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Old 13 Jul 2011, 02:09 pm
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OK, like a mensch I read *all* the posts my newsreader allowed.

As the owner (once removed) of a 1997 accord, I'd like to get my hands
on the 1400 page OEM service manual.

You know, just to borrow it occasionally.

But suppose that occasionally turns into "often"?

Anyone here recommend something for those economically challenged but
not afraid of getting down and dirty?

And again, I have limited intelligence and wherewithal.

-Mr Curious
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Old 17 Jul 2011, 08:58 am
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On Jul 13, 1:09*pm, ng_reader <wilgrow...@hotmail.com> wrote:
> As the owner (once removed) of a 1997 accord, I'd like to get my hands
> on the 1400 page OEM service manual.



www.autozone.com has what is a free Chilton's manual specific to your
your car that is pretty good. Some parts are identical to the service
manual. I use this resource often.

www.honda-tech.com has a forum specific to this Accord where you can
ask questions.

Try http://www.hondahookup.com/manuals/. Sometimes what is downloaded
is not the most user friendly.

You want a manual that covers the 94-97 generation of Accords.

Your library may have something called "AllData" on computer. This
reproduces factory service manual procedures.
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Old 25 Jul 2011, 08:00 pm
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On 7/17/2011 9:58 AM, Elle wrote:
> On Jul 13, 1:09 pm, ng_reader<wilgrow...@hotmail.com> wrote:
>> As the owner (once removed) of a 1997 accord, I'd like to get my hands
>> on the 1400 page OEM service manual.

>
>
> www.autozone.com has what is a free Chilton's manual specific to your
> your car that is pretty good. Some parts are identical to the service
> manual. I use this resource often.
>
> www.honda-tech.com has a forum specific to this Accord where you can
> ask questions.
>
> Try http://www.hondahookup.com/manuals/. Sometimes what is downloaded
> is not the most user friendly.
>
> You want a manual that covers the 94-97 generation of Accords.
>
> Your library may have something called "AllData" on computer. This
> reproduces factory service manual procedures.



Thank-you for the library reference. Hadn't thought of that. Alldata is
part of Autozone, I think. In any event I did get to one of those
forums, or similar, and found the PDF that I was looking for. Do you
think somone took the time to copy 1400 pages? I sure hope that had an
automatic document feeder, because that certainly not a *real* pdf.

I am looking to working on it. I've already done the plugs, and they
could not have been easier. I am thinking of the distributor cap. Not
really being a car guy, distributor caps have come and gone, haven't
they? Replaced by ... I dunno?
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Old 25 Jul 2011, 09:17 pm
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On Jul 25, 7:00*pm, ng_reader <wilgrow...@hotmail.com> wrote:
> distributor caps have come and gone, haven't
> they?


For Hondas and some other makes, yes, they have. The 2001 and later
Civic all have distributorless systems. Instead of a distributor, each
cylinder and its spark plug have a coil pack. Each coil pack sells for
about $47. Older Civics' OEM coil and ignitor go for around $200
total.

I use only OEM for ignition parts. Over a decade ago, I tried
aftermarket, and the aftermarket ignition parts did not last as long
as OEM.

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Old 27 Jul 2011, 09:59 am
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On 7/25/2011 10:17 PM, Elle wrote:
> On Jul 25, 7:00 pm, ng_reader<wilgrow...@hotmail.com> wrote:
>> distributor caps have come and gone, haven't
>> they?

>
> For Hondas and some other makes, yes, they have. The 2001 and later
> Civic all have distributorless systems. Instead of a distributor, each
> cylinder and its spark plug have a coil pack. Each coil pack sells for
> about $47. Older Civics' OEM coil and ignitor go for around $200
> total.
>
> I use only OEM for ignition parts. Over a decade ago, I tried
> aftermarket, and the aftermarket ignition parts did not last as long
> as OEM.
>



Thanks for the return information. Just trying to get some easy stuff
done, found local NJ company partsgeek.com which had the right price,
but they have a fairly average-to-bad website/order process.

Should have been the original plugs I pulled, 100k miles. We are talking
Accord, but, still the same 16 valve 4banger, isn't it? (1997)

Anyhow the plugs looked fine, but added new ones. Car seemed to idle better.

I am sure lots of parts out there and no shortage of ways to obtain them
either.

Do you have a site for Honda OEM parts, for cheep? Cheers again.
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Old 29 Jul 2011, 11:37 am
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On Jul 27, 8:59*am, ng_reader <wilgrow...@hotmail.com> wrote:
> Do you have a site for Honda OEM parts, for cheep? Cheers again.



Ebay's Honda OEM part dealers sometimes have some good package deals.
E.g. for timing belt part packages.

I purchased manufacturer specified spark plugs (NGKs, if memory
serves, for my 03 Civic) from Amazon recently and was happy with the
price. Ebay seems to have good prices for spark plugs, too.

Oxygen sensors are best purchased from Amazon, buying either Denso or
NTK. Honda uses only Denso or NTK for their OEM oxygen sensors.

I have found the online Honda OEM parts stores either charge very
close to the same price for each part, or else a discrepancy on one
part is made up for by a reverse discrepancy on another part. Shipping
and handling can sometimes vary a lot. Maybe go with the store with
the cheapest s/h. Here are two I have used:

http://www.bkhondaparts.com
http://www.hondaautomotiveparts.com/...artsSearch.jsp

Since about 2003, the number of online Honda OEM parts sites has
increased dramatically. In particular many dealerships now offer
online parts purchases with "discounted internet pricing." Shipping
and handling charges can vary a lot, so shop around. Google using
words like {online OEM honda parts [my state]}, and many hits may come
up. In December, 2007, my Honda Civic was due for some new ignition
wires. I googled using the above keywords and found a great price at a
local dealer only five miles away. So no waiting and no paying the
shipping cost. The dealer parts department did ask me to bring a
printout from its web site of the parts I desire at every visit.

At the bottom of http://www.tegger.com/hondafaq/online-parts.html,
tegger lists some other OEM online dealers.

Maybe consider posting or searching honda-tech.com, too. The "best
price" among OEM online dealers does change from year to year.

Enjoy :-)


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