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1996 Civic Ex Coupe Problem?

Discussion in 'ECU's, Electronics, and Tuning' started by Tonyd0821, May 5, 2003.

  1. Tonyd0821

    Tonyd0821 Banned

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    hey, i got a 1996 honda civic ex coupe (stock, cept for the cai)
    and at 90,000 miles the "service" light came on....

    it went from green to yellow.

    so i changed the plugs, cleaned out the cap.

    then i hit the little button on my guages to reset the light.

    everything was cool untill this week at 97,000 the "service" light came on again (going from green to yellow)

    i know these are just dummy lights, but what coulda caused the light to go on?
     
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    liquid00meth Senior Member

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    I'm sure there is a dusty book located in your glovebox called an owner's manual
     
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    Tonyd0821 Banned

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    whats your point? :lol: :lol: :lol:

    i asked WHY this would happen. i am pretty sure they do not go into that much detail
    in the owners manual. second of all, the car was bought used and did not come with a
    owners manual

    :angry: :angry: :angry:
     
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    lsvtec GNU/Linux Evangelist

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    For the most part those indicators are timed to your odometer (at least with OBD1 cars, I am not sure if the newer cars are "smarter"). It's telling you that it is almost time to service it again (based on mileage, not on the performance of the car).
     
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    does this apply to swaps as well? cause my engine is obd1 and my odometer reads 124xxx. although the mileage of the engine is closer to 65xxx. ive never seen any lights or anything, just curious.
     
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    ok. but the light turned from green to yellow @ 90,000 miles.
    i performed routine maintenance, then hit the reset button.
    light went back to green.

    7,000 miles later, the light again changed from green to yellow......

    i was wondering if this is a dummy light, OR that light is connected to the ecu
    and is telling me there is something wrong....


    amyone?
     
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    dohcvtec_accord WRX Sellout

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    It's not a light, is it? At least mine isn't. Mine is just a colored square that changes every 7,000 miles or whatever it is. Like lsvtec said, it's timed off of the odometer and has nothing to do with the performance of your car. I let mine go to red once, just to see what would happen. Nothing. So I reset it and it went back to green.

    The only light that comes on to tell you something is specifically wrong is your CEL.
     
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    lsvtec GNU/Linux Evangelist

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    Your car doesn't have this indicator.
     
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    you are right accord, it is a small square underneath or right below the speedo.
    its colored green and goes to yellow. i had no idea that it was supposed to go off
    EVERY 7000 miles. i thought it was 30k or so.

    coo coo.
     
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    dohcvtec_accord WRX Sellout

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    I think you mean :woo:

    Iss jus fo dekorayshuns.
     
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    ...how could i have missed that one????

    :worthy: :worthy: :worthy: :worthy:
     
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    it is every 7,000 miles... after driving your car for 97,000 miles i would think you would have noticed by now :lol:
     
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    i bought the car used. only had it for 8 or so thousand miles haha
     
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    yeah, its supposed to change to yellow at like 6000 milesor so and red at 7500 miles. Its more for people who know nothing about cars telling you to take it to honda for their 7500 mile check up.
     
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    when the light comes on hook it up to an obd2 scanner and see what the code is, maybe this will give u an idea of whas happenin in that beast u call a civic. with obd2 your in trouble when it comes to codes, just so u know.
     
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    what the hell are you talking about? its a routine maintenence light that comes on regularly after a certain number of miles. Even if it was a cel having obd2 doesn't matter, you shove a paperclip in the jumper and the light flashes out what the code is telling you exactly where the problem is.
     
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    :bash: :axe:
     
  18. its a routine maintenence light ... change your oil or whatever and reset it... when its orange or red again .. its letting you know its time
     
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