93 Honda Civic, Coupe, Ex 1.5 98k, automatic

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5 years 11 months ago #7142 by DonHozy
DonHozy created the topic: 93 Honda Civic, Coupe, Ex 1.5 98k, automatic
In general, the car runs fine.

However, whether the car is cold, or already warmed up, at low speed (under 20 mph), I experience a "stuttering" motion when I accelerate.

It's not the whole car shaking; just a vibration I feel coming from the engine compartment, OR the suspension, as I try to keep the car at a steady rate of 10 - 20 mph. As I take my foot off the gas, it goes away.

This coincides with an audible but not loud, "gurgling" sound that appears to only happen, when I brake. As I apply the brake, it sounds like fluid swishing around the undercarriage.

Brake performance seems unaffected and I have no squeaks.

I regularly check and properly maintain all fluid levels.

None of this seems to happen (or at least I don't perceive it) at higher speeds...
As a matter of fact, I have great acceleration, braking and handling at higher speeds.

Are there any questions any of you have that I can answer to help diagnose these two issues?

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5 years 11 months ago #7143 by dreamer2355
dreamer2355 replied the topic: 93 Honda Civic, Coupe, Ex 1.5 98k, automatic
When was the last time you did a tune up? Make sure you use OEM parts if you have.

When was the timing belt last changed and have you checked timing?

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5 years 11 months ago #7144 by Third Gear
Third Gear replied the topic: 93 Honda Civic, Coupe, Ex 1.5 98k, automatic
You could be hearing fluid in the windshield washer tank or the gas tanks sloshing around. One time I experienced this with a Toyota, and water was getting into the rear passenger side door and not draining out.

The vibration could quite possibly be an engine mount. I think there is one underneath towards the dirverside, the large one goes from the cylinder head to the body, and a rear one behind the engine. There is also a transmission mount on the passenger side too. You know they are bad when they visually look damaged and/or you can a lot of movement out of them.

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5 years 11 months ago #7145 by cb7ftw
cb7ftw replied the topic: 93 Honda Civic, Coupe, Ex 1.5 98k, automatic
How long has it been doing this? No check engine light? Would check your engine mounts.

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5 years 11 months ago #7146 by EricTheCarGuy
EricTheCarGuy replied the topic: 93 Honda Civic, Coupe, Ex 1.5 98k, automatic
Interesting. I think the idea is to find out if this is an engine performance issue or a drive line issue. For that I might power break it to see if it has the problem while you're not moving. Put your foot firmly on the brake and floor the gas while the car is in gear (I'm assuming you have an automatic, you really can't do this with a manual) if the engine 'shudders' then you can reasonably conclude you have an engine performance issue, if not it might be drive line in which case I would be looking to the axles and possibly the transmission.

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5 years 10 months ago #7150 by DonHozy
DonHozy replied the topic: 93 Honda Civic, Coupe, Ex 1.5 98k, automatic

Quoted From EricTheCarGuy:

Interesting. I think the idea is to find out if this is an engine performance issue or a drive line issue. For that I might power break it to see if it has the problem while you're not moving. Put your foot firmly on the brake and floor the gas while the car is in gear (I'm assuming you have an automatic, you really can't do this with a manual) if the engine 'shudders' then you can reasonably conclude you have an engine performance issue, if not it might be drive line in which case I would be looking to the axles and possibly the transmission.


Thanks for replying, Eric!

Indeed I have an automatic and I will follow your steps and keep you all updated!

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5 years 10 months ago #7149 by DonHozy
DonHozy replied the topic: 93 Honda Civic, Coupe, Ex 1.5 98k, automatic

Quoted From cb7ftw:

How long has it been doing this? No check engine light? Would check your engine mounts.


Thank you for replying!

There is no check engine light and as mentioned I will check the engine mounts.

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5 years 10 months ago #7148 by DonHozy
DonHozy replied the topic: 93 Honda Civic, Coupe, Ex 1.5 98k, automatic

Quoted From Third Gear:

You could be hearing fluid in the windshield washer tank or the gas tanks sloshing around. One time I experienced this with a Toyota, and water was getting into the rear passenger side door and not draining out.

The vibration could quite possibly be an engine mount. I think there is one underneath towards the dirverside, the large one goes from the cylinder head to the body, and a rear one behind the engine. There is also a transmission mount on the passenger side too. You know they are bad when they visually look damaged and/or you can a lot of movement out of them.


Thanks for replying!

I will check the engine mounts.

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5 years 10 months ago #7147 by DonHozy
DonHozy replied the topic: 93 Honda Civic, Coupe, Ex 1.5 98k, automatic

Quoted From dreamer2355:

When was the last time you did a tune up? Make sure you use OEM parts if you have.

When was the timing belt last changed and have you checked timing?


Thank you for replying!

I had a tune up done over the summer and timing has been checked and reported to be fine.

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5 years 9 months ago #7152 by college man
college man replied the topic: 93 Honda Civic, Coupe, Ex 1.5 98k, automatic
Fantastic that the problem has been found. thanks for using the forum. C8-)

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