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Honda Civic 2005 and earlier



  • I drive a 1999 Honda Civic LX, and I've never had any major problems. However, lately, when I back out of the driveway, or when I start to accelerate, the car makes a little bit of a squealing noise. Once I lift my foot off the gas pedal, it stops making that noise. Once I get going on the highway (start to go a lot faster), I don't hear that noise. I only hear the squealing noise when I'm going at slower rates of speed. Any idea what the issue might be?? Does the timing belt need to be replaced, or is it something else? Any help is greatly appreciated. :confuse:

    Also, what is the difference between a transmission fluid "flush," and a "drain and fill" of the transmission fluid??

  • andysdandysd Posts: 87
    It's good to see some owners of high mileage Civics plan to keep them and deal with the eventual little problems.

    Our '04 EX silver auto sedan is still like new, and I can't find any excuse to look at new cars - even the upcoming all-new '08 Accord.

    I dressed up our Civic with the medium burl Exotic Wood dash, which makes quite a difference, the Honda leather steering wheel cover, and the Honda exhaust tip.

    (I bought 17" wheels and 215 Kumho sport tires, but have put the originals back on and don't know what to do with the 17"s.)

    Like the wheels, I'd never get the money out, but my dealer quoted $1,200 for an all-leather interior,(I guess aftermarket). That's something I could do down the road. For now, the gray cloth interior also looks like new. (I Scotchguarded it when I bought it.)

    Good luck to Senior Chief Kevin, now and in retirement.

    Just for fun, anyone care to say how fast they've driven their Civics? Are they electronically limited? I know 115 is very stable.
  • andysdandysd Posts: 87
    I'll bet a nickel it's a grounding problem. Start with the main negative battery connection. Please let us know when you fix it.
  • jchan2jchan2 Posts: 4,956
    Well I only have 1 Civic, but I like it a lot. It's been able to take quite a lot of wear and tear over the past eight years. I was on the brink of selling it when gas prices skyrocketed past $3.00, so I kept it. It runs well, and I plan on driving the thing to 175K miles and beyond, hopefully :)
  • Has anybody taken apart the dashboard on a prev-gen Civic sedan? If so, any instructions or hints on how much work it is?

    When going over a bump recently apparently something dislodged inside my instrument cluster and is partially blocking the light path for the instruments. Now at night the left side of the speedo and right side of the tach are totally dark! Kinda hard to see how fast I'm going at night when speeds are under 50 mph.

  • kiawahkiawah Posts: 3,666
    Make sure you didn't trip the fuse. That would be highly likely if you were twisting a plug back and forth inside the socket.....causing a short and blowing the fuse.
  • mcatmcat Posts: 3
    Thanks for the tip. I have not checked the fuses since everything else seemed to be working properly. I guess that outlet may be on its own circuit and should have checked it out. Thanks again!
  • podunk503podunk503 Posts: 45
    i have a few questions about my civic. my gas pedal is kinda stiff. it is a manual so shifting isn't all that pleasant when i can't feather the gas pedal. any ideas to fix? also i hear like a whine it's prominent pulling out as such, i back up then in moving forward i put it in 1st and start to pull the clutch out and this whine comes. so i don't think it's the wheels or anything like that cause it's not there in movement more so when i engage the clutch. hope it's not a tranny problem. any help is appreciated.
  • jodar96jodar96 Posts: 400
    Just drove my sister's Civic back from Arizona to Indiana on a 1900 plus mile trip to sell it up here. It is four door and 5 speed. I have driven her car before but not to this extent. She went from 1993 Tarcel to 2001 Civic to 2005 RX330.

    Fit, finish, and feel are excellent for a small car. The interior colors, fabric, and contrast in colors are tastefully done. The feel of switches are excellent. The gas mileage was as high as 43mpg.

    Road noise; nothing a good sound deadning/ rust proofing and set of new brand-name tires could not improve.

    Light/flimsy feel of the doors when shutting. Honda should have benchmarked 1999-2004 Jetta for door shutting feel (and VW should bench mark Civic's gear shift feel). It gives the car a very cheap feel. I know the Civic is not a cheaply-built car. I had 84 and 94 Accords, and I am familiar with Hondas. They are great cars.

    I regard Hondas and Toyotas top notch cars with the rest of the Japanese cars trailing behind. This may not be fair since I have not owned any other Japanese cars beside these two brands.

  • kiawahkiawah Posts: 3,666
    If you hear a whine when you are putting in your clutch, it would mean the clutch throw-out bearing is bad. The face of this bearing, contacts the pressure plate, which when continued to press in allows the pressure plate to release it's grip against the clutch plate. At this point, your engine is now dis-engaged from the transmission.

    If you allow this to continue squealing, you may end up damaging the fingers on the pressure plate and have to replace that as well (a much more expensive part).

    Throw out bearings go bad, if you ride with your foot on the clutch pedal, or the clutch isn't adjusted correctly. Normally the bearing only has to spin when you put the clutch in. If your clutch is misadjusted, then it could be too close to the pressure plate and forced to spin all the time.
  • mpwbwmpwbw Posts: 7
    My fiancee has an 04' Civic and recently I noticed that the automatic floor shifter doesn't have any lighting. She said that yes it used to be lit, but there is no mention of anything in the owner's manual. I'm thinking that it has to be a fuse, but they looked fine. Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated. Thanks..
  • thegraduatethegraduate Posts: 9,731
    Hi guys. I am getting ready to take a trip in my grandparents' Civic Sedan. It's an LX Sedan, with about 110,000 miles on it. When I drove it over the weekend, I noticed the lights dimming and then going to full brightness. The headlights and dashboard lights did it, at the same time. They dimmed to probably 80% brightness, and then would go back. It happens very quickly, and as many as 10 times in 15 seconds. I would normally chalk it up to A/C cycling on and off, but the A/C was not engaged.

    Any ideas what it could be? My granddad said its been doing it for awhile now, so he didn't think it was the alternator because the battery probably would've died by now.

    Any thoughts are welcome!
  • kiawahkiawah Posts: 3,666
    Take it to an autoparts store (AutoZone, PepBoys, etc), where they can do a free alternator & battery check under load.
  • Could be a burned out or loose bulb. At least with my Honda experiences, dash bulbs have the tendancy to either come loose from the connection or burn out. My parents have replaced their clock bulb at lease twice and the light that illuminates my sun roof switch only intermittently works.

    Of course you want to make sure that there even is a light for the gear shift selector.
  • thegraduatethegraduate Posts: 9,731
    What price should we expect to pay? I'm getting quotes that seem awfully high, but I want to see what prices you think would be fair.
  • My sister just had her alternator replaced on her 99 Escort and I believe she paid around $210-$230. Last time I had one done was in 2001 on my old 89 Accord that ran me $350, but the guy had also replaced all belts, and did a full tune up including new plugs, wires, valve adjustment and valve cover gasket. You should be able to find a good reputable garage that can do it for under $250.
  • thegraduatethegraduate Posts: 9,731
    Ok. Our quote was approx. $375 so its a little high it would seem.
  • podunk503podunk503 Posts: 45
    it's just the opposite. when i pull the clutch out to start driving. the noise is very noticable in the right as if the right front wheel. the drive axles were replaced 4-5 months ago with remans but the noise was there before that too. any ideas? any suggestions on my gas pedal?
  • kiawahkiawah Posts: 3,666
    So is the noise related to the clutch (sound changes when you push the clutch in or let it out), or is it related to the vehicle wheels and their movement?

    If the car isn't moving, and you are in neutral, and you depress the clutch and let it you hear the noise?

    If you have the engine off, transmission in neutral, and you begin coasting the car down a slight you hear the noise? If so, is the noise frequency consistent with a rotation of the wheel? Have someone else coast the car and you walk beside it if you have to.
  • podunk503podunk503 Posts: 45
    good idea. however not related to wheel movement so much. i let the clutch out to "engage" i suppose, and i can hear it before and during the movement of the wheels. if i push the clutch right back no noise. so ya know how you can pull the clutch out barely and the car will start moving at this point the noise comes primarily on the passenger side. also and i mention this cause i believe it's related in driving and taking a right turn while accelerating there is a similar noise only in right turns. thank you.
  • kiawahkiawah Posts: 3,666
    Almost sounds like it might be the CV constant velocity joint. Is the boot around the CV joint cracked?
  • podunk503podunk503 Posts: 45
    not sure but i had the cv's replaced a few months ago with remans and that noise was there before that too. so i haven't a clue and of course a shop wants to charge just to look at my car.
  • careyjcareyj Posts: 1
    I have the same prolem with my 94 Prelude. Mine is a RRRRRRRRing noise. It's very inconsistant but mostly happens from a dead stop in reverse or 1st gear while I let up on the clutch. Sometimes there is a dragging noise when the car is stopped, in first, while the cluch is pushed all the way in. It sounds like the clutch might be dragging. I've taken it to two garages and they both say they can't tell if it's the clutch or transmission until they crack it open. Any help would be appreciated
  • crv16crv16 Posts: 205
    In the past 3-1/2 years, I've put on 100k miles on my 2003 Civic EX 5 speed. It still runs great. The only problem I have had was a bad front wheel bearing. I still get 40 mpg.

    My question is - how long should this car last? 200K? 250K? More?
  • pulgopulgo Posts: 400
    With good maintenance (regular coolant, engine oil, fluid replacement, ETC.) you could exceed 300k and more without a doubt.
  • jchan2jchan2 Posts: 4,956
    If you maintain it regularly, and keep all the fluids in check, I would say that you could easily toss 300K miles on it and still have it drive like it did in 2003.
  • amunityamunity Posts: 5
    I am looking to reconfigureing the ignition system to start the car useing a computer but one question is on my mind before I begin messing with the wires.

    I was told that the ignition system consists of two wires in the key lock. When the key is turned the wires touch and cause the motor to crank the engine. This was told to me by a friend who if familliar with 80's cars. Does the '02 have this same interface? I relaize that I will need to have the key near the sensor for the microchip to be detected.

    Thank you in advance.
  • kenlwkenlw Posts: 190
    No disrespect intended, but based on your lack of understanding of how this works, I seriously doubt you should attempt this. This is not a job for the inexperienced.
  • street911street911 Posts: 3
    Does it make financial sense to repair the vehicle?

    I currently own a 1993 Honda Civic Coupe (170,000 miles). Last week, I had the vehicle checked for noise. The Midas technician asked if this vehicle had been involved in a collision, and pointed to a cracked frame in the passenger rear side. I told him no collision or accident whatsoever. The only possibility I can think of are pot holes, rust (due road salt in Michigan) and road constructions.

    The technician recommended having the vehicle serviced by Honda. Is it worth the investment to pay for repairs ? Is a cracked frame repairable ? Is this a safety concern ?

    This is my first vehicle and have been extremely pleased especially with the mileage.

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