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Old 02 Mar 2008, 05:15 pm
ExtremeValue
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Default 1996 Civic Check Engine Light

The Check Engine light came on and it stays on while driving on a
highway two days ago. The car was running fine except in the past 2-3
months in which I had some repairs on it.

1996 Civic, 4DR LX, 239K km
The radiator, fuel line and brakes lines have been replaced 2 months
ago
Distributor and wires were changed less than a month ago.
Most recent oil change was done 2 weeks ago.

Reading from this forum I have got an idea that I should get the code
read and reset and wait if it comes again. Manual says its related to
emission control system.

The car is excellent on gas mileage but recently I have noticed a lack
of power (pressing gas more to get speed).

Any idea will be good. Thanks.
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Old 02 Mar 2008, 05:36 pm
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Default Re: 1996 Civic Check Engine Light

ExtremeValue wrote:
> The Check Engine light came on and it stays on while driving on a
> highway two days ago. The car was running fine except in the past 2-3
> months in which I had some repairs on it.
>
> 1996 Civic, 4DR LX, 239K km
> The radiator, fuel line and brakes lines have been replaced 2 months
> ago
> Distributor and wires were changed less than a month ago.
> Most recent oil change was done 2 weeks ago.
>
> Reading from this forum I have got an idea that I should get the code
> read and reset and wait if it comes again. Manual says its related to
> emission control system.
>
> The car is excellent on gas mileage but recently I have noticed a lack
> of power (pressing gas more to get speed).
>
> Any idea will be good. Thanks.


You need to take it so that the codes can be read. Autozone and other
stores do this for free.

Jeff
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Old 02 Mar 2008, 05:45 pm
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Default Re: 1996 Civic Check Engine Light

I forgot to mention that I am in Ontario, Canada. Is there any store
like Autozone who does it for free. Googling did not show much.

On Mar 2, 6:36 pm, Jeff <kidsdoc2...@hotmail.com> wrote:
> ExtremeValue wrote:
> > The Check Engine light came on and it stays on while driving on a
> > highway two days ago. The car was running fine except in the past 2-3
> > months in which I had some repairs on it.

>
> > 1996 Civic, 4DR LX, 239K km
> > The radiator, fuel line and brakes lines have been replaced 2 months
> > ago
> > Distributor and wires were changed less than a month ago.
> > Most recent oil change was done 2 weeks ago.

>
> > Reading from this forum I have got an idea that I should get the code
> > read and reset and wait if it comes again. Manual says its related to
> > emission control system.

>
> > The car is excellent on gas mileage but recently I have noticed a lack
> > of power (pressing gas more to get speed).

>
> > Any idea will be good. Thanks.

>
> You need to take it so that the codes can be read. Autozone and other
> stores do this for free.
>
> Jeff


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Old 02 Mar 2008, 06:41 pm
Woody
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Default Re: 1996 Civic Check Engine Light

Call some of your local auto parts stores and ask them if they can read
codes. Don't reset the code until you have diagnosed the problem since you
have drivability problems.
No parts stores check with local service shops on the cost to read it for
you.


"ExtremeValue" <raheem@gmail.com> wrote in message
news:9cf62ff8-c6ca-48cf-b2c6-9abe4a857a58@x41g2000hsb.googlegroups.com...
>I forgot to mention that I am in Ontario, Canada. Is there any store
> like Autozone who does it for free. Googling did not show much.
>
> On Mar 2, 6:36 pm, Jeff <kidsdoc2...@hotmail.com> wrote:
>> ExtremeValue wrote:
>> > The Check Engine light came on and it stays on while driving on a
>> > highway two days ago. The car was running fine except in the past 2-3
>> > months in which I had some repairs on it.

>>
>> > 1996 Civic, 4DR LX, 239K km
>> > The radiator, fuel line and brakes lines have been replaced 2 months
>> > ago
>> > Distributor and wires were changed less than a month ago.
>> > Most recent oil change was done 2 weeks ago.

>>
>> > Reading from this forum I have got an idea that I should get the code
>> > read and reset and wait if it comes again. Manual says its related to
>> > emission control system.

>>
>> > The car is excellent on gas mileage but recently I have noticed a lack
>> > of power (pressing gas more to get speed).

>>
>> > Any idea will be good. Thanks.

>>
>> You need to take it so that the codes can be read. Autozone and other
>> stores do this for free.
>>
>> Jeff

>



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Old 02 Mar 2008, 07:57 pm
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ExtremeValue <raheem@gmail.com> wrote in news:9cf62ff8-c6ca-48cf-b2c6-
9abe4a857a58@x41g2000hsb.googlegroups.com:

> I forgot to mention that I am in Ontario, Canada. Is there any store
> like Autozone who does it for free. Googling did not show much.
>



PartSource.


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Old 02 Mar 2008, 09:01 pm
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On Mar 2, 8:57 pm, Tegger <teg...@tegger.c0m> wrote:
> ExtremeValue <rah...@gmail.com> wrote in news:9cf62ff8-c6ca-48cf-b2c6-
> 9abe4a857...@x41g2000hsb.googlegroups.com:
>
> > I forgot to mention that I am in Ontario, Canada. Is there any store
> > like Autozone who does it for free. Googling did not show much.

>
> PartSource.
>
> --
> Tegger
>
> The Unofficial Honda/Acura FAQwww.tegger.com/hondafaq/



Thanks!!
I will talk to my nearest mechanic tomorrow (Monday) if he does it for
free (there is a possibility that he will do it). If not, I will call
PartSource. There seems to be two partsource in my city, nice!
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Old 03 Mar 2008, 09:09 am
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Default Re: 1996 Civic Check Engine Light

On newer models there are as many as 200
causes of check-engine on newer models.
Probably a couple dozen on 1990s models.
Could be anything from a new $15 gas cap
to a couple hndred dollar engine sensor
replacement.

In my state you cant pass the emission tests and get
your new license plate stickers with the yellow light on.

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Old 03 Mar 2008, 10:56 am
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Default Re: 1996 Civic Check Engine Light


Okay, so here is the code:

P0420: Catalytic converter efficiency low on Bank 1.

The mechanic then checked on some website he subscribes to and fond
that it could be anything from O2 sensor to catalytic converter
and ....few more.
I left the car with him to do some specific diagnostics, that he said,
needs to be done to narrow down the exact cause.

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Old 03 Mar 2008, 11:00 am
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Default Re: 1996 Civic Check Engine Light

Copying from Tegger's reply to another post :

*********************
Might not even be the cat, but instead poor connections inside the
igniter
in the distributor.

Believe it or not.

Visit your local Honda dealer and ask them to look up TSB 05-027.
*********************

Could this be applied to my 1996 civic, LX?
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Old 03 Mar 2008, 11:54 am
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Default Re: 1996 Civic Check Engine Light

On Mar 3, 12:00 pm, ExtremeValue <rah...@gmail.com> wrote:
> Copying from Tegger's reply to another post :
>
> *********************
> Might not even be the cat, but instead poor connections inside the
> igniter
> in the distributor.
>
> Believe it or not.
>
> Visit your local Honda dealer and ask them to look up TSB 05-027.
> *********************
>
> Could this be applied to my 1996 civic, LX?


Another update:

My mechanic says I need to replace the catalytic converter costing
around 300 dollars. The code as been reset and I have left with an
option to change the converter at a suitable time (money wise). And he
did all these for free!


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