About Honda Civic
Honda Civic, as a line of small cars, has been produced by the renowned Japanese automobile manufacturer Honda Motor Co., Ltd. since 1972. When Honda Civic was first introduced in 1972, it was a two-door model then a three-door hatchback was added. Backed by the eminent Honda, Honda Civic is very popular and has received many awards such as 2005 International Car of the Year, 1980 Motor Trend Import Car of the Year and so on. Up to today, it has been through ten generations.
Before the ninth generation Honda Civic (2011-2015) was launched in the North American market in April 2011, its concept version had been unveiled at the 2011 North American International Auto Show. It was offered in DX, LX, EX, EX-L, Si, HF and Hybrid trim levels in coupe, sedan, hatchback or wagon body style. Honda Civic got several engine options ranging from 1.4 L to 2.3 L inline 4-cylinder engines, and these engines were attached to 5-speed automatic and manual transmissions, 6-speed manual transmission or a CVT. Then the tenth generation (2015-present) sedan got unveiled on Youtube in 2015, Civic coupe was released at the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show and Civic hatchback debuted at 2016 Paris Motor Show. New Honda Civic features a new fastback exterior design with the rear C-Pillar flowing into the tailgate. Si and Type-R are available. Honda Civic now is powered by 1.8 L, 1.5 L and 2.0 L engine mated to CVT or 6-speed manual transmission.
Honda Civic Common Problems & Maintenance Tips
Japanese automakers are always famous for high quality and precise engineering. However, no matter how tough Honda Civic is, it could not withstand natural beat, problems as following would appear on it:
First, transmission failure. Lots of Honda Civic drivers have reported this problem at the car repair statistics site CarComplaint.com. They told that 2001 and 2002 Civic is the main victim. Difficulty in shifting, clutch slippage, starting in another gear or not going into gear at all even grinding noises coming from underneath the vehicle happen often. If the indicator in your Honda Civic does not match the gear and the vehicle could not be turned off, please make sure if the transfer case seal, automatic transmission filter and clutch disc.
Second, cracked engine block. This is the second most complained problem about Honda Civic. This is obviously an engine problem and will manifest as steam coming from under the hood, leaking coolant resulting in poor engine performance as rough running and decrease in power and acceleration. Hard starting or inability to start often troubled them as well. Once Check Engine Light and Low Coolant light come on in your Honda Civic, water pump, radiator hose, valve cover gasket and air filter deserve a thorough inspection.
However, you need painstaking work to keep or restore your Honda Civic in best shape. Some auto parts are more vulnerable while others could last as long as its lifespan in your Honda Civic. In order to save you time and energy in routine maintenance, you need to focus on these auto parts first. Wiper blade tends to wear and tear easily owing to its rubber material and harsh working environment, you are advised to replace it at least every six months. Other parts such as cabin air filter, emblem, headlight and fog light and so on also should get maintained regularly.
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