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#4177 of 5207 Honda Service Bay Area Palo Alto
Sep 03, 2005 (7:51 am)
I have a 1998 Civic EX with 70,000 miles. I just took it to the dealer and they told me 3 things were recommended to be fixed:
1) Right rear trailing arm bushing is torn, and left is cracked, they recommended repairing both and performing a wheel alignment. Estimate: $595.
2) Battery failed load test, they recommended replacing the battery. Estimate: $109.95.
3) Oil pan gasket is leaking, they recommended replacement. Estimate: $310.
I wanted to know if these are common problems, if the estimates they gave were appropriate for the work to be done, and most importantly, if anybody knows any service shops in the area that are good. I live about 30 miles south of San Francisco in Palo Alto, but would be willing to drive up to San Francisco, or down to San Jose for good service.
I appreciate any recommendations.
#4178 of 5207 1997 Honda Civic LX Automatic tranny shift issues
Sep 03, 2005 (9:10 am)
I have a 97 Honda Civic LX with 110K miles on it. When taking off from a dead stop and the shift selector is in D4 the transmission will not downshift to 1st. I have to manually downshift or it sounds like a manual starting off in 3rd gear. Another interesting thing I noticed is when the vehicle is under way and I mash the accelerator it downshifts fine. I have noticed when the engine and tranny are cold everything works like it should. The problem only starts after about 15-20 minutes of driving.
I just recently change the tranny fluid with Honda fluid and, per another forum, I replaced the linear solenoid.
thanks in advance.
#4179 of 5207 Re: Honda Service Bay Area Palo Alto [angelallang]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Sep 03, 2005 (9:48 am)
If the battery is the original one in the car, that's probably a good idea.
The pan gasket really depends on 1) how much it is leaking, which you can determine by placing some newspaper under the engine after you turn it off, and seeing how much oil leaked on the paper, keeping in mind that it "spreads" on paper AND 2) whether or not someone has gotten under there and LIGHTLY tightened the pan gasket bolts.
The bushings? Hard to say. I'd get a second opinion from a TRUSTED front end/alignment specialty shop, not a CHAIN store, but an independent who's been in business in your town for a while. Sometimes a crack or tear is nothing, sometimes it is a safety concern and sometimes it can go quite a while longer.
#4180 of 5207 Re: '97 Civic DX - Mysterious electrical problems [jbowman]
Sep 03, 2005 (12:31 pm)
My girlfriend is having the exact same problem with her 1998 Civic Hatchback. Although her symptoms are not to the point of not being able to start the vehicle.
What was your solution? We have already replace the VSS. Any guidance at all would be greatly appreciated.
#4181 of 5207 Re: Honda Service Bay Area Palo Alto [angelallang]
Sep 03, 2005 (12:38 pm)
" 2) Battery failed load test, they recommended replacing the battery. Estimate: $109.95. "
$109.95??? Man I'm in the wrong business. Take it to Wal-Mart, should be about $50 plus free installation.
#4182 of 5207 Re: Honda Service Bay Area Palo Alto [mikefm58]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Sep 03, 2005 (4:27 pm)
Well it's a dealer after all. You pay for convenience and you're paying their shop rate.
#4183 of 5207 many problems with my honda
Sep 04, 2005 (5:04 pm)
i have a 91 honda civic DX with approx 235,000 miles i just bought it from a lady that supposably dogged it out pretty bad. at first i noticed when its in a high rev it blows out a bluish grey smoke and it sometimes back fires when in around 2nd or 3rd gear. i just got it about 3 weeks ago and i have drove it about 30 miles trying to figure out why it overheats after 10 minutes, wont start after 10 minutes of driving, engine knocks, and sometimes in 1st gear the power just is lost when u floor it. today i was checking the fluids in the car because supposably the women that sold it to me said everything was takin care of engine wise(it runs great)....turns out it has rust in the radiator no water...quart low on oil... and no oil change since 03'. we put tap water in the raditoer cleaned the radiator return out and filled up the oil because its only been sittin not runned so the old oil is still good i think. i runned it and less bluish smoke came out but the temp gauge didnt seem to work right and eventually it overheated again and then we popped the radiator cap off and it was boiling but the temp gauge was still down, is my engine done for, new radiator? timing ? maybe no tempature gauge? i am clueless plz help!!!!!
#4184 of 5207 Re: many problems with my honda [cookie4]
Sep 04, 2005 (5:32 pm)
Oh My Gosh..........I just watched Jeff Foxworthy.....You might be a redneck if....
" new radiator? timing ? maybe no tempature gauge? "
How about a new car?
Sep 04, 2005 (5:42 pm)
#4186 of 5207 Re: Honda Service Bay Area Palo Alto [Mr_Shiftright]
Sep 04, 2005 (10:58 pm)
I also say get the battery replaced. Don't forget to write down your radio presets before taking it in. Trust me, if you were driving an American heap, the dealer would never check the battery at any service interval with a voltmeter before it failed. You'd be on a hook.
Sure, your dealer wants to make a few bucks, but I found they also want to keep their customers happy, because that means repeat business and future product sales. It also means no angry customers a month later coming in on a tow truck for a dead battery. Personally, I think you have a good dealer. Pay to get this done while it still starts.
As for the rest, you be the judge. Oil on the ground is a dead giveaway you've got a problem. Make sure to keep an eye on your oil level. If the engine is not losing any oil and the leak is extremely minor, you can let it go for awhile. As for the bushing, I'd be more concerned about that. Bad signs are usually uneven tire wear, vibrations, or the vehicle doesn't "ride" like it used to. Then again, it could minor and last a good deal longer.
If your past experiences with this dealer have been impeccable and you can afford to have the work done, then by all means go for it. But get the battery replaced no matter what else you decide about the other work.
As for the HOST'S newspaper recommendation, I'd avoid it. It's a fire hazard. One gust of wind causing the newpaper to touch anything close to a HOT exhaust or for whatever reason causing the newspaper to attach itself to the vehicle is asking for trouble.