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Honda accord 1992 tune up

How much is it for a full tune up? a mechanic told me 390 but i think thats too much for just a tune up

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  • FaizanQ187 Nov 06, 2008

    its a 92 with 56k on it the original owner was an old lady she never really drove the car it just sat there for 5 yrs through the weather and everything and she never really serviced the car ether

  • FaizanQ187 Nov 06, 2008

    the car is a 92 accord with 56k on it the original owner was an old woman who never drove the car it has been sitting in her drive way for 5 yrs through the weather and everything she never really serviced it ether since she never drove it


  • Anonymous Nov 17, 2008

    cant put on timing

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Don't do it.  You are smart enough to know that this tune up is full of fluff.  Find another mechanic,  this is either a dealer or a thief, maybe both.
Do you know what MPG the car got when new (are you original owner)?  If you do, and If it's getting the same mileage it did when new,  you don't need much of a tune up.
you probably need : 1.air filter
2.oil change and filter
3. plugs  if > 100K since last changed
4. MAYBE, just MAYBE a fuel filter, but if you don't have a performance problem,  probably don't need it.
5. If you don't have a significantly different mileage from new, and the car idles and runs rock steady, you don't need wires now ... tomorrow might be a different story ... but you'll have symptoms first.

Lets look at what is BS in the list:
I call BS -> "ADJUST" in "Renew & Adjust Spark Plugs", it sounds great but in several dozen plugs I have checked, they were all 100% to spec out of the box,  they are not made by monkeys.
I call MAYBE BS "Inspect Or Replace Distributor Cap, Rotor"  I think your 92 is electronic ignition, 93 was because I had a 93 honda.  So I call Probably.   Now I call definite BS on "Inspect or Replace",  since they aren't replacing many of them, but at that price you paying for a new one.  If they don't use a microscope with heavy backlighting to inspect the cap and roter THAT YOU DON'T EVEN HAVE,  they are wasting their time and your money by inspecting it.
I call BS "Service Or Renew Air, Fuel Filter And PCV Valve", if they can't say Replace Air, Fuel filter and Inspect PCV,  I sure wouldn't pay them $390 ... are they on crack;~)!  They are NOT going to "Service" the air and fuel filter, if they understand english, they should say what they mean,  if they can't do this, do you want them servicing your car?
I call BS "Adjust Ignition Timing And Check Advance" What on earth do they think could possibly have changed the ignition timing, and how in the world do they think they are going to adjust it, by rotating the distributor cap you don't have?  ... it's got an electronic ignition (98% sure it does).


I call BS " Make Necessary Fuel Adjustments", what fuel adjustments, Have them explain a SINGLE fuel adjustment in your car they are possibly qualified to make unless they have a $100K clean room. The car is fuel injected,are they going to disassemble the injection pump in their clan room and mic and replace the fuel rotor (read:NO). 

I call BS  "Service Battery", ok, MAYBE they will rinse off the top and add distilled water or at least check it - takes you 5 minutes if you are unqualified.
Keep in mind no one is right 100% of the time, but if your engine is Injected and Electronic ignition (easily verified), most of this is useless from a generic list of cars from prior to the 80's or 90's, and I'm not wrong that often.
I call MAJOR BS " Does Not Include: Adjust Belts",  OK, never mind this is a trival thing to do if  it's needed (rarely),  but they are charging you $400 for what they will spend an hour at most to do.

I call MAJOR BS ->No Oil change listed in the service ... THIS ALWAYS NEEDS TO BE DONE ... EVERY SCHEDULED SERVICE

Posted on Nov 06, 2008

  • A Mayers Nov 06, 2008

    Please rate all solutions. 

    Since the car is older, despite not having many miles on it, I'll revise what you need:


    Since it has not run for an extended period of time, years as I understand it, you should NOT start it, but have it towed to a reasonable mechanic, have them drain the bad fuel out that will otherwise cause you many problems, DON'T do the fuel filter yet, but wait for 2-3 tanks of new fuel THEN change the fuel filter.  You don't want to gum up your new filter with tank sludge.


    Estimates are for reasonable mechanic including parts and labor



    1.air filter   EST $15
    2.oil change and filter EST $20-25
    3. plugs, they are original 16 years old, so change them  EST $20-25
    4.a fuel filter, AFTER TANK IS DRAINED AND minium of 2 new tanks of fuel go through it.  Try to run these 2 tanks down very low to get any remaining junk out of fuel tank. EST $35-30

    5.Dont bother with the wires if the car runs fine,  while they are old,  they probably will be OK

    6. Replace all belts and radiator hoses IF you want to depend on this car,  rubber gets brittle with time and a failure will strand you.
    EST $150


    7. The tires are probably not safe even if they have tread, rubber is now brittle, have the mechanic (one that does not sell tires) evaluate.  4 Radials installed EST $150-200


    8. The mileage itself doesn't warrant a timing belt yet, but as these are rubber also,  it MAY NOT last the recommended interval,  if it breaks, you will at best be stranded, at worst (if it's an interference engine) will be faced with a repair that could easily exceed the value of the car.   Timing belt + water pump + belt tensioner (normally done at the same time to avoid breakdown and paying or the same labor 2 or 3 times) labor EST $400


    OK,  now you'll have spent on the car about what you could sell the car for,  but it will be reliable.  













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Includes: Renew & Adjust Spark Plugs. Inspect Or Replace Distributor Cap, Rotor & Ignition Cables. Service Or Renew Air, Fuel Filter And PCV Valve. Adjust Ignition Timing And Check Advance. Make Necessary Fuel Adjustments, Service Battery. Does Not Include: Adjust Belts

This describes a "tune up" per the "book" it bills at 2 hours labor plus parts I think the quoted price is a little high based on plugs are 1.80 each cap maybe 15.00 pcv 4.00 fuel filter 18.00 the most costly part is the wires. SHOP AROUND

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