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Old 27 Sep 2007, 03:03 pm
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Default What kind of parts do I need to repair on my 1996 Honda Civic?

I will be driving from Chicago to San Francisco in the summer. I have a 1996 Honda Civic with 100,000 miles; what do I need to repair? I think I need to repair some belts but which ones?Should I even drive my car; does it have too many miles?
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Old 27 Sep 2007, 03:24 pm
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100,000 miles is not that many for a Honda anymore. You can expect that car to last for 200,000.If you haven't already, think about replacing the timing belt now. For the trip, you might bring a spare water pump and fuel pump, if you wanna be extra cautious.
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Old 27 Sep 2007, 03:30 pm
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ya don't drive it
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Old 27 Sep 2007, 03:34 pm
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At 90,000 the car was due for the timing belt replacement; most dealers also replace the accessory drive belts (alternator belt, power steering belt and air conditioning drive belts) as well as the water pump. That usually runs about $400 at a Honda dealershipthe other items at that mileage are the major service items--spark plugs, valve adjustment and filters etc. The major service is typically about $300 at honda dealers.at 100,000 miles the car is just a baby in Honda terms. That car should last 300,000 miles provided it is maintained.
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Old 27 Sep 2007, 03:36 pm
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100,000 miles is definately not too many miles for a Honda (I've driven my 150,000+miles, 1996 del Sol from Maine to Colorado, back, and then out again).You'll need to make sure the timing belt has been changed recently, also the power steering and alternator belts. Change you tranny fluid and coolant before you go, and change you oil before you go and when you get there. Change the spark plugs (if they haven't been changed recently). Also make sure the power steering and brake fluid are topped off.Make sure your tires aren't worn or low, your headlights are working well, along with you signal lights. Be sure your exhaust is solid and double check you tie rod ends and axles to make sure they don't have leaks or torn boots.If you can borrow an OBDII scanner from someone or if you have one yourself, bring it with you, just incase that pesky engine light shows itself.Other than that there's only one other thing you MUST make sure is in good working order: Your radio!Have fun on your trip.
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