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#517 of 5207 Chattering Noise - CV Boot?
May 08, 2001 (11:32 am)
Hi. This is my first time on the board so bear with me. I have been enjoying the info from everyone. Took my 1996 Civic EX with 60K to Honda dealer for official oil change yesterday. Mentioned a occasional chattering noise after turning a corner or accelerating from a stop. I thought it was from the engine. Service tech said it was probably the CV boot, not engine, and would do road test. Couldn't find the noise, of course. Didn't mention any leaking either. Tech said not to worry about it until it got worse. I've now done some reading on some web sites and it sounds like something that should be fixed right away. Any thoughts on the problem?
#518 of 5207 chattering noise
May 08, 2001 (11:49 am)
Check the heat deflector that surrounds the Catalytic Converter when the car is COLD (this can be very hot at times after running). If you have a mirror you could probably check without jacking the car up or touching anything. Often the metal around the bolts will rust on one side and cause a chatter when accelerating. Two good size radiator clamps (5 inch - one in front and one in back) should to the trick.
May 08, 2001 (7:22 pm)
My new 2001 Civic just went through a hail storm. While the neighbors' cars went unscathed, my Civic looks like it has moguls on a Double Diamond at Aspen. Is the metal they use for the Civics just softer or am I imagining things. Surely the size of the hail was the same at my neighbors as it was at my house. And yes, my neighbor, like me, was caught with his pants down and had his car outside as well. Any thoughts besides the fact that I should use the garage?
#520 of 5207 extended warranty
May 08, 2001 (11:23 pm)
i belive when i signed the contract it said that the warranty i am getting is the same warranty the manufacturer provides for the car but just extended. in the contract it only mentioned that brakes, clutch, battery, and some other wearables not covered. and it also stated that if an item covered by the contract failed and and caused another item to fail both will be covered. if the water pump failed and caused the timing belt to break which in turn caused the valves to be bent i guess i can legally fight the warranty company (hondacare) since it was clearly written in the contract that the chain reactions will be covered. i hope i never have to use the warranty, the only reason i bought it is to increase the resale value, and a great deal i got on it ($600)
#521 of 5207 Thin metal
May 09, 2001 (7:18 am)
The Civic has very thin sheet metal to keep weight down. I've noticed that the front fenders are particularly weak in the area next to the doors at about knee level. A small amount of pressure applied there could easily bend that panel.
#522 of 5207 Backup lights, LX Titantium '01 Civic LX
May 10, 2001 (6:18 am)
I've noticed that my backup lights are sort of a reddish/pink color instead of the normal clear plastic that covers the backup lights. Has anyone else noticed this?
#523 of 5207 2001 Auto, Civic LX Sedans
May 10, 2001 (6:20 am)
I've had my 2001 Civic Sedan for a little over a week now and I've noticed that when the automatic upshifts the tachometer while keep rising like it will never shift into 3rd and then it finally does. 1st and 2nd are close together and shift smoothly, but it seems it takes a long time to shift into 3rd and 4th. The RPMS's are high when it finally shifts. Anyone else noticed this on the 2001 LX? Is this normal to upshift like this and part of the ULEV designation?
#524 of 5207 A/C inconsistent performance
May 10, 2001 (11:55 am)
I have a '91 CR SI. The air works fine sometimes for several minutes upon initial startup and then cuts out and generally will not work again for several hours. Also, if I drive the car a short distance the air will work, if I turn off the car and re start pretty quickly, no a/c. I have been told the compressor clutch is failing. I have been told it needs freeon, ie: after it has been running the pressure on the low side gets too low because there is not enough freeon and it shuts itself off. This seems a little inconsistent so I am not sure. The reason I say it is inconsistent is this, if I drive the car for a while without the a/c on (getting it nice and warm) then turn on the air it usually will not come on. I have also been told the compressor needs to be replaced. I find this hard to believe since the a/c works very well when it does in fact work. Any experience or suggestions?
May 10, 2001 (12:10 pm)
Yep, mine are the same. Dont know why...the lights are plenty bright. Dont think it matters.
#526 of 5207 Cruise Control
May 10, 2001 (2:46 pm)
My 1999 LX gives a clicking sound when using the Cruise Control at low speeds--less than 35 miles per hour. I like to use it to make sure I don't speed through neighborhoods. Anyone else have this same noise? Minor anoyance--but it's still under warranty and if it's a real problem, I want to get it fixed, at Honda's expense.