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Honda Accord (1998-2002) Maintenance and Repair



  • jodar96jodar96 Posts: 400
    I am not sure how the back cover of seat came off as they are very tightly in place. I have taken the back off on my 94 and 08 Accords before to smooth out the lower back seat bulge.

    The white plastic push pins in back cover off front seats are the type that slide in/out in the back seat cover frame. You need to buy two new plastic push pins at about $1.50 each from a Honda dealer. Once these pins are used, they deform and will not hold shape or tension.

    Take both old push pins out and replace with the new ones. Slide in the two large plastic tabs in top of the back seat cover in place. Using a flashlight, lay down on rear floor mat and VISUALLY align and place the new push pins in holes in back seat frame. Once each push pin is aligned, firmly tap on seat back where the push pins are. The pins will press in and lock in holes.

  • replace your coolant sensor,your mechanic knows ,where is it located.
  • replace your fuel pressure regulator
  • akv25akv25 Posts: 42
    There is a recall for seat belts. My SRS light came on about a year ago and it was covered under the recall. Of course, the light might come on due to other factors as well.
  • tbloomtbloom Posts: 3
    My SRS light has been on in my 2002 Accord V6. I never received a recall and I can't locate one. Do you have more info on this recall so I know if it effects my car?
  • You can call your local Honda Dealer Service Dept. and give them your VIN number, and they can check whether there are any outstanding recalls on your vehicle. The only one I have seen relates to the Ignition interlock.

    The seat belts are covered under a lifetime warranty, so the SRS light could be covered.
  • garygary Posts: 39
    I have a 98 Accord V6. The SRS light came on a couple weeks ago. I do have a OBD II device and was wondering if anyone knows if these devices can be used to read the SRS codes or is it specific to the Check Engine light?

    Also, from what I've read, seems the seatbelt recall only applies to the 2001-2002 models?

    Please advise.

  • We have two accords 2000 and 2001 and both have had SRS dash lights. That is a dealer manditory repair at ther expence. Lifetime warrantee on safety item.
    It is not a recall Item but a failed safety item. :lemon: Check with NTSB if any problems. :)
  • gualmgualm Posts: 1
    May want to have some one check your distributor cap. I am not a mechanic but have a 95 Accord - 4cycl. I had this problems years ago and found out I needed a new distributor cap. It would struggle to start and then one day would not start at all if it was real cold and had never had problems with it b4. As soon as the temp rose abt a few degrees it was fine. Found out had a bad distributor cap. No problems since then. That was abt 7 yrs ago.
  • I put my car in D4 and it was slow to move. Moved it to D3 and still same response, however, the D4 light on the dash kept blinking. Anyone know what this means? I am hoping minor, and not a transmission problem.
  • thegraduatethegraduate Posts: 9,731
    A blinking D4 light isn't good; that is actually the car's way of indicating a transmission issue. What year and what engine (V6 or I4)?
  • There is a PCB located under the front passanger floor bord that contains a "Printed Circuit Bord" that controls your trans. There are Burned or bad parts on that bord that will need to be replaced. under 5.00 for the parts at radio shack !!!!!This was my problem also.
    you will locate repair info or replace the bord if you dont want to do the work
    Search for "2001 Honda accord trans circuit bord" and you should locate information required to repair or replace that bord.

    Krt :shades:
  • thegraduatethegraduate Posts: 9,731
    Could be that too, but what I said is still true. Hopefully its your solution (The cheap fix!).

  • My 2001 Honda accord v6 has been leaking oil for during the last week. It is brown and is leaking from the center front, sort of where puddles occur after you turn off the air conditioner. The leak is about 1 by l foot.

    Any ideas as to whether I am looking at a big repair bill? The car has 189,000 miles and I have not had problems before this leak. thanks.
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright Sonoma, CaliforniaPosts: 57,578
    Oil leaks can travel pretty far along the engine, so you have to put it on a lift to find out what's going on.

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  • some update:

    I am having problem with the temp control knob that it kinds of stuck in only blowing warm/hot air at times, and at other times only cold air.

    Right now it's only blowing hot air irrespective of moving the knob towards hot, the mecahnic suggested replacing 'Blend Door Actuator' also known as

    006 79160-S84-A01 MOTOR ASSY., AIR MIX

    under heator control parts.

    Wanted to check if anyone has seen similar issue, and had been suggested the same, in case, did you change it yourself and how easy is it ?
    Is it located under the dash ?
    Any help locating this would be much appreciated.
  • wastewaste Posts: 1
    Hi all,

    I read about the same problem in many earlier posts but no solutions. i have a 2000 honda accord ex and had "D" light flashing at 107k miles. Went to the dealer in 2008 and he quoted $3.xk to replace the tranny. I showed him the class action law suit about Honda extending their warranty on trans with 110K on their 2000+ models. I got my transmission replaced for free.

    Now i am at 160k and my transmission has a problem only for the first 5 minutes during cold start. if i keep my car ON for 5 mins or if i drive my car with shifting and jerking problem for 5 minutes, everything is alright after that.

    I explained all these and left the car at the dealer again to check. The dealer asked me to replace transmission *again*. But honda does not make this transmission anymore so he should order it from a private company in California for $2600 with parts and labour $3800 overall..

    i really do not know which direction to go, it is a fine car unless it is warmed up for 5 minutes. i really don't think it is a transmission problem, if not, experts out there.. please give your suggestions.

  • juxtojuxto Posts: 16
    The transmission they put in for you has a 3/36 warranty. They'll give you another one. I've had 3 replacement trannies in my 2000 4 cyl accord. To be honest, the original transmission is probably the best one you'll ever have in your accord. The replacements (including the current one that clunks routinely) are nowhere near as good as the original. I think once you replace the tranny in one of those models it will become a routine every 20k miles or so.
  • marvin6marvin6 Posts: 72
    I had three rebuilt trannies in my 4cyl 2000 accord and they are not as good as the original. (see my post #1799) Although you have gone past 36,000 on this rebuilt transmission they may consider cutting you some slack on another one since it is a known problem - honda transmissions from those years. If not, you'll have to consider what you are willing to spend on another transmission that will probably fail in about the same number of miles as the rebuilt one that is currently in your car.
  • edkiedki Posts: 2
    Someone is bound to have a fix for these transmissions. This is been going on since 1996 when OBD 11 was installed in most cars. It is still not rocket science. Surely someone has found out what part is malfunctioning or is the PCM program harming the transmission may be because of its constant locking and unlocking the TCC( possibly more than necessary) .That the problem came about just about the same time that OBD 11 came out, mostly in 1996. Of the thousands of people working on thousands of these transmissions someone is bound to come up with at least some idea of how to fix it. Honda and Acura sales and integrity are taking a beating which affects all of the people all the way down the Honda and Acura sales and service line. It is the best car in the world for the money. If we can't get our heads together and work together to correct this problem this could be the demise of Honda and of our jobs and integrity. 14 years is ridiculously long for people of our caliber to let a major problem like this go. It seems like R&D needs to get out in the field more and quit studying their computers quite so much. Don't wait up to three months for a broken transmission to get back to the factory. Talk to the technician, study his notes, scanner outputs, and take detailed notes of the ways the cars are driven and serviced. This could save or run our careers. I have had many customers in my small shop that will buy Toyota or Kia next time because of these problems. Except for this transmission those two cars are much more expensive to maintain.
  • no problem finding the holes. not sure how to get the screws in the holes and hold while at the same time keep the fingers at the top in place. do i have to remove the leather material temporarily to make sure the screws are in and tight?
  • HEllo mr_shift. This is a very stupid question.

    I bought a 2001 honda accord, so far its great, no issues at all. LOL i can't find the damn ashtray and cigarette lighter in the car. I has the 12volt outlet. Was the ashtray and cigarette lighter an option ? LOLOLO I know its a really stupid question

  • thegraduatethegraduate Posts: 9,731
    I know you didn't ask me, but my grandmother has 2002 Accord, and my folks have had a 2000 and a 2001 model. The car didn't come with an ashtray. That stopped in 1997 Accords. I have a '96 model with one that I'll trade ya for your '01. :)

    Mine has 208k miles... :shades:
  • My wifes 01 lx accord had an ashtray, it was taken out when she added a cassette player. Sat just below the radio, dont rmember if there was a lighter or not, but there is a powere outlet on center consol just up from the trnas selector.

    Does yours also have a cassette player if so it may have been removed or if you got the ex (?) lowere version it just may not have had an ashtray!
  • thegraduatethegraduate Posts: 9,731
    Standard equipment was a little door below the CD stereo with storage. It was not an ashtray, however.
  • ok i see there is a little storage door under the radio and its empty. So the previous owner must had it removed before buying the car way back in 2001
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright Sonoma, CaliforniaPosts: 57,578
    Maybe there's a 12V outlet in the glove box?

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  • thegraduatethegraduate Posts: 9,731
    I don't think that feature debuted until 2003 models.
  • My rear running lights were not working. I purchased new tights, checked the fuses, and the running lights still won't work. The hazard lights, brake lights, and turn signals are working correctly. I'm looking for a way to trouble shoot and resolve this problem.
  • Are you testing those items or just replacing them, use a 12 V. test light or a VOM Meter.
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