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#397 of 410 Re: 1995 Honda acceleration problem (93,000 miles) [hondalady13]
Jan 08, 2013 (3:26 am)
At that low a mileage, you shouldn't have to baby it on uphills at all. Is it Automatic or Standard transmission? My 2001 with 185k miles (Standard) pulls serious hills with only going down to 4th (there is a hill on I-25 between Albuquerque and Santa Fe where you go up 3k or more feet in 4 miles, which I do in 4th). IMO you may have a fuel Pump issue. Most Hondas have 2 fuel pumps, one inside the fuel tank and another up at the engine, both electric.
As for the noise, is it constant rumbling like a bad muffler would be? or is it intermittent? Does it pop loudly on deceleration? If so, you either have a bad muffler or exhaust leak somewhere. Does the sound come from underneath or from the engine box? If underneath, may well be the muffler, especially if you live in an area where they use a lot of salt in the winters. Any noise coming out of the engine box is more serious.
IMO, while a dealer is more expensive, unless you have a mechanic that specializes in Imports, you may have to go to a dealership. You have 2 problems at least in my experience. The slowing down is the most serious. It is possible that the noise could be caused by an exhaust manifold leak (which could also cause power loss) but you say it has always been weak uphill so I doubt that the 2 are related.
The first thing I do when I buy a (used) car, is have a few little things fixed by a mechanic, so I know if he is honest, then I establish a "Rapport" with him so I can trust him with bigger items as they come up. I still view even the dealership Mechanics with a wary eye, and frequently get second opinions. I suggest that on any high dollar item, that you also get a second opinion/estimate. Even my regular mechanic occasionally tries to add a few "less than necessary" items to my bill if I don't pay attention. Unless you are carrying a heavy load, a civic should never slow down more than 2 gears on most (highway) hills.
If it is slowing down to 30 on level ground, it is certainly no exhaust problem. It could be anything from a bad fuel pump to a dropped valve or worse.
#398 of 410 Re: What the...??? [olddustoffer]
Jan 08, 2013 (6:02 am)
Its a 2001 with about 130K on it. Have to ask my brother about the timing belt but my best guess would be no. It has not restarted since but the fuel pump is coming on. When trying to start now it sounds as if the starter isnt engaging, but i dont see how that would stop a car that was already running. If it was a timing belt i would expect a trouble code, or am i wrong on that? Any help is greatly appreciated, thanks!
#399 of 410 civic93 1.5 engine problem
Feb 19, 2013 (7:21 am)
#400 of 410 civic93 1.5 engine problem
Feb 19, 2013 (7:21 am)
hi everyone if someone can tell what problem i have in my car
started in a day when it was -30c and i was on the hightway runing about 110km/h then one time i felt the shifting knob is shaking ,the same feeling like there is a spark plug not working and the car going on 3 spark plugs, so i check them and i found oil on 2nd and 3rd spark plug, i cleaned everything even changed the joint-set of the head gasket installed every thing back in place but still doing the same thing .
not all time only when i reach 70km/h on 4th and 5th depend specially when im going on a bridge ,at 80km/h it return no shaking again
1st.2nd.3rd has no problem at all with smooth shifting or burning and the engine gives good power also
so what is that and why exactly at 70km/h ?????
my car has 256000 km
#401 of 410 replacing 2004 lx with a vtec head?
Apr 10, 2013 (9:15 pm)
Does adding a Vtec to a non vtec 2004 civic lx gives any increase in Horsepower ? im thinking it may be does because same model of car with EX trim that comes with a VTEC gives about "12" more horse power... correct me if im wrong
#402 of 410 2000 Honda Civic. Engine sluggish and vibrates only when AC is on
Jul 14, 2013 (8:42 am)
#403 of 410 2000 Honda Civic. Engine sluggish and vibrates only when AC is on
Jul 14, 2013 (8:42 am)
AC was not cooling well. Mechanic put in dye to tell where leak was, then recharged system. Same day (and first time ever) intermittent rattling from engine area. The following day I noticed regular-timed engine power drops (2 seconds lightly sluggish, then 2 seconds normal... continuously). When I turn the A/C off, it immediately stops.
By the way, no leaks detected.
#404 of 410 2005 Civic - Tune Up?
Jul 19, 2013 (5:39 am)
Our '05 LX is approaching 105,000mi and looks like it should be due for a few maintenance items, like the replacement of the spark plugs and an inspection of the valve clearance. I want to say that in the past I have seen Honda mention not needing a tune up until 105k miles, but I'm not sure what that entails exactly.
We had the timing belt/water pump replaced last year so while that is out of the way, is there any other large ticket item that should be inspected?
#405 of 410 Re: 2005 Civic - Tune Up? [the_fredster]
Jul 19, 2013 (1:32 pm)
Since the Timing belt is done, the only other item is transmission flush if it's Automatic.
They should check the suspension components as well. Civic Struts last about 150K as a rule.
Not sure what they do on a tuneup as they hook it to a computer and it tells them about everything. My "Shade Tree" tuneups ended with the need for the computer diagnosis.
Of course, they need to do a compression test, but that would be a given when they pull the Plugs I would think.
I'll look at my Civic Book and see if I can add anything.
#406 of 410 Re: 2005 Civic - Tune Up? [olddustoffer]
Jul 22, 2013 (8:13 am)
Thanks, I appreciate it. I will put a suspension check up on the to do list.
In January I brought the car to a local Honda dealer for an oil change and they told me that the compliance bushings and front stabilizer links needed to be changed to the tune of $600. I've been meaning to have the car looked at by an independent mechanic that I know but I haven't had a chance and the car has been fine as far as I can tell.