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Honda Accord, Electrical, Engine, Coupe, Sedan
May 17, 2011 (3:37 pm)
I have read many posts on the Internet regarding '98-2002 model with the 2.3 L ULEV-VTEC engine and its stalling or dying problem(s). Here is a little history on the engine/electrical problems that I've encountered with my car.
I purchased this 4dr Accord L model new in late 98 from a local dealer. I had some engine stalling issues early on, but this was after it came off fast idle and usually on cold winter mornings when, it would stumble and stall. After chasing this problem with the dealer for about 30-45 days, including changing out the computer module, a factory rep came to the dealership and raised hell with the service manager and staff there and did a little tune-up training claiming that they were not correctly setting the "base idle" properly. After he adjusted same, I encountered no further dying but it would still have a slight stumble at times if the weather was cold and just for the first few minutes after it came off of fast idle.
In late 2002 at around 63k miles on the engine, I would sometimes have difficulty with the ignition switch getting sort of stuck and the horn would not blow if the key was in the ignition.
I was told there was an electrical ground issue in the steering column and it cost me $557 to replace it. After that was done I had no further problems with the car until I started having some problems with the shifter sort of getting stuck when the car was parked or on a slope. The key would also be sort of sticky. I took the car in to be checked in Sept '07 with 106k miles on it and they replaced the ignition switch which had been a recall item. After that, the car ran fine until just recently.
At just about 120k miles, I started getting intermittant engine shut down while driving at speeds under 20-25mph and usually just slowing for traffic. It might happen once, then I could get the car started w/o any problems and it would drive fine for a couple of weeks and then it would do it again...one time, it died 4x on me in about a 2 hr period. I did some research on the Internet and found where this problem was plaguing a lot of Honda owners within the above model years.
I contacted a couple of local Honda specialty maintenance people, including the independant mechanic that did my regular service and they all seemed familiar with this problem as being electrical and not really engine related and most of them pointed to the faulty design or parts of the ignition switch. So, I contacted the local dealer again and told them what I had found out. I said that my car only had 14k miles on it since they did the ignition switch recall, plus it appeared that I may have also paid for an electrial problem in that steering column that I shouldn't have. The service manager saw my point and pulled the car in again for the ignition recall. He called me and said that they were able to duplicate the engine fail when giggling the switch and so they replaced it again at no cost to me. So this appears to be a reoccurring problem.
I just had the 120k engine service on this car, replacing the plugs, rotor and cap and now the car is running better than ever. So if any of you have this sudden dying of your 98-2002 Accord with this engine, you might see if you can get your dealer to to that ignition recall again. It's worth a try.
#2171 of 2264 Re: 98 Accord LX V-6 Air Conditioning [sanchez0561]
Jun 09, 2011 (5:02 pm)
I posted this message 5 years ago and have run into this problem again. The air conditioner blows hot air when the car is idling when stopped at a light. I got no replies back then and was wondering if anyone else has run into this problem. Please help.
#2172 of 2264 Braking system acting strange
Jun 23, 2011 (11:09 am)
#2173 of 2264 Braking system acting strange
Jun 23, 2011 (11:09 am)
I have this funny problem with my Honda Accord 99 4Dr LX. (Automatic)
My car drives normally when taken out of the garage in the morning and its braking performance good. However, when I drive it for an extended duration without braking, (such as highway driving), the brake pedal becomes soft as rubber and I have to push it all the way down to the floor to make the brakes grip. However, the braking performance is normal. That is, the car stops within a reasonable distance once the brake grips.
This does not occur when I am in city driving, when I have to brake often and the brake feels as firm as ever and behaves normally.
I have checked the brake fluid level and it has remained well within the limits and I have not seen any oil drips on the garage floor ever.
Can any one help diagnose this situation?
#2174 of 2264 Re: Braking system acting strange [selva]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Jun 28, 2011 (8:15 am)
Well definitely a loss of hydraulic pressure. What would happen if you start the car up in the morning, and just press down as hard as you can on the pedal? Would it sink toward the floor if you maintained hard pressure on it? Don't pump it, just one good slam, and keep it there (of course, I mean idling in park when doing this).
#2175 of 2264 Major oil leak and no a/c, Yikes!
Jul 14, 2011 (7:13 am)
Greetings Edmunds community, I have a 1999 Accord LX with 260K MILES, a/c has been out for the past 3 years (no funds to fix yet), now just discovered bad oil leak. Advice? Will finally be getting some funds to fix the a/c next week but now this too? Fix up or trade up? Thanks for any advice.
#2176 of 2264 Re: Major oil leak and no a/c, Yikes! [yusuf1]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Jul 14, 2011 (7:52 am)
Well a bad oil leak can occur from a bad .25 cent part. it's not necessarily a catastrophe.
Best way to locate an oil leak is putting the car on a lift.
As for the AC fix, make sure the compressor is not seized. If it IS seized, you may incur more expense than you think, since a seized compressor might have contaminated the entire system.
#2177 of 2264 Re: [darkchaos1]
Aug 28, 2011 (11:57 am)
I got exactly the same issue on my 99 accord? any help?
I recently replaced ignition switch myself (second time after 2002 recall), touched some wires under, wonder if it is a contacting problemm...
#2178 of 2264 Re: [darkchaos1]
Aug 28, 2011 (11:59 am)
And did this problem affect you afterwords? is your D4 light still off?
#2179 of 2264 Re: scooter42 [42scooter]
Sep 23, 2011 (9:55 am)
I am having the same issue Scooter.
I have a 02 EX 4dr and boy oh boy, when i got it new took it to the dealer about 5 times after experiencing the problems on the road but "like always" the problem never occurred when it was brought to the dealer.
im at 78K and the issue is starting to reoccur.
Its driving me nuttssssssss!
i will call the dealer and inform them on what i am aware of.