2001 Honda Civic Problems

RepairPal has identified the most common problems with the 2001 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

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.

A worn (front) bushing on the rear lower control arm can cause a noise when going over bumps. Replacing the worn bushing should stop the noise.

Cracked exhaust is common on both exhaust manifolds and manifold/catalytic converter combination. Replacing the cracked component will repair the problem.

Front compliance bushings may crack and break. Damaged bushing should be replaced before damaged is done to suspension components.

On Certain models a faulty power window switch can cause the power windows to work or not work intermittently.

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.

The shift control solenoid externally mounted on the automatic transmission (non CVT) can fail and causes a harsh 1-2 shift. Replacing the shift solenoid and flushing the transmission with genuine Honda automatic transmission fluid may eliminate harsh shifting characteristics. A broken internal spring can cause the same issue. If the shift control solenoid does not repair the problem, the transmission will have to be replaced. 

On some models the hood release cable breaks at the hood release handle.

On certain models the windshield wipers will not park in the proper place or won't shut off. The wiper motor must be replaced to repair this issue.

A fluid leak may develop from one or both front suspension struts. Replacing the struts (usually in pairs) will be necessary to take care of the problem.

Excessive second clutch wear (automatic transmission) can cause the car not to move and set a Check Engine light (MIL). Replacing the transmission is necessary when this happens.

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 the Powertrain Control Module (PCM) misinterprets coolant temperature data and can turn on the Check Engine light (MIL). A software update from Honda is needed to address this issue.
On some models Powertrain Control Module (PCM) response time for idle speed and engine timing can cause the engine to stall. A software update from Honda is required to fix this problem.

On some engines a sticking variable valve timing valve can cause  the Check Engine light (MIL) to illuminate. Replacing the valve and a software update will address this issue.