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    EK3 Ferio VI
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  1. How To Flush And Re-Fill Radiator Coolant

    Thanks Davy. My radiator is less than 2 years old. So guess flushing would be enough then.
  2. How To Flush And Re-Fill Radiator Coolant

    Sorry for bringing up an old thread guys. My car was made in 1995 and has been using water for last few months due to some ongoing repairs. Now that the repairs are over, planning to do a rad flush and put coolant. There is a lot of rust in the water at the moment. My worry is after using the flush will there be leakage once the rust goes away. Please advise guys, is it a good or a bad idea to use rad flush in an old vehicle?
  3. Thanks. I will ask the mechanics to check on that. And thank you the prompt responses Rumesh88, you really are a gem to this community.
  4. I'm not sure of the exact code. I oversaw that the scanner read "knock advance" and something. I have an oil leak into the 4th plug, i replaced oil seals, but still there is some oil in the plug. And i noticed that my idle rpm has gone up since this issue started. Could they be related?
  5. Guys, I have a Honda EK3 - VI (3 stage vtec). For a few days, I'm getting the CEL when the RPM reaches 2200, the 1st VTEC crossover point. Scanner gives the code of the Knock Advance sensor. What could be the issue? I'm taking it next week to be repaired, and would like to have an idea of the possible cause before that. Ps. The vtec solonoids are working fine and are not throwing a code. Thanks in advance!
  6. Good Mechanics/ Technicians/ Workshops

    Hi guys, I'd like to share my experience with one mechanic. I have had one encounter with him and that was quite a positive experience. I'll first briefly explain the issue that I had. I have a Honda EK3 VI manual. I was having an idle issue, poor idle up in cold start with the engine almost dying when I switch on the A/C. The issue corrects suddenly as the temperature reaches the optimal temperature with the RPM jumping up to around 1000 suddenly. I have gone to many mechanics over a period of 2 years (14 mechanics to be exact, including 3 who are stafford employees who are known to be "Honda Experts"), with no luck. I did everything they asked, including tune ups, cleaning the throttle body, replacing temperature sensors, distributor caps, starter motor, etc, and bought and replaced the IACV two times. (Only thing I did not do was an engine swap, which turned out to be the ultimate solution of several of these experts!). After all these I was referred to this mechanic by a friend of mine. So the mechanic is Sampath, and works in JaEla. I'm not sure about the exact directions to the place as I'm not familiar with the area and my friend took me, but I think his workshop is in the JaEla-Ganemulla Road near the Batagama Junction. He diagnosed the problem to be in the ECU. And he repaired the ECU. Now my issue is completely resolved. Pros: Good for ECU stuff, knows the subject well (from what I gathered). Doesn't take a lot of time. Took only 3 day to fix mine. He doesn't overburden himself. Friendly fellow. Cons: Bit on the expensive side. Usually charges above 10K it seems. Contact Number : 0777638371 Ps: I have had only this experience and cannot say for sure that his work is always good, but from what I have heard from some friends who got his service, his work is quite good.
  7. Hello again guys, Sorry about the long pause to update. I took the car to a mechanic. (to Indika at Kolonnawa as recommended by some of the AL members. He really is a good and a knowledgeable person.) Found out that water was leaking from 3 places, the water pump and 2 hoses, and an oil leak from the crank seal. To be on the safe side, did a full check up, and replaced several parts. All together the car was in the garage for 2 weeks and and the repair did cost me a fortune, but now she is doing much better! And Rumesh88, thank you very much for your valuable inputs. As per your suggestions, I did get the door linkages cleaned ( actually replaced the door pins), and silicone lubricants did do wonders and the windows are working great. I also did a tune up(from Mr. Dhammika, again as suggested by AL), and also wheel alignment. Tha car is doing much better now. There is a small knock when accelerating ( I was told it is advance knock or something). The timing appears to be ok, as checked by my mechanic and by Mr. Dhammika. I was told not to worry about it. I would really appreciate if you guys could shed some light into this. Thanks a lot for the all the help!
  8. I also feel that I may have been mislead. The person who repaired the radiator said there was no hurry to replace it and also not to replace it immediately till a gasket leak is ruled out. (said the engine could be damaged if the cap is replaced as the gasket leak would increase the pressure inside the engine) I'm not very familiar with how these things work, and it was his word that I had to go by at that hour.
  9. Nope. NO radiator repairs. The person who owned it before the person who sold it to me had replaced the radiator ( Which badly tampered with and mended here and there as I noticed while it was being cleaned yesterday). I did notice some air leaking from the radiator cap while the radiator repairman pressurized the radiator under water after replacing the tank. I observed the radiator opening while running the engine after filling it, there was no bubbling, and the engine oil level was at the expected level and not abnormally high(after the engine had cooled down). Could that rule out a gasket leak?
  10. By the way I did make a mistake too. Apparently the previous owner had only used water, and no coolant. To quote Saturn; Quote: - if the vehicle is hot you may be able to open the radiator overflow tank (be careful) and check if he uses coolant. Not using coolant indicates: 1. Owner is an idiot 2. Radiator has leak and owner is topping it up with ordinary water. Either case, don't buy the car. /End Quote I did not think this would be much of an issue and thought it would be ok if I use coolant, guess I am an idiot too.
  11. Soory about the silence during the last 2 days. Had a bit of a trouble with the car. Well matroska, that is exactly what I did last thursday, I went to Kandy. (With my mother, not the mother-in-law ) Unfortunately, on my way back I had to face the problems! While coming back, at Galigamuwa, at 8pm, the car started over heating. The plastic tank in the radiator was blown. Luckily I had stopped in front of a service station which was known to a cousin of mine. I left the car there and came back the next day, and took it to a local radiator repairman. His suggestion was to replace the radiator and did some patching up with a metal glue to help me get back to colombo. While coming back, at Yakkala, the car again started over heating, to find the patch work was also blown. Luckily this time also I had stopped near a garage. (coincidence or did the pilgrimage pay off? ) With the help of the owner of the place, I got the radiator to a local place, got the radiator cleaned and replaced the plastic tank. Apparently some one had tampered with the tank and had damaged it perviously, and it was damaged at that point. After replacing it, the car worked fine, no heating issues, radiator fan was working. So I left the garage and thought my problems were over. On the way I had to stop and till then the heat kept below the mid point. But when I stated driving again, the heat started to climb and I just managed to get home before it went too high. Then I found that the radiator was empty, and there were no signs of leakage from the radiator. So my guess is there is could be a problem with the radiator cap which is the cause for the reduction of water, and the resultant over heating may have caused the tank to blow initially. At the last instance when I stopped the high pressure could have caused the water to leak through the radiator cap as the water is not circulating. Any way I am planning to take it to a mechanic on saturday. (I had to leave the car and come back to work today. ) All in all my first experience with the car was not a very happy one, but still, the driving experience was great except for the heating issue. I would really appreciate any suggestions of you guys to help me fix this problem. Sorry about the really long post, guess I needed to release my stress.
  12. Thanks a lot for the prompt and detailed reply Rumesh88. The car is a well maintained one with maintenance records. Previous service was done about 1000km back next is due after another 4000km. It is a manual by the way. A civic EK3 ferio vi with 3 stage vtec to be exact.
  13. Hello guys, this is my first post in AL! First of all, I must thank everyone here at AL for sharing so much of valuable content. Specially to 'Saturn' whose guide was a great help for me to buy my first vehicle, which I bought today. So, my question is, what should I do first after buying a used vehicle? (Other than getting the transfer registered at the RMV) PS: I'm sorry if this is a repost, I serached AL but couldn't find what I was looking for. Thanks in advance. Pubudu