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Old 08-08-2006, 12:52 PM
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Hi everyone, I'm new. I have a 1994 Honda Civic It has 183,000 miles on It! It seems to be running good except for a few things. 1 there's this pinging noise that
comes from the engines head - Could this be the lifters? All my fluids are good. It only happens when I go above 2500rpms, You can really hear it going up hill. #2 Every once
in a while my engine decides to shoot out white smoke, it seems to happen more after I get off the freeway at the off ramp stop light as soon as I start going again. #3 My ac doesn't work. Now this could be an easy fix but I'm not sure if my car has the newer AC stuff... I heard they banned or just got rid of the AC stuff they used to have.

1994 Honda Civic DX 1.5 DOHC 16 Valve


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Old 08-08-2006, 01:18 PM
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I dont know much about the others but white smoke means coolant.
 
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Old 08-08-2006, 05:17 PM
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For the A/C: there could be many reasons, but the most obviouse is that you've lost charge or the compressor is bad. Take it to a shop and have them look at it, you need specialized tools to diagnose A/C problems. As for the older style coolant, don't worry, they will convert it.

White smoke means burning coolant. You will need to pull the head and do a head gasket change.

As for "pinging" that could be a number of things as well. Anything from an exhaust leak to a bent valve.
 
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Old 08-08-2006, 10:41 PM
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well I had new head gaskets put on about 3 months ago. I hope it doesnt need it again, its not cheap. But ever since then I've wondered if something was done wrong.



So here's another question for everyone. If you had this honda with 183k would you keep it going till it died or trade it in for something newer?





Thanks for your help guys!


 
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Old 08-09-2006, 12:06 AM
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94 DX? I'd say engine swap, but thats just me :-p
 
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Old 08-09-2006, 12:45 AM
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I did think about swaping the engine, but I couldn't decide if I would do it myself or pay someone to do it.
 
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Old 08-09-2006, 04:38 PM
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I would go back and talk to the person who did the head gasket change, they may have screwed something up.

As for trading it or killing it, that's totally up to you and your budget.
 
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how much money do you have to work with?

it sounds like its probably a headgasket problem
 
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Old 08-09-2006, 09:47 PM
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About two grand.
 
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Old 08-09-2006, 11:28 PM
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do a compression check or leakdown test and then do a headgasket with some arp headstuds and then put a turbo on it for baout 1500 bucks..
 

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