WHAT DO YOU THINK IS THE PROBLEM WITH MY CAR? HELP!!!

2006 Honda Accord

Tiny

mlampa

September, 16, 2011 AT 5:43 PM

HHHMMMMM. Interesting. So why would this ETC system cause the heavy weight of the car, stiffer steering wheel, hard to press has pedal, and harder to press brake pedal all a the same time?

Tiny

mlampa

September, 16, 2011 AT 5:48 PM

Is the ETC something I can do myself with a multimeter?

Tiny

KHLow2008

September, 16, 2011 AT 5:53 PM

When the ETC has a fault, the engine could be struggling and this would result in drop in engine rpm. This in turn could cause the stiffer power steering as the pump is working at a lower rate. The brakes would be harder to depress if repeated attempts were made as the booster is not able to get sufficient vacuum to operate.

Now that you reminded me of the brakes and power steering, have the serpentine belt checked and ensure the indicator is still within specs for the tension. If the belt is slipping, the power steering would be affected. Alternator would also be charging at a lower rate and that could cause the engine to struggle or lack of response from the accelerator as the operating voltage has dropped.

Tiny

KHLow2008

September, 16, 2011 AT 5:55 PM

You would need Honda Diagnostic System (HDS) to check the APP etc.

Tiny

mlampa

September, 16, 2011 AT 6:10 PM

I haven't checked the serpentine belt yet. Now that you mentioned the alternator.I notice that when I have my dc converter plugged into the 12v socket in my care to charge my cell phone while I'm driving, I can hear the fan in it speed up and slow down as I'm accelerating and breaking. Weird! Do you think that the 12v socket is not getting a constant flow of power like it should?

Tiny

mlampa

September, 16, 2011 AT 6:18 PM

Is the suspension electronically controlled at all? When all this is happening, driving over unlevel road usually makes the car feel like the suspension of a mini van loaded with people in it. Before, it used to feel like a light go-kart sport suspension, where you can really feel the road while driving.

Tiny

KHLow2008

September, 16, 2011 AT 6:51 PM

Yup, seems electrical power is not up to specs. No, suspension is not electrcally controlled.

Tiny

mlampa

September, 16, 2011 AT 6:56 PM

Where do I go from there. Alternator check, battery check? What proper operating voltage should I be looking for?

Tiny

mlampa

September, 16, 2011 AT 7:04 PM

I've even seen the fuel talk lid indicator come on just onece in my gauge panel and I opened and closed the lid to see if the indicator would go away and it didn't. Then, leaving work to go home, I never saw the light come on ever again. This is weird too. Could the electrical system enable the CEL and throw a code too? Does the alternator have to absolutely fail in order to get a CEL? Sorry for all the questions, but I really want to learn about my car.

Tiny

KHLow2008

September, 16, 2011 AT 7:10 PM

Get a scan done to check for trouble codes.

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