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#4965 of 5207 1998 Civic EX-Malfunction Indicator Lamp Light
May 12, 2006 (8:58 am)
Hi all! New to the forum! First time owner of a 1998 Honda Civic. I've had it for almost two years now and no major problems until now. I've been reading the forum for similar problems and need advice. My Malfunction Indicator Lamp Light went on a few weeks ago and my brother suggested I buy a new gas cap (since I had the original Honda one and it had not been changed). The light went off, then came back on a few days ago. Took it to the mechanic and he did an engine diagnostics test. He said according to the codes (I don't remember what they were) the engine should not be running (it runs fine). I do notice when driving in city, there's "jerks" when accelerating from 1st gear but didn't think anything of it. I don't know if anyone else has come across the same problems, but would welcome any suggestions or advice. My mechanic (he's someone I trust completely) did another engine diagnostics test and then suggested a replacement of the distributor cap (about $300). Any thoughts? Thanks in advance!
#4966 of 5207 2002 Honda Civic blinking maint req light at startup
May 12, 2006 (9:22 am)
I've recently noticed that my car's maint req light blinks about 10 times when I start up the car. It disapears after the 10th time and only does this at startup. Is there something wrong with my car?? Do I need to bring it in to the garage??
#4967 of 5207 Re: 2002 Honda Civic blinking maint req light at startup [tarheelblue]
May 12, 2006 (10:15 am)
The answer is in your owner's manual.
#4968 of 5207 Re: 1998 Civic EX-Malfunction Indicator Lamp Light [lillith1376]
May 12, 2006 (10:38 am)
Might be the problem I am having.
2000 Civic EX. Last year about this time, the check engine light came on. I'm told it was the Catalytic converter. The car kept cutting out on me...mostly when I got up around 65mpgh. I got it replaced at Midas ($300), the light went out and I was able to pass my emissions test.
A few months later, it came on again. Midas says the CAT was burned clear thru so 'something' was causing this...but the replaced it with a new CAT since it was still under warranty.
A week later, the light comes on again.
I take it to a Honda dealership. They say "Give us $1200 and we'll replace your CAT...and then can see if something is causing it to go bad. Midas took out your heat shield too". Yeh, right - 6 month warranty and then it's probably SOMETHING causing the CAT to fail!
Anyway, I haven't had them replace it. I need to pass emissions by the EOM. The car still cuts out when I drive it hard and then get to a light...so I keep it below 60mph and it purrs like a kitten.
Anyway, might be your CAT failing. Anyone else have this problem?
#4969 of 5207 Re: 1994 honda civic won't start [chili_pepper]
May 12, 2006 (10:41 am)
See my response to post 4965
#4970 of 5207 Re: 1998 Civic EX-Malfunction Indicator Lamp Light [leavenfish1]
May 12, 2006 (12:37 pm)
Thanks for the reply. I'll mention this to my mechanic. Don't want to take it to Honda dealer unless I just want to fork over wads of cash. Currently, even at high speeds the car runs fine. Will keep you posted on what happens.
#4971 of 5207 2003 Civic Overheating/Head Gasket
May 12, 2006 (1:06 pm)
Ok.. so I've replaced my radiator cap... my thermostat.. and the only thing the shop can think of now is my head gasket.. as mentioned above.. there is no milky stuff around my oil.. and my car hasn't overheated since the other day... and I've been driving it... but today, when they checked it again.. they noticed they it wouldn't stop bubbling, even after they replaced the radiator cap.. so.. they are pretty convinced it is probably the head gasket or head... does anyone know about how many hours Honda takes to replace a head gasket? They can't give me a quote..and I want to have an idea on price, before I take it back to them. Help?
#4972 of 5207 Hondo civic 97 auto
May 12, 2006 (6:05 am)
When I am going up the hill or accl the the engine starts knocking and the car feels like it is having difficulty with accl. What could be the problem
May 13, 2006 (8:37 pm)
I own a 2005 Civic LX with 14K Miles. At highway speeds, when I brake to slow down, the steering wheel shakes. Any suggestions? Thanks.
#4974 of 5207 Re: Brake Problem? [acuraman16]
May 14, 2006 (5:32 am)
Your front brake rotors need to be turned, because they are warped. You should be able to get your Honda dealer to turn them under warranty for free. However they may try to say it's not covered. I can 100% garrantee that this is your problem.