93 Civic engine light on after turning off engine and restarting

Discussion in 'Civic' started by Gonzo970, Jun 26, 2004.

  1. Gonzo970

    Gonzo970 Guest

    We have a 93 Civic that when you first drive it things are fine. Then you stop
    and get out and get back in shortly after, restart the engine and it makes an
    intermittent grinding noise and the Check Engine light comes on. Any ideas
    what this could be?



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    Gonzo970, Jun 26, 2004
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    If your owner's manual describes the 'lamp test' feature, do that (with
    park brake on). If your car has ABS read the part that describes what
    ABS is supposed to sound / feel like. Try it on a dirt road to see what
    it actually does when working.

    The grinding noise: Is it while cranking, or when engine starts to run,
    or after vehicle starts to move, ie: about 10 km/hour?

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    motsco_ _, Jun 26, 2004
  3. Gonzo970

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    I don't think it would be the ABS. The noise does come after the vehicle
    starts to move about 10 Kmh. I definately do not hear the noise when
    starting the engine or at a standstill.



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    Gonzo970, Jun 26, 2004
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    I will add one more thing. I have been told that they think, the mechanic
    that it is the Air Conditioner bearings making the noise. But that doesn't
    make sense as to why it only happens after stopping and turning off the engine
    and then restarting and driving. As well as the engine light being on.

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    Gonzo970, Jun 27, 2004
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    If anyone was interested, it was the bearing in the distributer. So we needed
    a new distributer. Seems it would heat up and then that would cause the engine
    light to come on.

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    Gonzo970, Jul 1, 2004
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    motsco_ _ Guest


    Thanks for reporting back . . . It's really good you discovered the 'red
    dust' inside the distributor. If left untreated, I think the extra
    load on the camshaft can gause the timing belt to start jumping teeth.

    I thought the noise was supposed to be a high-pitched squeel ? ?

    Did the mechanic explain why the CHECK ENGINE light was coming on? It
    might help somebody else diagnose a similar problem.

    motsco_ _, Jul 1, 2004
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    He said the engine light was coming on because the bearing was going out. He
    didn't say exactly why. But shortly after hearing the grinding noise the light
    would come on. My guess if the distributor was missing then it would throw the
    engine timing off? I am not sure.


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    Gonzo970, Jul 12, 2004
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