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Honda Civic, Honda Civic del Sol, Honda Civic CRX, Coupe, Hatchback, Sedan
#610 of 5207 Head Gasket
Jun 11, 2001 (7:54 am)
I have a 1993 Civic Coupe and have been relatively happy with it.
I have replaced the head gasket twice already and it has just gone again...
1)Any suggestions as to how I can solve this problem for good?
2)I have heard this is a problem with these cars, so I also wanted to know if anyone has been successful in getting Honda to cover the costs?
Any help would be greatly appreciated.
#611 of 5207 head gasket
Jun 13, 2001 (4:07 am)
i have had a few hondas and never had head gasket problem. one was and 85 civic with 250 000 miles when i sold it. never needed head gasket. i would check whether there is something wrong with the cylinders. as far as i can remeber the steel cylinder sleeve is just sitting in the alluminum block. maybe it is not secured and keeps ripping the lip on the gasket. try an aftermarket gasket designed for turbo and super charged engines. i am not 100% sure about the steel sleeve, i may have mistaken it for some other engine.
#612 of 5207 2001 EX Concerns
Jun 13, 2001 (6:16 am)
I've noticed there are very knowledgeable people here, so I wanted to address a few concerns I have with my 2001 Civic EX Coupe.
Back in December I traded in my '95 EX for a '01. I'm pleased with it overall (although I did love the 95). Anyway I'm due for an oil change, so before I go to the dealer, I was wondering if anyone has similar issues.
Radio: I've read about the troubles many are having, and although I've never had to reset it, I notice it is very staticy when I have the rear defroster on. Also the scan/seek does not accurately work with the defroster on.
On certain rough roads, the front passenger dashboard (or something) is rattling.
I also noticed that when my headlights are on and I close the windows when they are already closed, everything dims. (Is that normal?)
I think that's it for now.
Thanks for your help!
#613 of 5207 Power windows surge...
Jun 13, 2001 (9:55 am)
You probably noticed this idling in your garage. Yes, there is an electrical dip when you hit the switches, the windows have 30a circuits. You'll also notice the computer/engine will compensate by raising RPM. You can only have so much load/resistance on the Civic batt/alternator. The same scenario is normal when you switch on the defogger/AC. Of course, there should be enough capacity so as to dim your lights when you step on the brakes or use the turn-flashers.
Jun 13, 2001 (11:09 am)
Of course, there should be enough capacity so as NOT to dim your lights when you step on the brakes or use the turn-flashers.
#615 of 5207 2001 Civic Problem
Jun 15, 2001 (10:46 am)
Friend has 2001 Civic with 1000 miles & had developed a oil lickage problem. He took it in after oil warning light came on (infrequent) in the last week. The dealer kept it one day & still to come up with any solution. Mechanica also said they will need some welding etc.
Any ideas ?
#616 of 5207 Oil "Lickage" Problem
Jun 15, 2001 (12:04 pm)
I'm confused. You're friend has an oil "lickage" problem? I've seen the neighborhood dogs that seem to have a lickage problem, but never a guy with a fondness for licking oil.
I'd guess it is leaking oil somewhere, that would be my guess.
#617 of 5207 Puddles of water when AC is being used...
Jun 15, 2001 (6:48 pm)
I own a 1999 Civic EX. Today, I noticed a fellow employee's car have some water drip from underneath the engine bay once he shut off the car. It was extremely hot and he had the AC running. When I got home (also had the AC running), I parked my car and looked underneath. Guess what --> puddles of water dripping. I double checked to make sure it wasn't oil, auto tranny fluid or coolant.
Is this normal for Civics? Could it be condensation from the AC compressor?
I find it odd to have water dripping from the car's engine bay. This is the third time I have noticed this on a Civic.
#618 of 5207 A/C Condensate
Jun 15, 2001 (9:19 pm)
If you lived a few hundred miles south, hondasmonda, you probably wouldn't need to ask about A/C condensate. It is moisture that condenses from the air on the surface of the evaporator. The evaporator is the portion of the A/C system located beneath the dashboard. (A small amount of condensate can also form on some of the A/C componentry in the engine compartment.) The condensate drains through a ~20mm rubber tube that passes forward through the firewall and dumps onto the ground. On the Civic, this dump point is located beneath the battery box. When it's hot and humid, the condensate flow rate can be pretty high. From your description, my guess is that you don't have a problem - you are simply seeing what the people from Carolina to Louisiana experience routinely.
#619 of 5207 Responses ...
Jun 16, 2001 (3:46 am)
Clack, The 92-95 Civics seem to go through head gaskets ... which is atypical for Honda. There is supposedly a new head bolt set that you need to use or any repair you do will be temporary ... but this is only something I've HEARD of.
Another problem is the dreaded "piston slap" which is a knocking sound only when the car is cold ... and the colder it is the louder it gets. This goes away as the aluminum piston expands when warm.
aim1121, those sorts of body squeaks and rattles are almost always particular to a car and have to be diagnosed locally.
Puddles of plain water under an AC that has been in operation is very normal for many brands of cars.
sobers, I wouldn't allow anyone to weld up a shadetree solution on a brand new car that's leaking oil. I'd make them replace the oil plan.
Lastly, for what it's worth, I saw Pennzoil 5W20 in an Upstate NY K-mart.
--- Bror Jace