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Honda Civic, Brakes, Engine, Oil, Steering, Suspension, Transmission, Coupe, Sedan
#1086 of 1262 Re: Front Fender Dent on 2004 Honda Civic [wilso127]
Feb 11, 2009 (6:17 am)
How many angels can dance on the head of a pin??? The going rate depends on so many variables no one here can predict repair cost. What variables you ask? Where do you live (geographically speaking) because labor rates vary by location. Do you live in a city-or rural area? because population centers while having more repair shops generally charge more. How good or nice of a job do you want? How much time will be involved in repair or is the dent in a poor location for an easy fix? Well, you get the picture. Go to a few local body shops and tell them what you expect and you will soon find "the going rate".
#1087 of 1262 Re: steering wheel lock? [newhondaowner7]
Feb 11, 2009 (1:03 pm)
thanks for the reply...no my issue is more electronic. I recieved my car back from the dealer and they "re-connected" a wire that is connected to the cars ECU(computer) and cleaned it off..since there was some dirt and debri that could of caused the issue. I heard that song and dance before..And then if that doesn't work they are going to replace the actual computer.
Its weird..we'll see..
#1088 of 1262 streaking on window
Feb 17, 2009 (2:45 pm)
I have a 2006 EX. I'm having a problem with the driver's side front window streaking on the interior of the glass. The streaking is on only a portion of the glass. I asked the dealer about it and was told it is a normal characteristic of the car. Honda has advised dealers to clean the glass for owners that bring it up.
I have never had this problem on another vehicle, including the two other Hondas I have. Anyone else had this problem and had it corrected? What would cause the interior of the door assembly to get wet and dirty?
#1089 of 1262 Re: streaking on window [tjs01]
Feb 18, 2009 (6:29 am)
We absoluely have the exact same problem. The car is a 2006 EX sedan bought new and I noticed the problem immediately. I would clean the inside driver side glass and the very first time it was lowered and then raised again it would streak then I would clean the glass again and lower it and....etc etc etc. 3 years later it STILL streaks and I have no idea why it does or why it should. I originally thought somebody used excess lubricant on the window mechanism while building the car and it would eventually disipate but since it is still there and since you have the same problem, well, now I don't know. "Standard characteristic of the car" indeed, more like standard answer when further investigation is too much to bother doing. Seems as if Honda wants us to return to the dealer each and every time the window is used for a "free glass cleaning". I never asked our dealer about this but if you find an answer let me/us know.
#1090 of 1262 Blown Head Gasket because of improper bleeding of coolant..5 Months later??
Mar 04, 2009 (3:56 pm)
I am trying to figure out who I believe on this one...my daughter's 2006 Honda Civic was in an accident back in September 08, and was repaired (including a replaced radiator). Feb 27th 09 it overheats and we're told it's got a blown head gasket.
Now the insurance company is claiming that the mechanic improperly bled the coolant system, causing an air bubble that eventually caused this massive failure. They don't want to pay, and Honda doesn't want to fix it under warranty because they think it's faulty repair. The mechnic says it's crazy...why would it take that long for the car to fail?
Who to believe? Does this seem likely? What should my next steps be?
Thanks in advance...
#1091 of 1262 Re: Blown Head Gasket because of improper bleeding of coolant..5 Months later?? [jjflynn]
Mar 05, 2009 (8:48 am)
First, nobody involved is going to step up and take responsibility. They will only blame each other. I have researched causes for "blown" headgaskets and it seems that there may be a few reasons it could have happened due to the accident. There are three basic reasons for failure, 1. design issues from the manufacturer 2. improper installation when replacing them or rebuilding an engine and 3. overheating which seems to be the catagory your issue probably falls under. Since the radiator WAS replaced as a result of an accident one of the possibilities is that an aftermarket radiator (rather than a genuine Honda part) was used. This aftermarker part might not have the cooling capacity of an original part causing under-cooling that over time caused a problem. Many/most modern cars have marginal cooling systems and any reduction in cooling capacity will eventually stress the head-gasket over time. Strike 1 for the mechanic if he did use a cheaper offshore (China or Indian) part. An air pocket (air in the system) can indeed cause overheating which in turn causes head-gasket failure. Strike 2 for the mechanic if he did not properly bleed out the air. A cooling leak can (obviously) cause overheating. If it was slow and nobody noticed low cooling levels until it overheated big time there goes the head gasket. So, if the new radiator connections were not tight...well strike 3 for the mechanic. There are some other reasons but all of these cause overheating and THAT is the reason for a "blown" headgasket. Other causes...defective thermostat, bad radiator cap, cooling fan/s not operational (plugged into the harness securely?) low coolant level (was this full when the car was returned from repair?). These seem the most likely reasons and sorry to say all point to your mechanic POSSIBLY doing/not doing one or more of them.
Let us know how it turns out
#1092 of 1262 Re: Blown Head Gasket because of improper bleeding of coolant..5 Months later?? [targettuning]
Mar 05, 2009 (8:56 am)
Assuming the gauges were working correctly, do you feel the owner should have some responsibility here? After all, if the car over heats, for whatever reason, you'd have to ignore the temperature gauge for a period of time to have the head gasket problem, wouldn't you?
#1093 of 1262 Re: Blown Head Gasket because of improper bleeding of coolant..5 Months later?? [mikefm58]
Mar 05, 2009 (10:17 am)
Yeah, you would but the guy is asking for possible reasons for the root cause. He also stated his daughter owns or drives the car not him so while inattention or ignorance of the function of the gauge is "a reason" for the overheat it isn't the primary cause. By all means lets give the driver some responsibility for the ultimate failure. Drivers are the last resort in noticing and correcting potential problems before total failure. All drivers should familiarize themselves with the function and location of all controls and and gauges within their vehicle and further, they should glance at all critical items (such as the temperature gauge, oil pressure warning lamp and charge indicator) periodically while driving. It is a good habit, how many do it??? obviously not her.
#1094 of 1262 Honda Civic Sedan 2007: Dead audio/navi panel
Mar 06, 2009 (4:48 am)
My audio/navi panel suddenly did not light up on starting the vehicle. None of the control on the panel worked. Yet I was able to change radio and CD channels and control volume from the steering wheel controls. Just as suddenly, a day or so later everything began to work normally again. My service department said they had never heard of such a problem before. Any insights into this 'quirk'?
#1095 of 1262 Could it be a Clutch or Transmission Problem???
Mar 10, 2009 (4:16 pm)
Today my 2006 manual transmission Honda Civic was reving but not seeming to be catching in gear RPM's running high. Wondering what it could be before I bring it in for the big bill. I live in the country and commute to the city so have 185,000 km. highway km. Looking for any advice?? Donna