Jun 242016

2002 Honda AccordOil light flashing but I see no leaks in driveway


If there are no other symptoms, the most likely reason would be an oil pressure sensor failing. Have it replaced and all should be well once more. However if the oil level is low, top it off and see if it stops. If there is a knocking noise, this would indicate a failed oil pump.


Jun 202016

2005 Honda AccordHi
Does Parking Reverse on a incline driveway affects your car Engine, compared to Parking regularly on a inclined driveway?


If you use Synthetic oil in the engine, then no. Synthetic engine oil leaves a coat of oil on everything so it has lubrication on initial start up. If you where to use regular oil and parked backward on the incline the oil in the oil pan would not be as accessible to the oil pick up tube. The oil would be more accessible if the car where parked forward on the incline.

Jun 082016

IMA Battery Honda Civic HybridThe IMA and 12v battery warning signals have been on for a week on my 2004 Honda Civic Hybrid. My mechanic says the IMA battery is failing or failed. What is the risk of driving the car in this condition? The 12 v battery seems fine.


It would seem this is a common issue with the Honda and the dealers are able to take care of the problem under warranty even if the car is out of warranty.Usually warrantied until 160,000 miles.  You risk poor acceleration or worse if you continue to drive it.

Apparently Honda has become much more lenient when it comes to the IMA battery replacements. My service advisor said that they are doing about 2-3 Civic Hybrid battery pack replacements per day. He told me that Honda has been approving almost all of the repair requests, even if the car is out of warranty, as long as the IMA light is on. But remember, the latest software update does a great job of keeping that light off well past the point where the battery should have been replaced. My service advisor said me only car that wasn’t approved for a warranty repair had 200,000 miles on it, was on its third owner, and had a salvage title. Sounds reasonable.

Jun 062016

2003 honda civicHi, my name is Vitaliy, and I own a Honda Civic 2003 EX. I have a problem with my reverse … well more like I don’t have reverse at all, no reverse for a about a year now due to the fact that I got a price quote on transmission replacement or fix and it was just little more the the price of the whole car.. but now that I have been driving for almost a year without reverse make me wonder if it could be something else other than transmission.
English is my 2nd language .. sorry for bad spellcheck…
more detail ..
when I drive car works perfectly without any weird sound or other problems.. but if i switch to reverse the cars make the grinding or just unpleasant noise and no reverse..
CODES that i got were P0420, P0131 .. i did order O2 sensor that I’m going to replace this weekends. other than that …. I DO NOT have an engine light on. and yes the light work when i start the car. cant really think of anything else useful to tell you. but i guess my question is .. could something else other then transmission cause my reverse problem and how likely>?


NO. Since there is a grinding noise when you place the transmission into reverse it would be safe to say the transmission is trying to go into reverse but there is internal damage that is why you get the noise instead of the transmission working as it should.

The engine codes have nothing to do with the transmission or its function.


May 092016

2000 Honda CR-VNeed an engine replacement in my 2000 Honda crv ex 4 wd. What engine do I look for? How much should a used engine cost?


I recommend having a re-manufactured engine installed. The Honda CR-V came with a 2.0L engine and should be replaced with a 2.0L engine. A used engine is what you had 2 days before you found out you needed a new one.

Engine Assembly (New or Rebuilt), Replace (complete) Labor Time:

Labor Times
Comments Factory Regular Severe
0.0 12.8 12.8
Comments Factory Regular Severe
w/AC add 0.0 0.3 0.3
Replace camshaft and rocker arms  add 0.0 0.5 0.5

Engine Replacement

May 042016

2003 Honda Odysseythe power button of the heat stop working there is no heat inside my 2003 Honda Odyssey


Check the fuses and relays first. If this is a manual heat control the next thing would be to check the blower motor resister and then the blower motor itself. If this is an automatic climate controlled system, the next thing to check would be the blower power transistor. The last thing would be the control head unit. Of course all testing should be done with a fully charged battery. Use the wiring diagram provided to gain a better understanding of how the circuit works.

2003 Honda Odyssey automatic climate control wiring diagram

Apr 262016

2004 Honda Accord

2004 Honda Accord noise from power steering pump


In most cases a noise from power steering pump is caused by low fluid level. If the fluid level is low, top it off  and test. Don’t forget it may be wise to check for leaks in the system. Repair any leaks found and top off the fluid level. If the level was completely empty, repair it and then bleed the system. Top off the fluid level and start the engine. Turn the steering wheel all the way one way, hold for a second or two and then turn the other way. This will bleed the system of any air bubbles. Let set for a minute and check the fluid level. Top off if needed.

Jan 062016

Honda CRV
Just put a new exhaust on my Honda CR-V and drove it around 5 miles and the pipes were very hot. Why ???


As it turns out when metal is heated it gets hot. When hot burnt gas fumes are shoved out the exhaust pipe, the pipe gets hot. This is normal for just about any car exhaust system including the Honda CR-V. In some cases, parts of the exhaust system may become so hot that it will glow red. This can be cause from long term heavy acceleration or a RICH fuel condition. After installing new exhaust you can expect an unusual smell as it burns off any oils and such that were present. The smell will go away after a while.

Honda CR-V Exhaust system

1997-Honda CR-V exhaust diagram

Dec 182015

When the car gets warmed up after 10 to 15 minutes of driving, when you push the gas, no gas is going through to accelerate. We have changed the fuel pump and fuel filter still happens. What could be the issue.