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Old 29 Mar 2008, 11:16 pm
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We have a 1998 Honda Civic LX that was just in a minor collision. Hit the back of a SUV. Hood damage to Civic none to SUV. After the collision the check engine light has now come on along with very bad hesitation when driiving the vehicle along with the speedometer going haywire. The damage to the vehicle is minor. Any help on what may have caused these problems would be appreciated. Thank you.
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Old 31 Mar 2008, 01:39 am
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I'm not extremely knowledgeable with these cars, but might could give you some advice. Not sure if you considered this or not, but you could try bringing it by your local lube shop and have them hook it up to their computer. They should be able to tell you the code and what the code means. If they don't know the meaning but do know the code, I'm sure the guys here have the documentation to tell you what the manual says. Or, you can buy(might be a little pricey) these small devices at places like wal-mart that should be able to read the code when hooked up to your on board computer.

This is about all I can suggest with my knowledge other than trying to get under the hood and investigate to see if there is any obvious damage to any components. Did by chance the airbags deploy?
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Old 31 Mar 2008, 04:01 pm
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Thanks for the reply. I did take the vehicle to auto zone where they hooked it up to their meter. 3 Codes. I believe the top oxygen sensor was damaged which tripped the check engine light and would account for the way the vehicle is running. I just cannot figure out the speedometer problem. I will change the sensor and hopefully it will fix everything.
Air bags did not deploy luckily since the honda rolled under the back of the SUV.
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Old 04 Apr 2008, 12:14 am
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ExChief, that's good to hear that you were able to get the code. Hopefully that will solve your engine problems. However, I have my doubts that the speedometer is related to the 02 sensor. There is a possibility that the speedo just happened to mess up the same time as the accident, but they are unrelated. It sounds very ironic. You mentioned there were 3 codes. What were the other 2 related to?
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Old 06 Apr 2008, 09:47 pm
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It was not the oxygen sensor. I have it at a service center. So far they found the a cracked exhaust manifold and will be changing the speed sensor. Hopefully the combination of the two solve the problems. I will let you know. Thanks
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