1997 Honda Civic Problems

RepairPal has identified the most common problems with the 1997 Honda Civic as reported by actual vehicle owners. We'll tell you what the problem is and what it'll take to fix it.

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Known Problems

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.

Primary oxygen sensor heater failures can cause a Check Engine light. Replacing the sensor is required to repair this issue.

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.

Evaporators can collect mold and give off a foul smell. Disinfecting the evaporator or replacing it will address 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.

The rear main oil seal can leak. The transmission has to be removed to replace the rear main seal on the engine.
The evaporative emission control solenoid can fail in areas of the country where salt is used on the roads during winter. The solenoid needs to be replaced to correct this issue.