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97 civic EX sounds like a small plane when accelerating

The car runs fine, but sounds like a small bi-plane when I am accelerating. Any suggestions?

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As long as your car is not hovering above the ground, I think it is a simple exhaust leak. If the latter is true get a patent.

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I'm guessing some welds in the catalytic coverter have broken loose

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What other engine will fit a 97 civic ex?


The 96-98 Civic EX came with an OBD2A D16Y8 engine. That is the only engine that will go in as a direct replacement with your current engine ECU. It's an SOHC VTEC engine that has two extra connections not found on the other 96-98 Civic engines - a VTEC solenoid and a special oil sensor used to determine if VTEC engagement is possible. If you swap in an older Civic engine (92-95 generation) you'll have to convert the car to OBD1 (requires a special adapter hardness) and run the ECU that goes with whatever engine you use. This will break functionality of your OBD2 diagnostics port, and depending on which state you live in will cause you to fail emissions checks. If you install a D16Y8 engine from a 99-00 Civic EX, you will have to swap the intake and exhaust manifolds from your old engine to the new engine, and you will be able to continue to run your existing OBD2A wiring and ECU. The 99-00 Civic EX engines have additional sensors, since those engines are OBD2B. The easiest fix would be to find a SOHC VTEC D16Y8 from a 96-98 Civic EX, as it would be a direct plug and play replacement.

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97 honda civic ex inconsistent turn signal


Check the connections of the bulb sockets and the contacts on the bulbs themselves. Sometimes a small amount of corrosion or oxidation can increase the resistance in the circuit enough to cause the flasher to cycle erratically. When the fast flashing occurs, check both your front and rear bulbs. Is one dimmer than the other? If so, start by checking that one first.

While unlikely...does your Honda have any sort of towing capability? If so, corrosion or a short in your trailer light connection can also wreak havoc on a flasher. If your car has a tow hitch, you may want to remove the trailer wiring adapter from the car's factory wiring and see if the problem disappears. If so, either remove or replace the defective controller.

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I have acceleration problems at times here and there.


sounds like a spark plug/ spark plug wire problem. i would change the plugs and wires this is a cheap fix and can be done with little effort.

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1997 Honda Civic EX (automatic) jerks while accelerating?


Check your wires, plugs and coils. I think it is an ignition problem myself. Something is breaking down under a load. My guess would be a bad coil or wire, the hard starting could be a symtem of this also, As I first read your description I was thinking maybe a leaking fuel injector or faulty fuel injector, but I believe it is in the ignition system. I hope this Helps! Merry Christmas!

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