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chantman
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Nov 25, 2014, 8:12 AM

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Hi,

About 1.5 years ago I purchased a 2003 Honda Civic EX with 130,000 miles on it. Since then I've had to have the head gasket replaced twice (second time was due to a faulty head gasket used the first time). The check engine light is on and the code is a bad EGR valve. The ABS light is on, and I don't know why. Now the car is making a weird rattling noise coming from the engine... Also the alternator light flickers on and off.

Do I cut my losses and get rid of this? I worry about my safety. Thoughts? Thanks in advance


Hammer Time
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Nov 25, 2014, 8:42 AM

Post #2 of 5 (1045 views)
Re: What to do about Honda Civic Sign In

That's up to you. You don't even know what the car needs yet. You can't even know if it needs the EGR because nothing has been troubleshooted yet. Head gasket failures are usually the result of severe overheating so you can't blame the car for that.



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chantman
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Nov 25, 2014, 9:24 AM

Post #3 of 5 (1036 views)
Re: What to do about Honda Civic Sign In

I understand that. However, I'm concerned that this engine rebuild due to the head gasket (twice) has caused a cascade of needed repairs. They shut the check engine light off and it came right back on with the egr valve code. The ABS light and rattling also concern me.

What does an egr valve replacement usually cost?


Tom Greenleaf
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Nov 25, 2014, 9:53 AM

Post #4 of 5 (1034 views)
Re: What to do about Honda Civic Sign In

Codes for an item don't mean you need that item at all. It means for any reason that circuit isn't working properly. ABS - who knows and you can get codes for that as well but need interpreting via a diagnosis.


Rattling, battery light? Possibly loose belt or at the end of it's adjustment extreme and or something loose with brackets or exhaust parts making noise but not the battery light.


If you are on the edge of swapping out this car for another then perhaps you should take it in and get a full diagnosis as to what it will take to fix up all the things you pointed out plus perhaps some you don't see or notice yet and decide to go for it and swap out for another. Another is no guarantee either but if used again have it checked out BEFORE purchase.


Only you can decided on keep this car or not but need to know how much it going to take to put it back in shape. Can't know all of that all at once without the diagnosis already suggested,


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Hammer Time
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Nov 25, 2014, 12:44 PM

Post #5 of 5 (1017 views)
Re: What to do about Honda Civic Sign In

As I stated already, you don't know if you need an EGR valve right now. Just because you have a code related to the EGR doesn't mean the valve is bad.



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