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Honda Civic, Brakes, Engine, Oil, Steering, Suspension, Transmission, Coupe, Sedan
#1197 of 1262 Winshield Wiper's Squawk, and a Solved 'Engine Squeal' Problem Solution
Dec 14, 2009 (12:49 pm)
Last year, on my 2004 Civic, after 4 years in use, I had my wiper blades replaced because the OEM blades began to squawk, had dried out and showed a carbon-black residue. The replacement blades were popped in by a reliable local garage. And now, after less than a year, the squawk is back, even though the blades are in good shape physically. Is there something I can do about this besides spending another 30+ Bucks on a new set? The windshield outer surface appears to be clean as a whistle. Should I put a stronger detergent solution into the spray reservoir?
And also...A squeal in what I thought was the engine at start-up, turned out to be
a low level of power steering fluid in the reservoir. This problem was a head-scratcher for both my local garage and the local Honda dealer, and it took a $9 inquiry to an online guy to point out the problem to me.
#1198 of 1262 2006 Honda Bumper/Under carriage help
Dec 19, 2009 (6:55 am)
I know nothing about cars and was hoping someone could help me here. I don't have a lot of money but I need to get my car fixed. A few months ago a black piece from underneath my car fell off under the engine, it was dragging for a long time and a few times my husband was able to put it back up with some ties, but then it fell completely off. So, recently some 2 pieces above the tire shredded and both fell off and now the bumper is lose. I am wondering if this is something I can buy myself and fix by just screwing theses pieces back in or if I need to go to an autobody shop. If I need to go to an autobody shop can someone give me an estimate of what I should be paying... I seem to get taken advantage of when I go to the auto shops so I'd like to go in prepared. I also do not have my husband around to help me with this. Thanks.
#1199 of 1262 Current Corolla owner looking at current gen Civic
Dec 23, 2009 (5:52 am)
I currently have a '99 Corolla and I'm seriously considering an '06 or newer Civic.
The 5 speed manual Corolla's been a fantastic car; unbelievably reliable, still gets 38 MPG with 201K miles on it, everything still works and the car runs and drives fine, and it's reasonably comfortable. However, I'm getting older and while driving a stick at times is still enjoyable for me, it's a real pain in the a$$ in heavy traffic, so I want my next car equipped with an automatic.
While I like '03 and newer Corollas, I like the '06 and newer Civics better. Not only are they better looking, they just seem to be a better car all around. I absolutely love the Civic's 5 speed automatic. However, I have heard some things about the latest gen Civics that leaves a little cautious about buying one.
Some have said they're reliability isn't up to the levels of the previous gens.
Some have said the 5 speed auto is problematic.
Some have said to stay away from the '06 model because since that was the first model year of the current gen, they were still working out some bugs so it had more problems that later year models.
Is there any truth to any of these statements? Is there anything else about this car I should consider before buying one?
#1200 of 1262 Re: Current Corolla owner looking at current gen Civic [bottgers]
Dec 23, 2009 (7:07 am)
Bottgers, I have an '07 Civic EX coupe, have had no real problems with it except the broken visor. Had a couple of recalls corrected, but just because they were out there. Gets around 25/35. I think the interior is not great, but I've not had trouble with it. I enjoy driving it. If I were buying something new I'd get a new later year, not a used one. I'm thinking about a Corolla next time or maybe even a Ford. I've had 4 Hondas, major trouble with the '82 Accord and what I think was major with an '02 Civic. Keep reading and choose wisely.
Dec 23, 2009 (7:23 am)
Have an '06 and have also had a visor replaced along with some of the recalls done. Car gives probably 30/36, though I probably do 90% city driving...live in suburbia. Car is like the Eveready bunny...it keeps going...& going...you get the drift. I did break my rule on never buying a 1st year model here but love this car. Just hit 25k on Monday and plan to keep this puppy around for another 6 or 7 years G-d willing.
Personally, I love the two-tier dash as I find it easier to see the speed while still looking straight ahead...a safe design eventhough the jury is split 50/50 on this design. I've had them all in the past, Toyota, Nissan & currently have a Mazda and Hyundai also in the stable and I like my Civic the best. All great econoboxes really and we're all very happy!
#1202 of 1262 Whistling sound car makes when...
Dec 29, 2009 (10:39 am)
I bought a 2006 Honda Civic LX about a year ago, and I've started noticing a whistling, squealing sound a few months ago, after it was in a shop for about a month prior. It would make the squealing, sometimes almost like a muffler scratching the road sound when I drive. The sound gets worse when I turn. Doesn't seem like it is the breaks. It made the sound regardless if i stepped on the accelerator or brake pedals. When the car glides, after i let go of the pedal, it still makes a lighter whistling sound. Then one day the sound just disappears. At first, i wasn't if the sound was coming from my car or anothers. This was in the summer.
Now, it's getting into the 20s and the sound just started coming up again while i was driving on the freeway. After several attempts of driving and stopping and trying to figure where the sound was coming from... strangely, the sound disappears again.
Had an uncle look at the car and there didn't seem to be any issues with the belts or low in fluids.... DOES ANYONE WHAT THE ISSUE COULD BE????
#1203 of 1262 Re: Nice Ride [sandman_6472]
Dec 29, 2009 (1:01 pm)
I like the dash too. Like you, it's easy to see how fast I'm going and important since the speed limit around here is mostly 25 and I try to stick at 30. The mobile speed signs really flash at you when you hit 31! I just think the material it's made of is cheap.
#1204 of 1262 Re: Engine Overheating [teeeg]
Dec 29, 2009 (1:22 pm)
I have a 2006 Civic with 87,000 miles. I thought it was a great car. It is a well maintained car but I just found out it has an engine block crack. Honda has agreed to pay 80% of the replacement cost (NO help from customer service I had to have the dealer service department call the American Honda district manager who offered the 80/20) but that leaves me with about $800 dollars for my 20%. I can understand mistakes occur, but I would hope Honda would stand behind its product when it is a manufacturing defect. I'll NEVER buy another Honda and I have been a dedicated Honda customer through several cars.
#1205 of 1262 Re: Whistling sound car makes when... [superstar401]
Jan 04, 2010 (7:51 pm)
did you find out what this was because my car is doing the same thing
#1206 of 1262 Re: Engine Overheating [06civi]
Jan 04, 2010 (10:40 pm)
why should you have to pay anything? Honda has a TSB (technical service bulletin) on this manufacturing defect of cracks in the Civic's engine block. Just because you have miles over the warranty period shouldn't make you have to pay for Honda's defect! You should NOT pay 20% at all, if I were you, get yourself a lawyer/attorney and watch how fast they pay 100% which they should as they've already admitted they messed up all those blocks! try 2006 to 2008 model year Civics! I know people are sue happy, but you deserve to have legal representation show Honda that they're not going to make you pay for their defect.