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Honda Accord, Electrical, Engine, Coupe, Sedan
Dec 31, 2008 (7:41 pm)
I also have a 1998 Honda Accord and I am also having problems with the key light that goes on while driving and the the door locks make a noise like I'm unlocking the door and then the car shuts off.So as you can see this can be very dangerous. I am having the key not work at first sometimes and this doesnt happen everytime I take it out for a drive.
Can someone please tell me what the problem is.My father said to switch keys and that could be the problem.I did as he said and the problem continued.
#1603 of 2264 Re: Check Engine Lght / TCS light [elroy5]
Jan 03, 2009 (9:42 pm)
On my 2001 LX V6 Accord "Check" and "TSC" lights started coming on simultaneously recently. To be exact, "check" is followed by "TSC" but interval is barely noticeable, less than a second. If I switch off the car and turn on again, the "TSC" light is gone. "Check" stays on for 3 trips and then goes off. For some time the car drives with no lights and then the story repeats. I've read codes, it is P0401, ie insufficient EGR flow. It maybe clogging indeed but does not make sense to me as 1) I live in California where gas is supposed to be clean enough to cause clogging 8 mm diam port; 2) I use regular plus gas and 3) "TCS" light comes on along with "check", none of these lights come on alone. It shouldn't happen with EGR port clogged according to Honda's service bulletin. Also, I noticed that they come on almost exactly at the same time since I start driving a COLD car (eg in the morning or after work) as if something warms up, tries to open (close) and fails. It may point out at EGR flow. I've replaced EGR valve, the car ran ok for 350 miles and then story with the lights repeated.
My car used to have so called "8/80" warranty for the EGR system, but I have driven over 100K now, so I have to beg Honda to do job on the allegedly clogged port under their goodwill program or pay out of my pocket. In any case I need to have my car inspected by a dealer. I'm reluctant to do that as I fear a dealer may find number of problems, and I have no way to figure out if they are real.
The car runs as if nothing is happening. Could it be, in your opinion or knowledge, some kind of computer or communication problem and are there ways to find it out? Thanks
#1604 of 2264 Re: Check Engine Lght / TCS light [lrho]
Jan 04, 2009 (7:15 am)
I do not have a solution for your problem. but I am going to take this opportunity to share my experience which is pretty similar (only I feel:)
My car Honda Accord 2000 EX v6 3.0. Miles driven - 129000 miles.. all maintenance was done timely - alternator, timing belt, water pump has also been changed 5-10000 miles before.
I drove car from (8AM)Chicago to Piegon forge, TN (5PM)- my first stop was at seymore,IN around 12:30PM and after that continuous drive till Pigeon forge, TN 5PM. when I reached I could not find my hotel so I decided to park car infront of a shop! after 5-10 minutes of walk, I came back to car tried to start the car it did not start, tried to start car many times for 10-15 minutes it did not start,it just felt it will start and but did not continue, after a long struggle it finally started drove 10-15Feet and stopped again..tried again this time I could drive till hotel 1000Feet away. stopped at hotel and again same problem, finally it started but I pressed accelarator pedal so that engine does not stop( don't know if this is right)
(I remember I had put BP gas full tank somewhere after seymore...)
when the car finally started at hotel, the CHECK ENGINE LIGHT WO?ULD COME ON- but now the car would start on the first attempt itself.
I took the car to 2-3 miles far - autozone and he gave some codes P0301 - P0310 - telling me misfiring issue. He also gave Lucas bottle $5 which I put completely in GAS tank and drove away to some place 20 miles away (CHECK ENGINE LIGHT still ON) then after 2 hours I returned and started the car the Check Engine light did not come on and never after that...I cleared the other Maintenance required light using pressing the button and ignition..
I faced same issue after 2 days at some mall in pigeon forge, somehow felt that engine oild temp. was not coming down even if the car is not started, it was like at level less than 50% on the oil temp gauge. Also while driving car in any gear the engine RPMs never went into RED zone.
I still don't know what was the issue for engine light on, was it gas can cap or lucas cleared all issues or there is still a problem.
Also I found on Indiana interstate highway roads there is lot of sound from car - I wonder if it was due to road quality. Sound also came while going to TN.
Any suggestions are welcome, I have already decided to do 3000 miles oil change but this time at honda(due next week)
Thanks for reading my story!
#1605 of 2264 Re: Frustrated [mrfrugal1]
Jan 04, 2009 (12:23 pm)
This is exactly what happens to my car. I got an EGR valve and it didn't do it for over 2 months but on my way back to Louisiana from Arkansas I shut off on the interstate! The first 2 times I had to pull over and restart it but the third time it happened when I pulled onto the shoulder the car just restarted on it's own before I even came to a stop so curiously I pressed the gas and it went...?..so I just got back on the interstate. This is a very dangerous problem and I've taken to the shop twice the first time I bought a new catalytic converter, fuel injector, gas cap, and fuel filter(it shut off on my way home from the shop). I took it back and got the EGR valve and it went 2 months without dying but now it has started again...?
Jan 04, 2009 (8:00 pm)
I have this problem with my 99' Honda Accord and i was wondering if any one can fix it. For some reason when i put my gear shift to D4 and then look at my dashboard it's suppose to lit up right? But for some reason it doesn't light up but all the other light up like the park,reverse, D3,2,1 but only the D4 doesnt light up. Can anyone help me fix this problem? Thanks
#1607 of 2264 1998 Accord Headlight Question
Jan 04, 2009 (8:34 pm)
I'm looking to replace the headlights on my 1998 Accord as they are seeming a bit dim. I'm trying to determine if anyone has much experience with these Xenon, LED, Halo, etc... replacements. Right now I'm leaning toward a simple OEM replacement, but want to make an informed decision. I'm not worried much about appearance. I just want some lights that are bright enough to light up deer standing just off the road.
#1608 of 2264 Re: 1998 Accord EX headlights [nls]
Jan 04, 2009 (8:37 pm)
I was just looking at replacement bulbs for my 1998 accord and someone was selling a set of 4 bulbs where they described 2 as the high beams and 2 as the low beams.
#1609 of 2264 Interested in 2002 Accord EX Coupe (140K Miles)
Jan 05, 2009 (11:14 am)
I'm interested in a 2002 Honda Accord EX Coupe that has 140,000. I know that's about 20K per year if it was purchased late in 2001. That's more miles than it should have, but I know Hondas are so reliable I'm considering it. What major maintenance should I make sure it's had other than standard oil changes and check ups? I've inquired about the timing belt and whether it has been replaced. Is there anything else? Would any reccommend I stay away from this car because of its mileage? Also, I found it for just under $6K, almost $3K below blue book.
#1610 of 2264 Re: Interested in 2002 Accord EX Coupe (140K Miles) [quikjab]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Jan 05, 2009 (11:27 am)
I'ts not really "below" book. $6,000 is private party retail pricing for a V6, and actually about $1,000 too much for a 4 cylinder car. The high mileage requires at least a $1,500--1800 reduction in price from listed book value.
The car might be fine and have some life left in it, but at 140K all parts of the car are vulnerable to failure. Best to have it thoroughly checked out. Look for oil leaks, signs of exhaust system failure and shock/strut failure (typical at this mileage) and be sure to play with all the knobs and switches...ALL of them!
#1611 of 2264 Re: Interested in 2002 Accord EX Coupe (140K Miles) [quikjab]
Jan 05, 2009 (12:01 pm)
I have 2000 accord EX v6, just would like to share my 2 cents,
I have driven it upto 129000 miles till today, major maintenance to me after 100000 miles
2. timing belt + water pump
3. tires - all 4 replaced
4. replace brake pads - all 4
5. problems while turning so drive shaft or greasing work was done.
6. Please drive the car at night and see if all dash board lights turn on properly and you can see readings.
7. getting hold of manual and reading it before hand would be good idea in order to learn what big maintenance is due in future or near future..
just my experience but I am sure seniors here will guide properly..
Thank you for reading..and good luck