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fairly significant
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
145,451 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. replace manifold (1 reports)
  2. weld shut or replace (1 reports)
1997 Honda Civic exhaust system problems

exhaust system problem

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1997 Honda Civic Owner Comments

problem #2

Aug 222010

Civic LX 1.6L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 160,902 miles


I purchased this car with a cracked manifold and in the morning it was louder that normal but would quiet down after driving for 10-15 minutes. Purchased parts off the internet and replaced with after market replacement manifold. I couldn't find them in the junk yard because there are very few around.

Be sure to check the car when the engine is cold so you can hear the leak, otherwise after it heats up you can't hear it.

- , Youngstown, OH, USA

problem #1

Sep 092010

Civic LX 1.6L 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 130,000 miles

i took off the heat shield to see where the coolant leak was coming from because at the time i thought it was a blown head gasket and wanted to confirm that, but when i took off the heat shield i looked at the exhaust manifold there was a crack extending from as far as i could see on the side with the engine block to the O2 censer. I started up the car so see if the surface was the only thing cracked, but felt the exhaust coming out so its cracked all the way through.

- , Wildomar, CA, USA

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