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#1204 of 1859 Re: 1997 Accord vibration [omarr]
Jun 05, 2008 (5:17 am)
I also have a 97 accord. Mines is a manual but only does that when i going down the road. it has no trouble codes but i notice that my passenger seat is shaking. it runs good other than that.
on the other hand, i have also had two 86 accords automatics and they would vibrate when i stopped also. i would shift it out of gear also. all my friends have hondas also and they speak of the same vibration. i just think its a trademark of a honda. its kind of irritating but i got 483,000 miles out of my 86 before a deer totaled it and pushing 250,000 on my 97.
#1205 of 1859 Re: 1997 Accord vibration [omarr]
Jun 05, 2008 (6:04 am)
I have a 1996; it also vibrates (not TERRIBLE, but noticeable). It is worse with the A/C running. I've never considered it a problem because it has done it since I got the car 6 years ago.
#1206 of 1859 Re: 94 accord LX cylinder head chipped [sadomad]
Jun 05, 2008 (1:05 pm)
If I understand what you are saying, that a 2" chunk of metal head broke off....I suspect you'll need a new head as the valve gasket won't seal correctly, and you'll be loosing oil all over the place..
#1207 of 1859 Re: 1997 Accord vibration [omarr]
Jun 05, 2008 (1:20 pm)
For the vibration issue. Check your engine mounts. To do this you need two people. Open the hood. You or your assistant can stand next to the front fender and watch the engine. Put the transmission in gear, hold the brake FIRMLY (so the car will not move), and push the accelerator (just a little). Do this in Drive, and Reverse. If there is a lot of engine movement, you have a bad engine mount. The side of the engine that rises is likely the culprit mount. Good luck.
PS: If the engine vibrates more when the A/C or some other electrical accessory is used it could also be the ELD (electric load detector). If the engine rpm does not increase a little, when the A/C compressor kicks on, the ELD may be the problem.
#1208 of 1859 When does gas light come on?
Jun 09, 2008 (12:34 pm)
Just bought a 96 Accord 4cyl auto 4dr 102k miles. Just wondering about how many gallons before the gas light comes on. I filled up for the first time, the needle was just below 1/4 tank and only pumped 12.5 gallons. I got 350 miles on that much. I know the car has a 17 gallon tank, but what are some of your experiences with it? I would hate to try and run it until the light comes on because it never will and end up running out of gas. I know there is a forum for gas mileage but I wanted to direct this to 94-97 owners.
#1209 of 1859 Re: When does gas light come on? [rm328]
Jun 09, 2008 (2:32 pm)
My wife actually tested this out once. The light seems to come on when there is 1-1.5 gallons left in the tank. We were travelling once during the night and I dozed off while she was driving. When I woke up I noticed the gas light was on and asked her how long it had been on for. She couldn't remember. The first gas station we came to was closed, so we had to drive another 15 miles to find one open at 3 am. So I'd say you could drive another 30 miles after the light comes on.
I have the same exact car (year/make/model) and your mpg matches what I get. One piece of advice, start using high mileage oil in your engine. It helped mine dramatically. It still runs well after 189K miles on it.
#1210 of 1859 Re: When does gas light come on? [rm328]
Jun 09, 2008 (2:35 pm)
I have the same basic car as you ('96 2.2L 4-cyl), but with 182k miles on it. Truth be told, I have only seen the light illuminate once, and it took 15 gallons, possibly a little more, to fill it. The car runs beautifully to 5,500 RPM, and just gets regular oil changes, with regular oil, every 4,000 miles. I drive this car daily, and average 27mpg with my suburban commute; 22 in pure city mileage, and can pull 32 mpg if I keep speeds below 70mph on the highway. This is an LX, non-VTEC, 130hp automatic model.
By that point, the gauge was pretty much at "E" though. I've noticed when my car gets much below the 1/4 line, it takes more turns to crank the car, so I've quit letting it go much below there. The light is a very last-minute type of light, however, so filling at 1/4 is a safe way to go, 1/8 if you must. Keep in mind that some sediment may be at the bottom of your tank, so if you go too far, maybe the potential for picking up that sediment increases?
Hope this helps.
#1211 of 1859 A new clutch... finally
Jun 09, 2008 (10:18 pm)
Well, I finally had to replace the clutch in my 95 Accord EX at 230k miles. Considering that my son learned on it and drives it now, I don't think that is too bad.
#1212 of 1859 Re: When does gas light come on? [rm328]
Jun 10, 2008 (5:31 am)
I have to agree with the other reply. Same thing happened to me while i was driving my 97 accord. the next gas station was like 45 minutes away but i made it.
#1213 of 1859 Re: When does gas light come on? [drzoltar]
Jun 11, 2008 (7:46 pm)
Thanks for all the replies...
I understand what you guys are saying about running it that low, I was just kinda curious on how many miles I can get on a tank. I wanted to try it but like I said before I would hate to try it and for some freakin reason my light doesnt come on. It just amazes me on the difference in mpg on my 04 Ford Supercrew 5.4 and on this honda...I fill the ford up with 20-22 gallons and get about 400-410 miles. This car on the first fill up took 12.5 gallons and I got about 350. I hope this car lasts a long time like some of the other stories Ive read on here.
The previous owner had owned the car for 8 years and they made the switch to mobil 1 synthetic. I think mobil 1 has a synthetic high mileage, would it be a big deal to switch if I wanted to? Anything special I would have to do?