Last post on Aug 10, 2013 at 8:00 AM
You are in the Honda Civic GX (natural gas)
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Honda Civic, Fuel System, Alternative Fuels, Hybrid Cars, Hatchback
#41 of 48 Re: Solenoid the problem? [mattod]
Jul 31, 2009 (8:50 am)
Hey Matt. I have the same problem with my Civic GX and I want to have it taken to the dealership, but don't know if they will replace the tank like yours did. Please let me know any of the contact info. you have on the dealership that replaced the tank so I can contact them.
#42 of 48 Possible safety issue
Sep 23, 2009 (8:50 am)
Recently my 1999 Civic GX would not start at a filling station after a fill-up. My family was stranded and had to have the car towed. We took it to the dealership only to find out that the part (an internal solenoid in the tank) was shorting out. I feel pretty weary about a short in my natural gas tank. Honda has said they don't feel it important to investigate but I know at least 2 others have had the same issue. Not only is it a possible safety issue but a $7000 repair bill. The part is unserviceable and the dealership said there was no preventative maintenance to prevent it. Please respond if you have similar problems with your CNG Honda so we can make sure that this problem can be taken care of.
#43 of 48 '99 GX solenoid
Sep 23, 2009 (2:10 pm)
Solenoids go bad. They open and close whenever you turn the key on, so after 10 years that happens. It isn't a safety issue -- the part of the solenoid with electricity is far away from the gas. Even if there were a spark in the tank, 100% Methane can't explode as there is no Oxygen. So, not a safety issue.
Now, to the repair. Honda has a policy of not reinstalling a CNG tank even if they were just going to remove it to replace a solenoid. But, if you find a CNG-knowledgeable machanic, he can probably pull the tank, change the solenoid and put it back in for a few hundred bucks.
#44 of 48 Re: '99 GX solenoid [freedml]
Sep 24, 2009 (6:29 am)
Does anyone know why Honda has a part that fails that they will not replace? I will look into other possibilities to get the car functional again.
#45 of 48 Re: gas gauge reads empty [freedml]
Feb 24, 2010 (11:58 am)
Where would I find a repair shop that would do the rebuild on a CNG fuel pressure regulator for a 2001 Honda Civic GX?
Or even find a used regulator?
#46 of 48 Re: Possible safety issue [danaman]
Dec 02, 2012 (9:29 am)
I had the exact same problem with my 99 Civic GX. After being strung on by North America Honda for about a year about the possibility of Honda deploying a repair kit that would cost less than a full R&R of the fuel tank, they informed me that the kit would only extend back to 2000 models and later... Grrrr!
I'm a chemical and materials engineer and can't believe that any competent engineer would bury the valve solenoid *inside* a fiberglass wrapped tank.
As far as a shorting solenoid causing any explosions, not going to happen as the solenoid is in a pure methane atmosphere... need both CNG and oxygen in the right amounts to cause explosion hazard.
It is a problem that should be taken care of, but my sense is that Honda got their money out of us and are leaving us out to dry.
At this point, my only idea is to sell the car for parts. Does anyone have any ideas about where to sell such a car so I can net more than $500 from the used car shyster down the block?
#47 of 48 honda, grrr
Dec 03, 2012 (7:12 am)
I feel your pain. The same sort of thing happens with any of the major CNG-only parts on these cars (tank, regulator, gas gauge sender). After the warranty expires, which is mandated to be 15 years/150k miles for 2001 and newer in California, you're stuck with replacement parts that sometimes cost more than the car is worth. They're not going to engineer special repair kits for a handful of failures in low production models like the GX especially when they're more than 10 years old.
#48 of 48 Re: PHILL and Civic GX Fuel filters [azcivicgx]
Aug 10, 2013 (8:00 am)
The low pressure filter at least for my 2012 cng civic was $67 purchased at the dealership. The high pressure was only $35.