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Old 15 Aug 2008, 09:27 pm
Pete from Boston
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Default Help me diagnose: 2000 Accord with idle jump, check engine on

The following symptoms, which may or may not all be related, are all
happening with my 2000 Accord EX Coupe:

* Check Engine light is on, code P1486 (Thermostat Range/Performance
Problem)
* AC stopped getting cold
* Idle periodically fluctuates back and forth from just under 1000 RPM
to about 2000. Doesn't do this for very long usually, and happens
most often at startup.

The temp gauge reads normal -- right in the middle at the hottest.
The RPMs do drop when A/C button is turned on.

Anyone look at this and say, "I know! I've seen this!" or at least
have any ideas what's going on? I'd love to not spend lots of
unnecessary money replacing one thing after another if there's a
likely culprit (if these are even all related).

Thanks!
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Old 16 Aug 2008, 02:31 am
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Default Re: Help me diagnose: 2000 Accord with idle jump, check engine on

On Aug 15, 9:27*pm, Pete from Boston <massp...@my-deja.com> wrote:
> The following symptoms, which may or may not all be related, are all
> happening with my 2000 Accord EX Coupe:
>
> * Check Engine light is on, code P1486 (Thermostat Range/Performance
> Problem)
> * AC stopped getting cold
> * Idle periodically fluctuates back and forth from just under 1000 RPM
> to about 2000. *Doesn't do this for very long usually, and happens
> most often at startup.
>
> The temp gauge reads normal -- right in the middle at the hottest.
> The RPMs do drop when A/C button is turned on.
>
> Anyone look at this and say, "I know! I've seen this!" or at least
> have any ideas what's going on? *I'd love to not spend lots of
> unnecessary money replacing one thing after another if there's a
> likely culprit (if these are even all related).
>
> Thanks!


------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
I'm having a similar issue with my 96 Accord, not sure about the code
though. I'm suspecting it to be something with the fuel filter or
fuel pump, would that be a good assumption?
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Old 16 Aug 2008, 11:03 am
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Default Re: Help me diagnose: 2000 Accord with idle jump, check engine on

celliot75 wrote:
> On Aug 15, 9:27�pm, Pete from Boston <massp...@my-deja.com> wrote:
>> The following symptoms, which may or may not all be related, are all
>> happening with my 2000 Accord EX Coupe:
>>
>> * Check Engine light is on, code P1486 (Thermostat Range/Performance
>> Problem)
>> * AC stopped getting cold
>> * Idle periodically fluctuates back and forth from just under 1000 RPM
>> to about 2000. �Doesn't do this for very long usually, and happens
>> most often at startup.
>>
>> The temp gauge reads normal -- right in the middle at the hottest.
>> The RPMs do drop when A/C button is turned on.
>>
>> Anyone look at this and say, "I know! I've seen this!" or at least
>> have any ideas what's going on? �I'd love to not spend lots of
>> unnecessary money replacing one thing after another if there's a
>> likely culprit (if these are even all related).
>>
>> Thanks!

>
> ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
> I'm having a similar issue with my 96 Accord, not sure about the code
> though. I'm suspecting it to be something with the fuel filter or
> fuel pump, would that be a good assumption?



absolutely not. no. d.a.g.s of this group. coolant level.

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Old 29 Sep 2008, 10:14 am
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"Pete from Boston" <masspete@my-deja.com> wrote in message
news:645458d1-1e0e-4d89-9e3c-ea82b952a05c@x35g2000hsb.googlegroups.com...
> The following symptoms, which may or may not all be related, are all
> happening with my 2000 Accord EX Coupe:
>
> * Check Engine light is on, code P1486 (Thermostat Range/Performance
> Problem)
> * AC stopped getting cold
> * Idle periodically fluctuates back and forth from just under 1000 RPM
> to about 2000. Doesn't do this for very long usually, and happens
> most often at startup.
>
> The temp gauge reads normal -- right in the middle at the hottest.
> The RPMs do drop when A/C button is turned on.
>
> Anyone look at this and say, "I know! I've seen this!" or at least
> have any ideas what's going on? I'd love to not spend lots of
> unnecessary money replacing one thing after another if there's a
> likely culprit (if these are even all related).
>
> Thanks!


Coolant sensor?


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Old 29 Sep 2008, 11:23 am
Jim Yanik
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Default Re: Help me diagnose: 2000 Accord with idle jump, check engine on

"W????n S." <BIGBROTHER@CIA.GOV> wrote in
news:gbqrcd$lit$1@registered.motzarella.org:

>
> "Pete from Boston" <masspete@my-deja.com> wrote in message
> news:645458d1-1e0e-4d89-9e3c-ea82b952a05c@x35g2000hsb.googlegroups.com...
>> The following symptoms, which may or may not all be related, are all
>> happening with my 2000 Accord EX Coupe:
>>
>> * Check Engine light is on, code P1486 (Thermostat Range/Performance
>> Problem)
>> * AC stopped getting cold
>> * Idle periodically fluctuates back and forth from just under 1000 RPM
>> to about 2000. Doesn't do this for very long usually, and happens
>> most often at startup.
>>
>> The temp gauge reads normal -- right in the middle at the hottest.
>> The RPMs do drop when A/C button is turned on.
>>
>> Anyone look at this and say, "I know! I've seen this!" or at least
>> have any ideas what's going on? I'd love to not spend lots of
>> unnecessary money replacing one thing after another if there's a
>> likely culprit (if these are even all related).
>>
>> Thanks!

>
> Coolant sensor?
>
>
>


you can measure resistance of a coolant temp sensor(CTS) to see if it's OK.
it's just a thermistor. I had one that was open.
(there's a separate sender for the dash temp gauge.)

Also,coolant level is important.(not what's in the expansion tank,but in
the engine itself;some Hondas have a air-bleed port to get rid of excess
air in the block.

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Old 29 Sep 2008, 03:26 pm
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Default Re: Help me diagnose: 2000 Accord with idle jump, check engine on


> "Pete from Boston" <masspete@my-deja.com> wrote in message
> news:645458d1-1e0e-4d89-9e3c-ea82b952a05c@x35g2000hsb.googlegroups.com...
>> The following symptoms, which may or may not all be related, are all
>> happening with my 2000 Accord EX Coupe:
>>
>> * Check Engine light is on, code P1486 (Thermostat Range/Performance
>> Problem)
>> * AC stopped getting cold
>> * Idle periodically fluctuates back and forth from just under 1000 RPM
>> to about 2000. Doesn't do this for very long usually, and happens
>> most often at startup.
>>
>> The temp gauge reads normal -- right in the middle at the hottest.
>> The RPMs do drop when A/C button is turned on.
>>
>> Anyone look at this and say, "I know! I've seen this!" or at least
>> have any ideas what's going on? I'd love to not spend lots of
>> unnecessary money replacing one thing after another if there's a
>> likely culprit (if these are even all related).
>>




See your local Honda dealer regarding TSB 01-022. You may need a new PCM.

Also, how old is the thermostat?


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Old 29 Sep 2008, 10:27 pm
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Jim Yanik wrote:
> "W????n S." <BIGBROTHER@CIA.GOV> wrote in
> news:gbqrcd$lit$1@registered.motzarella.org:
>
>> "Pete from Boston" <masspete@my-deja.com> wrote in message
>> news:645458d1-1e0e-4d89-9e3c-ea82b952a05c@x35g2000hsb.googlegroups.com...
>>> The following symptoms, which may or may not all be related, are all
>>> happening with my 2000 Accord EX Coupe:
>>>
>>> * Check Engine light is on, code P1486 (Thermostat Range/Performance
>>> Problem)
>>> * AC stopped getting cold
>>> * Idle periodically fluctuates back and forth from just under 1000 RPM
>>> to about 2000. Doesn't do this for very long usually, and happens
>>> most often at startup.
>>>
>>> The temp gauge reads normal -- right in the middle at the hottest.
>>> The RPMs do drop when A/C button is turned on.
>>>
>>> Anyone look at this and say, "I know! I've seen this!" or at least
>>> have any ideas what's going on? I'd love to not spend lots of
>>> unnecessary money replacing one thing after another if there's a
>>> likely culprit (if these are even all related).
>>>
>>> Thanks!

>> Coolant sensor?
>>
>>
>>

>
> you can measure resistance of a coolant temp sensor(CTS) to see if it's OK.
> it's just a thermistor.


not quite that simple though apparently. i've messed about with a few
recently, and while they may test ok with the resistance function of a
multimeter, they're still sending the wrong [too cold] signal to the
ecu. replacing with a new one shows the difference in performance -
10-15% better gas consumption.

with the 2000 accord, diagnostics are easier - you can plug in an obd
reader and see what temperature it thinks it's seeing.


> I had one that was open.
> (there's a separate sender for the dash temp gauge.)
>
> Also,coolant level is important.(not what's in the expansion tank,but in
> the engine itself;some Hondas have a air-bleed port to get rid of excess
> air in the block.
>


indeed.
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Old 30 Sep 2008, 08:31 am
Jim Yanik
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Default Re: Help me diagnose: 2000 Accord with idle jump, check engine on

jim beam <spamvortex@bad.example.net> wrote in
news:Q7-dnbIRnaZ-AXzVnZ2dnUVZ_jqdnZ2d@speakeasy.net:

> Jim Yanik wrote:
>> "W????n S." <BIGBROTHER@CIA.GOV> wrote in
>> news:gbqrcd$lit$1@registered.motzarella.org:
>>
>>> "Pete from Boston" <masspete@my-deja.com> wrote in message
>>> news:645458d1-1e0e-4d89-9e3c-ea82b952a05c@x35g2000hsb.googlegroups.co
>>> m...
>>>> The following symptoms, which may or may not all be related, are
>>>> all happening with my 2000 Accord EX Coupe:
>>>>
>>>> * Check Engine light is on, code P1486 (Thermostat
>>>> Range/Performance Problem)
>>>> * AC stopped getting cold
>>>> * Idle periodically fluctuates back and forth from just under 1000
>>>> RPM to about 2000. Doesn't do this for very long usually, and
>>>> happens most often at startup.
>>>>
>>>> The temp gauge reads normal -- right in the middle at the hottest.
>>>> The RPMs do drop when A/C button is turned on.
>>>>
>>>> Anyone look at this and say, "I know! I've seen this!" or at least
>>>> have any ideas what's going on? I'd love to not spend lots of
>>>> unnecessary money replacing one thing after another if there's a
>>>> likely culprit (if these are even all related).
>>>>
>>>> Thanks!
>>> Coolant sensor?
>>>
>>>
>>>

>>
>> you can measure resistance of a coolant temp sensor(CTS) to see if
>> it's OK. it's just a thermistor.

>
> not quite that simple though apparently. i've messed about with a few
> recently, and while they may test ok with the resistance function of a
> multimeter, they're still sending the wrong [too cold] signal to the
> ecu.


Then they would NOT be "testing OK" ...to specs.(properly tested)
A thermistor has to read a specific resistance at a specific temp.(within
tolerances)
Or else your ohmmeter is inaccurate.

> replacing with a new one shows the difference in performance -
> 10-15% better gas consumption.
>
> with the 2000 accord, diagnostics are easier - you can plug in an obd
> reader and see what temperature it thinks it's seeing.
>
>
>> I had one that was open.
>> (there's a separate sender for the dash temp gauge.)
>>
>> Also,coolant level is important.(not what's in the expansion tank,but
>> in the engine itself;some Hondas have a air-bleed port to get rid of
>> excess air in the block.
>>

>
> indeed.
>




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Old 30 Sep 2008, 10:20 pm
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Jim Yanik wrote:
> jim beam <spamvortex@bad.example.net> wrote in
> news:Q7-dnbIRnaZ-AXzVnZ2dnUVZ_jqdnZ2d@speakeasy.net:
>
>> Jim Yanik wrote:
>>> "W????n S." <BIGBROTHER@CIA.GOV> wrote in
>>> news:gbqrcd$lit$1@registered.motzarella.org:
>>>
>>>> "Pete from Boston" <masspete@my-deja.com> wrote in message
>>>> news:645458d1-1e0e-4d89-9e3c-ea82b952a05c@x35g2000hsb.googlegroups.co
>>>> m...
>>>>> The following symptoms, which may or may not all be related, are
>>>>> all happening with my 2000 Accord EX Coupe:
>>>>>
>>>>> * Check Engine light is on, code P1486 (Thermostat
>>>>> Range/Performance Problem)
>>>>> * AC stopped getting cold
>>>>> * Idle periodically fluctuates back and forth from just under 1000
>>>>> RPM to about 2000. Doesn't do this for very long usually, and
>>>>> happens most often at startup.
>>>>>
>>>>> The temp gauge reads normal -- right in the middle at the hottest.
>>>>> The RPMs do drop when A/C button is turned on.
>>>>>
>>>>> Anyone look at this and say, "I know! I've seen this!" or at least
>>>>> have any ideas what's going on? I'd love to not spend lots of
>>>>> unnecessary money replacing one thing after another if there's a
>>>>> likely culprit (if these are even all related).
>>>>>
>>>>> Thanks!
>>>> Coolant sensor?
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>> you can measure resistance of a coolant temp sensor(CTS) to see if
>>> it's OK. it's just a thermistor.

>> not quite that simple though apparently. i've messed about with a few
>> recently, and while they may test ok with the resistance function of a
>> multimeter, they're still sending the wrong [too cold] signal to the
>> ecu.

>
> Then they would NOT be "testing OK" ...to specs.(properly tested)
> A thermistor has to read a specific resistance at a specific temp.(within
> tolerances)
> Or else your ohmmeter is inaccurate.


well, i'm reporting my test results. and they are consistent across a
number of sensors and two same-type cars.

what ohm meters /don't/ do is test at higher currents like those in
service. since the thermistor is a [non-ohmic] semiconductor [negative
temperature coefficient], i don't see a reason why it can't degrade
after thousands of hours at higher temperatures, lose carriers, and thus
sustain a lower current density than that needed to give an accurate
result to the ecu, but still maintain the minimal current when connected
an ohm meter.

what i should do next is put the thermistor in a wheatstone bridge to
test at higher currents and see if that shows what is observed when the
sensor is in the car.



>
>> replacing with a new one shows the difference in performance -
>> 10-15% better gas consumption.
>>
>> with the 2000 accord, diagnostics are easier - you can plug in an obd
>> reader and see what temperature it thinks it's seeing.
>>
>>
>>> I had one that was open.
>>> (there's a separate sender for the dash temp gauge.)
>>>
>>> Also,coolant level is important.(not what's in the expansion tank,but
>>> in the engine itself;some Hondas have a air-bleed port to get rid of
>>> excess air in the block.
>>>

>> indeed.
>>

>
>
>

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Old 01 Oct 2008, 07:33 am
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jim beam <spamvortex@bad.example.net> wrote in
news:WeSdnVdsCpEwcX_VnZ2dnUVZ_r_inZ2d@speakeasy.ne t:

> Jim Yanik wrote:
>> jim beam <spamvortex@bad.example.net> wrote in
>> news:Q7-dnbIRnaZ-AXzVnZ2dnUVZ_jqdnZ2d@speakeasy.net:
>>
>>> Jim Yanik wrote:
>>>> "W????n S." <BIGBROTHER@CIA.GOV> wrote in
>>>> news:gbqrcd$lit$1@registered.motzarella.org:
>>>>
>>>>> "Pete from Boston" <masspete@my-deja.com> wrote in message
>>>>> news:645458d1-1e0e-4d89-9e3c-ea82b952a05c@x35g2000hsb.googlegroups.
>>>>> co m...
>>>>>> The following symptoms, which may or may not all be related, are
>>>>>> all happening with my 2000 Accord EX Coupe:
>>>>>>
>>>>>> * Check Engine light is on, code P1486 (Thermostat
>>>>>> Range/Performance Problem)
>>>>>> * AC stopped getting cold
>>>>>> * Idle periodically fluctuates back and forth from just under
>>>>>> 1000 RPM to about 2000. Doesn't do this for very long usually,
>>>>>> and happens most often at startup.
>>>>>>
>>>>>> The temp gauge reads normal -- right in the middle at the
>>>>>> hottest. The RPMs do drop when A/C button is turned on.
>>>>>>
>>>>>> Anyone look at this and say, "I know! I've seen this!" or at
>>>>>> least have any ideas what's going on? I'd love to not spend lots
>>>>>> of unnecessary money replacing one thing after another if there's
>>>>>> a likely culprit (if these are even all related).
>>>>>>
>>>>>> Thanks!
>>>>> Coolant sensor?
>>>>>
>>>>>
>>>>>
>>>> you can measure resistance of a coolant temp sensor(CTS) to see if
>>>> it's OK. it's just a thermistor.
>>> not quite that simple though apparently. i've messed about with a
>>> few recently, and while they may test ok with the resistance
>>> function of a multimeter, they're still sending the wrong [too cold]
>>> signal to the ecu.

>>
>> Then they would NOT be "testing OK" ...to specs.(properly tested)
>> A thermistor has to read a specific resistance at a specific
>> temp.(within tolerances)
>> Or else your ohmmeter is inaccurate.

>
> well, i'm reporting my test results. and they are consistent across a
> number of sensors and two same-type cars.
>
> what ohm meters /don't/ do is test at higher currents like those in
> service. since the thermistor is a [non-ohmic] semiconductor
> [negative temperature coefficient], i don't see a reason why it can't
> degrade after thousands of hours at higher temperatures, lose
> carriers, and thus sustain a lower current density than that needed to
> give an accurate result to the ecu, but still maintain the minimal
> current when connected an ohm meter.


they don't run a "high current" thru a thermistor to measure temp.
it need only be a few milliamps.it's part of a voltage divider.
>
> what i should do next is put the thermistor in a wheatstone bridge to
> test at higher currents and see if that shows what is observed when
> the sensor is in the car.


what sort of currents do you believe are used for thermistors in an auto?
>
>
>
>>
>>> replacing with a new one shows the difference in performance -
>>> 10-15% better gas consumption.
>>>
>>> with the 2000 accord, diagnostics are easier - you can plug in an
>>> obd reader and see what temperature it thinks it's seeing.
>>>
>>>
>>>> I had one that was open.
>>>> (there's a separate sender for the dash temp gauge.)
>>>>
>>>> Also,coolant level is important.(not what's in the expansion
>>>> tank,but in the engine itself;some Hondas have a air-bleed port to
>>>> get rid of excess air in the block.
>>>>
>>> indeed.
>>>

>>
>>
>>

>




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