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#2061 of 2254 Re: 2001 Honda Accord LX 2dr Coupe - Maintenance [jeanetteb]
Jun 09, 2010 (1:50 pm)
While I've never changed the power steering fluid in the 15 years my car has been in existence, the other three should be changed, as jodar says. Especially the brake fluid; it will absorb water over time, whether or not it has many miles of use on it. Water will break down the seals and eventually cause a master-cylinder failure (a $300-$400 repair). I'd change them in order of brake, trans, coolant, and power-steering, if you'd like to have them done at seperate intervals to prevent having one big bill, or maybe you can ask your mechanic how much they'll cost individually to be changed, and then ask if they'll cut you a deal to do several at a time.
Just a thought, from a guy with three Accords ('96, '02, '06) in his driveway.
#2062 of 2254 Re: 2001 Honda Accord LX 2dr Coupe - Maintenance [thegraduate]
Jun 09, 2010 (1:57 pm)
Thanks for the info...I live in AZ and the dealership is doing the transmission, brake and power steering flush for $299, changing the oil for $30 and doing a coolant flush for $70...so all for around $400 and incl a tire rotation. Does this seem reasonable?
#2063 of 2254 Re: 2001 Honda Accord LX 2dr Coupe - Maintenance [jeanetteb]
Jun 10, 2010 (6:43 am)
I honestly don't know how good of a price that is; personally it seems high, but I can't know that for sure. If it were me, I'd talk to a friend or three, maybe some coworkers, or a relative, find out from them what mechanic they may have used, and is reputable. Then call those mechanics, see how much they'll charge to do those changes.
An example; my dealer wanted $850 to change the timing belt and water pump on my '96 Accord. I called two mechanics my grandparents have used and been happy with, including one who did body-work after I was rear-ended. One quoted me $720, the other quoted $478. I spent $478 and am very happy.
A side-note; make sure you have the transmission fluid drained-and-filled, not flushed. Because you can't change all of the fluid at one time simply by drain-and-fill (much of the fluid is left in the transmission itself), it takes "drain, fill, drive a short distance" being done three times or so to get a good full transmission fluid change. Having it power-flushed can cause you more problems than they're worth; dislodging small particles that could be an expensive headache later on.
#2064 of 2254 2001 Accord oil burns
Jul 01, 2010 (12:23 am)
Well i just bought 2001 Honda accord ex manual with 168k miles. The car runs perfect (when someone that knows how to drive manual drives it). I have driven it for about 3weeks now and I had oil filled 1/8 from the max line. A day ago I checked and the oil was half way under the minimum mark.
I was wondering if my bad driving had an effect on it.
(i checked for leaks and it's clean, I also checked the exhaust has very little black in it)
#2065 of 2254 Re: 2001 Accord oil burns [brig7]
Jul 01, 2010 (5:39 am)
There are a couple of possibilities I can think off - best guesses really. 1 is the potential that the head gasket may leak allowing a small loss of oil to be forced into the cooling / water system. Unlikely but if your radiator has oil appearing in the water then it suggests this. BUT you would normal see a loss of power and your temperarue would be running higher. The next suggestion is the valve stem seals beginning to wear. The would allow oil to burn off while th engine is cold but as the temp rises the re-seal so the evidence in the exhaust is burned off. When they are more worn then you would see smoke from cold starts and under acceloration. I suggest you have someone hold a clean while rag over the exhaust and cold start the engine... see if you are geting oil into the exhaust at 2000rpm then once the engine is warm test again and compare. Normally rings would burn oil constantly - but vlave stem seals are more likely to re-seal at running temp. Hope it helps...good luck
#2066 of 2254 Re: 2001 Accord oil burns [brig7]
Jul 01, 2010 (1:05 pm)
I have a 2001 Accord with manual transmission and it also uses more oil
than is considered normal. I have had Honda and my own Independent mechanic check it out and they both say that they can find nothing wrong without tearing the
engine apart. My Accord runs fine other than the oil use and presently has 130,000
miles. I have noticed that the lower I keep the rpm's(5th rather han 4th gear) the less oil is used. My personal mechanic's guess is that one cylinder is responsible.
I should get a pressure check on all of them and see if that will discover more
but it runs so great that I haven't had it done. Regardless if one cylinder is bad
I won't spend the money because it would take a decade or more to recover the
relatively small amount of money spent on oil.
I should note it has been this way for over 50,000 miles without other issues.
#2067 of 2254 98 Accord chooses when to start
Jul 12, 2010 (5:30 am)
I have a 98 v-6. Just replaced the ignition switch a year ago for the 2nd time, new destributer a year ago also. Car just started wanting to not start here and there, but then about 30 secounds later starts and runs like a top. Any suggestions what could be causing it to do this. It may not do it for 10 starts then do it 2 or 3 times in a row. Thanks for any help
#2068 of 2254 1998 honda accord wiring
Jul 29, 2010 (6:33 pm)
can any one help me with the electrical wiring. i put a steering column in a 1998 accord. now i need to by pass the security. im using car as race car and dont need security. if i can locate the relay i can bypass.
#2069 of 2254 Re: 98 Accord chooses when to start [rslanza]
Jul 29, 2010 (6:35 pm)
could be crank sensor. just put one on my 98