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Honda Civic Care and Maintenance

Karen_SKaren_S Posts: 5,095
edited September 2014 in Honda
Please share you Civic care and maintenance regimen!

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  • bigkahunaflbigkahunafl Posts: 128
    I only have 2000 miles on my Civic EX Sedan so I still haven't gone back for an oil change yet.
  • I will definitely be going in for service within about 1 month. I do a lot of city driving in the snow belt, so my car has it rough. I drive about 20 to 25 miles per day, usually in 5 mile spurts or so that take 15 minutes. Add to that the salt around here (everyone spray under your car when you wash it!), and the intense cold (underfreezing with subzero winchills all December) and it's time for an oil change
  • gibnutgibnut Posts: 4
    I am curious to here what type of cleaning products work well for cleaning the interior windows, and vinyl.
    I've used "Armor All" on the vinyl, but do not like the greasy and slick surface it produces. Is there a product that works but with a matte finish?
    As for the windows, I have been using ammonia and water. I have contemplated using a mixture of alcohol too. I figure the alcohol would dissolve the film build-up from the vinyl. Any thoughts?
  • cwosignscwosigns Posts: 13
    I own a '97 EX Coupe that I bought used. The dealer didn't do a very good job of detailing it, so I went to WAL-MART and bought some wax and Armor All.

    Armor All now has two types: the traditional "wet look" finish (which I don't care for), and another that is a more natural matte finish. I used it last Sunday, and it makes my car look like-new clean, but not wet.

    Hope this helps...

  • gibnutgibnut Posts: 4
    Yes, that is just the kind of info I was looking for. Thank You Chris
  • Hi,

    I just bought a new Civic EX and the ride is fantastic. Unfortunately, city driving makes avoiding all potholes nearly impossible. My question to anyone who can shed light on this for me is how much damage does hitting a pothole do to one's car? What exactly is being damaged? Or are Civics (or cars in general) built to handle a certain number of bangs and bumps due to potholes?

  • bwalter01bwalter01 Posts: 1
    Well, to an extent, all cars are designed to take a little bit of abuse from potholes now and then. If you can avoid them, so much the better. If you can take them at the right speed, that helps too.

    If you're going down a residential street and can't avoid a serious pothole or crack, slow down and take it like you would take a speed-bump. No damage.

    If you see one on a highway, you're better off not slowing down too much because the speed and momentum of your vehicle can help you coast over some of them with less impact. Obviously going very slowly over all potholes is a good idea, but if you want to live, I don't recommend slowing down to 10 mph on an Interstate. :-)

    What you're damaging (if at all) are the tires, wheels, and to a lesser extent the suspension. If you hit a really big pothole, you can damage just about anything. (My father broke off his muffler on a pothole once, true story -- 1982 Prelude)


    P.S. Today's Free Tip: Don't rest your arm/wrist on your manual shifter, while driving, for long periods. The stress from the weight can damage your gearbox over time.
  • dudkadudka Posts: 451
    don`T slam on your brakes if you realize you are going into a pothole, because the wheel will lock up, and put additional stress in the suspension as it hits the exit side of the pothole.

    i always wondered why honda said in the manual not to rest your hand or even hold the shifter if not shifting. thanks for your tip (bwalter01) but how it would damage the tranny, the tranny is not directly under the shifter. i remeber that a friend of mine had a problem with his `87 maxima, the shifter would pop out of the gear, and he had to hold it in. is that the kind of damage you are talking about?
  • mcbuddahmcbuddah Posts: 3
    Question: What makes my 1990 Civic alternator(s) keep going out? I am on #3.

    I own 2 1990 Civics (one DX 5 speed, and one LX automatic). They both have about 150k miles. Should I expect the other's alternator to crash soon?

    What do you do when an Automatic trans goes out in a 1990 Civic? Sell it for parts?
  • My 97 Honda Civic with 70K mile has engine check
    light comes on. Does anyone has any idea what
    could be the cause? Appreciate your help.
  • I own a 2001 Civic EX coupe and I put some major miles on it, about 2000 per month. I was calling around several of the local Honda dealerships to get a price for the 7,500 mile service. I had 2 dealerships tell me that with the 2001 Civics, the service intervals had been pushed back. So what was the 7,500 service, is now the 10,000 service for 2001 Civics. Have any of you other 2001 Civic owners heard of that?
  • pj23pj23 Posts: 158

    If you read the maintnenance schedule in your owner's manual, you'll notice that it provides for 10,000 mile service intervals under "normal" driving.
  • koineboykoineboy Posts: 2
    I read the manual and saw the 10K recommended service material. The dealership (rat bastards) told me every 3750. Do I trust the dealer or the engineers?
  • rsreenyrsreeny Posts: 2

    This is my first car bought in Dec 2000. I have been experiencing the following problems :

    I kept getting the humming noise whenever I turned my wheels. The service people found out that Power Steering Rack was leaking and replaced the whole steering gear box assembly.

    I was thinking may be something was wrong with the way I drive (too much turning of steering
    to extremes), still nagging doubt is the mechanism so fragile that it won't even take pressure from a new driver.

    I learnt that it had happened to some of my friends who bought it around the same time. Is it a common problem in 2001 Civic LX, Any recalls so far ?

  • arijitmarijitm Posts: 2
    I too have doubts about the scheduled maintenance of Civic Ex 2001...

    Can any one tell me the correct maintenance schedule of 2001 Civic EX? The service center of the dealer says different things at different times. I did my scheduled 5000 miles oil change when my odometer was around 5100 miles. At that time they put on a sticker on my car saying my next maintenance schedule would be somewhere around 8800 miles (the problem is that I can't read it anymore - it's so faded) - and when I called them to confirm it, they are saying that the next maintenance should be at 10000 miles.

    Well I know very little about cars - and this is my first car. So can anyone tell me if I should go by the schedule given in the book (the manual)?
  • goody01goody01 Posts: 11
    When in doubt, follow the book. The dealer (or anyone else who wants your business) has an incentive to get you to keep coming back, so their advice may not be the most objective.
  • warnerwarner Posts: 196
    On the Civic that I purchased last night, I negotiated the service contract for 5years/100,000 miles and ZERO deductible for $870. I consider it a little extra insurance that will help me past the 3yr/36,000 mile warranty. Not that it's likely, but wouldn't it suck if something major broke at 45,000 miles???



    Here's how the whole thing played out for me:

    I got a 2004 Honda Civic LX 5-speed for $14,700 including destination fee and a few options.

    The cost breaks down like this:

    Base Civic LX 5-speed $14,281 (incl dest.)

    Alloy (EX model) wheels $419

    Splash Guards $0

    Wheel Locks $0

    (The options RETAIL for a total of $833, so I paid about half price for them)

    Invoice on this car with destination fee but not including the options is $14,531 so I think I did well.

    Other things that I opted for:

    After I thought about it, I did opt to pay for the 5 year/100,000 mile Hondacare warranty. The dealer was asking around $1,200 for this but I negotiated it down to $870 for the zero deductible plan. Maybe this was a waste, but I consider it a bit of additional insurance past the 3 year/36,000 mile warranty period. I hope that I don't have to use it, frankly - it won't hurt my feelings if nothing breaks. And since I only put $500 down on the car, I also opted for the gap insurance which I negotiated down to $400; spread over 5 years of payments at 2.9% finanace rate, it works out to about $7 a month. God forbid something should happen (the car gets totalled or stolen) in the first couple of years of ownership, I'd hate to be out a car and STILL have to pay the difference between what I owe and what the insurance company gave me for it. They wanted a lot more for this, but I was very reluctant to purchase this, but after he dropped down to $400 for this, I figured that for SURE if I didn't get it at that price, something WOULD happen. Maybe I'm a nervous freak, but at $7 a month I didn't think I'd kick myself for getting it, and it may even lower my insurance rate on the car (have to check with my insurance company on that). So, that's my story. I did get the 2.9% financing for 60 months so even with all that additional junk that I opted for and only $500 down on the car, my payment is right at $300 a month.

  • beanbean Posts: 4
    my 95 civic has a engine light on, and the tech want $90 just to take a look at it, anyone has a qick fix?
  • Karen_SKaren_S Posts: 5,095
    Check out the new Maintenance Guide! Link is provided in the Additional Resource Box.

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  • Hi,
    Where can I find all the Honda recalls? Specifically Honda Civic (2001)? Like a webpage or something? Thanks All!!!
  • Karen_SKaren_S Posts: 5,095
    Click on Edmund's Maintenance Guide in the blue sidebar, fill in the info for your make/model. The final results will list the recalls and TSBs.

    If you need any more assistance, let me know.

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  • Hi I just bought my 97 Civic EX about 4 months ago. I had heard that there may be problems with the timing belt on this year, and problems that could occur if I didn't take care of it a 60,000 miles. My car is at 63,000 now and I was wondering if anyone else knew about this or had any experiences!
  • I have a 1996 Civic EX with 96K miles on it. Recently, I decided to change the spark plug wires, distributor cap, and the rotor button. These are simple items to replace....or so I thought. The plug wires and the distributor cap are easy, but inside the distributor cap is a plastic housing that would not allow access to the rotor button. I looked everywhere for a way to get the housing off, but did not see anything. Can anyone help me with this? Thanks.
  • As for the Civic with 63,000 miles....I wouldn't worry about the timing belt just yet. The timing belt is a very essential item, but I would advise you to wait until about 75-80K before replacing it. I own a 1996 Civic, and replaced my timing belt at 83,000 miles. You should expect to pay around $400 for the service. When you have the belt replaced, they should also replace the water pump, belts & hoses, and coolant. Hope this helps you. Good luck.
  • mgreene8mgreene8 Posts: 8
    Are you using the ammonia/water solution on the inside or outside of the windows?? I'm looking for something that will thoroughly clean the outside of the windows, remove any current/old water spots and not leave any scratches or take paint off the body from the runoff.

    Re engine light,,, have you removed and then replaced the gas cap, tightening it just a few more clicks?? My Civic is a `98 and that happened to me. That was all it took and only happened one other time. The light won't go out immediately, but it will, at least mine did.
  • I have just purchased the 2002 Honda Civic EX. I know that it is required by California Law to install the license plate on both the front and back of the vehicle. My question is ... how am i supposed to install the license plate onto the front bumper? It seems to only have 4 small dents into the bumper. Am i supposed to drill the 2 screws into the bumper??? Please give me suggestions, or advice on how to install my front license plate. Thank You.
  • gman40gman40 Posts: 15
    Bought the car new in 1994. Currently has 187k miles. I Change the oil every 5000 miles. I had the timing belt, water pump and accessory belts
    replaced at 100k. Replaced both drive axles at
    160k. Most recently replaced the exhaust and the rear brakes(first time), I am now on my third set of front brake pads. My Honda dealer is amazed I haven't needed a new clutch yet. Anyway this has been one amazing car. The moral of the story is with proper upkeep Honda's will go a long time.
    Hope this gives some recent Civic owners some insight on the limited amount of maintenance necessary for these cars.
  • bjk2001bjk2001 Posts: 358

    You could take your Civic Ex back to dealer and ask them to install the front license brakcet for you.

  • knapp3knapp3 Posts: 112
    I spoke with the local Honda dealer about a new Civic this week, and asked about the 10K break in period before changing the oil for the 1st time. After a while he claimed Honda puts Mobil 1 in new Civics at the factory, and that's why they can go 10K miles. I simply didn't believe him, especially since Honda calls for 5w20 oil and Mobil doesn't produce that weight in their synthetic line that I know of. Has anyone else heard anything like this from their dealer?
  • igloomasterigloomaster Posts: 249
    howdy. weird thing just started happening.

    my gas pedal will stick a bit when starting off or after backing off of the pedal completely and then reapplying pressure.

    for example -- i will apply the normal 'gentle' pressure to get going, and the pedal doesn't want to move. the only way i can describe how it feels is that of an unlubricated door hinge. it takes more muscle to get it to do it's thing.

    adding a little more pressure than i am comfortable/familiar with gets the pedal to work, but results in too much of a burst in speed due to the pressure needed to get the pedal to go down.

    i tried to grease up the joints on the pedal itself, but that didn't help at all. any ideas?
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