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#3990 of 4041 Squealing noise and another question about transmission fluid?
Jan 19, 2007 (9:10 am)
I drive a 1999 Honda Civic LX, and I've never had any major problems. However, lately, when I back out of the driveway, or when I start to accelerate, the car makes a little bit of a squealing noise. Once I lift my foot off the gas pedal, it stops making that noise. Once I get going on the highway (start to go a lot faster), I don't hear that noise. I only hear the squealing noise when I'm going at slower rates of speed. Any idea what the issue might be?? Does the timing belt need to be replaced, or is it something else? Any help is greatly appreciated.
Also, what is the difference between a transmission fluid "flush," and a "drain and fill" of the transmission fluid??
#3991 of 4041 We Like Our Civics
Jan 25, 2007 (7:31 pm)
It's good to see some owners of high mileage Civics plan to keep them and deal with the eventual little problems.
Our '04 EX silver auto sedan is still like new, and I can't find any excuse to look at new cars - even the upcoming all-new '08 Accord.
I dressed up our Civic with the medium burl Exotic Wood dash, which makes quite a difference, the Honda leather steering wheel cover, and the Honda exhaust tip.
(I bought 17" wheels and 215 Kumho sport tires, but have put the originals back on and don't know what to do with the 17"s.)
Like the wheels, I'd never get the money out, but my dealer quoted $1,200 for an all-leather interior,(I guess aftermarket). That's something I could do down the road. For now, the gray cloth interior also looks like new. (I Scotchguarded it when I bought it.)
Good luck to Senior Chief Kevin, now and in retirement.
Just for fun, anyone care to say how fast they've driven their Civics? Are they electronically limited? I know 115 is very stable.
#3992 of 4041 Re: HELP.. 98 Honda Civic LX [cnu_gurl]
Jan 26, 2007 (7:28 am)
I'll bet a nickel it's a grounding problem. Start with the main negative battery connection. Please let us know when you fix it.
#3993 of 4041 Re: We Like Our Civics [andysd]
Jan 27, 2007 (7:35 pm)
Well I only have 1 Civic, but I like it a lot. It's been able to take quite a lot of wear and tear over the past eight years. I was on the brink of selling it when gas prices skyrocketed past $3.00, so I kept it. It runs well, and I plan on driving the thing to 175K miles and beyond, hopefully
#3994 of 4041 2002 Civic EX - Disassemble dashboard
Feb 12, 2007 (9:14 am)
Has anybody taken apart the dashboard on a prev-gen Civic sedan? If so, any instructions or hints on how much work it is?
When going over a bump recently apparently something dislodged inside my instrument cluster and is partially blocking the light path for the instruments. Now at night the left side of the speedo and right side of the tach are totally dark! Kinda hard to see how fast I'm going at night when speeds are under 50 mph.
#3995 of 4041 Re: Power Outlet [mcat]
Apr 01, 2007 (4:38 pm)
Make sure you didn't trip the fuse. That would be highly likely if you were twisting a plug back and forth inside the socket.....causing a short and blowing the fuse.
#3996 of 4041 Re: Power Outlet [kiawah]
Apr 02, 2007 (4:33 am)
Thanks for the tip. I have not checked the fuses since everything else seemed to be working properly. I guess that outlet may be on its own circuit and should have checked it out. Thanks again!
Apr 03, 2007 (3:05 pm)
i have a few questions about my civic. my gas pedal is kinda stiff. it is a manual so shifting isn't all that pleasant when i can't feather the gas pedal. any ideas to fix? also i hear like a whine it's prominent pulling out as such, i back up then in moving forward i put it in 1st and start to pull the clutch out and this whine comes. so i don't think it's the wheels or anything like that cause it's not there in movement more so when i engage the clutch. hope it's not a tranny problem. any help is appreciated.
#3998 of 4041 My take on 2001 Honda Civic LX
Apr 08, 2007 (6:44 am)
Just drove my sister's Civic back from Arizona to Indiana on a 1900 plus mile trip to sell it up here. It is four door and 5 speed. I have driven her car before but not to this extent. She went from 1993 Tarcel to 2001 Civic to 2005 RX330.
Fit, finish, and feel are excellent for a small car. The interior colors, fabric, and contrast in colors are tastefully done. The feel of switches are excellent. The gas mileage was as high as 43mpg.
Road noise; nothing a good sound deadning/ rust proofing and set of new brand-name tires could not improve.
Light/flimsy feel of the doors when shutting. Honda should have benchmarked 1999-2004 Jetta for door shutting feel (and VW should bench mark Civic's gear shift feel). It gives the car a very cheap feel. I know the Civic is not a cheaply-built car. I had 84 and 94 Accords, and I am familiar with Hondas. They are great cars.
I regard Hondas and Toyotas top notch cars with the rest of the Japanese cars trailing behind. This may not be fair since I have not owned any other Japanese cars beside these two brands.
#3999 of 4041 Re: 1997 civic ex [podunk503]
Apr 08, 2007 (8:26 am)
If you hear a whine when you are putting in your clutch, it would mean the clutch throw-out bearing is bad. The face of this bearing, contacts the pressure plate, which when continued to press in allows the pressure plate to release it's grip against the clutch plate. At this point, your engine is now dis-engaged from the transmission.
If you allow this to continue squealing, you may end up damaging the fingers on the pressure plate and have to replace that as well (a much more expensive part).
Throw out bearings go bad, if you ride with your foot on the clutch pedal, or the clutch isn't adjusted correctly. Normally the bearing only has to spin when you put the clutch in. If your clutch is misadjusted, then it could be too close to the pressure plate and forced to spin all the time.