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  • Stranded
    Stranded - 2004 Honda Civic - Engine - 10/12/2010
    Key won't turn in the ignition
    Had new key made, worked a couple times, it quit being able to turn too. Key goes in and it, just cannot turn the ignition. Steering wheel locking not the prob.
    • Pave Low
      10/12/2010 Pave Low
      This "Key" where did you get it made? What type? Because right now im thinking since you said it used to work but now it doesnt that the teeth on the key has lost its shape.

      At first i thought your cylinder is busted. But i dont think thats the case now

    • Stranded
      10/12/2010 Stranded
      It was the tumblers inside the cylinder worn out. A locksmith opened it up and rebuilt the tumbler inside. Now ALL the keys work. He said to not hang anything off the keys because the added weight makes the key not rest straight inside and screws up the little parts in there. Also to not be rough with the key and don't shove it around. It was a couple hundred bucks. To replace the ignition switch is hundreds more. Thanks
  • Stoyan
    Stoyan - 2009 Honda Accord - Engine - 10/12/2010
    Hi there, I have just purchased an Accord '09 and the dealer advised me to consider a cold air intake or the ram intake
    Could you please advise about the pro and con's of the modification for the purpose of fuel economy and power gain. Pls recommend a manufacturer. Thx and regards
    • Pave Low
      10/12/2010 Pave Low
      I love these types of questions!!!

      Fuel Economy...its more of fuel efficiency, because you are maximizing the burning of a/f. Power gain is decent but not amazing. If you partner it with headers and full exhaust then it will be quite significant.

      Cold Air Intake

      Pros: It draws colder air since it is away from the engine, more power.

      Cons: If it floods, you are doomed (the location of the filter is on your front bumper
      Mucvh more expensive since the piping is longer

      Ram Air

      Pros: If it floods, you are safe since tyhe filter is situated high above the engine. (When i say flood not the flood the washes houses away, a 2 feet flood is what im talking about)

      Cons: Not as good as the CAI, why? Because its on the engine bay so its drawing in hot air.


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    • Stoyan
      10/12/2010 Stoyan
      Thanks Pave Low, Now that you brought it in pls explain with more details the full exhaust and the header.
      Thx again
  • carol
    carol - 1992 Honda Civic - Engine - 10/12/2010
    Won't start everytime.
    sometimes it won't start. how can I tell if it's the votage
    • HouseCallAuto
      8/2/2010 HouseCallAuto
      Explain your meaning of "won't start". Does it mean that the engine starter does not operate? Or, the engine turns (starter functions) but the engine does not fire?
    • carol
      8/3/2010 carol
      the battery makes a noise to try to start but it won't go any further than that THANKS
    • HouseCallAuto
      8/3/2010 HouseCallAuto
      I don't understand
    • vince^_^
      8/3/2010 vince^_^
      The battery makes a noise? I think it is not the battery; it is possible that it’s your starter that makes the noise.

      8/3/2010 carol
      i MEAN IT cranks like it is going to start but it doesn't start
    • HouseCallAuto
      8/4/2010 HouseCallAuto
      And you couldn't say this in the beginning why? The distributor has a very high failure rate on this car for this exact problem that you finally were able to explain.
    • vince^_^
      10/12/2010 vince^_^
      OIC Carol. You should check what HouseCallAuto suggested he’s a great mechanic.
  • sinan
    • CVO
      10/12/2010 CVO
      A check engine light is ON means a diagnostic trouble codes ( DTC ) is stored in the engine control computer ( ECC ). A scanner will help to read those codes. Local Autoparts stores like Autozone will help to retrieve those codes for free. hope this help and be safe.
  • deejay
    deejay - 2001 Honda Odyssey - Engine - 10/12/2010
    • Pave Low
      10/12/2010 Pave Low
      Your technician just tightened your bolts to 29 foot pounds. Each part of your vehicle have torque settings.
  • scott
    scott - 2003 Honda Pilot - Engine - 10/12/2010
    When I turn my ac on there is a clicking noise coming from the compressor......
    I tried to charge the system but guage said that it was full.....
    • Pave Low
      10/12/2010 Pave Low
      Ummmm....isin't that normal? Its supposed to click? If it doesnt then that should make me worry.
  • michael
    michael - 2000 Honda Accord - Engine - 10/12/2010
    Why does this car seam to want to stall or stumble when coming to a stop,intermitently.
    cel is on and throwing a PO132 code.high voltage at bank1 sensor1 O2 sensor.there is two sensors on this car.
    • Pave Low
      10/12/2010 Pave Low
      Bank one sensor 1 so that is the one connected to the Exhaust manifold.
  • steven
    steven - 2002 Honda Civic - Engine - 10/12/2010
    How to put on a serpentine belt for a honda civic lx 2002
    • Pave Low
      10/12/2010 Pave Low
      You have to loosen the bolts on the lower left side of the alternator and Power steering so you can move them then you can remove the belt. It took me 30 minutes to do mine. We have the same awesome/reliable/beautiful/stunning car by the way :) I hope you have small hands though hehehehe
  • strutter
    strutter - 1998 Honda Accord - Engine - 10/12/2010
    Replacing the fuel pump....can i c a diagram?
    • Pave Low
      10/12/2010 Pave Low
      Post your email, i can send you an instruction manual, but unfortunately no diagram
  • kevin
    kevin - 1986 Honda Civic - Engine - 10/11/2010
    Oil in intake honda crx 1986 engine oil in intake
    i have oil in the intake and and is a lot car runs poor and after the first time i start it it will not start again
    • Pave Low
      10/11/2010 Pave Low
      Its also very possible that the PCV orifice in the cylinder head is clogged. Also check for Compression (trust me this is one issue you dont want to get)
  • towdog10
    towdog10 - 2003 Honda Accord - Engine - 10/10/2010
    Idle fluctuates from 1000 rpm to 2000 rpm only while in park
    I just replaced the starter in my 2003 honda accord 4 cyl and now the car idels fine for about 30 seconds when first started then starts to bounce from 1000 rpm to 2000 rpm and it only does it when its in park. I have no check engine light on.
    • TechSam
      10/10/2010 TechSam
      Air filter could be choked, fuel filter can be clogged, IAC idler control valve could be dead. Good luck.
  • keely
    keely - 2002 Honda Accord - Engine - 10/10/2010
    What is the code po131 for a honda accord with the 3.0 engine my check engine light is on this is a 2002 accord
    my check engine light has just come on and we read the code it is po131 I believe this is an o-2 sencor but which one the front or rear of the converter
    • TechSam
      10/10/2010 TechSam
      Primary o2 sensor which is bank 1 sensor 1 = before cat, check for voltage at 3000rpm and must be .05V or less. Good luck.
  • Ottelia
    Ottelia - 2000 Honda Prelude - Engine - 10/10/2010
    My car overheats when I turn on the Air Conditioner, what could be the cause?
    when I turn off the AC, it returns back to normal
    • Bill
      10/10/2010 Bill
      Check electric radiator cooling fans operation. With hood up and car running fans should normally go on when A/C turned on. Also radiator outside core could be dirty not allowing airflow. Just a few tips
  • honda civic
    • Bill
      10/9/2010 Bill
      Change distributor cap and rotor to see if this corrects problem. If it does, change spark plugs because misfiring will mess up the plugs. It would be unusual for 2 plug wires to go bad at once so look at these wires and make sure they are not physically touching another or each other, or a ground wire, as they come off distributor.
  • richard goza
    richard goza - 1993 Honda Accord - Engine - 10/8/2010
    My car wont start sometimes acts the same as if car was in gear
    • HouseCallAuto
      10/8/2010 HouseCallAuto
      Probably has a faulty starter motor. They can do exactly that when they fail.
      10/9/2010 richard goza
      thank you ill take starter and have tested