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1990 Honda Accord Problems

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Most Common 1990 Honda Accord Problems

Ignition switch failure may cause the car to stall or fail to start. Honda issued a recall to replace the ignition switch. For more information on this recall please click here»
Honda Accord models may develop shifting issues with the automatic transmission accompanied by warning lights. Rough shifting may occur, and the “D4” light and check engine may begin...
The front brake rotors can warp and cause a vibration when braking. You will feel vibrations in the brake pedal and the steering wheel. The rotors should be replaced to correct this issue. Using hi...
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1 Known 1990 Honda Accord Brakes Problem

The front brake rotors can warp and cause a vibration when braking. You will feel vibrations in the brake pedal and the steering wheel. The rotors should be replaced to correct this issue. Using hi...

3 Known 1990 Honda Accord Drive Train Problems

Honda Accord models may develop shifting issues with the automatic transmission accompanied by warning lights. Rough shifting may occur, and the “D4” light and check engine may begin...
Some models have shift quality problems when shifting into third gear. A new "third gear set" from Honda will address this issue.
The front axles are prone to failure on the 1990-2002 Honda Accord 4-Cylinder. This will be evident as fast clicking or popping sounds will be audible while driving, most commonly when the steering...

7 Known 1990 Honda Accord Electrical & Lights Problems

Ignition switch failure may cause the car to stall or fail to start. Honda issued a recall to replace the ignition switch. For more information on this recall please click here»
Several symptoms can occur due to the power door lock actuators failing. These can include doors that don't lock, doors that lock themselves and doors that won't unlock. Often times these problems ...
The radio and climate control display can go dark on some models. It will be necessary to replace the affected unit to correct this concern. Some customers have reported receiving help from Honda r...

9 Known 1990 Honda Accord Engine 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 the...
The Honda Accord has a known issue with engine oil leaking from the ignition distributor shaft seal. Leakage from the shaft seal coats the electrical components of the distributor with engine oil ...
The distributors on higher mileage vehicles can leak oil onto the heater hose causing the hose to soften and break. Heater hose breakage will cause a coolant leak.

2 Known 1990 Honda Accord Exhaust & Emissions Problems

The exhaust recirculation valve (EGR) on the 1990-2007 Honda Accord V6 may fail, causing: Illumination of thecheck engine light OBD trouble codes P0401 and P1491 Rough idle Reduced fuel economy...
Our technicians note that this model must be fully warmed up in order to pass the smog/emissions test.

1 Known 1990 Honda Accord Heating & Air Conditioning Problem

The temperature control knob may break, requiring replacement.

1 Known 1990 Honda Accord Maintenance Problem

The starter motor used on the 1990-1997 Honda Accord V6 frequently fails on vehicles around 125,000 miles. It may help prolong the life of the starter to service the starter to ensure the connecti...

2 Known 1990 Honda Accord Miscellaneous Problems

The driver's door latch assembly can break internally, which causes the door to stay closed. The interior and exterior door handles do not work to open the door. Our technicians note that the door ...
Plugged moon roof drains can cause a water leak inside the car. The water will usually leak onto the driver's or passenger's head when the car turns a corner.

1 Known 1990 Honda Accord Suspension & Steering Problem

On some models moisture could make its way into the rear wheel bearing, which would lead to noise. Rear wheel bearing and dust cap replacement will be needed for this repair.

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Known 1990 Honda Accord Problems & Complaints

Poor radio reception can be caused by corrosion in the antenna mast. Replacement of the antenna and other corroded parts will be needed.
The Honda Accord is known for premature alternator bearing failure. The alternator shaft bearing alerts of mechanical failure by making a howling or grinding noise, but other symptoms may appear, i...
The starter motor used on the 1990-1997 Honda Accord V6 frequently fails on vehicles around 125,000 miles. It may help prolong the life of the starter to service the starter to ensure the connecti...
The Honda Accord has a known issue with engine oil leaking from the ignition distributor shaft seal. Leakage from the shaft seal coats the electrical components of the distributor with engine oil ...
Smelling burning engine oil is common on the 1990-2002 Honda Accord 4-cylinder engine, and is associated with oil leaking from the valve cover. It is most common to smell the oil burning at a stop ...
The camshaft seal, located at the end of the cylinder head, has a reputation for failure on 1990-2002 Honda Accord four cylinder models. This seal wraps around the camshaft to prevent engine oil f...
Four cylinder models of the Honda Accord from 1990-2001 have a known issue with ignition distributor shaft bearing failure, which causes: Failure to start Engine randomly misfires Check Engine...
The distributors on higher mileage vehicles can leak oil onto the heater hose causing the hose to soften and break. Heater hose breakage will cause a coolant leak.
The head gaskets are prone to fail if the engine overheats. When the temperature climbs above the normal operating temperature, turn the heater on the hottest setting, pull over, and shut the engin...
On some models moisture could make its way into the rear wheel bearing, which would lead to noise. Rear wheel bearing and dust cap replacement will be needed for this repair.
Our technicians note that this model must be fully warmed up in order to pass the smog/emissions test.
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