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Honda Civic: Problems & Solutions



  • Hey Mr. SR,

    Now, THAT'S a better link! After I read your first reply and couldn't find anything on edmunds, I Googled "pedal extenders" and the CAR TALK radio show website came up with all kinds of links companies that sell them. You know, Click and Clack? I love that show.

    I didn't know that they were called pedal extenders, so I had a hard time finding any information on them.
    This will definitely solve my problem. Thank you!

    And thanks crazygrrl for the handicap suggestion, too.

  • earthearth Posts: 76
    I did on the first tank of gas. I tightened it, removed it and put it back on twice and it was still on. Called service and asked about it and was told it should go off after a few drives. I did fill up again and it did go off after 4-5 days. I believe the owners manual states it may stay on a week.

    The dealership had to reset everything to get that fuel cap message off the read out, than noticed the MAP sensor was bad, though it did not register on the vehicle read out. Now have to bring it back in next week for a sensor replacement. They also think this may have something to do with only getting around 22/ 24 miles per gallon, not 100% sure.
  • I have a 1996 Honda Civic DX, standard transmission. The speedometer is not working correctly. When I turn on the key it goes up to 20 mph with or without starting the engine. Sometimes when it is cold the speedometer will work for 1-2 miles. I change the speed sensor and that made no difference. Any ideas on how to make it work again?

    Thanks for your Help
  • Hi, I have a 2003 Civic LX and lately on my first start-up of the day the engine seems to "rev-up" a lot before changing gears. I'm not sure if this is a transmission problem or some type of lubrication type situation in the tranny. I have 71K on the car and the tranny has never been "serviced". Is there a service to correct this?
    After about 15-20 minutes the car operates the same as it ever it did, but I'm starting to get concerned....
  • I have 2 Civics, a 1998 and 2000. Both have been hard to start after vacations where the car sat for 7 days without being driven. Any reason why they'd be hard to start after sitting around for a week?
  • Barnieone:

    Were they inside a covered garage, or were they exposed to the elements?

    I went on vacation for a month and left my car in the driveway. When I came back, after a month of the car exposed to snow and rain, I spent 8 hundred dollars getting it to run right again.

  • isellhondasisellhondas Issaquah WashingtonPosts: 19,599
    You should be concerned!

    71,000 miles and you have never changed your transmission fluid??
  • Would changing it now solve the problem do you think? Is going to the dealer the best way to go or do you reccomend something else? Understand, I have had a manual trans for 15 years and am not up on the protocal.
  • isellhondasisellhondas Issaquah WashingtonPosts: 19,599
    Not meant to be a lecture but you really should read your owner's manual.

    I would take it to the dealer or a COMPETENT independent.

    Not one of the "chains" that like to tell everybody they need a new transmission.

    I don't know if this will solve the problem but it sure couldn't hurt anything!
  • I sell, by what I've described, what would you say is happening? I doubt I need a new tranny because wouldn't it always shift strangely, etc?
  • isellhondasisellhondas Issaquah WashingtonPosts: 19,599
    I would get it in right away for a fluid change.

    Ask them to have the guy changing the fluid to tell you how bad it looked. If it was really dirty or burned, I would drive it a couple of weeks and then change it again.
  • Thanks.

    Any other opinions out there??
  • They were kept out side. One incident was in the summer with the 2000. The second incident was just recently in 10 degree whether with the 1998. In both cases, I was able to start the cars by pumping the gas pedal repeatedly. After several attempts, the cars started. I thought pumping the gas was a no no on fuel injected cars.
  • mikefm58mikefm58 Posts: 2,882
    Have them do a complete flush instead of just a drain and refill. And don't expect any sympathy from the service advisor since you've neglected to maintain your vehicle. Have you also neglected the other maintenance? How often do you have the engine oil/filter changed?
  • Believe it or not I am "overly" prompt on the other areas, often replacing items before their time. I honestly had no idea that servicing an automatic transmission was so vital. I bought this car used and it had no manual of any kind, but growing up I don't remember my dad being so manic about matainance and his vehicles seemed to last forever....

    I'm still waiting for any theories out there; I took my son to school this morning and the "revving" thing was there between gears (some worse than others) for about 15-20 minutes or so, then it goes away and I drove for about 3 hours tonite without even a HINT of a problem (as smooth as though it came off the lot), however I DO have an appointment for 7am with Honda and I will inquire about the complete flush... how much IS IT? Any guesses? What does the complete flush do exactly?
  • isellhondasisellhondas Issaquah WashingtonPosts: 19,599
    "Morning Sickness". After it warms up, the slipping stops.

    Not a good thing, and the way you describe this, I doubt if a fluid change is going to help. Still, it can't hurt.

    Sometimes people like to trade cars in that do this. they make very sure they warm the cars up first. We find out the next morning that the car needs a transmission.
  • What do you do about it when you find out about it the next morning??
  • isellhondasisellhondas Issaquah WashingtonPosts: 19,599
    Nothing much we can do. We would like to call the cheat that traded in a car with a known defect, but we just take the knock.
  • Juat bought a used 2001 Civic. it doesn't seem to get fm reception. I believ the antenna is in the rear window but I'm not sure. is there a connection that may be loose? how do I remove the console to see the rear of the receiver? Is there a connection in the back somewhere? thanks in advance for te help.
  • The front passenger seet has a bad sliding rail. There is something is missing and makes the seat move up and down a little on one side it also does not lock into position. Can the rail be replaced or do I need to shop for a replacement seat. thanks
  • I also bought a 2006 Civic LX, great styling, but 2 days ago the transmission failed to engage (like being in neutral), very unsafe because it happened while I was driving, I had it towed to the dealer, no word yet onwhat the problem is
  • mcap56mcap56 Posts: 48
    I find the seats in the new Civic to be rather uncomfortable. Had a vague sense of it before purchase but loved everything else about the car so much I went ahead. After a few drives my back is regretting the decision. Any ideas on fixes, good seat cushions, etc????
  • ebart1ebart1 Posts: 12
    ---an astute observation---could very well be for me a critical point, as I too am considering the '06 Civic---and note that a Canadian auto journalist called the seats 'economy car hard'! Seat size/shape in that segment of vehicles appears to be a problem---for me anyway (6-2)---My current '03 Accord are the second best seats after my '90 Volks Jetta---the very best in every way---and seats I will likely never encounter again! In fact when I test-drove the new Civic recently I too felt that the seats could be the 'weakest link' in the system.
    Good Luck in your effort to find a compromise.
  • 8200 miles on it and it would not start. Dealer said spark plug failed.... just wondering if anyone else has had this problem??... I hope it was a fluke.
  • :sick: :confuse:
    Hello All,
    Last Wednesday while driving to work I heard what sounded like BB's in my exhaust manifold. The sound did not change with RPM and I didn't see anything out of the ordinary when I checked under the hood when I got to work, just sounded like BB's bouncing in the exhaust manifold. The sound went away before I could get home and check it out further. The same thing happened on Thursday.

    Then on Friday on my way to work,the engine compartment was quite but the car died and would not re-start after about 55 mi. I pushed it in a near-by parking lot and checked for spark while waiting for a ride to work.

    The engine turned over but there was no spark!

    I got it towed home Saturday morning and checked it again, still no spark. Then using my Chilton shop manual and multimeter, I checked the coil and igniter and found both to be dead according to the book.

    Has anyone had anything similar happen to them?

    Could the distributor be shot and in turn killed the coil and igniter or visa versa??

    I can't afford to replace the expensive igniter and coil and have them go out again.

    Any help is greatly appreciated.

    :sick: :confuse:
  • web1web1 Posts: 1
    My 2006 Civic Coupe has the same problem. I just heard it yesterday for the first time. I have about seven hundred miles on the car. You are right about the rough roads. It sound like a stress noise. It seems difficult to locate the exact spot since it almost seems to be coming from more than one place. I sure don't want to listen to that for the next five years. Please let me know what they do to your car.
  • I was just involved in a head on collision last week. I was driving a Honda Civic 2000 and hit a box truck pretty hard when he made a left hand turn taking the right of way from me. Slammed him pretty good, but the air bags did not deploy. Is this a defect for the 2000 Civic?
  • vix4vix4 Posts: 52
    gunavalkyrie -

    Don't let the Honda dealer try to blame you. The maintenance period on a 2003 Civic LX transmission is 120,000 miles or 6 years, not something less than 71,000 miles!!!

    You are well within the limit.

    I think Honda tries to shift blame for their bad transmissions but suggesting owners didn't do something right.

    Honda has a bad reputation for faulty transmissions. My 2003 tranny sounds like its about to fail, and I have less than 20,000 miles!
  • vix4vix4 Posts: 52
    I've been chasing this dashboard rattle in my 2003 Civic now for months and I can't find it. It's near the passenger airbag area but it sounds like it's inside the dashboard.

    The dealer says "unable to verify concern".

    Any brilliant ideas??????????? :sick:
  • goosegoose Posts: 77
    My 06 coupe has a rear deck rattle, post #4307. I'm taking it to the dealer this Thursday. The rattle happens when the vehicles interior is cool (live in AZ). It happens on rough roads or certain music tones (300W stereo on EX coupe volume never over 12). I know first year cars will have issues so I'm dealing with it. Oh, I also noticed an assembly issue on the dash under the turn signal lever. One piece is actually separating from the dash. However I still love the car. The engine is great and the overall ride feel is excellent. I just need to get that rattle fixed. Best Honda for the money to date. Oh, make sure to verify your tire inflation at cold. My cars tires were over inflated. :shades:
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