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#1479 of 1849 Temprature Fluxuations
Sep 15, 2009 (1:33 pm)
I am happy I foudn this board I have a problem I need advice with. I drive a 1997 Honda Accord LX with 145,000 miles. My check engine light came on a few weeks ago as well i have started to notice temprature fulxuations on my temprature gage. Driving up hills or sitting idle in traffic the needle gets right up to right before the red, like 90 percent up there. Moving again after being idle, going steady, or going downhill the needle drops back down to between the halfway 50 percent reading to about 65 percent. Sometimes the drop is not a steady descent but a very sudden drop of the needle.
Also when I turn the car off the fan continues to run for 5-10 minutes, I am guessing to cool down the car. When I feel as if the car is going to overheat up near the red I will turn the heat on in the car, but the needle does not fal but the air doesn't seem to be any hotter than if I normally turned the heat on in the winter. Sometimes I check the hood when I reach my destination and it does not feel extra hot to the touch but the fan will run. When the fan runs the air comming out from the engine smell real metalic. I just got the oil changed a month ago and still have atleast a thousand miles till my next change. I have checked the coolant levels in the reserve tank per the Manual instructions and that seems to be right where it should be. if anyone has any ideas they would be much appreciated!
#1480 of 1849 Re: Temprature Fluxuations [luth1334]
Sep 15, 2009 (1:46 pm)
first off check fluid in the radiator itself the reserve tank could be full and still have no fluid in the radiator itself. second thing go to auto zone and have them read the code for the check engine light. then post back. do not let your car get to hot
#1481 of 1849 Re: Temprature Fluxuations [montijo]
Sep 15, 2009 (3:30 pm)
Down load the FSM that is referenced in relpy #1478 or other referenced at website.
The FSM will tell you how to bleed the air out of the cooling system
The system will air lock and not pump correctly or contact the fan thermostat.
I agree with montijo.
This link may help http://autorepair.about.com/library/a/1g/bl899g.htm
#1482 of 1849 Looking for Advice on a Possessed 1995 Accord
Sep 16, 2009 (9:36 am)
Hello there Accorders,
*** Note: I have been advised to post this there (props to replier) so sorry if you have seen my Edmunds first post already ***
If you have a moment, I wanted to do a quick run-down of my experience with my 1995 Accord Wagon, my current situation, and any advice that you might have. Please be gentle as this is my first post.
I purchased a 95 Accord Wagon LX at a very decent price in 2006 and have had a load of issues with it ever since. I buy cars to keep and kept my 90 Toyota Corolla for 13 years before I bought the Accord ... and had about 5 times the problems with the Accord in three years as I did in my 13 years of owning my Corolla,
In 2006, I replaced the:
- gas lines (rusted)
- brake lines (ditto)
- a couple of other items... I think a ball joint and brakes ... all to safety the vehicle
- exhaust intermediate pipe
- winter tires
- front brakes
- front calipers
- timing belt and water pump (due)
- valve cover gasket
- daytime running light module
- summer tires
- exhaust pipes (minus exhaust intermediate pipe)
- catalytic converter (for emissions ... passed for two years)
The total over the three years is pretty scary at over $8500 (this includes the tires and regular maintenance oil changes) ... the car has also been Krown rust proofed every year on top of this since 2006.
Well ... now it has a rusted (leaks included) gas tank, worn rear brakes (to be expected) and "internal (hidden) corrosion and a hole 'bigger than my mechanic's hand' "
My mechanic, who I trust despite all of these repairs, told me that the car is not worth fixing ... especially since I had him look at it now for me SELL it. My wife and I had to buy a minivan for our expanding family and her business. I had planned to sell this car for some much needed home renos (yeah, smaller project) and now am left with this 'thing'.
What would you do with this car? Fixing it to sell it is not worth it given its value as a 95 Accord. My cousin sold her 95 Accord for 4K but this thing is obviously not going to give me much of an ROI. Sell it for parts (if so, how)? Take a sledgehammer to it?
I also wonder when I should have given up on this car. I mean no disrespect to Accords as my friends and family have a few of them ... it just seems that I have the 'special one'. I would not go into financial woes as I am sure that many of us have them but it seems like I really got burned on this car.
#1483 of 1849 Re: Looking for Advice on a Possessed 1995 Accord [thelemon]
Sep 16, 2009 (9:45 am)
JB weld the gas tank so that it dont leak and sell it
#1484 of 1849 Re: Looking for Advice on a Possessed 1995 Accord [thelemon]
Sep 16, 2009 (11:15 am)
It seems that most the items you repaired were maintance type of items. I don't know how many miles it had on it when you brought it, but knowing if and when a timing belt was replace, will tell you when you buy it, to expect to have to spend that money. The radiators crack I give you that, I just replaced mine on my 97 coupe, but I did the work myself and it cost me $100. Exhausts rust, ball joints go bad, a windshield has nothing to due with whether it is a honda or a toyota. I have no idea what the deal is with summer/winter tires, maybe buy all season tires and you won't have to buy eight tires. If you would have just replaced the whole exhaust when the intermediate went bad, you wouldn't have spent all the additional labor replacing on component at a time. If you spent $8500 for those items you got robbed.
And please don't do what the other guy said, and JB weld it so the next guy can find out down the road.
#1485 of 1849 Re: Looking for Advice on a Possessed 1995 Accord [hondatech2]
Sep 16, 2009 (12:04 pm)
JB weld is awesome. I had a huge crack in my tranny like 3 inches long running 4 directions ten thousand miles later and it still runs great! Dont knock the Jb it is great stuff lol
#1486 of 1849 Re: Looking for Advice on a Possessed 1995 Accord [hondatech2]
Sep 17, 2009 (6:12 am)
Thanks montijo and the others for your replies. I had the receipts yesterday and maybe I have been robbed ... but it is true ... I did buy 8 tires and four rims as part of that. The brakes/gas lines and c. converter labor was expensive.
I would not feel too good about the jb weld if I am passing the problem to somebody else (which from my first few items seems to be what the seller did to me). If I did not just want to toss this car to a junkyard, I guess that I could just sell it for parts. I am speaking with a friend's brother who is a Honda mechanic today. Perhaps he can just take it away from me and strip it for himself.
Thanks everybody! This is a very useful forum!
#1487 of 1849 Re: Looking for Advice on a Possessed 1995 Accord [thelemon]
Sep 17, 2009 (6:14 am)
Oh ... sorry ... the car had about 170K on it in late 2006 when I bought it. I now have it at 220K.
#1488 of 1849 95 Accord 4cyl Steering boot torn
Sep 22, 2009 (9:13 am)
I just bought a 95 Accord with 90k miles on it. It looks good overall, but upon undercar inspection, I see that driver side steering rack boot is torn into 2 pieces.
Also, the owner tells me the AC compressor needs replacement.
My questions to the global wisdom:
1. Can I replace the steering boot myself (quite handy and not afraid to tackle new jobs)?
1a. If yes, can someone recommend procedure for changing it?
2. Can I replace the AC compressor myself and have the system evacuated/charged by a mechanic?
2a. If yes, again can someone post a procedure for doing this?
Thanks very much for advice.