent mornings will not start. I'll wait for a couple of hours and it will start fine and run perfectly the rest of the day with several starts. One cold morning it was raining...didn't start. It rained all day...didn't start all day. Next morning, dry and a little warmer it started fine. Battery seems fine and starter cranking but will not fire. And this is only SOME mornings, not all. Do I follow syldacat's approach and replace the fuel pump & filter, distributor cap/rotors, and coil? A mechanic checked the igniter when it wasn't starting and said it was fine. Please Help!!!
  • brorjacebrorjace Posts: 588
    Jolson, Maybe water in the gas that is freezing?

    Try running a bottle or two of isopropyl alcohol dry gas (brands vary ... and I don't think it matters) through your gas tank. You might be lucky and fix your car for $2-3.

    I saw the same thing happen to an older Toyota and that was the solution.

    --- Bror Jace
  • auburn63auburn63 Posts: 1,162
    Since it seems like it is on damp or wet days you may want to start with a distributor cap and rotor. We see very few bad fuel filters, although a possibility and even less bad fuel pumps as I have not replaced one in about 5 years or so.Good luck
  • vshahvshah Posts: 6
    I have been experiencing water problems in the 1997 Honda Civic I have on the right side floor of the front and back passenger side. Any time it rains, which is quite often here in Seattle, the whole floor on the right side is totally wet. I have taken it to the dealer who finds nothing broken or wrong, including any holes in the under carriage. Does anyone have any suggestions or have experienced such problems and have been able to solve them? There does not appear to be any leak on any of the rubber seals as I have sat int he car and have had someone pour water on the car and I have not seen any water come in. This problem baffles me and I would appreciate any answers
  • I got my car used in July and overall am very satisfied with it. I'm planning on taking it in for service but wanted other opinions as my local Honda shop's sevice dept has a reputation and it's not a good one. I just want to be as eduacated as I can going in there and know what to tell them.
    Car Specs - 38K miles, automatic, 98 EX Sedan.
    1. Rattle near Sunroof - shouldn't think that would be very hard to fix - I can push near the light and it will stop.
    2. Rear Suspension Creaks - noticeable when going over bumps and backing out of my garage (there's about a 1" drop in the concrete from my garage to driveway - when it goes over it bounces and creaks) - I think it's coming from the rear.
    3. Loose Brake Petal - brakes work fine, however, if I place my foot on the petal (without depressing the brake) I can actually move the petal to the left and right maybe a 1/2" either way. Is this normal?
    4. Engine (?) Area Rattle - I seem to be able to get it as I'm slowing down to make 90 degree turns in either direction. Doesn't always happen, but seems to happen most when I'm also on a slight decline. Any ideas here?
    I appreciate any help. Thanks!
  • fxashunfxashun Posts: 747
    Is normal. My Civics and Integras have all had noisy rear suspensions. Didn't really bother me though.
  • dudkadudka Posts: 451
    i had similar on my 85 civic. replacing the distributor rotor and cap, wires and spark plugs solved it. but make sure you use dielectric grease when assembling those. most shops will skimp and not apply dielectric grease. if you are going to do it yourself then, it will only cost you an extra $2 for a tube of it. one tube will last you for more than 5 tune ups.
  • hy168hy168 Posts: 2
    This car is similar to the US Civic EX. I also experience wind noise from the from front windows, more severe on the passenger side. I think the noise is caused by the window rubber seal being too far into the trough (the vertical side on the door latch side) on the window metal frame. I managed to minimize the noise by taking the seal out of its trough and re-seat it but couldn't stop it completely. I am about to bring the car in for other problems. I am not sure if the dealer or Honda will or can fix this problem.
  • I purchased a new Honda Civic EX in July 2001. One of the main reasons I bought this car was for the gas mileage of 31-39 mpg City/Highway (as shown on the sticker). Being that 90% of my driving is highway, I was looking forward to an average of 37mpg minimum. For the first 2500 miles I was getting an average of 27 mpg. I called Honda, and they said that at aprox. 3000 miles, something in the fuel lines disintegrates, and I would get improved gas mileage. At the 3000 mark it did improve, however, I'm holding now at 5000 miles and the best it's ever done is 31-32 mpg. I went to the dealership and they said they have no way of testing this, and it will get better. I've been reading some of the postings about how some owners get 44mpg! I think I've waited long enough!Should I be concerned, and what can I do?
    I would appreciate any advice or comments.
  • I bought mine in July too and the worst and best I've got was 32 and 37, respectively. I do notice a small difference if I go a little faster on high. but nothing like below 30mpg... I guess you have the AC on most of the time and you like to floor the gas pedal on most occasions.
  • Have you had your first oil change yet?

    I noticed a significant increase after my first oil change at 8000km.
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