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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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  • 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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