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Old 02 Jun 2006, 11:41 am
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Default Service Questions for 2001 EL

Hi,
I am looking at buying a 2001 1.7EL (Canadian) and I would like to know
what service I should check into on high mileage cars (160K km).

I have no experience owning either Hondas or Acuras.

Thanks in advance,

Bob

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Old 02 Jun 2006, 12:02 pm
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winsor.robert@gmail.com wrote in
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> Hi,
> I am looking at buying a 2001 1.7EL (Canadian) and I would like to know
> what service I should check into on high mileage cars (160K km).
>
> I have no experience owning either Hondas or Acuras.
>



Three biggies: Automatic transmission, the timing belt, and the outer CV
joint boots.

Get the dealer to do a complete tranny flush with genuine Honda fluid. Make
sure the transmission operates correctly and shifts smoothly. Honda has had
major trouble with their automatics in recent years due to a design flaw.
Yours may or may not be included in that bunch.

If there is no record of the timing belt having been done, do it. There is
a high risk of severe engine damage if it breaks or slips. The belt, water
pump and tensioner should be done all at the same time, every 170K km or
seven years, whichever comes first.

The outer CV joint boots last about six-seven years before they start
cracking. Catch it in time before they split, and a simple boot replacement
(with OEM boots) is all that's needed. If they split, the shafts will need
to be changed. That's not so expensive, but afterwards you will likely have
no end of problems with the aftermarket replacements. It's always best to
retain the original shafts as long as possible.

Secondarily, the brakes tend to require lots of attention to prevent
seizure and reduced pad life (especially rear discs). In Canada they ought
to be cleaned and lubricated every spring and fall.

Tertiarily, look out for rust. Prime problem areas are both ends of the
rear wheel well lips. Rust starts from the inside and bubbles out. Rust at
the upper corners of the wndshield is also common, and gets far worse if
the windshield has been changed.

Other than the above, anything else would be pretty much whatever any other
car would have.


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Old 02 Jun 2006, 04:35 pm
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On 2 Jun 2006 08:41:41 -0700, winsor.robert@gmail.com said:

>Hi,
>I am looking at buying a 2001 1.7EL (Canadian) and I would like to know
>what service I should check into on high mileage cars (160K km).
>
>I have no experience owning either Hondas or Acuras.
>
>Thanks in advance,
>
>Bob


Complete maintenance schedule for the 01 EL here:
http://tinyurl.com/m29xd
or
http://www.acura.ca/AcuraEng/Owners/...=0&odoDisplay=

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