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Old April 20th, 2006, 09:21 PM   #1
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Talking Need Help, What are common probs with your accord?

Im looking into a 97 v6 for my gf, and its got 125000. It drives real smooth, but the guy said there was a oil leak at one time, he replaced a plate in the fron of the engine, and showed me what he did. I could still smell some oil he said was left on the header from when he replaced the piece. What do you guys think, I have a 99 4cyl, so v6 is not my expertice, and also, what probs can she expect? 98-02 accord v6 trannys are a piece of junk, what about these, what probs in this model?
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Old April 21st, 2006, 09:28 AM   #3
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yup igintion coil

you're car, seems like it's pulling ok and driving fine. You can get it driving much better by doing this ... change the following

1. Distributor Cap, Rotor
2. Spark Plug Wiring ( get some aftermarket wires 8mm + )
3. Spark Plugs ( Denso Iridiums or NGK Iridiums - I've had both, I love the Densos )
4. Next oil Change do a Full Engine Flush ( if you do them urself )
jack the car up - dump the old nasty oil, leave the filter on - get a cheap oil from wal mart on special - big 5 liter one, put fresh oil in the engine, add the engine flush chemical, leave it run in the car for about 10-15 minutes, then flush the oil out with filter, get a new oil filter and nice mobil1 or valvoline synthetic in there !! it's more less two oil change, but it's well worth it, since you don't know the condition of the driving from the previous owner I suggest it !!

she'll be smooth as hell after these steps
BTW : the engine flush process is the exact same process they use in drag engines
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Old April 21st, 2006, 06:41 PM   #4
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well.. in drag engines they change the oil every run
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well.. in drag engines they change the oil every run
yes every run they flush it out
drag engines are only good for 10,000kms if build NA
maybe 20-25,000kms if mildly turbocharged

I live about 25 mins from napierville dragstrip
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have you run your car there yet?
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Old April 22nd, 2006, 03:45 PM   #7
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I have when automa**** and it was 16.4 with full interior full subs etc ...
an easy 500 lbs more then what I have now

should be in low 15s high 14s with good tires and reaction times
I'll find out once I mount my falkens and drop her again on the springs
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5th gen's accord = slow passenger window! LOL, cleaning the tracks helps alittle
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Old April 23rd, 2006, 02:40 AM   #9
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5th gen's accord = slow passenger window! LOL, cleaning the tracks helps alittle
All my windows go up and down slower than my 12hr days at work
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The 5th Gen V6's are a good solid car. A couple things...

The windows... ahh the windows! They are the slowest things since molasis. I hear if you grease the tracks this will not be so painful when you roll those suckers up/down.

I would go with cowdogv6's advice for the engine stuff. Also the timing belt and water pump needs to be changed probably pretty soon if it has 125,000 on it, possible.

The only other thing worth mentioning is if you would like to have a "direct bolt-on mods" car then the V6 is not the way to go. If you have some adventure and money to do mods then it is a great choice.

Lastly I would say I have had my car for about 5 years now and never had a major problem except the ones I caused Great overall car for performance and quality.
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sorry to highjack but does anyone think a addition of a oil cooler a good idea on a v6 thats driven daily (3 hours a day, city). Beacuse after my rad failed and i relpaced it with a new one i was looking for coolent leaks and i found oil leaks from the oil pan gasket. Overheating made the oil pressure go up and it came out the gasket, i think?? (college physis is good for something after all)
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Old April 28th, 2006, 07:07 PM   #12
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an oil cooler is a great thing to have
we had an oil cooler for the tranny stock
if you want to cool off the engine, well that is a different thing, but very do-able

you can't really effective use a tranny oil cooler for an engine, since the hoses are much much smaller then an engine cooler hose - but that can also be fixed by taking a trip to the local hydrolic shop or hardware store

you can also wire a temp gauge to the sender wire on the tranny cooler and know what temp it's at

some links for ya

http://www.perma-cool.com/Catalog/Cat_page04.html
http://www.perma-cool.com/Catalog/Cat_page07.html

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an oil cooler is a great thing to have
we had an oil cooler for the tranny stock
if you want to cool off the engine, well that is a different thing, but very do-able

you can't really effective use a tranny oil cooler for an engine, since the hoses are much much smaller then an engine cooler hose - but that can also be fixed by taking a trip to the local hydrolic shop or hardware store

you can also wire a temp gauge to the sender wire on the tranny cooler and know what temp it's at

some links for ya

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http://www.perma-cool.com/Catalog/Cat_page07.html

wait, so youre sayin our cars came with a tranny cooler?
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yep its at the bottom of our rads. also thinking of doing a Oil Catch Can from the pcv or do we alrady have one?
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Old April 29th, 2006, 03:23 PM   #15
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yes our cars came with tranny coolers
99.9 % of all v6 hondas from 1994 - odessey + have tranny coolers if automatic
some 4 cylinder applications did as well

and according to a resource I spoke to even the NSX had / has one
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nice, i guess that defeats the purpose of buying an aftermarket one. or does it....
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Old April 30th, 2006, 09:15 AM   #17
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well any cooling addition to any oil or "water" touching part is a good thing
weather it's OE or aftermarket, the fact is that temperatures can drop 20-25% making it easier for more power and less possible for mechanical breakdown
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all 94+ automatic honda accords have tranny coolers They are oil/water cooler located in the rad tank. I am pretty sure that the older ones have them as well.

Problems with the 5th gen cars

A/C performance (it sucks when it gets REALLY HOT outside)
rust in rear quarters
windows
HVAC knobs
abs modules

V6 engines may have to be resealed (oil pan valve covers crank seals, etc) when they get up there in milage but those motors will run for 300K easily with proper maint.

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