1996 Honda Civic Repair and Maintenance

A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your 1996 Honda Civic

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1996 Honda Civic Problems

Harsh Shifting of Automatic Transmission

The shift control solenoid externally mounted on the automatic transmission (non CVT) can fail and causes a harsh 1-2 shift. Replacing the shift solenoid and flushing the transmission with genuine Honda automatic transmission fluid may eliminate harsh shifting characteristics. A broken internal spring can cause the same issue. If the shift control solenoid does not repair the problem, the transmission will have to be replaced. 

Cracked Exhaust Manifold/Catayltic Converter

Cracked exhaust is common on both exhaust manifolds and manifold/catalytic converter combination. Replacing the cracked component will repair the problem.

Vibration, Roughness, and Rattle Due to Damaged Engine Mounts

Damaged engine mounts can lead to vibration and roughness felt in the steering wheel. A rattle in the dash and engine area may also be heard. Replacement of damaged mounts will commonly correct these issues.

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1996 Honda Civic Questions

Signal light goes solid when brakes are applied. (1 answer)

Rear signal light was inop., replacing bulbs did not fix problem. Found rear socket (this includes signal light, brake light and tail light) by swapping "Y" socket left to right. Problem followed bad "Y" socket. Purchased new socket from Honda, this fixed initial issue BUT now...

Do I need to change the oil every 3000 miles? (1 answer)

I sometimes feel like I Skip oil changes

Why is my car overheating but my heater is not working? (1 answer)

The car is a 1996 Honda Civic with 255,000 miles.

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1996 Honda Civic Recalls

Honda Recalls Certain Passenger Vehicles Due to Rough Feeling Accelerator Pedal

Honda is recalling certain passenger vehicles because the accelerator pedal may feel rough or notchy when depressed, causing the vehicle not to respond properly when traveling at low speeds. Dealers will replace the throttle cable.

Honda Recalls 1996-1998 Civic Accessory Floor Mats for Possible Accelerator Interference

Honda has recalled certain 1996-1998 Civic accessory floor mats because they could become mispositioned on the floor, causing interference with the accelerator pedal. This could cause the accelerator pedal to stick. Dealers will install a positive floor mat retention system to secure proper fitment of the mats.

Honda Recalls 1996 Civics for a Sticking Brake Booster Check Valve

Honda has recalled certain 1996 Civics to repair a sticking brake booster check valve. If the check valve is sticking, power brake assist may not function. This could result in reduced braking performance, leading to a potential accident. Dealers will clean the check valve by washing the vacuum hose with hot water.

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1996 Honda Civic Reviews

I love this vehicle, very easy to maintain and a lot of options available for different parts. Easy to modify or just keep stock, Honda scored big time with this vehicle.

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