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Honda Accord (1994-1997) Maintenance and Repair



  • chick652chick652 Posts: 1
    Hey Guys,
    The garage can't seem to figure this one out so any advise would be amazing since I got to travel to Boston this weekend.

    Here is a little back ground (please keep in mind that I'm a rookie so bare with me)

    I have a 1997 Honda Accord with Air conditioning. It has an air conditioning fan and a Radiator fan.

    My radiator fan does not come on when my car reaches a very hot temperature. It will only turn on (work) if I turn on the Car's Air Conditioning and then both fans will work.

    If my car is hot and I turn off the car and remove my keys, the Radiator fan will come on (work) until it is cool but as soon as I start the car the fan does not work.

    If anyone has an idea, I left my car at the garage in hope that I can suggest a few things as they are doing some research as well and need to give them some possible solutions asap.

    I know that they should figure this out but I don't have time to bring it anywhere else and judging by some feedbacks on this site some foks know 110% more that these mechanics.

    If you know the solution and can provide some tips I swear I will take my car to your place or who ever you recommend but this time I'm stuck with these folks and dont' feel like spending $$$ to rent a car since I'm already in the whole.

    THANK YOU, honestly thank you.
  • thegraduatethegraduate Posts: 9,731
    I had to have the radiator fan motor replaced in my 1996 Accord LX when it hit around 130-140k miles (I can't remember since it has been awhile). The car would overheat when not moving since there was no air movement over the radiator. Yours doesn't appear to be a total failure, which is confusing. Hopefully the others here can help you diagnose it fully.

    In the meantime, if you start overheating, turn your thermostat all the way to heat. This pulls warm air out of your engine, and could prevent total overheating/head gasket destruction. It saved me. In the meantime, since it IS July, just run the A/C, and you won't have a problem (if what you described about both fans coming on when the A/C is on is true).
  • elroy5elroy5 Posts: 3,741
    It could be your fan "timer", but you would have to do some testing to be sure. Here is a link with troubleshooting/diagnostic. It may give you some ideas. Good luck
  • I have a 1997 Honda Accord with 190000 miles. Lately its been running hot, only in the city (at redlights though) When I'm driving on the highway its fine. Ive replaced the a/c cooling fan and the engine cooling fan. I've also replaced the thermostat gauge, and flushed the radiator. It still runs hot at stop lights, I have no idea what the problem is or how to go about fixing it.

    Also, the radiator fan only works when the AC fan is on, as in, only when I have the a/c working on the interior of the car....

    I need help, any suggestions?
  • elroy5elroy5 Posts: 3,741
    Go through the troubleshooting in this link. It may help you narrow the possibilities. Good luck
  • my 97 honda did the same thing. i replaced the thermostat,radiator,fluid,flushed it out and its like brand new.
    i got an after market radiator for 90$ and 2.004 for the thermostat. . make sure u tighten the thermostat. but dont strip the cover to it.
    its easy to do. get a maint book from your local autoparts store. it takes about a good day to do it.
    make sure u dont drain the old fluid on the ground.
    mite as well change the oil and check everything anyway.
    make a day of it.
  • thanks, im thinking it may be the water pump
  • lorafloraf Posts: 1
    I have a 1995 honda accord 4 speed automatic transmission the 4 th gear indicator has a green light surrounding it and it is constantly flashing when the key is turned on. When trying to extract trouble codes the check engine light flashes nothing, but the 4 sp indicator light flashes 7 times pauses then continues the process again flashing 7 times pausing until the key is turned off. the car struggles to go 30 mph. Does anyone have a clue as to what the flashing light is telling me?
  • elroy5elroy5 Posts: 3,741
    I think you should go to the local auto parts stores, and see if they can scan for the transmission trouble-codes. I don't know of any one digit codes (7). Have you checked the fluid level?
  • kwolfekwolfe Posts: 1
    Hello! 1995 Accord auto with AC that timing belt broke in. Took it to shop-replaced the timing belt and water pump. It started fine-got 4 or so miles down the road and it croaked! Would not and will not start. Will turn over but not start. Have changed out distributor, cap, plugs, coil, main relay, and computer with no success. Have put the parts mentioned above in another 1995 and that car will run-put them back in this car and it does not run. It turns over, gas pump runs, fuel squirts at fuel rail. The check engine light comes on when switch is turned on and goes off as normal. The trouble code is not showing on the check engine light-it is showing on the light above it and is a 52. 52 is not a valid code and the code should show on the check engine light! The plugs are getting fire. We have tried crossing spark plug wires to see if we can at least get it to backfire or something-still nothing! Tried taking plug out and pouring small amount of gas in cylinder and still nothing-not even a backfire. We have never seen anything like this! Any good ideas? A friend of a friend said it might be a cam sensor-what are your thoughts on that? Not sure which way to go other than a flame-thrower and a bucket of gas.... :mad:
  • omarromarr Posts: 88
    Probable more here than you ever want to know about Honda Transmissions.

    Code 7 possible "shift control solenoid A"
  • omarromarr Posts: 88
    check out
    Troubleshooting the Honda Ignition System - Coil, Igniter and more

    The shop that replaced the timing belt should be correcting the problem.
    Poor workmanship, timing, bent valves, incorrect cam/crank timing.
  • omarromarr Posts: 88
    Transmission fault codes:

    Code 1: D4 light blinks:
    - Disconnected lock-up control solenoid valve A connector
    - Short or open in lock-up contorl solenoid valve A wire
    - Faulty lock-up control solenoid valve A

    Code 2: D4 light blinks:
    - Disconnected lock-up control solenoid valve B connector
    - Short or open in lock-up control solenoid valve B wire
    - Faulty lock-up control solenoid valve B

    Code 3: D4 light blinks or OFF:
    - Disconnected throttle position sensor (TP) connector
    - Short or open in TP sensor wire
    - Faulty TP sensor

    Code 4: D4 light blinks:
    - Disconnected vehicle speed sensor (VSS) connector
    - Short or open in VSS wire
    - Faulty VSS

    Code 5: D4 light blinks:
    - Short in A/T gear position switch wire
    - Faulty A/T gear position switch

    Code 6: D4 light OFF:
    - Disconnected A/T gear position switch connector
    - Open in A/T gear position switch wire
    - Faulty A/T gear position switch

    Code 7: D4 light blinks:
    - Disconnected shift control solenoid valve A connector
    - Short or open in shift control solenoid valve A wire
    - Faulty shift control solenoid valve A

    Code 8: D4 light blinks:
    - Disconnected shift control solenoid valve B connector
    - Short or open in shift control solenoid valve B wire
    - Faulty shift control solenoid valve B

    Code 9: D4 light blinks:
    - Disconnected coutershaft speed sensor connector
    - Short or open in countershaft speed sensor wire
    - Fauly countershaft speed sensor

    Code 10: D4 light blinks:
    - Disconnected engine coolant temperature (ECT) sensor connector
    - Short or open in ECT sensor wire
    - Faulty ECT sensor

    Code 11: D4 light OFF:
    - Trouble in PCM

    Code 14: D4 light Blinks:
    - Trouble in PCM

    Code 15: D4 light OFF:
    - Disconnected mainshaft speed sensor connector
    - Short or open in mainshaft speed sensor wire
    - Fauly mainshaft speed sensor

    Code 16: D4 light blinks:
    - Disconnected linear solenoid connector
    - Short or open in linear solenoid wire
    - Faulty linear solenoid

    Code 17: D4 light OFF:
    - Short in kick-down switch wire
    - Faulty kick-down switch wire
  • tdufftduff Posts: 2
    i have a 96 accord the defroster doesn't seem to work well. the fan speed is ok ,the other positions work ok i get a green light on all but defrost. anyone got any ideas? thanx tom
  • thegraduatethegraduate Posts: 9,731
    1.) The defroster indicator light should be amber/orange, not green.

    2.) To properly defog windows, turn the A/C on and put the airflow on Fresh.
  • melanie10melanie10 Posts: 1
    I dont know what is wrong with my 97 honda accord but like 2wks ago i had the oil changed and i need water in my rediator and the temp. I dont know if it overheated or what, but it wont crank it has water in it and everything looks fine but someone told me that i may have a leak in hose. Help Me please!


    Any suggestions?
  • omarromarr Posts: 88
    The folks will need more info if they are to help you.

    Oil change would not cause no start unless they didn't put oil in the car.

    Was the car running hot or not? steam, poor running ,etc
    Did you put water in the car or not? Is it still there?
    Remove radiator cap and look.
    If you run the car hot for a length of time you could have damaged the engine.

    I doubt the oil or water has anything to do with the no start.
    Does the engine turn crank over? Good Battery, jump start, etc
  • tdufftduff Posts: 2
    thanks i'll try it, but it doesn't seem like the defroster is opening all the way
  • phatpipephatpipe Posts: 1
    I have a 1994 Honda Accord EX with an automatic transmission and 208k miles. It has started acting up lately. There are times when the car just won't start and the D4 light on the dash starts to flash. Below are the symptoms of my sick accord.

    Seems to only act up when it is hot (the engine) or extremely hot outside (air temp). Once the car cools down it starts up and runs (shifts thru all the gears) just fine. The last 2 days i have been able to drive the car to work in the morning only to come out after work and not have the car start. After waiting till the late evening hours when the outside air temps start to fall I was able to start it up and drive it home just fine. I jumped the service connector under the glove box and got what I think are 3 or 4 transmission fault codes. Below are the flashes I saw when jumping the service connector. These are all D4 flashes

    long flash, short short short
    2-3 sec pause
    2-3 sec pause
    short short short short short short short
    2-3 sec pause
    short short short short short short short short

    then it repeats that order indefinitely. From doing some reading on the Internet I think the 4 codes I got were 13, 1, 7 & 8 (not exactly sure on this one). The engine light was on the entire time and from what I read that means there are no engine codes stored.

    Based on that information do you think you know what the problem is and is it something I could repair myself? Is it a major transmission problem that I am better off just selling the car and getting a new one or can this be fixed for a reasonable amount of money. When the car starts up normally the transmission works great. It has good power and you can not feel any slipping when accelerating hard, so that makes me think this is just a sensor or solenoid problem that should be somewhat easy to fix. But maybe that's just be being optimistic.

    Thanks for the advice,
  • thegraduatethegraduate Posts: 9,731
    The engine light was on the entire time and from what I read that means there are no engine codes stored.

    If the check engine light is on, AutoZone should read this for free.
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