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Old 22 Jan 2008, 07:39 pm
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Default Emission/ECU problem - '97 Civic EX

Hi everyone,

I just joined this forum; judging by the name of the website that there might be some interesting information on here.

I have a handed down '97 Civic EX. I live in Canada (harsh winters, dry summers).

About a month ago I took it into service because the emissions control light had come on for a second time and I was understandably worried and confused. Afterwards the technicians informed me that the ECU was at fault and that it was putting that light on because it was buggy. They suggested that I replace it for $1600 but that is quite a bit for an old car. Most of the car works fine so I didn't think that would be a wise idea.

They said the emissions light might come on again and indeed it has. Very recently, I filled up the tank. Normally on a full tank I can get 300km, but prior to this refill i had only gotten 260 km. Additionally, right now I am sitting at 78 km and the tank is almost half empty. I am almost convinced that the emissions control is at fault here.

So what should I do? Will a new ECU fix the problem? Is it simply the freakin' Canadian weather (though I hardly doubt that is the problem)? If I don't change the ECU, what could happen?

Thanks for your time!
A concerned Civic driver.
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