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#3225 of 5207 99 Civic Stalling--Possible Ignition Switch
Oct 24, 2004 (5:50 pm)
I have a 1999 Honda Civic DX that I recently purchased with 65,000 miles on it. The car has been running great, but yesterday while it was idling in the driveway it stalled out. I tried to re-start it numerous times throughout the day, and even though it was turning over strong, it still would not start. I have determined that it is getting fuel to the cylinders, but need help in the rest of the process of elimination. I know there was a recall for the ignition switch on this vehicle, and after checking the VIN with the local dealer, I found that it has not been replaced yet. Could this be the problem? Also, how would I check the timing belt? Thanks so much for any help.
#3226 of 5207 Re: Creaky clutch [kauai215]
Oct 24, 2004 (6:23 pm)
Is this the shaft at the slave or master cyclinder and how difficult a job is it?
#3227 of 5207 Re: Creaky clutch [mauto]
Oct 25, 2004 (8:48 am)
"Is this the shaft at the slave or master cylinder and how difficult a job is it?"
This was done under warranty. I did not perform the work.
My mechanic briefly explained what he'd done, but I didn't think to ask him for further details. My guess would be that it's the shaft connected to the clutch pedal, since that's the region where the sound seemed to originate.
I assume that gaining access might be the only difficulty, but again, I'm uncertain. It may be readily accessible.
#3228 of 5207 Re: Creaky clutch [kauai215]
Oct 26, 2004 (10:09 am)
Unfortunately my warranty has expired, but had the Civic come with a Hyundai-length (or Lexus-length) warranty I'd be getting it fixed as it would be considered part of the powertrain. In fact, if I had the 10y/100,000m Hyundai warranty, I'd have another 6 years and 40,000 miles before deciding to get it fixed.
Yeah, I know, an extended warranty. But most of those are useless insurance policies that actually cover very little and cost a bundle. Again, Honda is uncompetitive in warranty coverage and finds itself in the company of the big 3 domestics as the only major Asian brand to still offer just 3/36 on everything.
#3229 of 5207 Honda is uncompetitive in warranty coverage
Oct 26, 2004 (8:17 pm)
Because it competes so well in so many other areas. There may be a time in future when they have to increase warranty coverage, but IMHO it'll come after they start advertising large rebates. Something else they aren't "competitive" in.
#3230 of 5207 Re: 99 Civic Stalling--Possible Ignition Switch [kirk2]
Oct 27, 2004 (5:09 am)
The recall summary states:
"ON CERTAIN SEDANS, COUPES, HATCHBACKS, AND SPORT UTILITY VEHICLES, ELECTRICAL CONTACTS IN THE IGNITION SWITCH CAN DEGRADE DUE TO THE HIGH ELECTRICAL CURRENT PASSING THROUGH THE SWITCH WHEN THE VEHICLE IS STARTED.
WORN CONTACTS COULD CAUSE THE ENGINE TO STALL WITHOUT WARNING, INCREASING THE RISK OF A CRASH."
There's a possiblity it could be the worn contacts, but I doubt it because that would more likely be a problem that would deteriorate over time meaning that you would have noticed it before.
I've seen this problem on other cars though, mainly other friend's Fords, but have never had it happen in my civic. If you can start the car and keep the engine running by stepping on the gas pedal, it probably means that your "engine idle control" is dead. So go out and test this by stepping on the gas when you start the engine. If it doesn't run by doing that, take it to a mechanic! If it does run by doing that, you'll still need to take it to a mechanic.
#3231 of 5207 Re: 99 Civic Stalling--Possible Ignition Switch [kirk2]
Oct 28, 2004 (10:06 am)
If it is the timing belt, you'll notice a different sound when cranking the engine. Reason is that the valves are not operating and you won't be getting compression with open valves.
#3232 of 5207 Re: 04 Civic Lx all around problems
Nov 02, 2004 (2:00 pm)
hi,my name is Robin.we recently bought a 2004 honda civic lx on june 24 of this year.2 days later we found out the right front strut was all bad.while we were waiting for that part to come in we started having a problem with the relay switch.found out the relay switch when you would put it in to drive was out.then when they did a 20,000 mile check up on it we started smelling a gas/exhaust smell inside car.they had left off a cap.oil was going on the engine.now we have a popping noise under the hood and they can not seem to figure out the problem.
#3233 of 5207 Re: 04 Civic Lx all around problems [robinj]
Nov 02, 2004 (5:09 pm)
Robinj - sounds like you bought a car that may have been in a major accident. Did you run a carfax report on it before you bought it? Did you get it from a dealer with extended warranty? Did you have it inspected by an independent shop before you signed for it? Sorry for your car problems which sound like they will continue... You should try to find a good shop in your area that will give you a thourough diagnosis and check over - I have found these inspections (like a pre-purchase inspection) can cost $100-200 depending on where you go. Then after you get a better idea of what's parked in your driveway you can assess if you want to keep it.
#3234 of 5207 Re: 04 Civic Lx all around problems [edunnett]
Nov 03, 2004 (4:03 am)
I think she bought a new car. I would suggest is to go to a different dealer. Sounds like the selling dealer's service department is incompetent. Also, that is alot of miles, 20,000 in less than 5 months. Unless Robinj did indeed buy a used car. Then it does seem like it was a wreck, and that would explain why someone would buy a 2004 and sell it right away.