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  • Beverly
    Beverly - 2004 Honda Civic - Preventive Maintenance - 1/17/2015
    Replace timer belt and bushing now at 99,000 miles or wait until they break down?
    When I brought car to dealer for recall work, they found the following recommended repairs: timing belt and tensioner repair and replace, front lower control arm compliance bushing repair and replace, change transmission, brake and power steering fluids. How ...
     
    • Jimm
      1/17/2015 Jimm
      Consider the consequences of 'waiting until something breaks' - much more expensive to fix, plus you are without the vehicle longer, and you risk expensive towing charges.
      For example, if the engine timing belt were to break during operation, major engine (valve) damage may occur - costing thousands to repair, instead of a few hundred up front. Likewise for the fluid changes - same concept.

      If your goal is to maintain the vehicle in operating condition as long as possible, then consider the fluid changes and timing belt / tensioner change as soon as possible.

      Don't forget to obtain estimates from several repair shops for the same work - could save hundreds of dollars.
  • gabriela2006
    gabriela2006 - 2004 Honda Civic - Preventive Maintenance - 1/16/2015
    My car dies when im at a stop but turns on immediatly
    my car runs great when im go into a stop light my car dies, it will turn on right away and it runs normal bit only when i stop it dies. i already change the spark plugs, the oil, the thermostat, and the o2 sensor. what can be the problem?
     
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  • danilu54
    danilu54 - 2003 Honda Civic - Preventive Maintenance - 12/9/2014
    How much does a Tuneup cost
    How much does it cost to tuneup a 2003 Honda Civic EX 4 dr sedan?
     
    • Teddy B
      12/9/2014 Teddy B
      That would be something to ask at a local repair shop

      For me Tune-ups left some 25 years ago

      Shops still use the term to pitch their wares

      You only have spark plugs left from the tune-up days

      You have a distributor & wires on a few vehicles still

      Since 1981 some 35 years the vehicle computer does the tuning

      Your asking about Preventative Maintenance

      Your going to have to establish that on your own &
      treat all vehicles the same,based on time mileage
      & your new found knowledge & keep a log book

      I guess the question is what have you had done &
      paid for any vehicle in the last 10 or 20 years?
  • danilu54
    danilu54 - 2003 Honda Civic - Preventive Maintenance - 12/6/2014
    How much does it cost for a tuneup
    How much does it cost for a tuneup
     
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  • jaybee
    jaybee - 2002 Honda Civic - Preventive Maintenance - 11/24/2014
    My 2002 honda civic was pouring out the antifreeze from the bottom of car and also my hot and cold gaugegoes up & down
    i turned my car off and it still turns on no problem
     
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  • Roger
    Roger - 1996 Honda Accord - Preventive Maintenance - 11/23/2014
    Won't start only cranks when weather is below 35 degrees Runs great above 35 ,what needs done?
    NEW : Fuel Pump, Fuel Filter, Spark Plugs and Wires, Coil, Battery, Radiator
     
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  • Nedra
    Nedra - 2006 Honda Accord - Preventive Maintenance - 11/17/2014
    My parking & brake lights remain on after the car is shut off, any suggestions on how to fix this issue?
    I noticed it coming home from work one evening, i parked got out, set the alarm and noticed that the lights were still on, i got back in to make sure all lights were switched off and they were, got out locked my doors but the lights remained on.
     
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  • Nedra
    Nedra - 2006 Honda Accord - Preventive Maintenance - 11/17/2014
    My parking & brake lights remain on after the car is shut off, any suggestions on how to fix this issue?
    I noticed it coming home from work one evening, i parked got out, set the alarm and noticed that the lights were still on, i got back in to make sure all lights were switched off and they were, got out locked my doors but the lights remained on.
     
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  • LacyL
    LacyL - 1998 Honda Accord - Preventive Maintenance - 11/16/2014
    Why do my indicator lights stay on unless I'm pressing on the gas?
    This morning when I started my car the indicator lights (check engine, brake, battery, all doors ajar specifically) all stayed on until I pressed on the gas. This continued the whole way to work. It has been really cold
     
    • Bill
      11/16/2014 Bill
      Need more info like auto transmission
      Bill
      11/16/2014 LacyL
      I had a friend look at it and he discovered my alternator was just about shot. He replaced it and the prpblem went away. Thanks!
  • Tom
    Tom - 2006 Honda CR-V - Preventive Maintenance - 11/14/2014
    Why are headlights dim on one side of car and go off entirely when high beam selected
    I replaced low beam bulb and ceramic socket to no avail.
     
    • Eric Bellen
      11/14/2014 Eric Bellen
      Chances are you have a compromised ground circuit
  • Mike
    Mike - 2004 Honda CR-V - Preventive Maintenance - 11/9/2014
    Trouble starting after being idle for a long time (especially in the morning)
    My car has approximately 132000 miles. I have trouble starting it after being idle for a long time, but especially in the morning. No warning or indication lights, and it usually happens when the vehicle is cold
     
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  • JayBoyd
    JayBoyd - 2000 Honda Civic - Preventive Maintenance - 11/4/2014
    What could be causing a loss of power in a 2000 Honda Civic Ex?
    200k+ miles Shifting at 3.5 rpms, rattling coming from front drivers side(only happens at high speeds, could be the road put it down to be safe) black sludge in coolant tank and been having an issue with flickering lights (every light flickers and srs light comes on ...
     
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  • Tainle
    Tainle - 2003 Honda Civic - Preventive Maintenance - 9/28/2014
    Battery light and dead gauges
    Hi, My 2003 honda civic lx have the code P1457 and i didn't bother to fix it since it wasn't doing anything to the car. couple days ago my car battery light goes and flicker alot and sometime stay on for a while and flicker at random time, at the same day my ...
     
    • Tainle
      9/28/2014 Tainle
      PLEASE REREAD THE QUESTIONS.. BECAUSE OF CUTOFF. Thanks

      Hi,

      My 2003 honda civic lx have the code P1457 and i didn't bother to fix it since it wasn't doing anything to the car.

      couple days ago my car battery light goes and flicker alot and sometime stay on for a while and flicker at random time,

      at the same day my muffler part near the rear wheel disconnected due to rust and i went in to see a mechanics shop and

      they also tell me i need to replace the alternator when the battery light flickers.

      so they replace the alternator and test my battery and it seem to have current. I also notice that the cable that have ends tnat attached to the alternator, two plug i believe, and there is a piece of metal that they need to screw it to the alternator, but the mechanics didn't ( mentioning this because it important?), i thought doing this just to hold the cable to the alternator and has nothing to do with grounding.

      so they return the car to me and i drove around and the battery light flicker again..i drove around for 2 minutes and came back to the shop to have them look at why the battery light flicker, the mechanic used a device to checked for current/charge at the battery when i turned on all ac and light..it seem like there was charges, he said i need to replace the battery, i went to walmart and the tech check the battery and it indicate good status but low charge, so he charge it back and i drive it around and the battery still flickers.

      so i went back and the guys check the battery and this time it was bad...so he replace the battery which is under

      warranty, after replacement the car still have battery light on and random flickers.

      when i drive the car at 70mph the battery light turned off. when i drive it between l-66mph the light seem to go on and off and flickers random time..

      also when i drive home at night i have to use the headlight, and the headlight got really dimmed and the odometer is turned off, all gauges turned dead...when i got home and managed to park in the parking space and the car died, this morning i try to start the car again and it worked..

      so i test to see if the alternator charging the battery or not sure what is going on with the car. I ignite the car and turn on my ac and fan speed to max and turned on headlight and about 1-2 minutes the car gauges drop dead but the car still run..

      so after reading all the symptoms, can you provide any insight and recommendations about my problems?
  • milton
    milton - 2001 Honda Civic - Preventive Maintenance - 9/27/2014
    Dash lights and radio stay on when car is off
    the dash warning lights and the radio stay on when i take the key out some times they shut off but come back on a little while after i remove the key from ignition
     
    • Jimm
      9/27/2014 Jimm
      Most likely the issue is a defective ignition / key lock cylinder or the starter switch - located behind the ignition lock cylinder.

      Check the various on-line vendors; www.autopartswarehouse.com, www.RockAuto.com, www.partsgeek.com, to list only a few. For example, they (RockAuto) list the starter switch from around $19.00 and the ignition lock cylinder assembly from around $110.00 for your vehicle.
  • Ron
    Ron - 2007 Honda Civic - Preventive Maintenance - 9/21/2014
    Car will be at home in unheated garage for 3 months in winter. Last year, when we returned, tire pressure was low.
    Mostly front tires, we were told because of weight of engine in front. Would you suggest increasing pressure to help overcome air pressure loss?
     
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