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Tincups

Minneapolis, MN

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Sometimes the moon roof does not open all the way. Sometimes it does. It'll stop half ways at times and sometimes it only opens 1/4 of the way. It is very erratic and there does not seems to be a pattern as to when it is happening. Any ideas?


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That light is referred to as the "check engine light". When the light is on it indicates some sort of failure within the vehicle. There are hundreds of things that can cause the light to turn on. I recommend bringing it in to your repair shop and have them perform engine diagnostics to determine the cause and appropriate repair. When the light is on the computer in your vehicle has a code stored that the mechanic will use to determine what course of action to take.


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It is very common for ball joints to break and cause this kind of damage. Working at a repair shop I warn people all the time when the ball joints start to wear and have play that they NEED to be replaced. Honda would not be liable for this at all.


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Sounds like you might have a problem with your thermostat. I would recommend bringing it to a shop for cooling system diagnostics. If the vehicle is overheating it can cause major engine damage. Thermostats generally are not to spendy to replace.


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This happened on my truck as well. I work in a repair shop and what we found was that the cold weather was actually shrinking the intake gaskets allowing the engine to suck in too much air. Replacing those gaskets took care of the problem. This happened last winter and since repair we haven't had any problems this cold winter. (I'm from MN as well)


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Sounds to me like it could be tie rods or sway bar links.


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Is it AWD or 4WD? There is a big difference.


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No, there are only lower ball joints in the front and in the rear.


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First step is to check your gas cap. If that cap is loose that will make the light come on. Tighten the cap and drive the car for a day. If the light doesn't go off that means something else is the cause. Any time the check engine light is on it is an indicator that there is something wrong, but it is impossible to determine if it is serious or not without getting the computer scanned. Some parts stores will scan the computer for codes at no cost. This is not as thorough as taking to your mechanic for a complete check out but it should give you some idea of what is wrong. If the light starts to flash at you that indicates serious problems and I would take it in to your mechanic immediately.


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The fuel filter is located on the cross member just in front of the fuel tank. But if your car won't start I would get it checked out because it could be the fuel pump or something else.


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It's usually behind your glovebox somewhere and it's not too expensive to put in. If you do it your self you can get the part for $40-60. Most shops would charge half and hour to an hour to install.


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