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TOP 3 HONDA PROBLEMS

Recurring Transmission Failure

This problem is commonly caused by a failing torque converter. Though the engine would rev up, the car won't shift gear nor move. Ultimately, you may want to contact your dealer first since this problem may be covered under warranty. Now if you want to do it yourself, however, you can visit our How to Replace an Automatic/Manual Transmission page. Lastly, be sure you consult a certified professional mechanic or your car's manual first for any subtle differences.

Premature Brake Pad Wear

Honda cars, especially the Accord and the Civic, are known for this problem. You'll notice this problem when you put pressure on your brakes yet your car fails to stop. To solve this, the best way is to get a replacement brake pad and do the installation yourself. First, you'll need a new brake pad set, a brake anti-squeal paste, a C-clamp, and a 3/8-inch drive ratchet. You'll need to jack up and secure your vehicle. Then, remove the affected wheel/s. You should then remove the brake caliper, pads, bolts and pins (don't disconnect the brake line, though). Install the new pads and then reverse the process to complete the whole brake assembly. Afterwards, be sure to test your car's new brake pads.

Excessive Oil Consumption

This problem is generally caused by leaking valve seals, your oil pan, or your gasket. If you see blue smoke coming out of your tail pipe, or smell sharp exhaust coming from your tailpipe, then there's a huge chance that your engine is eating up too much oil. However, before checking your engine, be sure to check out those valve seals, your oil pan, as well as the gaskets sealing it. Also, check your engine oil levels by using your oil dipstick. If you've been re-applying oil to your engine every 1,000 miles or so, then your oil leak is probably caused by a busted valve cover gasket. This can easily be solved by replacing them with a new one.

To replace your valve cover gasket, you'll need a replacement, a screwdriver, and a scraper. First, you should locate your engine's valve cover. Once you've found the leaking gasket, you should then remove the valve cover bolts with by using a 3/8-inch ratchet and socket. Start by removing your engine's valve cover. Once done, you should also scrape off any gasket material stuck to your engine block. If there are any oil leaks, however, be sure to wipe them down with a rag. Once your engine block and valve cover are clean, install your new valve cover gasket by using an adhesive sealant. Afterwards, re-install the valve cover. Remember to torque the valve cover's mounting bolts according to your manufacturer's specifications. Once that's done, check your engine's oil level and add if necessary. Start the engine and verify if there is oil still leaking; if there is, check if the gasket is properly seated and that its mounting bolts are tight.

 

 
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