Civic CHECK ENG LIGHT DTC CODE

Tiny
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1999 HONDA CIVIC EX 1.6L, 5SP, 86K MI. TOOK CAR IN TO AUTO REPAIR SHOP WHERE THE CODE READ OUT EN99. WAS TOLD IT WAS CAT. CONV. AND SHOULD HAVE IT REPLACED. COULDN'T LOCATE EN99 ON THE VARIOUS HONDA WEBSITES. ANOTHER MECHANIC TOLD ME NOT TO BE TOO HASTY TO CHANGE THE PART, BUT TO GET A MORE THROUGH DTC READING. NOT THE GAS CAP. DID HAVE BATTERY CHANGED A FEW DAYS BEFORE THE LIGHT CAME ON. ALSO, I FUELED THE CAR TO THE BRIM (BAD DECISION) BEFORE THE LIGHT CAME ON. DISCONNECTED BATTERY, LIGHT STAYED OFF FOR FOUR DAYS, THEN CAME ON WHILE ON FREEWAY FOR FIRST TIME SINCE THE FOUR DAYS. THIS IS FIRST TIME A MIL HAS APPEARED SINCE I'VE HAD THE CAR 7.5 YRS.

P.S. WOULD IT BE BEST TO CHANGE TIME BELT AND WATER PUMP BEFORE 100K MILES?

ANY IDEAS, ADVICE, PLZ.
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Monday, January 29th, 2007 AT 6:01 PM

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Tiny
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Just a heads up, to get a better reading and a code that you might be able to use I would stop at a local parts store and ask them to use the OBDII tester on your car and they can give you the codes. Some will do this such as Auto Zone, or you can always pick one up for your self at places such as Auto Zone or Advanced Auto Parts. The tester should run about 100+ and you also need a Civic repair manual for the codes. Timing belt before 100k is always a bonus, doing it your self is about 100-200 depending on your dealership price or about 1400.00 at the dealership to replace it. Don't take it to some shabby shop, pay the extra and get what you pay for, or pay more for a new motor when they mess it up at the shabby shop.
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Monday, January 29th, 2007 AT 9:01 PM
Tiny
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UCC replied to your question and said that you need to get a better reading from the computer. He is right! However, purchasing one on the internet and other places you can find them for as low as $29 new and that, lower, or higher used. I have purchased mine for $30 on ebay. I have used it a lot and it functions just fine and accurately. It also clears the codes if you wish it to.

Timing belt is your call. I highly doubt it relates to this problem. Doing the work yourself, WITH a water pump replacement could run in the $100 to $150 range. No one should charge you a $1000 or more. $700 or less is a better estimate.

Get the code and get back to us. Reply on this post what you find.
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Tuesday, January 30th, 2007 AT 10:41 AM
Tiny
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See the price that I am stating is what I have gotten from the dealership both on my Civic and Nissan Sentra, from obviously two different dealerships. They both wanted 12-1350. If you go to Joe Shmoes Auto then yeah 700 or so, but you get non dealer parts most of the time, and who knows what kind of work. I personally stick with dealership parts on that job. On something like oil yeah fine, but timing you risk too much.
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Tuesday, January 30th, 2007 AT 11:18 AM

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