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May 03, 2006 (8:29 pm)
Well I'm not sure if this is the proper place for this posting but I have to tell someone. My 1991 Honda Accord LX just finally died. I have 410,000 miles on the same engine and transmission. I am now looking for a new Accord. I Would not buy another car after this great experience.
Just for kicks I will post the problem. Was coming home the other evening and noticed the car began coasting. I gave it gas and the engine revved into high RPM but no response. I shifted into third thinking maybe the auto shift had snuck into neutral. The car downshifted but as I gave it gas same thing lots of RPM's but no power. I coasted to the shoulder and I noticed (as I came to a stop) steam coming from the right front.
I got a tow home and the next morning inspected the engine. There was fluid underneath on the Transmission cover and it turned out to be anti freeze. I checked oil and Trans fluid and levels were fine. I checked the radiator and it was dry. One great thing about that honda is that It never leaked coolant. I had checked it recently though and it was full so I think whatever happened the other evening caused the water in the radiator to empty. I could not see any hole in a hose or the radiator. I'm thinking a blown head gasket or something. Never saw any rear smoke though when this happened. Only steam in the front
Now the car does not start and sounds very funny when it turns over. It's hard to describe but I can only say that I have never heard that sound before and I have heard a lot of sounds over the years with this car.
#200 of 2104 Re: Died at 410K [kidsnoopy]
May 04, 2006 (6:39 am)
I think a proper funeral is in order. I bet you were sad, especially after taking the car that many miles with, apparently, very few problems. Did you have the car from when it was new?
Makes my 160,000 miles seem like the car is barely broken in!
#201 of 2104 Re: Died at 410K [thegraduate]
May 04, 2006 (9:57 am)
Yes, I bought this car new. People I know kept telling me to call Honda and see about getting in a commercial but I told them that this was probably not all that unusual. I have to be honest at times I was absolutely terrible when it came to changing oil. Often I would let it got 10-15k miles before changing. I did the oil changes myself. I told my friends it was probably the oil (tar) that was holding the engine together and not changing was a good strategy.
Actually, I can't stress enough how important it is to change the oil regularly. I really just got lucky. Anyway I bought the Honda at the time because of it's record for low maintenance and great quality. I'm glad to hear that the new ones are just as good. I start looking today for my new Accord EX-L.
#202 of 2104 shifting problems
May 04, 2006 (8:32 pm)
Hello, I have a '93 Accord wagon with an automatic transmission. When driven at highway speeds it will downshift from 4th gear to 3rd gear, then back. So far its only done this in the mornings and will only do it once or twice a trip. Any clues? Thanks!
#203 of 2104 93 Accord Engine Noice/Idle Problem
May 05, 2006 (11:31 am)
I have a 93 Accord Anniversary Edition with noise coming from the front end that sounds between a "hum" and a "whine". It usually occurs just after engaging in reverse or forward but will occasionally happen when driving at a steady pace (35mph). Since the sound usually happens only when the engine is cold and not long in duration it has been next to impossible for a mechanic to diagnosis the problem over the past couple of years. I have very low mileage (83K) on this car and just recently had the timing belt and water pump replaced. Does this sound like a tranny problem? If so, it this repairable with parts or need to totally rebuild or replace new? Also, when the car is started and parked the idle speed will occasionally and violently race up and down until the car is engaged in forward or reverse. Any thoughts on what is causing this and how to fix the problem?
#204 of 2104 Is this right?
May 06, 2006 (3:13 pm)
My bros. 91 accord sedan goes ballistic when it idles below 1k rpm. The rear driver window goes down fine but it has to sit 2-5 minutes before it can go up. The drivers window yells with authority when the button is pressed down. When closed, the driver's window escapes the track and sticks out about an inch away from the door when close all the way. The armrest, stereo, and moonroof visor have been stolen from the car and i suspect came from the space between the window. Can someone give me any suggestions on what to do? The car has 149222 miles, is a 1991 ex and cloth and the ac is ice cold. The master cylinder and timing belt have been replaced within the last 72hours and no problems have resolved .
#205 of 2104 1990 Accord
May 07, 2006 (9:14 pm)
I just purchased a "dead" Accord LX today for $400 w/ 139,438 miles on it. My father and I replaced the Fuel Pump which cost us $150 and took a few hours seeing as how you have to take the whole dam back half of the car apart to drop the tank. There is one problem though...2 of the windows squeak when they go down and they go very slowly....i'm guessing it's just the motors and they aren't that expensive. I was just wondering if the car was worth buying.
May 08, 2006 (11:21 am)
I have to replace the starter solenoid but am having trouble getting the starter mounting bracket off. It's really tight on there. Can I replace the solenoid without taking off the starter motor/mounting bracket?
May 08, 2006 (12:51 pm)
I have asked this question-allbeit at a point where the problem was less of an issue-prior, but am unsure of the answer? I have a 91 Accord, the S Light on the dash now stays on more often. It does not flash, nor does the "check engine" light come on. There will be no codes according to local Honda shop? But for sure, the transmission only works in 2nd and 3rd gear. (By the way the spedo also still works/I know this also can fail in situations like this). I really thought-from reading only-that the problem was one of the two solenoids on the front of the engine block (lock-up solenoids I think they are called?), but when I describe the problem to the Honda people they say it is the VSS (Variable Speed Sensor?). I don't mind paying to have it replaced (they say about $200 for part and $150.00 for labor), but what I don't want to do is do it and then have it be the solenoid(s), or even the ECM? What does anyone thing, does the VSS make sence?
#208 of 2104 Re: S Light [mike711]
May 08, 2006 (3:31 pm)
So you must drive an automatic. Try pressing the button on the left side of the gear shift. So far from what i've read, your car is fine. You are just paranoid. S stands for sport which means the car will wait longer and rev to a higher rpm before changing gears. S is green right? Green is good (99.9% of the time)