89 accord question and problem

Discussion in 'Accord' started by demar, Jul 27, 2003.

  1. demar

    demar Guest

    I have a 1989 Accord LXi, and I was wondering if someone could please
    tell me what the handle under the steering wheel is for. I bought the
    car used and it didn't have an owners manual. Forgive my stupidity,
    but this is the first Honda that I have ever owned, and I have never
    seen this pull handle in any other car. It is below the steering
    wheel, on the left, and it pulls stright out.

    Now, on to my problem.
    Under normal conditions, my car does a fine job. But, at high RPM,
    (about 4000) every light, including headlights, gets brighter, and the
    battery light comes on. I have had the car for about 1 1/2 years, and
    this has never happened before. It started about 2 weeks ago.

    Thank you for any help.
    demar, Jul 27, 2003
  2. demar

    N.E.Ohio Bob Guest

    Alternator work on these cars is not for the faint hearted. Diagnosis
    may be easily done by taking the car to a parts store, and having them
    run some output tests on the charging system.
    The alternator is mounted on the 'back' of the engine. To remove it.
    the left drive shaft is going to have to be removed, not an easy job.
    Good luck ! bob
    N.E.Ohio Bob, Jul 27, 2003
  3. demar

    noway Guest

    Now, on to my problem.
    Have your battery, and charging system tested. When a battery starts going
    bad, it can sometimes cause strange problems. Of course it could have to do
    with the charging system also.
    noway, Jul 27, 2003
  4. demar

    Randolph Guest

    Now, on to my problem.
    This is a typical symptom of a bad voltage regulator. The voltage
    regulator is built into the alternator, on some cars it is replaceable,
    on others you have to replace the whole alternator.

    If you replace the alternator or voltage regulator, check your battery
    also; A weak battery is very hard on your alternator, and you don't want
    to ruin your new alternator with a bad battery. If the battery is more
    than 4 years old, I would replace is as a matter of course.
    Randolph, Jul 28, 2003
  5. Funny hearing you ask that question, I had to post the exact question
    a month or so ago... I thought it was an ejection seat lever and was
    afraid to pull it out with my wife sitting in the passenger seat. I
    thought if I was to pull it out, she might have disappeared all of a
    sudden... ;-)
    Robert Bodling, Jul 28, 2003
  6. This problem sounds familiar, my 1987 Accord seems to dislike the
    battery. When I start the car either in the morning or late afternoon
    (after work), the battery light will come on and stay on for about
    15-30 minutes, depending on how fast I might be traveling. If I
    happen to have the RPMs up to about 4 on my techometer, the light will
    go out as if the battery is being recharged and once it flickers out,
    it stays out till I start it back up after work. I have swapped the
    battery out with ones I've had in other vehicles I've gotten rid off
    (before having them towed away, I removed their battery), but the
    problem seems to have returned. I don't know how good the replacement
    batteries were, probably no better than the one that was in the car
    when I got it used. Could this possibly be caused by the same problem
    he might be having with his car to? Or might it be that the batteries
    I keep using are weak themselves?

    Robert Bodling, Jul 28, 2003
  7. demar

    Tom Guest

    Those symptoms are typical of worn brushes in the alternator. Expensive
    job at the dealer who typically wants to replace the alternator and
    requires removal of left driveshaft to remove.

    Brush set is about $12 and can be done of the car if handy(or Houdini)
    and you have ample access.
    Tom, Jul 28, 2003
  8. demar

    Kal Eide Guest

    Pull out the lever and push it down... don't worry it won't break....
    it allow's you to move the steering wheel... I owned my 89 lxi for 2
    years b4 I knew I could do that!!:) Luckly the last owner was taller
    than myself!
    Kal Eide, Aug 6, 2003
  9. demar

    demar Guest

    thanks to all who replyed.
    as it turns out, it was the battery.
    i had it tested at autozone and they said it had a dead cell.
    i replaced it, and now the car is fine, but i do have another

    every so often, my car will not start.
    the engine turns over just fine, and sometimes it will try to start,
    but never will. if i leave the car alone for a few hours, it will
    start right up and run great. it only does this about once or twice a
    it has happened after driving the car and trying to restart it, and it
    has happened after the car has been sitting for a few days.
    it seems to happen at random.

    demar, Aug 14, 2003
  10. Probably a bad Main Relay. You can remove it and resolder the
    connections, or just replace it.
    William Burke, Aug 15, 2003
  11. I have a '90 Accord and it does the same thing. It turns over fine but just
    doesn't fire. I think it could be fuel related problem.

    Mine's only done it 3 times, and it bloody annoying when it doesn't start.

    Callan Bleechmore, Aug 18, 2003
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