Question about 1998 Honda Accord
You will have to get another key with a sensor it will not crank without the key and Lisa you may have to go back to the dealership to get a replacement key with a sensor in it
Posted on Nov 21, 2014
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
First off, I think your mechanic is trying to give his family a very happy holidays at your expense...no offense, but $1800 is WAY HIGH!
As with any schedued maintenance/tune-up, you should have your oil and oil filter changed, your air filter changed, new plugs and wires (depending on how long it's been since you've last changed them), a radiator flush/refill, a thermostat if desired (you may decide that you don't necessarily need a new one on these, but I usually include this when performing a tune-up), if your Accord is an automatic, then you'll want to have your transmission flushed and your tramsmission filter replaced (manual transmissions only need to have the level of the gear oil checked), all of your grease fittings on your suspension should be lubed (make sure to have your suspension inspected for any excessive wear or movement/"play" while this is being done), and yes, it might not be a bad idea to have the timing belt inspected and changed if necessary. Brakes and rotors should be inspected foe excessive wear and brake fluid should be checked and topped-off if necessary. Chances are, your battery is probably fine, but if it is more than a couple of years old and you live in an area that gets cold in the winter time, it would probably be a good idea to have a "load test" done on it to make sure that you have plenty of CCA (cold cranking amps) to start your car in the cold so you don't get stranded somewhere. Also, have inspect your wiper blades and top-off wiper fluid.
Other than that, there isn't really much more to it. The parts, filters, and oil for a tune-up of this nature should be less than $200, if acquired at your local parts store--possibly even less than that if were to go with store-brand parts and oil--that's if you want to do the work yourself. However, at a repair/tune-up shop, you have to worry about them marking up the price on their parts sometimes up to 200%. Then, you have to worry about how much labor charges they're going to throw at you. In addition, many mechanics will make it a point to find, or even create (believe it or not!) other issues and try to add those repairs to an invoice that you only intended on being scheduled maintenance. On occasion, you'll be able to find a shop that will install parts that a customer brings in, but most will not because they aren't able to make their "mark-up" on parts that a customer provides. But, if you do find a shop that will install parts that you provide, many times they will not warranty their work on parts from an outside source.
In any case, I would strongly suggest that you take your Honda to another shop or two to try to get a more reasonable estimate. You may be astonished at the difference you'll see in pricing, especially if you throw in that you know what all is involved with the work being performed (as much of it is merely "inspecting" the condition of pre-existing parts), and that you have a good idea on how much the parts should cost. To be quite honest with you, any honest and reputable mechanic will beat the $1800 estimate that your original mechanic quoted you. I promise you this.
I hope this helps and perhaps you'll be able to save $1000 or more to spend elsewhere this holiday season. Have a nice day!
Posted on Nov 23, 2008
SOURCE: 98 Honda Accord Wont Start
either have a shop scan it for trouble codes or buy a scanner your self at local parts store have OBDII scanner and find out for your self it could be a number of things.
Posted on Feb 26, 2009
You must go through your local honda dealer, (usually parts department) give them the numbers off the labels on the radio, along with the VIN number of the car. may have to prove ownership. They can call Honda and get that information for you. Process is alot easier if you someone that works in the parts department, if not the honda parts department, then another parts department at another car dealer.
Posted on May 30, 2009
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