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1998 Honda Civic Problems

RepairPal has identified the most common problems with the 1998 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.

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Known Problems

On certain models poor igniter connections can cause misfires and catalyst deterioration. Cleaning and securing the connections will correct the problem.

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.

On certain models in colder climates the Check Engine light can set due to moisture in the Manifold Absolute Pressure (MAP) sensor freezing. The MAP sensor needs to be replaced and on some models the intake manifold needs replacing also.

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.