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#5350 of 6957 problem after replacing distributor
May 15, 2007 (8:02 pm)
To begin with, I have to say that I don't know much about car especially repairing.
The problem I'm having right now...
My 1998 Honda CR-V died on me driving on high way. It suddenly can't change gear (although my car is automatic), then the speed slowly decrease, then finally it died on me.
I tried to start my engine after I turned it off and rest for a while, but there was no luck, so I had to tow my car to car repair shop. (I didn't take to dealership).
Anyway, they replace my distributor (new, but not Honda distributor with 2 years warranty), and spark plugs, and wires to fix my car.
Now it's running.
However, I MAYBE become super sensitive, but I feel like something is not right.
First, the engine doesn't turn on as normal second... meaning... like when you turn your key on, it will make chi chi chi chi noise, then engine starts.
When my car sits long enough not running, then I tried to turn on my engine, the "chi chi chi" noise will last a bit longer than usual... sometimes more than a bit longer.
I took my car back to the shop, they told me to replace a battery, so I did, but the problem didn't fix...
I was starting to wonder if i was maybe too sensitive about a thing... and then now, "check engine" light came on.
I took it back again, they reset and turned the light off and told me to come back if the light came back on...
not even a day, the light came back on, again I took my car back, then they tested, now tells me I need to replace Catalytic Converter.
Here is the thing...
the shop owner seems nice and honest, but now i'm starting to have doubt about it....
The reason why.. is I also took my car to different repair shop, and they did lightly test my car about my "check engine" light problem.
These people told me it's probably the distributor itself might not be a good one.
I did mentioned that to my car repair shop about it, and they said they are sure it's not distributor, but Catalytic Converter.
On top of my engine starting issue, and driving experience, i feel like the car gear changes kinda odd way... also my gas went out much quicker than before my car died.
Sorry it has been a very long posting, but i'm just very confused who I should trust... i know there is no way that I will know who to trust.. but i wonder if there is anyway to find out by how not good distributor would cause to my car, and the way it drives... etc... or some easy way...
I'd like to find that out before I'm going to spend another $400 to replace Catalytic Converter.
If anyone can help me??
#5351 of 6957 Re: problem after replacing distributor [nobopyon]
May 16, 2007 (3:18 am)
If you are not confident in the technical diagnostic skills of the mechanics you are taking it to, you should consider taking it to the dealer who works on your make and model all the time. You can be wasting both your time and money with mechanics who are not knowledgeable with your vehicle.
#5352 of 6957 Re: problem after replacing distributor [nobopyon]
May 16, 2007 (3:45 am)
Sounds like you need a new mechanic. The one you've been taking it to doesn't know what he's doing. If it were my car, I'd take it to your local auto parts store like Auto Zone or Advance Discount Auto parts where they will read the specific check engine code for free and tell you the likely part that is failing. Possibly it's something simple. But from your original problem, it sounds like a transmission problem. I'd take it to a dealer.
#5353 of 6957 Re: problem after replacing distributor [nobopyon]
May 16, 2007 (7:33 am)
Your Mechanic may seem honest but I would bring it some place else. I don't see how a new battery would solve what seems to be a transmission problem. Also the check engine light shouldn't just come on unless it a loose gas cap. They should have at lest told you what the problem was based on the code and let you decide what to do. Good luck I just hope it isn't a transmission problem because those problems usually aren't cheep
#5354 of 6957 Re: That very first oil change [phisher]
May 16, 2007 (8:01 am)
I've never heard of it being called Dynosaurus Juice but it's a great term.
This is a simplified anthropology explanation...
A few million years ago, when a stray meteorite struck the earth it created a huge dust cloud which started a very long ice age. 90% of the animals and plants died. The dust eventually settled a covered them all up. Over the years, dead animals became what we know as crude oil, and dead plants became what we know as coal.
People who think that we have this endless source of crude oil and coal don't realize that there was a finite number of animals and plants at the time of the catastrophie. Eventually we will run out of it.
#5355 of 6957 Re: 2002 CR-V, MIL (malfunction indicator lamp) lit [maryannesk]
May 16, 2007 (8:04 am)
Even if I ordered the part from Honda-it sounds like I'd need special equipment -special wrench to install the part. That sounded difficult. So, this morning, I took it to the dealership. The part was $40 and then they charged me $178.50 for labor! Exactly the reason why I don't like taking the car into the dealership!
The part would have cost you $40 anyways. The special socket is $10-$20 and goes on the regular ratchet.
Why is it dealer's fault that you did not want to do it? Should they have done it for the cost of parts? I will buy paint, will you paint my house for free?
They did not charge you $178 for labor, you AGREED to pay that much for labor. I am pretty sure you were presented with an estimate and could have just turn around and left. Did they hold a gun to your head and force you to pay $178 for labor?
#5356 of 6957 Re: That very first oil change [blueiedgod]
May 16, 2007 (8:29 am)
i believe the petroleum reserves were formed prior to the dynosaurs... sea plankton and algae. the whole dynosaurus juice is a misnomer.
i could be mistaken.
#5357 of 6957 Re: That very first oil change [user777]
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
May 16, 2007 (8:56 am)
I've heard that too, but I always liked calling it dead dino instead of dead veggie.
#5358 of 6957 Re: That very first oil change [blueiedgod]
May 16, 2007 (9:19 am)
You mean that the story my pastor told me that the dinosours are deeper underground because they were slower when the flood came isn't true. He never mentioned a meteorite at all. My whole belief structure is shattered.
#5359 of 6957 Re: That very first oil change [user777]
May 16, 2007 (9:20 am)
I think the manual states to do the first tranny fluid change around 90K? That seems like a LONG time to wait. Funny that there are two choices for a fluid change. The dealer recommends to just do the regular change (about 3 quarts) vs. a flush which would replace all. I went in at 42K miles and the parts person advised to just do the change. How does only doing a partial change really improve things?