My 70K-mile, 2004 Accord 2.0 i-VTEC SE suffers from hesitation/bogging
under load. This is most apparent uphill, in low revs, 2nd gear, esp.
with the air-con on, where the car will not respond to the accelerator
pedal with any urgency at all. Eventually the revs will climb and the
engine then kicks into life.
The car had its spark-plugs and air-filter changed last year/7,500 miles
ago. The HT leads are not a service items as far as I can see on the
Am I asking too much from what is a heavy car? A search on the group did
not yield results for my model. I have only had it for a year, so I
cannot tell if these are new symptoms.
Many thanks in advance (of its annual service on Friday :-)).
p.s.: Not sure if it's related, but when very cold, it cangaroos when
changing up to second (irrespective of A/C); I have always put it down
to me and change up later. Other strange to me symptom: I can see when
the A/C kicks in because the lights dim and I can sometimes feel it kick
in on the accelerator pedal.
Agreed, also if its been habitually driven lazily its probably abit clagged
up by now. Pop a bottle of injector cleaner in 1/2-2/3 a tank (i.e. stronger
than destructions) and give it a good caning.
PS ensure you dont have a lazy thermostat preventing full working temp being
On Mon, 15 Nov 2010 20:37:01 -0000, Kostas Kavoussanakis
Well it's a V-Tec, if you're changing up below 3000RPM it'll do that.
They're not really designed to be lugged (from a man who whinces whilst
listening to his Dad drive one that's never been over 2800RPM outside the
Thanks for raising this point. Honda disagrees with you. The manual
includes a table of recommended shift points. They only associate with
road speed, so I associated with revs. I list it below, with the caveat
that I may have misread the MPH @ 1KRPM on the instruments, but not by
much, I don't think:
MPH @ Shift up
Gear 1KRPM MPH RPM
1st 6 15 2500
2nd 10 25 2500
3rd 15 40 2667
4th 19 50 2632
They also have a table that I have never understood. It goes thus:
MPH @ acceleration
Gear 1KRPM MPH RPM
1st 6 7 1167
2nd 10 22 2200
3rd 15 33 2200
4th 19 48 2526
I do cane it when I can; it's just the way I am on the open road. I am
however different in the suburban distances, where traffic lights,
roundabouts and certainly roadworks, rule.
p.s.: Tim, thanks for the suggestion; I am not too tempted to try
additives, if honest.
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