Last post on Aug 05, 2007 at 7:48 PM
You are in the Honda Civic GX (natural gas)
What is this discussion about?
Honda Civic, Alternative Fuels, Hybrid Cars, Hatchback
May 03, 2008 (10:53 pm)
Well, I'm new here, but have been lurking. I bought a new GX today at Dublin (CA) Honda. I take delivery Monday. I already have 2 hybrids, an 2008 Ford Escape Hybrid and a 2007 Honda Civic Hybrid. I previously had a 2004 Civic Hybrid. I'm looking forward to this new area of "green". I want to get a home station somehow, and hook it up myself. I'm a contractor, so it's easy for me. Just need to find a unit at a good price, probably a FMQ2-36
#244 of 283 Re: New Here [thebundo]
May 04, 2008 (9:52 am)
A Phill is out of the question for self installers unless you find a used one, which is virtually out of the question. Watch EBay, CraigsList, and cngchat.com's "Marketplace" forum for used FM units. They show up on an infrequent basis, but they do show up. Just avoid the FM-3, as it is no longer supported by Fuelmaker for parts.
#245 of 283 Phill sticky "Air Flow Valve"
Aug 03, 2008 (9:24 am)
Has anyone had problems with a sticky air flow valve on their Phill unit? Mine is acting up and Fuelmaker says that only a Certified repairman can fix it. They won't sell me one direct. I can easily replace it. Any thoughts on how I can obtain one? Thanks.
#246 of 283 Re: Phill sticky "Air Flow Valve" [fchanes]
Aug 03, 2008 (12:53 pm)
You're sure it's the 'air flow' sensor and not the fan not moving enough air? I've heard of several fan failures but no 'air flow sensor' failures. We located the fan and some less expensive fan substitutes on a www.cngchat.com thread. If it's truly the air flow sensor I would remove it and see if there are any markings or other hints for where it came from. Had my fan failure not been covered under warranty I would have fixed it myself. Not allowing FM dealers to repair certain things in the field or do more economical swaps than their 'installers' is a HUGE mistake by FM.
Nov 25, 2008 (3:33 pm)
I came here out of curosity and I've read about 30 of these posts.
I'm scratching my head wondering WHY in the world anybody would buy one of these units??
#248 of 283 Re: New Here [thebundo]
Dec 12, 2008 (10:12 pm)
I would be interested in knowing how your search for an FMQ-2-36 went. I also have a GX and am looking for an FMQ-2-36. And I'm in your geographic area - PM me if you would be interested in doing a FMQ-2-36 install.
#249 of 283 Re: PHILL Units ---- [jvenglass]
Dec 13, 2008 (5:03 am)
PHILL will not save you money. If you have one at home the fuel will cost you more (maybe a lot more ) than buying it at a station (even a CE station! ). It is strictly for convenience. And, it is so slow that sometimes you will wonder whether it's really convenient after all.
#250 of 283 phill rebuild
Mar 22, 2009 (11:27 am)
has anyone seen documents on how they rebuild the phill unit? Mine gives occasional error codes, not always the same ones. It also has taken longer to fill, which makes me think the compressor or dryer are going out. Yet it has low hours.
I only want to get it working well enough for my 20 mile a day commute that I have now.
I also smell too much natural gas when it first starts. . .which makes me think the solenoid valve that operates the dryer is going out. Not sure.
My unit was filthy dirty from operating outside, makes me wonder why they don't have a air filter on the unit?
No I don't want to pay $1000.00 to fix it at this time.
photos of inside phill unit:
#251 of 283 Re: Phill installation problems [airmar]
Mar 28, 2009 (2:56 pm)
September of '06? Sheesh. I live in Brea, and I got my Phill in August of '07. Nobody needed an inspection from me, certainly not the installer, Mike Fossler, owner of Doctor Drain plumbing (plumber doctordrain.com). He had me e-mail him some photos of the installation site, came out, and took care of business. He quoted me $1400, but gave me a $200 discount because the installation was so easy. Mike is a man of integrity and charges very reasonably for plumbing work.
Months later, when the city repaved our alley, we phoned the city and complained that we wouldn't be able to refuel our car when the alley was being worked on. They sent a fireman to take a look (free of charge), and he was happy with the installation. That's the last I heard from anyone on the subject. In fact, Brea wanted to support alternative fuels so much, they cut us a check for the difference between refueling at home, and refueling at stations while the alley was blocked off.
#252 of 283 Re: phill rebuild [roder]
Apr 20, 2009 (8:04 pm)
Fuelmaker has recently been placed into bankruptcy and a sale is being negotiated. To read up on the latest news, go here: http://www.cngchat.com/forum/forumdisplay.php?f=85.
As the unit is not field servicable, you may have a time getting it back into operation without help from someone in the know.