Tag Archives: Diagnosis

Loose Grounds Cause Strange Problems

A Honda Civic came into the shop with a very strange problem: the backup camera would turn on every time the brake pedal was pressed. It’s supposed to only show up when the transmission is in reverse. While looking at … Continue reading

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Missing Keyless Antenna

Many new cars come with keyless entry and ignition systems. So the car can tell where the key is, there are several antennas in different parts of the vehicle. If something goes wrong with one of the antennas, the car … Continue reading

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Pushbutton Shifter Problem

Several Honda vehicles from the last few years have come with a push button gearshift instead of the traditional lever. It’s a little odd to use at first, but you get a handle on it pretty quickly. So far it’s … Continue reading

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Bad Alternator = No Reverse

Recently a Honda Accord Crosstour was towed in with two seemingly unrelated problems. The first problem was that the charging system light had come on and the car wouldn’t start. The second was it wouldn’t go into reverse. I hooked … Continue reading

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Chewed-Through Wiring Harness

Check engine lights on new cars are not something you want to deal with, because usually it’s going to end up a warranty job and probably not pay as well as it would on an older car. Sometimes you get … Continue reading

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Oil Leak and Ignition Coil Failure

A Honda Odyssey came into the shop with a continuous misfire on cylinder 2. After confirming which cylinder had the misfire, the next step is usually to look at the spark plug to see if it’s damaged or covered in … Continue reading

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Car Won’t Turn Off

Many new cars in the past few years are keyless start, requiring the key fob to only be present in the car to allow the ignition button to start the car. From what I’ve seen, the systems are pretty well … Continue reading

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Brake Light Fuse Keeps Blowing

Usually if a fuse blows, it means that there is an electrical fault in the circuit that it protects. However, a lot of times, when a fuse blows, people will just replace the fuse and not check to see why … Continue reading

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Malfunctioning Ignition

An older Civic was towed in to the dealership because the ignition wouldn’t work and they wanted a new key cut. I was handed two keys for the car, one was an aftermarket key, and the other was a Honda … Continue reading

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Doing a Hack Repair the Right Way

The repair order said that the right turn signal was out, replace the bulb. Usually when bulbs are out it’s just a bad bulb, but after throwing one in, it still wasn’t working. Obviously this meant it had to be … Continue reading

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