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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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  • Helen
    Helen - 1996 Honda Civic - Preventive Maintenance - 9/19/2014
    The Timing Belt maintenance was performed at 59,000 miles. It now has 82,000. Is it time to repeat this?
    This vehicle is being transferred to a college student at Texas A&M. And will be driven from Albuquerque NM to College Station. I want it to be in top condition.
     
    • CVO
      9/19/2014 CVO
      The manufacturer recommends replacement of the timing belt (and water pump inspection) under normal operating conditions for Civic and Civic del Sol models every 84 months (7 years) or 105,000 (168,000 km). If the vehicle is operated in high temperatures (above 110° F or 43° C) or very low temperatures (below -20° F or -29° C) the timing belt should be replaced every 60,000 miles (100,000 km).

      If, however, the timing belt is inspected earlier or more frequently than suggested, and shows signs of wear or defects, the belt should be replaced at that time.


      WARNING
      On interference engines, it is very important to replace the timing belt at the recommended intervals, otherwise expensive engine damage will likely result if the belt fails.
  • Carl
    Carl - 1985 Honda Accord - Preventive Maintenance - 9/19/2014
    I may have damaged my electrical system. Please advise me. Thank you so much, Carl ------
    After leaving my parking lights on and totally draining my good battery, I jumped my 1985 Honda Accord SEi 1.8L (F/I) ES3 A/T Sedan. After hooking up the cables to both cars, I left the Mercedes running for about 20-30 minutes as the '85 Honda would not start--NOT ...
     
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  • mwh91464
    mwh91464 - 2002 Honda Civic - Preventive Maintenance - 9/16/2014
    i think my relay went out ?
    Lost my ac, ele-door locks, my break light stays on and my interior light wont come on when i unlock the door . ALL AT THE SAME TIME . how can i fix this?
     
    • Williams auto repair
      I believe your brake light would not stay on in this matter look by brake pedal you will see this plastic piece with a spring button it pushes in like a car charger almost slide finger in between the button and pedal ask someone if the light went off to your brake if so turn the adjuster to make it push in when brake is not applied or the other way around
      Williams auto repair
      9/16/2014 mwh91464
      its not my abs light its the e-break light that stays on after you release it?
  • mwh91464
    mwh91464 - 2002 Honda Civic - Preventive Maintenance - 9/13/2014
    i think my relay went out ?
    Lost my ac, ele-door locks, my break light stays on and my interior light wont come on when i unlock the door . ALL AT THE SAME TIME . how can i fix this?
     
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  • LadyJ
    LadyJ - 1992 Honda Civic - Preventive Maintenance - 9/12/2014
    What parts do I need to have my inner and outer tire rods replaced?
    Words like ball barrens and inner/outer tire rods have been tossed around. I was told that my tire could brake off with out repairs. My front tires makes a crunch and crackle sound when I make turns. I looked on auto zone site to find the parts but the only parts I ...
     
    • jdl
      9/12/2014 jdl
      There is no inner tie-rod, the rack&pinion could have a problem? There is an outer tie-rod. I don't overhaul rack& pinions, I usually just get a rebuilt rack then put the tie-rod on it, one for each side.

      With front wheel drives, the halfshaft has inner and outer joints. If the problem is a halfshaft joint, I usually just replace the halfshaft.

      You need to make sure of the problem, first. It very well could be a bearing?

  • arlene
    arlene - 1999 Honda Accord - Preventive Maintenance - 8/17/2014
    Why does my Honda accord turn off right away when the car starts
    I can turn on the car but it turns off o me on the freeway and when I'm parked
     
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  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2009 Honda Civic - Preventive Maintenance - 8/4/2014
    How long should it take to drive car after battery is jumped to get an inspection sticker
    Didn't pass inspection due to the fact that battery had to be jumped and I guess I did not drive it enough but I have driven car over 100 miles shouldn't it be ready for a sticker by now? It isn't
     
    • CVO
      8/4/2014 CVO
      Local auto parts stores will charge and test this battery for free of charge. They'll test the vehicle charging system with their analyzer for free too.
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2008 Honda Fit - Preventive Maintenance - 7/26/2014
    How urgent a problem is this new noise my wheel is making?
    Over the past month or so, I've noticed the wheels making squeeking noises (like an unoiled tricycle) at low speeds. This evening I heard a low (but loud) 'rustle' that was very obviously tied to the movement of the wheels and seemed to be loudest out the ...
     
    • Jimm
      7/26/2014 Jimm
      Most likely, the noises you are hearing are related to a dry or worn front wheel bearing. Raise the front wheels off the ground - suspend with jack stands. Then, slowly rotate by hand - each of the front wheels and listen closely at the center for any scraping or grinding / abnormal noises. If any noise is heard, then you have a dry or worn front wheel bearing.

      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 front hub bearing from around $32.00 each for your vehicle. Be sure to replace both sides (left and right) at the same time due to mileage / age / wear considerations. Keep in mind, these are only the parts prices - the labor to install (these bearings are press fit) will be additional cost.
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2006 Honda Odyssey - Preventive Maintenance - 7/15/2014
    Clicking sound inside dash near steering column.
    This does not happen all the time. Happens mostly when car is still but motor is running.
     
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  • arman
    arman - 2006 Honda Civic - Preventive Maintenance - 7/12/2014
    Motor oil used for mitsubishi outlander 2005 what type according to users manual
    Type of motor oil use in mitshubishi outlander 2005
     
    • CVO
      7/12/2014 CVO
      Engine Oil Type/Weight/Capacity

      Application:
      Use in temperatures above 0 degrees

      Note :
      4.5 Quarts with Filter change.


      5067834
      Application:
      Use in temperatures above 0 degrees

      Note :
      Quaker State Torque Power Full Synthetic 10W-30


      Engine Oil Type/Weight/Capacity
      98AY73
      Application:
      Use in temperatures below 100 degrees

      Note :
      Exxon Superflo 5W-30
      CVO
      7/13/2014 arman
      2.4 used in state like california above zero deg.
      CVO
      7/13/2014 CVO
      10W-30
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2005 Honda CR-V - Preventive Maintenance - 7/7/2014
    Is there something wrong with my VSA system? or battery?
    So every other day or so in the morning or when i start my vehicle from cold, my VSA light would come on along with ! and then if i restart the engine it goes away and never comes back. i dont know where to start
     
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  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2005 Honda CR-V - Preventive Maintenance - 7/7/2014
    Is there something wrong with my VSA system? or battery?
    So every other day or so in the morning or when i start my vehicle from cold, my VSA light would come on along with ! and then if i restart the engine it goes away and never comes back. i dont know where to start
     
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