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Old 19 Mar 2013, 07:16 pm
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Default 1998 Honda Accord EX V6 3.0L Vtec automatic sedan 220K Miles: Transmission or Alternator or

Battery PROBLEMS? As stated above, that's the car I have. So, I had the "check engine" and "maintenance required" light on for a few weeks. I took it to the shop and they're charging about $3,000 to replace the engine mounts, all brakes, and catalytic converter. I was told that the 'Check Engine' light is due to the Cat Converter and that the "Maintenance Required" light is due to the brakes. So, I changed the brakes myself (I know how to do it) and was thinking of ordering the Cat Converter this week. I still had the "Maintenance Required" light on... I believe it needs to be reset manually. Anyway, on a local trip I took, SUDDENLY, I noticed that the car was jerking just a bit at one point in time... it didn't happen again. Then, while at a light, I noticed suddenly, all lights on my dashboard lighting up... flickering, but they mostly appeared for about 1/10 of a second and then went away... and every time I stopped at a light, the same thing occurred. Then, at one point, the car jerked a lot... I was worried! Then I mostly noticed that the transmission seemed to be 'slipping' going from 1st to 2nd or so. Then, while running, I noticed the card died and all electricity (from dashboard, clock, radio, etc.) went off... and then it slightly disappeared and reappeared. I noticed the transmission seemed to slip when going from a low speed (mostly 1st or 2nd gear) or full stop, to a higher My concern was just getting home as I had my mom with me. I went by a gas station to add gas, and the car died. Someone jump started me and I was good to go. I had no idea what was going on!Then, one block away from home, just one darn block, the car died at a stop light. It just went off while I was driving. I tried to jump start it and it went on, but as soon as the jump starter cables were removed from the battery, 20 seconds later, the car died again. I left the jump starter on for a bit, and the same thing occurred! I had to call AAA. Grrr

My question is:

1) Could the battery be dead or could it be the problem?

2) Could it be the alternator (this is what I'm believing based on what I've read and my car symptoms)?

3) Is the transmission bad (it had never slipped before) or was the slipping due to the possible bad alternator/power/battery issues being experienced?

Prior to this, the car ran smoothly with no problems!

Any information will be highly appreciated!


Ok! So I got a new battery and all works well. I measured the voltage while the car is running and it seems to stay at a steady 11.5-12 volts. Is that correct? In any case, I left my car idling for a long time. I turned on everyhting, the high beam lights, the interior lights, heating/AC, radio, doors open (for light doors, etc. and the voltage didn't change. Then, I drove for about 1-2 miles AND while driving and while stopping, the battery light, the brake light, the 'open door' lights in the dashboard all started to slightly flicker (they barely appeared and the flickering was not contstant) and the engine started to tremble more and more... as if it was about to give up/turn off... I immediately went back home! i kept troubleshooting and it just seems as if the flickering occurs HOWEVER, it seems as if the battery may not be the probblem. The car runs well and there appears to be no slipping form the transmission (so, an electrical problem/voltage variation may hav
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Old 19 Mar 2013, 07:31 pm
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charging system will have to be gone through to find out if battery or alternator is the problem. then after that is done try transmission to see if its alright. might indeed have transmission problem you have the first of several years of bad transmissions that honda made started in 98 and ran through around 2007. not bad to go over 220k they usually start going in the early 100k
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