93 honda civic, Rattling sound

Discussion in 'Civic' started by shruti.sakhuja, Sep 21, 2005.

  1. I have a 1993 Honda Civic. A couple of days back, it started making a
    rattling sound when the car is at low speeds, like at a stop light. It
    seems to be coming from the rear of the car.

    Also, I am expeiencing louder than normal noise from the car,like the
    loud noise that usually old cars make while going uphill (when you are
    pressing hard on the gas).

    I am guessing it might be the muffler. Any ideas ????
    shruti.sakhuja, Sep 21, 2005
  2. shruti.sakhuja

    remco Guest

    Might be a heatshield. Look under the car (about between the front seats)
    and you'll find a metal shield over that part of the muffler. It is in two
    pieces, top and bottom. Feel if either is loose. Often you can retighten the
    thing with some large hose clamps.

    remco, Sep 21, 2005
  3. shruti.sakhuja

    TeGGeR® Guest

    Heat shield on exhaust. They rust and come loose. You have to get under the
    car to see them. Also, there are two shields surrounding the exhaust
    manifold (in the engine compartment). They can come loose from corrosion as

    A similar noise can be caused by worn door hinges.

    You might also be getting a hole in your exhaust. Time for a trip to your
    favorite muffler store.
    TeGGeR®, Sep 21, 2005
  4. shruti.sakhuja

    Abeness Guest

    Muffler, or with that vintage, could also be the "Pipe B" between the
    catalytic converter and the muffler. Mine was pretty weak (94 Civic),
    and I replaced it with OEM which was MUCH more solid than the
    aftermarket stuff I've seen. And, the OEM muffler was easily twice the
    size of the wimpy muffler that had been on it (before it broke off). Car
    is nice and quiet now. And now that I've replaced the plugs, wires,
    distributor cap and rotor, all with OEM, it starts instantly and sounds
    a heck of a lot smoother. Haven't had a chance to drive it yet, but
    having seen the way-wide gap in the plugs and the corrosion on the
    distributor terminals and rotor arm, I'm guessing my power will be back...

    Gotta get myself a tachometer and timing light to check idle speed and
    timing, next. Too bad Sears is so lame--their Craftsman "engine
    analyzer" is a bit hard to get. I gotta say, I haven't seen such shitty
    availability and shipping from anyone. Downright incompetence appears to
    reign in their online shopping services.

    Abeness, Sep 21, 2005
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