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Los Angeles, CA
The plugs are all white, so I know the engine is running lean, but it recently started to seriously affect driving. Sometimes can't get over 35mph (the problem is very intermittent, I can't reliably reproduce it). Replaced the fuel filter, problem went away for a while, but came back. I've cleared the code 3 times now but the problem keeps resurfacing. I need suggestions...
My car shudders when braking from high speed. I know I need to replace the rotors - but which ones? Do just the front rotors usually warp, or is it all 4 that do? Should I start with just the fronts, then drive it to see if it still shudders when braking?
Car starts every time, but it makes a rather shrill screeching noise. And it has been turning several times before starting up recently, although when I bought it a few months ago it started up on the 2nd or 3rd turn. Do I need a new starter, or is something maybe just loose? Could it be somehow connected to me having an old battery? Is a starter replacement something a moderately determined do-it-yourselfer can do without buying (another) garage full of equipment? And, if I keep using the starter that's in it as it is until it simply won't start anymore, what other damage am I risking?
If it was running fine and then suddenly quit in the road you might have broken your timing belt. Has it been changed according to the service timeline? If it was a timing belt breakage, you unfortunately have an expensive repair in front of you - a valve job and timing belt replacement. I'm no expert though.
My car shudders during deceleration and it's not wheel balancing because I just had new tires installed and balanced and it doesn't shudder at any speed unless braking. So I figure it's the rotors. I want to replace the pads (which I know is easy) and the rotors (which I hear varying things about, but haven't seen anything specific to the 1996 Accord EX). Does anybody know how difficult it is to replace the rotors ON THIS MODEL? I read the 96 Civic has a knock-off mechanism making the rotors an easy job. I read elsewhere you have to disconnect the hub and suspension to access the bolts holding on the rotors in a 95 accord. So which is it?? Thanks.
I just bought this Accord. It's got 138k on it, and it was driven by this nice Japanese guy I work with for 2 years. The only maintenance he did on it was change the oil; I want to ensure that this thing will keep running for a long time, so I want to know what steps I should take to make it that way. So far I'm going to - Replace tires, balance wheels - Alignment - Possibly replace rear struts - Replace the transmission fluid Can anybody recommend additional steps to take to ensure this car will run forever?! (: Thanks