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Old 01 Oct 2007, 03:00 pm
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Default Is there a problem with my daughter's 1995 Honda Accord?

I recently bought a '95 Honda Accord for my daughter. It looks and runs great, but at low RPM's it seems to have a bit of a vibration. Is this normal? If not, can it be cured by adjusting idle speed a bit higher, or is there another solution?Many years ago we had a '92 Accord, that behaved the same way, but I would have thought that they would have cured it before 1995. What is the opinion of those of you who are knowledgable about these cars?By the way, it's a California car with 166 K miles, and has an automatic transmission.+
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Old 01 Oct 2007, 03:04 pm
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not really sure but the timing belt will fail on hondas have that checked out.
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Old 01 Oct 2007, 03:08 pm
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The solution is to get her a NEW CAR DUDE!
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Old 01 Oct 2007, 03:10 pm
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When was the last time it had a tune up? The spark plugs could be worn which can cause it to misfire at low rpms. Give it a tune up (plugs and wires).If a tune up doesn't fix the problem then the O2 sensor might be starting to fail.
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Old 01 Oct 2007, 03:13 pm
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Another thing that you might want to check is the engine mounts. They are what holds the engine to the body. They have a rubber material in the center of them to cut down vibrations. Over time this rubber gets old and breaks down. Usually there are 3 or 4 engine mounts. You can just pop on a flash light and look at them. If it looks old and crusty try to replace them. Don't adjust the RPM's because it will cut down your gas mileage. Not good in the world today. Good luck!!
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Old 01 Oct 2007, 03:17 pm
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166 K I would do plugs wires and all ignition parts. Sounds like it is lugging at an idle and doesn't have enough energy to maintain the RPM. All 4 bangers do this when they get older and looser and need a good ol' tune up. go all the way all filters, plugs wires fluids, fuel filter, then it's done. Hey I have to pry the keys from my daughters hands to do maintenance on the car. She refuses to bring it to the shop.....Kids...
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Old 01 Oct 2007, 03:18 pm
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166 K I would do plugs wires and all ignition parts. Sounds like it is lugging at an idle and doesn't have enough energy to maintain the RPM. All 4 bangers do this when they get older and looser and need a good ol' tune up. go all the way all filters, plugs wires fluids, fuel filter, then it's done. Hey I have to pry the keys from my daughters hands to do maintenance on the car. She refuses to bring it to the shop.....Kids...
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Old 01 Oct 2007, 03:26 pm
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It is probably something with the ignition system (wires, plugs, etc). This is very common on Hondas. Take it to a good shop and they will have it idling smooth for not to much cash.
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Old 01 Oct 2007, 03:28 pm
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the most critical adjustment on that vehicle is the valve adjustment. It was required every 30k along with the spark plugs. The valve adjustment controls the engine vacuum and can cause a lack of power or vibration at low rpm. That's where I recommend you start.the engine mounts are probably worn but you will only noitice that vibration at idle, not on acceleration. Similarly, the idle air control valve that regulates the idle could be restricted with carbon build up in the air passages. The idle on that car is computer controlled and is not adjustable. The throttle plates could be binding on carbon deposits but both the idle air control valve and throttle plate conditions are usually noted at idle only. If it is an off idle vibration, look to the valve adjustment first, then the regular plugs/rotor/cap and filters that go along with the 30k service.there is a general loss of compression on higher mileage vehicles that could cause a vibration when sitting at idle that cannot be corrected. That would be the 'normal' condition that you ask about as uneven compression across cylinders will induce a vibration. It would be recommended that you have the compression checked when you get around to replacing the spark plugs as the plugs have to be removed to do the compression test.hope that answers your questions
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Old 01 Oct 2007, 03:30 pm
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try ajusting the rpm's and if not check the head becaust i recently had a problum like that and my head was worpt doce the car heat up and if so go to a shopand have it checked out
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