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Honda Civic Problems

RepairPal has identified the most common problems with the 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 vehicles that have a sunroof, squeaking can occur. Special anti squeak tape should be applied to stop the noise.

Trailing arm bushings can crack and break resulting in a clunking or rattle noise over bumps. Cracked bushings will require replacement.

The air cleaner case is prone to cracking. This can make it difficult to remove the screws securing the cover, making it difficult to replace the air filter. Replacing the case is often necessary to address this issue.

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 the Si, a faulty 3rd gear can cause problems shifting into third gear. Removing the transmission and replacing the third gear assembly is required 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 some models the fuel fill door does not open far enough to clear the body. A special designed fuel door spring boot from Honda will fix 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.

On some models the bump stop in the strut can cause a noise on turns. Replacement of the bump stop will fix this problem.
The rear main oil seal can leak. The transmission has to be removed to replace the rear main seal on the engine.

CVT models (HX and GX) have a shudder, judder, and noise due to a worn start clutch in the transmission. Replacing the start clutch is needed to address this issue.

Some models have an issue were the windshield wipers won't shut off due to a bad internal switch. The wiper motor needs replacing for this issue.
Rear trailing arm bushings crack and break. The trailing arm bushings will need to be replaced when they break.
On some models the drivers and or the front passenger door glass will come out of it's track. The door glass will have to be replaced to address this issue.