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Honda Accord, Performance Mods
Mar 03, 2008 (10:05 am)
Ok peoples i would like the pros and cons: F20 vs H22, which do you think. the car gettin the swap : 94 accord coupe, manual.
#308 of 342 Re: Engine Swap [trumpcar]
Mar 03, 2008 (3:45 pm)
H22 - the Prelude VTEC one. Its easy (relatively), proven, has aftermarket support, and isn't excessively costly. Oh and its bigger then the F20 so it might have a little more torque.
#309 of 342 Honda Accord93 acts sluggish
Mar 19, 2008 (9:44 pm)
I added a new fuel pump, radiator with 2 fan blades, power steering hose and my car seems sluggish. It seems as if I'm riding the brakes and it pulls to left side when braking. The engine light & ABS goes on. Can someone direct me to upgrading my car to a better performing car? I know I need a tune up but I'd like more horse power as well. Thanks - Jim
#310 of 342 Re: Honda Accord93 acts sluggish [cybercool]
Mar 20, 2008 (3:41 am)
Short of using nitros, or installing a turbo, there is not much to be gained performance-wise. Of course fixing the dragging brakes, and a tune-up, could be a big help.
#311 of 342 Re: Honda Accord93 acts sluggish [cybercool]
Mar 20, 2008 (6:04 pm)
A car needs to be maintained before doing any performance upgrades. Plugs, wires, cap, rotor, fuel filter, timing belt and valve adjustments should be done first to make sure the engine is performing as well as it can be in stock form.
Also, addressing concerns that leach engine power like dragging brakes, under-inflated tires, poor wheel alignment, and worn suspension components is critical.
Once you know you fixed everything BROKEN on the car, intake and exhaust (which arguably make more noise than power) are about all that there is in that motor. Be nice to it and let it save you gas money while you save up for something faster.
#312 of 342 Honda Accord93 shakes a lot when in idle
Mar 27, 2008 (4:49 pm)
One mechanic told me I have several oil leaks from these areas that need to be replaced, distributor 0-ring, valve cover gasket and oil pan gasket. Also, after running for a while my engine light goes on. Can this be making my Honda shake a lot?
Will a nice tune up fix the problem?
I already coughed up $700 over 2 years since I had it. I really don't want to spend more. Thanks
#313 of 342 Re: Honda Accord93 shakes a lot when in idle [cybercool]
Mar 27, 2008 (5:22 pm)
The shake is a good sign that you have a broken motor mount (or two, or three). I think the chances of a tune-up solving the problem are slim. I advise you to shop around, and get prices from other shops. $700 may be wishful thinking, if you want to fix every thing. If you could do all this yourself, it would probably cost less than $300, but I don't know if that's a good idea.
#314 of 342 Re: Honda Accord93 shakes a lot when in idle [cybercool]
Mar 27, 2008 (6:27 pm)
One mechanic told me I have several oil leaks from these areas that need to be replaced, distributor 0-ring, valve cover gasket and oil pan gasket
These can also be DIY items. Valve cover and spark plug holes is pretty easy. I haven't done an oil pan, but I have done distributors and don't remember them being terrible. You should look into a factory shop manual or a Haynes/Chiltons at the very least. Your local library should have those as well.
Also, after running for a while my engine light goes on.
You can pull the code for the check engine light and it will help you debug the problem. There are instructions on how to pull codes in the repair manuals.
Can this be making my Honda shake a lot?
No, that sounds like a motor mount issue. If a timing belt was installed with the balance shafts out of phase, that could do it too but I would be more inclined to think motor mounts.
I already coughed up $700 over 2 years since I had it.
I wouldn't cry about spending $350/year to keep a 15+ year old car on the road. If you are worried about spending that amount, you aren't in a place to be looking at performance modifications.
#315 of 342 Re: Honda Accord93 shakes a lot when in idle [lilengineerboy]
Mar 27, 2008 (7:22 pm)
Thanks so much, I'll check out the motor mounts and take it from there.
#316 of 342 Exhaust / Cat Help Needed
Apr 25, 2008 (7:27 pm)
I am a real novice and have a code indicating a bad cat converter on a 98 4 cylinder Accord. It has 135,000 miles on it. The code has been on for about 2 months now and I get an occasional hestation while driving. The car is too good to pitch and too old to invest $1,100.00 for a new converter. I know there is an o2 sensor in front of the converter and another in the converter. What additional problems might I be creating by replacing the converter with a straight pipe? Will the car still operate properly with the single o2 sensor? I want to make sure I don't make a bad situation worse. Any help or step by step instructions on how to deal with the issue would be much appreciated.