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Honda Accord (1998-2002) Maintenance and Repair



  • zakimanzakiman Posts: 71
    Does pulling fuse#13 on the passenger side for 20 secs and then putting it back resets the 'Check engine light'? or do I have to reset it by disconnecting the battery cable.
    If this is not the gas cap causing the problem, is it worth investigating?

    Thanks for your time,
  • elroy5elroy5 Posts: 3,741
    I don't know which fuse would reset the CEL on your car. If the gas cap is not causing the CEL, the cause should be investigated. Did you check the cap, and did you find a problem with it?
  • zakimanzakiman Posts: 71
    Elroy, I replaced the gas cap a few days ago. This morning the CEL went off , I guess the computer did a check and the light reset itself. Looks like the gas cap was the culprit. Thanks for your help. I am glad I didn't go to the dealer and got charged an arm & a leg :D
  • thegraduatethegraduate Posts: 9,731
    The gas cap CEL always takes a few days to go away. Glad you got it taken care of!! :)

  • garygary Posts: 39
    I have a 1998 Accord EX-V6L. On the HVAC control display, there seems to be a rectangular gasket surrounding the display. Over time, this gasket has moved and the lower portion is now covering some of the graphics.

    Is there a way to easily re-position the gasket or does it need to be replaced? Any quick step-by-step instructions for removal of this display?

    Please advise.
    Thanks in advance!!
  • activex111activex111 Posts: 41
    The left turn signal on my 99 v6 accord started blinking rapidly. When th headlights are on, the blinking is no that rapid. Both the turn signal do come on, so the bulb is not out. Google search showed too many possibilities. Has someone experienced anything like this? Please let me know what do i need to check..
    Thanks in advance.....
  • nlsnls Posts: 65
    The same thing was happening on my Mazda MPV, and it turned out that the turn signal lamp had two filaments, and one of them had burned out. So the turn signal was still operational, but at a reduced intensity.
  • pccocclpccoccl Posts: 2
    Hi, I have a 2000 Honda accord SE and it's about 80,000 miles on it. Usually, it can run about 400 miles per tank. But recently, it only can run about 250 miles per tank after a fuel injection cleaning service at Walmart.

    I have went back Walmart to ask but they told me the problem's not from their service.

    So did anybody have same problem before? or any suggestions? Gas price is so high. :(

    Thanks in advanced for your answer
  • thegraduatethegraduate Posts: 9,731
    What is your actual mileage? Divide gallons pumped by miles driven. (250 miles divided by the gallons you pump after those 250 miles). Example: 250/10gallons = 25mpg.
  • pccocclpccoccl Posts: 2
    I usually pump 14 gallons or more. So it should be around 18mpg and I run city and highway both. As I know, city/highway is 23/30.
  • trikev19trikev19 Posts: 18
    Owning a vehicle with 175K miles on it is going to cost money. Even an Accord that has always been maintained needs work. You may not have a monthly payment, but you'll have a payment. You won't know when or how much, but you'll have one. I own a 1994 Corolla with 177K miles. I paid $1,000 for it 2 years ago and it had 127K. I've replaced the radiator, major tune-up with timing belt, catalytic converter, tires, and most recently struts. These normal repairs have cost me thousands of dollars and I still have a 1994 Corolla worth about $1,000. I have no regrets and wouldn't consider selling my car. You must consider if it makes more sense to put $4,000 down on a new Accord and know what you have and what it will cost you every month or spend the $4,000 on the unknown.
  • thegraduatethegraduate Posts: 9,731
    In the five years I've had my 1996 Accord (Since Aug 2002 when it had 125k miles), I've found an average of $300 a year does it for repairs.

    Brake Master Cylinder, Radiator, Front left driveaxle, were the big-bill items. I just put a timing belt, balance shaft belt, and water pump in it for $425 (the drive axle was $300, and a new exhaust valve gasket-cover was $35, no labor since the engine was already torn-down to do the belt, which fixed an oil leak- all this was done a week ago for $760 total).

    My car still tracks beautifully with no steering slack, and will do 100 MPH without protest (I had to go stormchasing the other night and had to get to the TV Station in a great big hurry! - traffic was light and my 180k mile Honda was ready!). I live in Alabama, and my mechanic told me "I'd drive it to California, today."

    I would too.
  • bimmer4mebimmer4me Posts: 266
    I have a 99 Accord EX with 59k well maintained according to the Honda manual. I just came back from a 300 mile round trip to my parents and couldn't help notice while cruising at 70, no head winds, no incline my tachometer jumps from the normal 2500 rpms to about 2800 rpms sporadically and then resumes back to 2500 rpms. Is this normal? Elroy and others have given good advice for others with questions. Appreciate any input.
  • thegraduatethegraduate Posts: 9,731
    That sounds like the torque converter locking and unlocking to me, based on the RPM speeds.
  • bimmer4mebimmer4me Posts: 266
    Providing that it is what you say it may be, is this an easy fix and at what cost? I can live with it, just don't want to damage anything. When cruising 70 the tach reads at 2500 and remains there for the most part...occasionally it will exhibit the symptoms posted earlier. Thanks.
  • thegraduatethegraduate Posts: 9,731
    I honestly don't really know. I'm wondering how truly "problematic" it is.

    I was hoping some of our "in-house" mechanics would chime-in soon. I'd stand-by and wait for them.

    The only thing I can really think of that would be causing you a problem is the increased fuel usage, and if it isn't doing it often, then I can't imagine it is too big of a deal, but I'm really NOT the expert here. I have a couple of Accords, but have never worked on them myself beyond replacing their air filters.

    I imagine some more knowledgeable people will be posting here soon. In the meantime, maybe try posting your question on "Edmunds Answers," one of the new features on the site.
  • elroy5elroy5 Posts: 3,741
    I've heard of the tachometer surge problem before, but for the life of me I can't remember what the cause was. Maybe do an Internet search. Is the engine also increasing rpm, or just the tach needle jumping up, with no change in engine speed? If the engine speed increases, does the car speed up, or stay at the same speed. The answers to these questions could tell you if the transmission is slipping, or there is an electrical problem.
  • bimmer4mebimmer4me Posts: 266
    The car maintains the same speed. Thanks.
  • elroy5elroy5 Posts: 3,741
    The car maintains the same speed. Thanks.

    So if the engine is turning higher rpm (is it?), the transmission is either slipping or downshifting.
  • bimmer4mebimmer4me Posts: 266
    I didn't detect anything different or sounds in the way the car drove other than the observation of the tachometers surges. Thanks.
  • kiawahkiawah Posts: 3,666
    In a Camry, the torque converter lockup is like adding another gear, and is done for fuel efficiency. It's computer controlled.

    If in lockup, and the computer is sensing it is going to need to downshift to maintain speed, it will unlock the converter, and the rpm's raise by a couple hundred rpm's. A number of times that is all it takes to get mph back up, because if you look at an engines HP and Torque output curves, you'll see the higher the rpm the more HP and Torque the engine will put out.

    If the incline is too large and the mere torque converter unlocking doesn't maintain the speed, then it will downshift the gears. Older transmissions never even had transmission lockups, it was developed for FE, and removes 'slippage' from the converter.

    I don't know if a Honda is the same or not. However in a Camry, a torque converter unlock is a perfectly natural action.
  • thegraduatethegraduate Posts: 9,731
    Its the same, kiawah, in all generations of Accords since at least 1990, if not before, I believe.

    That's why I suggested this originally. It's not downshifting, because the RPMs at 70 would spike to over 3,500 RPM, probably closer to 4,500.
  • elroy5elroy5 Posts: 3,741
    I think you may have something with the lockup kiawah. Here is a link that shows the lock-up solenoids, if you want to read up. It has more information on the shift control solenoids than the lock-up solenoids, but it can give you an idea what and where the part is. You'll have to scroll down the page a little. Good luck.
  • ericckkericckk Posts: 1
    I have a 1999 Honda Accord Coupe that is doing the exaxt same thing. For the last year the car has been shutting off while driving, I will wait 2 minutes and it will start back up and be just fine. It will not start right away, I have to wait and then it starts up like nothing ever happened. Sometimes it will do twice in one day or 2 days in a row and then go for about a month or two. Then the cycle repeats itself. I have had the car checked and checked with no help. It never shuts off while its at the shop. Please help if you have had this problem. I can't afford a new car.
  • Hola from NM -
    I have a 1999 Accord Lx sedan w/ a 2.3l vtec and I'm looking to do some bolt on mods. I am wondering how to find what engine tyoe I have (where do I look?). I have to replace the clutch any way so i am planning to have the ACT street heavy duty put in. What about the ACT XACT street lite fly wheel? (any good?). Then an exhaust kit (recommendations?).

    Lookin' for help.
  • lwinlwin Posts: 1
    My 1998 accord's alarm system is abnormally triggering anytime and want to deactivate it. Anybody who knows how to deactivate the alarm security system is appreciated.

  • obi3iceobi3ice Posts: 16
    Hi all. please i need advise and help on my honda accord 98. Its not idealing well. i took it to the mech and the nozzles were cleaned. Idealed well for like 2 days and after movin iy around it starts again with the check engine light blinking.
    The mech said it was a fuel system thing and i had my fuel pump cleaned. worked well alright but started again after driving it for two days.
    Please i want to know if nozzles have life span in honda accord cars and if it might be electrical problem because the plugs are firing well though i changed them to be sure it wasnt the plugs.
    Please heeeelllllllp.
  • snw1977snw1977 Posts: 11
    I have a black 1998 Accord Coupe and the body is in great condition other than this one spot. It's on the roof, near my sunroof. The clearcoat is coming off and the paint is too... It looks awful and when I had it priced at a body shop, they wanted to charge around 600-1000 dollars to fix it. I can't afford that at this time, so is there a cheap alternative that I could maybe do myself? Others don't notice it, but I see it everytime I look at the car. Would it be a huge mistake to just paint over the entire spot? Thanks!

  • blufz1blufz1 Posts: 2,045
    The Honda dealer has touch up paint that will match.
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