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  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2008 Honda Pilot - Engine - 4/1/2014
    Cost for replacing timing belt tensioner
    Leaking oil that would cause the belt to break and damage engine.79,000 miles.This is a new problem.
     
    • HouseCallAuto
      4/1/2014 HouseCallAuto
      The timing belt tensioner gets replaced when the timing belt gets replaced typically. I don't understand why you are only asking about this one component. is there more detail? The timing belt water pump and tensioner replacement would run about $800 with parts and labor.
  • TLH
    TLH - 1994 Honda Civic - Engine - 3/31/2014
    Engine dies when you release the key
    Turn key to start, it starts, release key and it dies. No power to electric windows unless key is turned.
     
    • Jason
      3/22/2011 Jason
      Sounds like the ignition switch is bad.

    • Pepe
      3/31/2014 Pepe
      You can easily find a diagram that shows you how to test and replace the ignition switch, there may be a loose connection also but most likely you switch is bad.

    • HouseCallAuto
      3/31/2014 HouseCallAuto
      1. Test the ignition switch by locating the Brown connector, in the driver's fuse box, just above the fuses. Locate the Black/Yellow (BLK/YEL) wire in the Brown connector. That wire should have battery voltage in the start and run position.

      2. If the BLK/YEL wire does not have battery voltage in the run position, jump the White (WHT) in the Brown connector to the BLK/YEL wire, and if the vehicle keeps running, the ignition switch has failed.
  • nacho
    nacho - 1993 Honda Civic - Engine - 3/31/2014
    How can i know, what type of motor ??
    how can i find out what type of motor does my car has?? looking for parts for my car they ask me what type of motor my car has , and i can find anything that tells me if is 1.5, 1.6 , si, sx, cx,dx,ex,xl,sx,. how can i know?
     
    • Bobby
      3/23/2011 Bobby
      They put it in several places on the car one is usually on the top of the engine it says it. It also will say it on the vehicle info sticker that all manufacturer's put under the hood and on the side of the drivers front door. unless someone removed those at some point they should be there. Check on the under side of the actual hood, its usually labeled engine family. as for what sub model you ex dx si? that is on the back of the car if the emblem has fallen off then check your registration it should be on there.
      Bobby
      3/23/2011 nacho
      looking for those lables i notice that they paint the car and i do not see any lables on the door, hood and on the motor it just say 16 valvles and nothing else on the back part does not has anything . can you tell just looking at the motor the way the parts are or if the 1.5 has something els then the1.6 i don't know something like that u know
    • Pepe
      3/31/2014 Pepe
      Hi nacho, most of the time you can tell by looking at the top of the engine. It is usually located on your valve cover. An easy way for me to pull this information is by going to this website... http://www.knfilters.com/search/vin_part_search.aspx just type in your vin number and it will give you all that info. It's an easy way for me to identify the car's info when I do work on them.
      Pepe
      3/31/2014 HouseCallAuto
      great answer, was gonna say the same thing.
  • drcuda
    drcuda - 2002 Honda Civic - Engine - 3/31/2014
    Warm or cold, when I pull up to a stop and the rpm's drop below 1000 the engine will shudder/stumble and either die or-
    idle, adjusting the valves helped. veh has 128K miles. after replacing timing belt it does not happen as often. mainly just stumbles at idle, rpm drops to 450 then comes back to normal.
     
    • decrepitbirth
      3/23/2011 decrepitbirth
      check your spark plug connections and feel if the exhaust is coming out in an even manner, if it doesnt feel completely even you may have a wiring problem or a bad connection in your engine somewhere.hope i helped somewhat
    • david
      3/24/2011 david
      clean throd body and idle up
    • Pepe
      3/31/2014 Pepe
      You probably have a vacuum leak, a bad tps or maf sensor.
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2007 Honda Civic - Engine - 3/31/2014
    My car seems to be idling high. when in drive, as i accelerate the RPM 's seem to be reving up.
    The sound it makes occurs when the speed increases from 35-40 and beyond. The engine light does not come or or any other computer notations. The best way to describe the sound is similiar to a small plan increasing or decreasing elevation. This does not happen ...
     
    • Pepe
      3/31/2014 Pepe
      First make sure you have no vacuum leaks, may be a dirty throttle body, another thing you may want to look at is your MAF sensor, use a cleaner from CRC that is specially made for this sensor, if that doesn't work than it could be a faulty TPS.
  • Dan
    Dan - 2002 Honda Accord - Engine - 3/30/2014
    Car wont start after it rains.
    car was not driven on Sat., Sunday morn. will not start. water inside engine compartment all wet. anybody now why or how?
     
    • HouseCallAuto
      3/30/2014 HouseCallAuto
      First thing to do is check and see if there is ignition spark and if not, replace the distributor ass'y.
      HouseCallAuto
      3/30/2014 HouseCallAuto
      Before replacing distributor ass'y, replace the distributor cap and rotor and wires.
  • kique
    kique - 1996 Honda Civic - Engine - 3/28/2014
    My car started to smoke or steaming on the way to work. Any ideas?
    Was making a squealing sound and was very wet and humid outside.
     
    • AutoMD Member
      3/27/2014 AutoMD Member
      That is a telltale sign of a head gasket problem. Don't continue to drive it like that. I may cause more damage to other components.
    • Jimm
      3/28/2014 Jimm
      Several possibilities; faulty / cracked / leaking radiator hose, faulty / leaking heater hose, faulty / leaking water pump, leaking cylinder head gasket.

      As the first step, raise the hood and inspect all the radiator and heater hoses for leaks or cracks / damage.
  • kique
    kique - 1996 Honda Civic - Engine - 3/27/2014
    My engines overheating, how do I find the problem?
    Was driving it when it started to steam I pulled over and looked and there was no coolant maybe a leak?
     
    • HouseCallAuto
      3/27/2014 HouseCallAuto
      Yes, a leak. The most common cause of overheating is because of an external leak from a water pump or a radiator or heater hose. The way to find the leak is to wait till it is overnight cold and maybe just pour water in and see if the leak is large enough to see it simply leak out from where it has a leak. if you pour in a half gallon or more and you still see no leak its time to pressure check the system. Rent for free with a deposit from an auto parts chain store like pep boys or auto zone a cooling system pressure tester. Also, on Honda engines there is typically a bleed screw located on the water outlet housing to allow the trapped air to escape after you have added water or coolant and opening this bleeder screw should always be done after adding water or coolant unless the system is not overheating and you just are topping off the coolant level.
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 1997 Honda Accord - Engine - 3/26/2014
    If I have bent valves. Caused by the timing belt breaking. Can I just replace the ccylinder head with a rebuilt one. For
    just replace the timing belt, tensioners, ext.
     
    • HouseCallAuto
      3/26/2014 HouseCallAuto
      You can replace the cylinder head with a rebuilt unit. And of course you must solve the bent valves. Not sure why you ask if you can just replace the timing belt and tensioners?
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2004 Honda Accord - Engine - 3/21/2014
    idle speed adjusted
    idle speed is to high.
     
    • Jimm
      3/21/2014 Jimm
      No adjustment on the engine for the idle speed. If the idle speed is too high - then check these possibilities; first - check for a vauum leak - cracked / damaged vacuum hose (replace as necessary). Then, check the idle air control (IAC) valve. Also, check and clean the MAF sensor - at the air intake hose. Be sure to use an aerosol spray cleaner specific to mass air flow sensors.

      The parts are readily available from these many on-line sources, www.partsgeek.com, www.rockauto.com, www.discountautoparts.com, www.autopartswarehouse.com, www.jcwhitney.com - to list only a few possibilities.
      In fact, they (RockAuto) list the idle air control (IAC) valve from around $72.00 for your vehicle.
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 1994 Honda Civic - Engine - 3/17/2014
    RPM gauge fluctuating
    the engine is not idling normal. When I drive it, it idles really low, then periodically the RPM gauge spikes up to 3 and 4, then way back down again-and it has stalled a couple of times when that has happened. I have it in for an oil change, but just the diagnostic ...
     
    • Jimm
      3/17/2014 Jimm
      First step - have the stored fault codes or check engine light scanned - for free - at any local auto parts store; Advance Auto, Auto Zone, NAPA. Then, post a reply as 'add answer' with the specific code for more assistance. There may be a fault code stored in the OBD memory which may not be displayed as a check engine light.

      Possible Causes of Engine Hesitation or Stumble:

      Dirty fuel injectors (cleaning the injectors often fixes this)
      Dirty air filter (change filter)
      Dirty / clogged fuel filter (change filter)
      Bad MAP (manifold absolute pressure) sensor
      Bad TPS (throttle position) sensor
      Bad or dirty MAF (mass airflow) sensor
      Low fuel pressure (leaky fuel pressure regulator or weak fuel pump)
      Vacuum leaks (intake manifold, vacuum hoses, throttle body, EGR valve)
      Bad gasoline (fuel contaminated with water or too much alcohol)

      Sometimes, what feels like a hesitation is actually ignition misfire rather than lean misfire. The causes of ignition misfire may include:

      Dirty or worn spark plugs
      Bad plug wires
      Weak ignition coil
      Wet plug wires
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 1994 Honda Civic - Engine - 3/17/2014
    RPM gauge fluctuates-engine stalls
    When I am driving, my car idles low when I am at a stop sign or light-then when I accelerate, the RPM gauge spikes to 3 or 4 and falls back down again, and back and forth. In other words, it is moving all over the place- and when it spikes, it falls down again and ...
     
    • Jimm
      3/17/2014 Jimm
      First step - have the stored fault codes or check engine light scanned - for free - at any local auto parts store; Advance Auto, Auto Zone, NAPA. Then, post a reply as 'add answer' with the specific code for more assistance. There may be a fault code stored in the OBD memory which may not be displayed as a check engine light.

      Possible Causes of Engine Hesitation or Stumble:

      Dirty fuel injectors (cleaning the injectors often fixes this)
      Dirty air filter (change filter)
      Dirty / clogged fuel filter (change filter)
      Bad MAP (manifold absolute pressure) sensor
      Bad TPS (throttle position) sensor
      Bad or dirty MAF (mass airflow) sensor
      Low fuel pressure (leaky fuel pressure regulator or weak fuel pump)
      Vacuum leaks (intake manifold, vacuum hoses, throttle body, EGR valve)
      Bad gasoline (fuel contaminated with water or too much alcohol)

      Sometimes, what feels like a hesitation is actually ignition misfire rather than lean misfire. The causes of ignition misfire may include:

      Dirty or worn spark plugs
      Bad plug wires
      Weak ignition coil
      Wet plug wires
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2008 Honda Civic - Engine - 3/14/2014
    Intermittent starting issues - clicking only
    2008 Honda civic - manual transmission sometimes will not start - clicking sounds only (after several attempts lost radio code - suspect dead system / shorted) Easily starts by rolling and engaging clutch (bump start?) Battery read 12.8 with car off and 13.1 ...
     
    • HouseCallAuto
      3/14/2014 HouseCallAuto
      Yes it is very possible. The way to confirm the bad starter: You have to do this when it will not start or it will show no problem. there is a fat wire and a small wire that goes to the starter. The small wire should get battery voltage when the key is turned to start the engine and when the key is released the voltage goes away. You can use a 12 volt test light. If the light illuminates and the starter does not function then the starter is junk. Probably a tap on the starter with any suitable tool would get it working temporarily aside from the bump start. If there is no illumination of your test light tnen the starter is not the cause and then the ignition switch is suspect and the clutch pedal safety switch is suspect.
      HouseCallAuto
      3/14/2014 AutoMD Member
      Thanks - I certainly apprecaite the info.
      Everything works fantastic99% of the time then out of the blue i have the Flintstone mobile as i push with one foot out the open door to bump start.
      thanks again
      I'm not sure my first reply went out
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2003 Honda CR-V - Engine - 3/13/2014
    Why won't it start at times
    Fairly new battery. No other electrical symptoms. Battery cables clean and tight. One time will turn over and start fine, next time will struggle, next time wount start. Next time starts with a struggle
     
    • HouseCallAuto
      3/13/2014 HouseCallAuto
      If it is able to start normally with jumper cables attached then this would confirm a battery problem. What does "fairly new" battery actually mean? Batteries last 3 to 5 years. They last less than two years when the vehicle is a vehicle that is sporadically parked and not used for weeks at a time.
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 1999 Honda Accord - Engine - 3/13/2014
    When testing an ignition switch from the back, what voltage drop is still considered to be a good ignition.
    According to this sight it said 10v or below is a bad ignition. Mine drops to 10.7v... vehicle won't turn over out of the blue, no crank, all electrical works fine, brand new battery at 12.67 volts, hit starter numerous times with no response, getting power down to ...
     
    • John's Auto Repair
      3/13/2014 John's Auto Repair
      Are you refering to an actual voltage drop test? This is when connect the red lead at the battery
      terminal and the black to the ignition switch, turn the key to start. The voltage you read is the
      amount of voltage being lost through either poor connections or a bad ignition switch. The
      voltage drop should not exceed 0.5 volts or 500mA. Have you checked the voltage drop from
      battery to the starters S terminal?
 
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