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1998 Accord 2.3 4cyl VTEC - QUESTION?!?!

Discussion in 'Accord' started by kazzmataz, Feb 23, 2007.

  1. kazzmataz

    kazzmataz New Member

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    Hello, this is my first post so as I see how the communication flows on this site I will get to writing!
    I have a specific questions, but just to put it out there I have pretty much owned only Hondas always, bought two brand new Civic SI's 2002, and whatever the last year was before they made the new hatchbacks.
    I just bought a 1998 Honda Accord with 22k ORIGINAL miles on it, true lil ol' lady driven to church, is like a brand new car, with a stack of dealership invoices where they sold her every maintenance option available, timing belt changed at 19k miles, tires rotated with every 3750 oil change, you get the picture - its like new. It is all stock.

    ***OK QUESTION(S):
    1998 Accord LX , It has a 4cyl 2.3 liter VTEC, auto trany.

    - 1) It has surprising power, and I want to know at what rpm points does the VTEC "kick in," advance timing, etc??? I know there are lobes on the cam per Honda for "low rpm" range and "high rpm", but I want to know, is the cam shifting at 3000 rpm or what?

    - 2) I see a lot of people identifying their Honda motors as b1424, etc etc, what is mine?

    - 3) If there is any etiquette on this site let me know, or ways to get answers better, etc, places to post, you name it and I will take the advice.

    - 4) OIL - I went and got the oil changed right when I got it at the local honda dealer (cheaper than jiffy lube and I live in an apt so it sucks doing it here), and the put in 5w20 - that seems really light to me, and have heard that they put light oil in to get gas mileage, but I want protection and logevity! Its out of warranty so whats the best oil weights???

    Thanks, RJ
     
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  2. powerdriverh22

    powerdriverh22 Senior Member

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    you have an f23.
     
  3. eg6sir

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    Honda motors use 5w 30
     
  4. kazzmataz

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    Thanks bro! Ok now I have the type of engine answered and I know that the factory calls for that oil weight, but I have always wondered if it was to sqeeze out extra gas mileage, and if a little higher weight would protect the motor better???
     
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    eg6sir Supa Mod Moderator VIP

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    couldnt tell you, i'm not a honda engineer
     
  6. kazzmataz

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    SO is the f23 a good motor? Someone told me that this motor is solid but the tranys of this model year fail quick, any thoughts out there on the original trany? Its a 4 speed auto, oh yeah and does that trany have a model number like the engine being f23?
     
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    i use 10w30 in my honda.... the engine is strong and all honda auto tranys are poop if you are looking to make power....

    as for vtack engagment i belive it is around 4800 rpms,,,mabby 5200...i dont really remeber but it is around there.....search will find you all the answers you are lookig for
     
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    tranny and motor are strong.
     
  10. hondaburner95

    hondaburner95 Banned

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    f23 heads are strong but the block will break down after a beating. if you intend on beating it , other than daily driving, i wouldnt recommend it , you also have really low milage. TEAR IT UP. should last a while anyways
     
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    proof please. tell me exactly how the block will break down any faster than any other motor.
     
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