Contamination can get in the distributor, cause a misfire and set a Check Engine light.
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Newest reported 1997 Honda Accord problems
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.
PREMATURE ENGINE STARTER FAILURE AT 80,150 MILES - 1997 HONDA ACCORD LX - AUTOMATIC - 10-15-2012
Own a 1997 Honda Accord LX, automatic transmission with 80,150 miles. Shortly after having had to have the Honda Accord automatic transmission totally rebuilt at approximately 69,000 miles, due to premature failure (See Report #46 under Transmissions - 1997 Honda Accord), started hearing a squealing noise in the area of the engine starter where...
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 to thin, replaced to correct this issue.
Some models with the manual transmission can grind while shifting up into fifth gear due to the misalignment of the fifth gear shift fork. The transmission will need to be removed, and fifth gear, the synchronizer sleeve set, and the fifth gear shift fork will need to be replaced.
The head gaskets are prone to fail if the engine overheats. When the temperature climbs above the normal operating temperature, turn the heater on the hottest setting, pull over, and shut the engine off to allow the engine to cool down.
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.
On certain models the fuel gauge will not read full due to excessive resistance in the sending unit. Replacing the sending unit in the fuel tank will commonly repair this issue.
The balance shaft seal tends to fall out causing a large oil leak. There is a retaining device available to prevent the seal from falling out, which can be put in place during routine timing belt maintenance.
Plugged moon roof drains can cause a water leak inside the car. The water will usually leak onto the driver's or passenger's head when the car turns a corner.
A water leak on the passenger floor can be caused by a clogged AC evaporator drain.
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.
Power door locks can activate intermittently due to a faulty door lock actuator in the driver's door.