Victory for now vs. Check engine light!

Hi,
I thought I would just share with people a small victory ... I think at least for now. A few months ago my check engine light came on. Took it,
Honda Civic 1999, LX 4 -Dr-Automatic, to White Plains Honda to have them check it out. Before then panicking and putting in a load of oil just in case ... had no clue..... $US 105 later, they charged me $US 95 + tax, it was a loose gas cap. They reset the codes, light is out
Fast forward 2 months, light comes on again. Hmm.... should I pay another $105 and be told it may be a gas cap..... I read the Honda Users manual and they say drive it around for another 3 days / cycles and see if it goes out. Drive around for a three days, no adverse affects but light still on. I order a Actron CP9175 from Amazon for $US 144.95. This is one of those ODBII reader / scanners.
A week later and the Check engine light is till on. Actron arrives Saturday. Plug in the Actron an see two codes P1336 and a P1337. These are honda proprietory codes. P1336 means intermittant misfire or Cental Speed Fluctuation (the "CSF") sensor failure, i.e. RPM fluctuation sensor on the blink. P1337 means no signal from CSF sensor. So looked like had an intermittiant falt then it went all together.
Anyways clear the codes by hitting erase. Cool lights out. Start car and for a brief 2 seconds light stays off. Then comes on again..... uh ohhh not good.
So go onto the net, and also look into the Honda Factory manual. For my Honda it turns out that the CSF sensor is on the left hand side of the engine bay car near all the belts. Go and take a look. Nothing wrong there. And besides it is realy really cramped. Everything is cramed in there. Look again... hey there is a plastic cable run rubbling against one of the belts. Eeekk the belt has sawn though the outer coveing. This was the cable to the CFK sensor. Reach down to see and notice a plastic clip. Push the wire back into the clip. Clear codes restart engine.
Bingo no light!
Maybe it will hold, maybe it will not. I guess the wire has been worn half way through by the belt. When I stuffed the wire back into the clip, what remains still was sufficient to send signal. Maybe the belt wizzing by was shorting out the signal .... Who knows how long it will last, the cable housing was ripped up.
So for now anyway novice idiot mechanic 1, Honda Gremlins 0.
Warmest regards, Mike.
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That is a victory! Imagine how much you would have paid for pros to go through the same thing. They would also have replaced whatever it took to get rid of hte worn area, because thay couldn't afford the risk of the problem returning and them having to foot the bill.
Mike
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Just make sure you follow this up by doing an inspection on the timing belt assembly.
My sister's civic had the same thing happen, CEL for no good reason. Then one day driving along at 80 KPH, and the timing belt snapped. Hello $2000 engine rebuild bill.....
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snipped-for-privacy@yahoo.com wrote:

LOL. Good job!
I too am pleased to report another recent VICTORY over the evil gremlins.
Used 92 Accord lit up the dread CE light after ~20 minute's driving. Code 12 = ERG. Car also hesitated and stuttered at partial load and off idle. Classic EGR problem, right? Clogged ports and/or flaky valve lift...
Checked / cleaned ports. They were sooty, but free flowing. No improvement.
Removed EGR valve. (In itself a struggle. The aft bolt was heat seized and rounded, and with the diaphragm casing overhanging, I couldn't get a good grip on it with a socket. I just made it rounder.... Finally cut it with dremel...) Anyhoo, the EGR valve seems to work as advertised. Lifts at the right vacuum levels, seals when down, the lift sensor output varies as it should. Hmmmm
Pulled EGR box. Regulator outputs 8inHG. Solenoid opens and closes cleanly, seals well. Coil not shorted to ground. "This should work."
Pull ECU. Lift sensor signal shows at the correct wire.
En passant, changed plugs / tune up. Found about 1" of oil in the #1 plug port. DOH! Stuttering gone, but CE light still twinkling.
Hot wire solenoid. Apply DC juice when driving and observe output. Getting only 3 inches, even with much more available on the solenoid inlet. Recheck for leaks. None. WTF?
Start thinking about the bleed-back circuit in the solenoid. If the output port is partially clogged, the bleed off will pull down the output vac level. Look inside output port. Pressed brass metering(?) jet of some sort. It looks pretty puny and I have nothing to loose, being about to buy a new Solenoid, so 'screw it!' Drill out the brass jet. Even using the smallest drill I have, the hole is much bigger, and potential flow must have gone up by a power of 10 or more. VOILA!!! I get another 1/2" of lift (all the ECU wants, apparently), and much improved lift response time. Best of all, NO FRIGGING LIGHT! The car easily passes smog test. WOOT!
Total cost: $15 for on of those vacuum guage/pump thingamagigies, and about 5 hours total fiddling.
-Greg
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Now increase your status from a novice mechanic by going back and do the repair right. The wire has to be repaired and the area insulated or moisture and salt will get in the wire and corrode it. First remove the negative lead off the battery to prevent damage by shorting the power. If it is a single wire in the bundle damaged pull it out some and cut it and strip the ends. Use a butt connector of the correct size to connect the two ends. Use a good electrical tape to wrap the area several times to keep out moisture. Now make sure the cable is in it's clamps and inspect all other cables for proper routing. Now you can pat yourself on the back.

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Hi Woody,
Thanks for your tip. I think you are right. Problem is the access. I would love to get down there and fix it up correctly. I just cannot get at the wire. In the Honda factory manual, the CDF / CKF sensor replacement requires the removal of the engine cover, and quite a few other bits and pieces, this then gives you the required access...
I think if it does not hold, then then I will have to get it fixed professionally .... unless you know of some other trick..... I am just a normal basically ... have no clue ... sort of owner.
Best, Mike.
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I have a CP9175, and it's worth its weight in gold. Went in with my cousin and split the cost.
Now for your problem. I would go back to the dealer and explain this and ask for my damn money back since they DID NOT solve the problem. Hell, they probably just reset the code and sent you on your way.
G-Man

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