1997 Honda Civic Problems
RepairPal has identified the most common problems with the 1997 Honda Civic based on complaints from actual vehicle owners. We'll tell you what the problem is and what it'll take to fix it.
A refrigerant leak may develop from the AC evaporator causing the AC to blow warm air. Verifying failure of this component is difficult. A good shop will use leak detection dye to verify a failing evaporator.
The AC idler pulley can fail causing a growling noise from the engine. A new idler pulley will be needed.
Some Honda Civics have seat belt issues that may be covered under Honda's Lifetime Seat Belt Limited Warranty. Please contact your local Honda dealer to see if your seat belt problem is covered.
A faulty brake master cylinder reservoir filter can cause the brake system indicator to illuminate after a cold start and then go off. Replacement of the reservoir filter will commonly fix this problem.
A faulty regulator on some models will cause the head lights to change intensity. The alternator needs to be replaced for this issue.
Trailing arm bushings can crack and break resulting in a clunking or rattle noise over bumps. Cracked bushings will require replacement.
Plugged moon roof drains can cause a water leak inside the car, usually over the head of the driver or passengers head when turning a corner. Cleaning the drains will fix this problem.
On certain models the ignition switch binds. The ignition switch needs to be replaced to repair this issue.
On certain models the upper windshield molding vibrates at a higher speed causing a noise. Back filling the molding with silicone sealer will eliminate the noise.