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#318 of 410 1999 Honda Civic 1.6L Left Front End noise
Nov 20, 2009 (6:24 pm)
Intermittent front end noise. Replaced brake pads, no rocks behind backing plates, new belts. Drive shaft solid, no play in/out and up/down. Wheel turns smoothly. Noise driving in 2nd, 3rd at high rpm to med rpm. Pushed in clutch and coasted with no brakes keeping rpm higher and noise persisted. Noise kind of a scraping noise from left front end. No difference if steering wheel turned or not. 170K on civic. Running out of ideas as to noise?
#319 of 410 Re: 1999 Honda Civic 1.6L Left Front End noise [speed16]
Nov 22, 2009 (6:30 pm)
I found the noise. No mechanical problems. A very small rock lodged itself between the muffler heat shield and pipe just under the car on the horizontal run under the engine. It would only show up at low speeds and a certain RPM range. When stopped the noise would stop. My wife had to drive the car and I had to hop out and see where the noise was coming from within 30 seconds of stopping the car. I banged the heat shield lightly with a broom to hear the noise. After the rock removed and one 10mm bolt broken it is gone.
#321 of 410 93 honda civic-possible blown head gasket or cracked block
Nov 27, 2009 (10:43 am)
My car was overheating, so I went to get it checked at Firestone. they told me they tested exhaust gas in the cooling system which could possibly mean a blown head gasket or cracked block (which means I need to replace a head gasket or the engine since I have a high milage on my car- 227,499). does this sound correct? and what is the most practical solution? and I don't have a mechanic, so does anyone know of anyone in the long beach area?
#322 of 410 Which to fix first?
Nov 27, 2009 (1:11 pm)
My '01 Honda Civic EX needs new bushings, tires, and brake work. I'll probably have to squeeze all this in by the end of February to pass my vehicle inspection. Should the new tires wait (the current ones aren't gone yet) until the bushings are replaced? The roads here in southeast Virginia are crap.
Thanks for your help.
#325 of 410 Re: Catalytic converter advice needed. [daniell]
Dec 21, 2009 (9:12 pm)
daniell - Thanks for the amazon link. It saved me a few dollars and was shipped to my house in two days with free shipping selected.
I went ahead and bought the Dorman exhaust manifold/cat system with two new oxygen sensors and installed them this past weekend. It took about 4-5 hours. If I had to do it again I would say it would only take 2. Some of that time was also installing stainless steel hose clamps (from Lowes) around the rattling heat shields. Pretty easy and cheap fix. The Dorman instructions are limited and without visual diagrams. Disregard the extra parts.
A few notes on installation. The Honda manifold/cat has to removed from underneath the engine. You first have to remove two bolts to free the exhaust pipe that hangs near the oil pan. Pull it to one side and bungee cord it to something. Once the old one is out of the way, the Dorman will then slide in easily from the top since it's smaller than the OEM manifold. Make sure you put in the three bolts (w/ anti-seize) in the return exhaust plate underneath the cat before dropping it in. Line up these three bolts along with the engine mount and slide in the manifold at the same time. Once in place, slide the hanging exhaust into place and mount the 4 bolts underneath to the return pipe underneath the cat. Finger tight these and the manifold bolts until everything lines back up perfectly. I went ahead and locked down the manifold bolts first and then tightened the exhaust bolts last. I'm sure it's fine either way. I hope this helps.
#326 of 410 High Mount Brake Light Always On
Dec 25, 2009 (4:23 pm)
I have a 1995 Civic EX Coupe. While coming on last night, I noticed that my high mount brake light remained illuminated when I was not braking. This morning when trying to diagnose what was happening, I confirmed that all bulbs were working properly and swapped out the related fuse. Still, when I turned on my lights, the high mount brake light came on. After several tries, I suddenly noticed that when I pressed the brake pedal with all lights off, the instrument panel lit up as well. Several hours later after driving about 20 miles and back, no lights came on when I turned on the parking lights only, but all lights came on (including the high mount) when I turned the switch to headlights. Whatever is happening here, and how might I fix it?
#327 of 410 Re: 98 Honda Civic Radio code [zeus3]
Dec 27, 2009 (3:16 pm)
On my 03 civic the code for the radio is on the inside of the glove box - left side its a 6 digit number. I know it sounds crazy but honda didnt even know it was there.