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Oil may seep from between the oil filter bracket and the cylinder block. Polishing the mating surfaces between the bracket and the cylinder block (to remove rough machining marks) will fix the problem.
The auxiliary heater hose connections (that are routed to the rear heater under the vehicle) can develop coolant leaks.
If the rear wiper self-activates while driving, the rear wiper module (located in the lift gate) should be replaced.
If a "honk" noise occurs during low-speed parking lot maneuvers, replace the power steering lines and/or power steering rack and perform revised procedures to bleed the system.
A clunk or popping sound heard while turning may mean the intermediate steering shafts need realignment. Replacement of the upper intermediate shaft may be necessary.
Certain models may experience intermittent popping out of second gear. Replacing second gear set will repair this issue. The transmission will have to be removed and disassembled for this repair.
Some S2000's can develop a problem with the transmission popping out of fourth gear. A new updated fourth and fifth gear assembly will repair the problem. The transmission will have to be removed and disassembled for this repair.

Engine misfire could be caused by worn or broken motor mounts that raise the motor on one side while the vehicle is accelerating. The stress on the engine control wiring harness can cause breaks in the injector or sensor wires, which then causes drivability concerns such as poor fuel economy and engine misfires.

On the 3.7L V6 and 4.7L V8, Water may enter the spark plug wells and cause a Check Engine (MIL) light. A seal kit for the ignition coils will prevent further water entry.

The power vent window actuators may separate at the ball and socket joint. To fix the problem, replace the power vent window actuator socket on the rear quarter glass assembly.

The exhaust manifolds can crack creating an exhaust leak

While driving through deep or blowing snow/water, moisture may enter the rear brake drums, causing rust to develop on the rear brake drum and shoe friction surfaces. Over time, repeated (and sometimes infrequent) exposure to the snow can lead to temporary freezing of the rear brake linings to the drums. A revised brake drum and brake drum backing plate is available.

The power window motors and switches are prone to failure.

Rough idling is often caused by ignition wires that are routed wrong or installed with damaged tips.

Automatic transmission failure is higher than normal in this model. Small metal pieces may be found at the bottom of the transmission oil pan when the transmission is serviced.

To ensure engine longevity, coolant loss and overheating issues need to be resolved. Coolant loss—sometimes slow and accompanied by white smoke—is often a sign of internal engine problems. The proper coolant fill procedure must be followed.
The EGR cooler may leak internally, causing white smoke from the tailpipe.

3.3L V6
Timing cover oil and coolant leaks and front crankshaft oil seal leaks are common on high-mileage vehicles. Always replace the timing chain and cam sprocket at the same time.

Vacuum hose damage is common due to engine oil contamination or a plugged PCV valve.

Vacuum hose failure is common due to engine heat and time.  Vacuum hoses are made of plastic.

Due to misfires, you may experience a loss of power when accelerating between 50 and 70 MPH (most noticeable below 32° F). Due to carbon buildup on the valve stems, the exhaust valves may close too late. All of the exhaust valves should be inspected and, if necessary, the engine should be decarbonized.

Carbon buildup on the top of the piston is common. As the buildup increases with mileage and over time, symptoms vary from light ticking, to ticking/hammering, to hammering/knocking noises. Fuel injector cleaner often solves the problem.

2.0L 4 Cylinder
Due to misalignment of the power steering pulley, the power steering belt may be noisy or show irregular wear. Using shims or possibly a new power steering pump bracket in order to correct the alignment issue should fix the problem.

Due to fuel odor and drivability issues a safety recall was issued. As part of the recall redesigned fuel injectors and fuel injection hoses will be fitted.

The engine temperature sensor wire for the engine temperature gauge, or warning light, may touch the rear exhaust manifold causing a short to ground causing erratic operation of the temperature gauge or warning light.

A squeak or groan noise may be noted from the front or rear suspension. Spraying a light lubricant on the suspension bushings 1-2 times per year may help eliminate the problem.

A broken right engine mount bracket may cause a grinding, clicking, or knocking sound—or a vibration coming from the front end of the vehicle.

The EGR orifices in the intake manifold may plug with sludge. If the truck has high mileage, this may cause engine misfire when first accelerating because too much EGR gas is directed into the cylinders of the unplugged orifices. This makes the mixture lean, which causes a gradual stumble that increases in severity until repaired.