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#188 of 410 Re: I'm buying a Honda Civic 2002 LX Coupe. However.... [phantomsmokes]
Jul 01, 2008 (5:18 am)
I had an 02 LX Coupe, and frankly, it was one of the most leliable cars I ver owned. Yes, don't take chances on the T Belt. Change it. Better safe than sorry. The only other thing you need to worry about is the inner and outer front and back bushings. They are not expansive. Labor will cost more than parts(approx 1.5hrs)
They all need these after a while from the old to the newer civics. It keeps your steering and front end nice and tight like when it was new. The LX also has a rear sway bar which is similar to the SI suspension. Better for handling. If the car has been driven in salty roads, the have a tendency to let go after 100k. Again, not only the 02 but the older and newer models will need these at one point.
Once these have been done, you are good for another five years or so depending on your driving.
I would buy it. Great little car.
#189 of 410 A/C intermittently squeaking.
Jul 17, 2008 (7:34 am)
I've noticed for some time now that there's an intermittent squeaking sound that originates under the hood, and after a year of researching, I think I might have finally put the pieces together.
2000 Honda Civic LX Sedan, Automatic Transmission. Maintance performed regularly and on schedule, accessory belts have been replaced about a year and a half ago.
Occasionally when the car is being driven on the harder side (RPM's between 3-5k) *and* the A/C is being run, there's a squeaking sounds that happens for about a half a second as I feel the compressor kick on for the A/C.
It's still an intermittent problem, but it seems only to happen when the A/C is running and I'm driving my car moderately harder than normal. I've been driving easier on it when the A/C is on (2-3.5k RPM) and the problem hasn't resurfaced.
The fan is continuing to run, and the air still continues to come out cold. I'm wondering if it's the tension of the compressor belt, but I can't find anything in the owner's manual reference the correct force to ask a mechanic to check/correct it.
Is there a lot of labor involved into getting into the compressor belt?
#190 of 410 Re: A/C intermittently squeaking. [pilot1226]
Jul 17, 2008 (8:17 am)
Most all compressor belts are very easily changed. I haven't had one of my own that has taken more than 15 minutes in years.
If you look at all of the pulleys, one is spring mounted tensioner, which keeps the tension on the belt and prevents slippage. Usually you will find a wrench attachment, or a slot for a large screwdriver, or a 3/8(1/2") square socket drive hole. I don't know the specifics for your vehicle. You slowly pull back on the tensioner (take the pressure off the belt), slide the belt off on one of the pulleys, and slowly release the tensioner (do not allow it to snap back by itself). These springs are heavy duty, so whatever your tool, it's easier with a long handle for leverage and control.
Make note of the routing of the belt, usually there is a graphic under the hood. Take the old belt off, put the new belt on, pull back on the tensioner, slide the belt back in under the tensioner pulley, and slowly release the tensioner again.
Belts usually run about 20-40 bucks at auto parts stores, and almost any shop will change this for you including oil change shops.
Note: The tensioner itself is also known to go bad. When these go bad they'll either squeak, or they won't provide enough tension to the belt....thereby allowing the belt to slip. These are usually just bolt on, if you need to replace this. Sometimes it is easier to get to the bolts via the right wheel well.
#191 of 410 Re: A/C intermittently squeaking. [kiawah]
Jul 18, 2008 (1:58 am)
Thanks for the response. I live in a condominium so do-it-yourself is considerably limited and frowned upon by the association, but I'll see what I can do. I'm up for an oil change in the next week or two so I'll have them take a peek.
Maybe when the shop changed the belts a year or two ago they accidentally let it "slip back" like you described and damaged the tensioner.
#192 of 410 05 honda civic ex, cam positioning sensor
Jul 18, 2008 (3:40 am)
where do i find it on an 05 civic ex?? please help...
#193 of 410 Speedometer Issues
Jul 20, 2008 (4:02 am)
2000 Honda Civic LX Sedan
Having issues with the speedometer. Turned it on yesterday to drive home from work and it pegged itself at 20mph. I turned the car off and on again and it returned to the normal 0mph setting.
This morning on the way to work it again was pegged at 20. I turned the car off and on a few times, waiting a few minutes in between attempts, and the speedometer remained pegged at 20.
I drove on this (no malfunction indicator lights appeared) and noticed the following:
- Seemingly slower than 20mph, the speedometer flickers up and down from 10mph to 30mph quickly.
- As you approach/surpass 20mph, the speedometer stays at 20 with no movement.
- The trip counter and odometer does not roll while the speedometer is pegged.
I stopped to get gas in the morning, and upon restart, it was still at 20. I hit the trip counter to reset the dial, and the speedometer dropped to 0. No mileage rolled over from the ~1.5 miles I drove to the nearest gas station, and the speedometer started working appropriately (along with trip & odometer).
1. What's the best way to troubleshoot this issue? Could the trip odometer be getting "stuck" on some speedometer dial?
2. I recently had my car serviced (oil lube & filter), is it possible the mechanic could have tampered with the speedometer and associated wires?
3. Do I need to declare anything with DMV regarding the mileage that accumulated that did not roll on the odometer?
#194 of 410 Re: 05 honda civic ex, cam positioning sensor [poysn1]
Jul 20, 2008 (5:15 am)
Apparantely nobody who knows the details of Honda Civic has answered this yet, so I'll take a crack to maybe help a little. Sorry I don't know the specifics for your vehicle.
The engine is a single overhead cam, which means you have one cam w/sits on top of the engine. The belt or chain which drives that cam, would be enclosed by a casing (it's not the accessory belt/pulleys on the outside of the engine). That cam runs along the top of the engine, so the sensor could be anywhere along the top of the engine, but I would think most likely on one of the ends.
In a Toyota, it's on the end by the transmission on the drivers side, furthest away from the accessory belt and pulleys This sensor is going to be reading the pulses from the camshaft as it's turning, so expect to see it in position perpendicular and 'pointing at' the center line of the camshaft. You may have other sensors in that area as well, for instance a knock sensor, or engine coolant sensor (which you would expect to see in the block where the coolant is).
#195 of 410 Re: Speedometer Issues [pilot1226]
Jul 20, 2008 (5:22 am)
You have a sensor, typically on the output shaft of the transmission, which counts the speed of the axle turning. That is fed to your computer, and then outputed to the display. When your display is acting up, you don't know which of the pieces is the problem.
One way I use to troubleshoot this, is to try driving your vehicle with the cruise control. If the cruise control holds the correct speed, then in high likelihood the sensor is okay, and the computer is okay, and the problem is in your display. If the vehicle doesn't hold on cruise, then it's either the sensor or computer, and I'd suspect the sensor.
No you don't have to report anything to DMV.
The oil change might have bumped the wiring to the sensor.
#196 of 410 Re: Speedometer Issues [kiawah]
Jul 20, 2008 (10:10 am)
Thanks for the response. What can I look for under the hood to see if something's loose? Any chance you can link a picture or image? I'll take a picture of my car when I get home and upload it, maybe you can point me in the right direction.