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#2614 of 5207 Erratic idle
Jan 01, 2004 (1:26 pm)
Honda Civic XL 1996:Automobile runs smooth, seems to have no problem. Stopped using the car for about a month. When next started the motor, ran smooth until it came up to operating temperature, then dropping to normal idle it kicks back up to fast idle and keeps repeating this continuously. Went for 200 mi. drive, idle returned to normal.Laid up the car for two weeks, idle returned to being erratic.This time "CHECK ENGINE" light came on.Checked oil -ok; checked coolant - ok; temperature - ok. Question:
1. Can I make 200 mile trip with "check engine" light on? Any ideas about my problem with the idle?
Jan 01, 2004 (7:39 pm)
came on after owning our 96 Accord wagon for about 4 years. It was not under warranty and a repair was needed. Honda said if we did not fix it, we would never know whether the SRS system was working or not. I can't remember the exact cost, but it was extremely expensive, several hundred dollars. We "bit the bullet" and paid for the repair. What made it a little easier to take was that was the only thing that ever really went wrong with the car; it's been basically trouble free. We have 148,500 miles on it. The check engine light recently came on and we're told a new catalytic converter is needed. tomorrow I'm bringing it in for that repair; it's under warranty until 150,000 miles. I'm told we may have to pay about $100. While I'm there, I want to check out the 04 si.
#2616 of 5207 instant overheating, SRS Light and Erratic idle
Jan 01, 2004 (9:01 pm)
unfortunatly this sounds as if you have a bad head gasket. But the best thing to do is to have the car presure tested to be sure as it could be a sticky thermostat or radiator problem also..
Do you know what code it was giving? If it was a power failure code you maybe able to reset the srs control unit and as long as the cars battery is strong it may stay away. In any case unless you have alot of miles on it I would also try speaking with CR or the zone rep to see if they could help you..If you know the code I could try and help more..
Most likely a sticky fast idle valve or a bad idle air control valve. As for driving it as long as the check engine light is not flashing you can drive it with no harm being done..
#2617 of 5207 when starting, engine dies immediately
Jan 01, 2004 (11:00 pm)
I have a 90 CRX Si with 110K miles on it. Over the past year when you start it, it sometimes just dies immediately and after you crank it a couple more times it will start. It has done this going down the road as well where the tach goes right to zero. I took it to the dealership and they couldnt get it to act up at all. I did have the ignitor changed 6 months ago and i thought this solved the problem but its back. Do i have an ignition switch that is bad and making contact only 98% of the time. Help?!?
#2618 of 5207 Stick transmission jerks when cold
Jan 02, 2004 (10:03 am)
I have 2000 Honda Civic with 33K miles (manual tranmission). Honda Dealer changed the Transmission fluid and spark plugs at 30K. (That is the only service I got from Honda. I got the air filter and Oil changed by Firestone). For the past 4000 – 5000 Miles, I’ve noticed something strange. When the car is not warmed up fully, when I step off the gas to change the gears, I feel a jerk in the tranmission (or the engine) not sure…. This also need not be necessarily associated with gear change. When I take my foot off the gas pedal within the same gear, this happens.
This happens even at highway speeds and till maybe even 6-7 miles of driving. Any experience with this?
#2619 of 5207 Re: transmission jerks
Jan 02, 2004 (12:05 pm)
Why don't you just wait and let the car warm up fully? I think it is from the clutch. My WRX dose that every morning when it is cold.
#2620 of 5207 Had to use my ABS!!! 2004 Honda Civic EX Coupe (eqp. w/ABS)
Jan 02, 2004 (3:11 pm)
I had to slam my brakes on the other night due to an idiot with no working rear break lights. There was the gawdawful thunk thunk thunk noise...I HOPE it was my ABS working. I've never actually heard them engage before. It felt like the brakes were pumping very quickly to stop me. I figured it was the right thing to do...stomp and steer just like the manual tells you to do. I'm just worried that it could have caused damage. I hear no nasty noise from my brakes or rotors since. Should I have them inspected?
Jan 02, 2004 (3:35 pm)
I am sure that would have been the ABS in action. No damage was done.
#2622 of 5207 Quiet Tires
Jan 02, 2004 (8:39 pm)
My 94 Civic DX has 92000 miles and one flaw...road noise. I have always used cheap tires...but would like to quiet the old girl down when she turns 10. Would appreciate anyone's success story regarding quiet tires. Am also wondering when to expect to need replacement struts and how to tell if mine are going bad
#2623 of 5207 Honda Civic Battery problem- 2003
Jan 03, 2004 (12:24 pm)
Has anyone had a problem with their battery? I have had my civic into the dealership 3 times because it won't start. We have not left the lights on or any other reason to drain the battery. We bought the car new in May and it has failed to start 5 times. They tell me they have checked out the charging system and can't find a problem. The last time I had to jump it for over 10 minutes before it would even make a noise like it wanted to start. Finally after 12 or 13 minutes it started. The dealership has not had a problem and the car will start for a month or 2 and then not start. Any suggestions? I am thinking about changing the battery myself to see if that works.