1997 Honda Accord Problems
RepairPal has identified the most common problems with the 1997 Honda Accord as reported by actual vehicle owners. We'll tell you what the problem is and what it'll take to fix it.Refine by vehicle
An oil leak inside the distributor can cause the engine to misfire resulting in a loss of power. It is common for the distributor to be replaced to correct this concern.
Power door locks can activate intermittently due to a faulty door lock actuator in the driver's door.
The driver's door latch assembly can break internally, which causes the door to stay closed. The interior and exterior door handles do not work to open the door. Our technicians note that the door panel must be removed while the door is closed (likely damage will occur) and the latch assembly must be drilled in a specific spot for the door to open.
The AC condenser failed due to contact with road debris and a lack of protection for the condenser.
Excessive oil consumption can cause a low oil level condition, which can result in illumination of the Check Engine Light.
Contamination can get in the distributor, cause a misfire and set a Check Engine light.
The Check Engine light may illuminate with a transmission fault code. The repair for this concern is to replace the Powertrain Control Module (PCM) and flush the transmission.
A water leak on the passenger floor can be caused by a clogged AC evaporator drain.
Automatic transmission failures are common, Automatic transmission failure on these vehicles will generally require overhaul or replacement of the transmission. In the event of a failure, it may be worthwhile to check with Honda to see if they may offer assistance for this repair. As these vehicles age, Honda has become less likely to help out with these transmission related repairs.
Front compliance (lower control arm ) bushings tend to crack and break requiring replacement.
The front brake rotors can warp and cause a vibration when braking. The rotors will need to be machined or in cases where they are worn too thin, replaced to correct this issue.
If the brake pedal feels hard the first time it is pressed in the morning, it could be due to a problem with the vacuum supply hose for the brake booster. A revised brake booster hose is available to address this concern.