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Honda Civic: Problems & Solutions



  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright Sonoma, CaliforniaPosts: 58,875
    You won't necessarily see smoke out your exhaust if you are having head or head gasket problems, nor will you see oil in your water.

    I presume you've had two standard tests done:

    1. Pressurized the cooling system and removed spark plugs to look for a coolant leak in the cylinders

    2. Has the coolant tested for combustion gases.

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  • chadrappchadrapp Posts: 35
    I'm going to take it to an independent mechanic for a second opinion.
  • beto10beto10 Posts: 1
    i have a 2000 civic si w about 52000 miles. My engine makes the worse ticking noise and is so loud in general, what is wrong with it?? also my passenger window is as slow as a turtle, any idea with this? and lastly with the amount of mileage are there any typical service i should have done?
  • tyggertygger Posts: 59
    A long shot, but it could be a broken gauge... ??? You said the car drives normal. Your heater still works?

    I don't know what to say if all those people cant find the problem.
  • fe203fe203 Posts: 21
    I think you may be on the right track with the gauge. Would be worthwhile to have the sensor that the gauge is connected to checked first. Might be a faulty sensor.
  • fe203fe203 Posts: 21
    Have any of these shops tried bleeding the air from the system to make sure its totally bled? Honda's have been known hard to bleed the air from the cooling system. It is best performed with the front of the car raised and the rad cap off ( be sure coolant is cool before removing rad cap!!) With the front raised if there is any air in the system it will bleed off much easier. Make sure your heater is in the hot setting so coolant is flowing completely through the system.
  • brendahbrendah Posts: 2
    Is anyone aware of the '04 Honda Civic having any airbag recalls? I was just in a wreck several weeks ago that involved me rear ending another car with the impact all on the left front end - the car is totalled. The odd part is the driver airbag did not deploy but the passenger side did. The drivers seatbelt deployed or locked whichever you call it. It is so odd that the airbag on the side of direct impact did not deploy. I received chest bruising and a concussion.
    Honda should be ashamed for not owning up to all of the problems I am now seeing.
  • acuraman16acuraman16 Posts: 4
    I took my car to the Honda dealer and they re-surfaced the rotors. It seems better now. The fact that the car is only 8 months old, should they have replaced the rotors or is re-surfacing and turning the rotors ok?
  • p9142p9142 Posts: 2
    I am having problems with my 95 EX. I am getting an intermittent squeal while the A/C is engaged that goes away in a couple seconds or immediately if I turn off the A/C. I took off the splash guard underneath the car to have a look, and the darned belt is routed through the drivers side engine mount!! It seems that the only way to replace this thing is to unblot the engine. Is that right? Also, how in the world do I adjust the tension on the belt? Thanks in advance.
  • mikefm58mikefm58 Posts: 2,882
    " is re-surfacing and turning the rotors ok? "

    It's OK as long as their thickness is within specs after turning, the rotors on my 99 CRV have been turned twice. All they do is grind a small amount of the surface off so they're perfectly smooth and flat.
  • mikefm58mikefm58 Posts: 2,882
    Anyone have instructions or a diagram on how to replace the power mirror on a 2005 Civic LX coupe? Also, what websites would be good for ordering one?
  • chrisducatichrisducati Posts: 394
    Sounds like Valve lash adjusters for the ticking or maybe a worn cam. As for the window try spraying silicon spray lubricant down the rubber channel that the window rides in. It may be just such a dry tight fit that the motor is having a hard time raising the window.
  • I have the same problem and I highly doubt it's low coolant. My honda is also a 98 but it's an EX and I get the car checked regularly (oil, filter, fluids). My mechanic did two engine diagnostics tests and couldn't find the problem but suggested I get a new distributor cap. I have no idea if this will solve the problem. Another thing is that I changed to gas cap (per manual) and still has the same problem. Sometimes the light goes off and comes back on again. Hope this helps.
  • 91honda9591honda95 Posts: 1
    I have a 95 civic that has 170,000 miles on it, the car is very clean, I am the 2nd owner and have been having some problems with hesitation or loping/skipping on acceleration. The car has been running smoothly at highway cruising but it does skip when it idles.

    I have replaced the sparkplugs and the distributor cap. It helped for a little while but the problem is definately still there.

    Is it possible that the distributor is bad, if so how do you test it? also the plug wires... Would it be a good idea to replace the fuel filter?

    Please help, I cannot afford to replace all of these parts...
  • jimmyhjimmyh Posts: 1
    My son's 2001 Honda Civic has in instrument panel that goes completely dead at times. It has done this twice in the last six months. The first time it lasted for only a few minutes.

    The panel was completely dead, gauges would not work, fuel indicated empty, temp gauge stayed at Cold, no tach rpms, no speedometer, no shift indcator for the trans, no odometer.

    The last time it did this (two days ago) was for about 20 miles of stop, restart, errand running over about 3 hours. After sitting overnight in my garage the next day, it works fine. This happened during the day, so I cannot tell if the panel lights were working.

    I have not had it to a mechanic, as it will not go dead when it goes to the shop?

    A service advisor told me he thought it might not be getting a feed from the ignition switch, so he told me to jiggle the ignition key.

    Any other thoughts?
  • chrisducatichrisducati Posts: 394
    I have never seen this on a Honda but I have seen it so many times I have lost count on Chrysler products. I have seen it twice on Nissans. Each time it is the circuit board in the gauge module. It may be the connection to the power supply where the module connects to the wire harness. The whole cluster has to be replaced on Chrysler cars. Expensive. You might find one in a junk yard. Just my thoughts.
  • litezoutlitezout Posts: 4
    I have a 95 Civic also. I made it to 205,000 miles before the engine blew. 2 bad cylinders. I replaced the engine and it was running good for a while and started doing the same thing you're describing. You might want to start with changing the fuel filter. When was the last time you changed it? Also, you might have dirty fuel injectors. Try a fuel additive to clean the injectors before you think about replacing them. That's what I did and the problem went away.
  • suzanmsuzanm Posts: 1
    HELP!! the honda dealership tells me that noise is due to the brake pads requiring replacement (apparenly the braking system is some kind of floating calipre, whatever that means), which should occur at around 16,000 km....i have 35,000 kms on this 3.5 year old car and I have heard that annoying noise for 3 years now. It only happens when I reverse and go foward and brake for the first time ...thereafter, the noise does not occur unless i do this again. Another mechanic told me its the front brake pads and discs which need to be replaced and yet another told me it is coming from the tranmission. The Honda dealership is telling me from a safety standpoint, its fine...the brake pads should be replaced at 70,000 km and then the noise should go away, but, killer part will come back. It is very loud. I think because I am a female, they are not taking me seriously and I don't know what to do. I plan on buying out this car this november..i have an extended warranty and I am hoping they will fix the problem. I mentioned this problem to them when I had the car for only 1 year and at that point, they told me that noise was "normal"..I don't think it is and they just don't want to fix the problem...HELP, please, I would appreciate it.


    A Honda customer who is thorougly disappointed.
  • kgbean00kgbean00 Posts: 6
    i have 2 problems i need help with. one is a bit more important than the others (both apply to my 02 civic lx coupe)...

    problem #1: my air conditioning is leaking water inside of my car instead of outside. the water is leaking onto the passenger floor in the front seat. whenever i make a left turn, my blower almost completely stops, there's a slight screeching sound, and water pours out. my father said it might be a blocked or unconnected hose. either way, its slightly annoying because after a long trip with the a/c on (my car is black and its been too hot to drive without it on) the floor is completely saturated. does anyone know what this problem could be?

    problem #2: i bought the car used and about a month after i had it, the in-dash cd changer stopped working. right now, i have 4 cds inside that it wont give back! when i push the cd button, the screen flashes ERR and it wont load any of the disks. i asked honda about it and they said they would have to take it out and look at it (for the low low price of $99). i'm not sure if its worth paying them the money to have them tell me something i already know. my options are to just get a new cd changer (i found one online for a reasonable price) or to pay the diagnostic price and cross my fingers that its something minor that isn't costly to fix. what does everyone suggest?

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