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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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  • 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 User: Tom Cordas
    AutoMD User: Tom Cordas - 2005 Honda Civic - Preventive Maintenance - 7/2/2014
    102000 miles on timing belt. Should I be worried about breakage.
    102000 miles on original timing belt.
     
    • CVO
      7/2/2014 CVO
      TIMING BELT REPLACEMENT SCHEDULE
      2005 Honda Civic LX 1.7L MFI SOHC 4cyl
      The Timing Belt Replacement Schedule


      Under normal conditions, replace at intervals of 110,000 miles or every 84 months.If vehicle is operated at ambient temperatures under 20°F or above 110°F, replace at 60,000 mile intervals.
      CVO
      I'm questionning the durability of the belt past Honda's recommendations.
      CVO
      7/4/2014 CVO
      Follow the schedule, this Honda may have an interference engine, if the timing belt quits.. the valves and pistons will collide.
  • gena
    gena - 1996 Honda Civic - Preventive Maintenance - 6/29/2014
    Why would my car just not work, wont start, no lights,nothing.got a battery, worked and then it wont .
    I thought it was the battery, so I had triple a start it, then the next couple of days it was fine, then I went to get in and start it and nothing works, completely dead...what would make this happen?
     
    • carhauler
      6/29/2014 carhauler
      Have the charging system checked . It sounds like it's not charging . A new battery had a charge on it when you put it in . But will only run for a day or so If the charging system is not keeping it charged up .
  • Sitters4Critters
    Sitters4Critters - 1993 Honda Civic - Preventive Maintenance - 6/4/2014
    My Engine Coolant Reservoir is boiling and smoking when I use air conditioner. What is wrong?
    My Engine Coolant Reservoir is boiling and smoking when I use air conditioner. When I don't use air conditioner everything appears to be fine. My temperature gauge is reading above cool...What is wrong? What needs to be repaired?
     
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  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2002 Honda CR-V - Preventive Maintenance - 5/31/2014
    Driver side power switches dont work, none
    i have a 2002 honda crv, and my drivers side door switches didnt work.. none of them. no power windows, power mirror, power locks, and power trunk release. i bought a new master window switch and the windows work now, but nothing else. the illumination on the window ...
     
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  • Crtny90
    Crtny90 - 2000 Honda Civic - Preventive Maintenance - 5/29/2014
    Why does my a/c only blow cold air while I'm driving?
    My a/c works pretty great, as long as the car is moving. Stop signs, stop lights, and driving slowly in traffic is a nightmare! The car starts to lurch, and there's a terrible clunking sound... but only if the air conditioner is turned on. If I turn it off, the ...
     
    • jdl
      5/29/2014 jdl
      The idle would have to adjust for the ac. I can't tell if you have an idle issue? How long since a tune-up? Any applicable trouble codes? Some of the national brand autostores will check codes for free.

      Some vehicle computers have the ability to shut off the ac compressor if engine is hot or under heavy load. Not sure about yours.
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2002 Honda Civic - Preventive Maintenance - 5/24/2014
    Can hole in ac pipe be repaired or can u replace just that one pipe?
    Very specific..bar that holds hood up broke& rubbed hole in pipe. All other parts of ac seem ok, if we could weld pipe or replace that one short piece
     
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  • wylwong
    wylwong - 2008 Honda Civic - Preventive Maintenance - 5/15/2014
    Defrost not working
    When defrosting is turned on, air with moisture comes out and actually clouded the windshield
     
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  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 1999 Honda Accord - Preventive Maintenance - 5/13/2014
    What causes the car to not start everytime? Keeps blowing the fuse.
    My car has only 104,000 miles on it. in the last 3 months it has been blowing fuses keeping it from starting sometime, I changed the fuse it started everytime for about a week then stopped again. Changed the fuse again, it worked for a few days, then would not start ...
     
    • GT500Knights
      5/13/2014 GT500Knights
      Check for any shorts near the battery, alternator, and fuse box.
  • debbilogan
    debbilogan - 2003 Honda Accord - Preventive Maintenance - 4/27/2014
    Car hesitates to start even with new battery. Doesn't click but acts like the battery is dead. Wait, try again and start
    Connection to battery?
     
    • jdl
      4/27/2014 jdl
      When the problem is ongoing, I'd have to check voltage and ground at the starter circuit. Any testing at the starter, make sure tranny is in park or neutral and the parking brake is set.
  • carl
    carl - 2012 Honda CR-V - Preventive Maintenance - 4/4/2014
    Is an older BMW a money pit?
    Looking at buying a 1988 BMW 325i convertible as a second car. Are they trouble prone and how expensive is the maintenance?
     
    • bear.1216
      4/4/2014 bear.1216
      BMWs are built very well. They have few problems. However. When they do have problems. They are really expensive to fix. Most has to be performed at a dealer. A convertible will be even more expensive. They do have a lot of issues with the roof leaking. Every used car will have its own issues. Have it looked at by a mechanic first. And be sure to test drive it in a heavy rain. Then check for seal leaks or wet interior and trunk. If you like it, go for it. You should expect all of the repairs to cost almost 3 times more than a similar repair on a domestic vehicle.
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2010 Honda Accord - Preventive Maintenance - 3/30/2014
    What could be causing my 2010 Honda Accord to drop 50% of the miles per gallon?
    My 2010 Honda Accord has dropped by approximately 50% in the miles per gallon it once had. I have been advised by two different sources the following solutions; 1. oxygen sensors need to be replaced 2. Fuel Injection Flush should be done Does anyone have any ...
     
    • Jimm
      3/30/2014 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.

      This step is a must - to minimize the cost.

      Before replacing any parts and incurring any costs - the OBD (on-board diagnositc) system should be scanned - for free to retrieve any stored fault codes. Any local auto parts store can scan the stored codes - even if not displayed.

      Then, post a reply with any codes for further assistance. As the next step - clean the mass air flow sensor with mass air flow sensor spray cleaner aerosol. Check these items; air filter, fuel filter, tire air pressure - check and rule out the basics before spending anything for replacement parts.
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2010 Honda Accord - Preventive Maintenance - 3/26/2014
    When do i need to change/flush my transmission fluid?
    2010 Honda Accord had car for 4 years has 52K now.
     
    • HouseCallAuto
      3/25/2014 HouseCallAuto
      I would do it now but has to be done with fluid exchanger machine and must use genuine Honda fluid.
    • Jimm
      3/26/2014 Jimm
      Typically, the transmission fluid and filter service is performed every 36k miles.
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2002 Honda Civic - Preventive Maintenance - 3/19/2014
    Seems to be a funny grating sound/rattle from back drivers side wheel,
    seems to be worse when turning left.
     
    • Jimm
      3/19/2014 Jimm
      Most likely the noise is related to either worn / faulty rear axle bearings, or worn / faulty rear hub bearing assembly on that one side.

      As the first step - raise and support the rear wheels off the ground (use jack stands for support). Then, slowly - by hand - rotate each rear wheel and listen carefully for any noises at the center of the wheel / hub area. Telltale trouble indicators for the rear bearings would be any; especially - grinding, scracthing, dry sounds heard.

      The rear hub bearing assemblies are easily and inexpensively replaced. Use the 'How-To-Guides' feature on the AutoMD website for the specific steps.

      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 rear axle hub bearing assembly from around $23.70 each for your vehicle. Be sure to replace both the rear bearing hubs at the same time due to mileage / age / wear considerations.
 
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