One REAL Broken Honda
I'm looking for some backwoods remedies to get a severely damaged and conveniently just out of warranty Honda through for another 1/2 year or so.
Here's the deal, my best friend bought a 2009 Honda Accord brand new, he changed the oil only according to the oil life meter and ran Castrol conventional 5W-20 and a Fram filter religiously. He shared it with his parents and they drove it pretty light, so the OLM changes worked out to about 8-10,000 miles. He brought it to me quite a lot for whatever odd thing it needed and I always noticed the oil was low and smelled like straight fuel.
The car is at 36,000 miles, it runs nice but the idle is very high, the cam is completely wiped (frosted looking, deep, uneven scores) viewed through the fill hole, I can't see the cam for the VTEC but I assume the same thing.
I decided to take the oil cap off with the engine running and exhaust gas came spewing out of the hole. The idle went down by about 200 rpm. I removed the PCV hose and it was full of oil. I then looked at the cam and it was almost completely dry, and there was a lot of coking around the baffles inside the valve cover.
It was REALLY hot under the hood so I decided to connect my scanner and the coolant temp was fine, 202 degrees, but the short term fuel trim was at -10 with the oil cap on, I didn't get a chance to check it with the oil cap off. The catalyst temperature was 1047*F.
Upon inspecting the spark plugs, they have long brown/black streaks going up the porcelain and they are badly carboned.
I performed an induction cleaning with Seafoam and the smoke wasn't white like normal, it was blue under acceleration and black when the throttle was snapped shut.
While running the motor after the induction cleaning, the check engine started blinking, the VSA light came on and the vehicle coasted to a stop with the pedal to the floor. After cycling the ignition, the VSA light went off and the CEL stopped flashing. I got back to my garage and pulled Cyl 1,3,4 misfire and random multiple misfire. No history or pending DTCs.
As you can see, this thing is pretty well FUBAR. I know that it's just going to get worse, but I want to keep it running nice for the next 6-8 months until he can trade it in.
P.S. The A/C also has a massive leak on the low side valve, and the power steering pump is very noisy, it accounts for most of the noise under the hood.
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