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Dave Redinger's The Neighbourhood Mechanic 8/15/06

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Every so often an accessory comes along that isn’t appreciated until you start to use lt. To name a few: remote door locks, channel seeking radios, blue tooth, power steering. The latest… On-board Navigation. We just returned from a week on the road without looking at a map. The unit guides you right to the front door. No fuss, no arguing (wife can’t read maps), no trying for the exit you just missed. It’s just safer. Look into ON-board Navigation when it’s trade-in time. My friend Ron says

“I don’t have an excuse for being late anymore”.

I have a 1996 Honda Civic automatic. Whenever it rains hard and I start the car the engine light comes on and the D4 light flashes. If driven like this, it seems as though the tranny is having a problem engaging. Please help and let me know what you think the problem is. This is my first car and I don't know what to do.


Seems your having and electrical issue. The transmission is computer controlled. Sound as if the harness has an abraded and the moisture is shorting out the computer. You will have to have this repaired soon .Eventually the transmission will break down. Have your tech check the area under the intake manifold first for damage.

I own a 2000 Chrysler Intrepid I just recently punctured the cooler for power steering on my car So I removed the cooler altogether from my car I live in Newfoundland where the temperature barely rises above 25 degrees Celsius I was wondering with the cooler taken off would it do any damage to the power steering on my car I would greatly appreciate an answer Bob

Thanks for your question....Although the ambient temperature is 25 C, the temp under the hood is alot higher.

High fluid temperatures will eventually damage the seals, both in the pump and steering assembly. I’ve learned over the years that manufactures don't put anything of their cars that they don't need. Remember if you can save 1 dollar per car and you build a millions of them ...well you can figure the rest out. Be smart replace the cooler.

Dave Redinger a mechanic with over 40 yrs of experience. Dave operates his shop “DOCTOR H HONDA SPECIALISTS in Toronto for the last 25 yrs.

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