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2002 Honda Civic DX 2dr Coupe Manual

2002 Honda Civic
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Front Wheel Drive, 2 Door Coupe, Compact
33 mpg city / 39 mpg hwy
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October 9, 2013, 8:09 am

Gabi K

Question: 02 Civic Misfire All Four Cylinders URGENT

Out of nowhere, yesterday car started to show flashing CEL.
- Code reading: P0 codes for all 4 cylinders, plus the Random Multiple Cylinder Misfire code
- Car shaky when idle
- Exhaust smells different

Changed spark plugs, had a recent oil change. Latest problem was with overheating but that seems to have been solved with a new thermostat. There was a code p1457 (exhaust system leak?) but that seems to have gone away.

I'm on a really low budget and need to get back to work ASAP :(

October 15, 2013, 5:16 pm

Richard W
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If you changed the plugs and it still is misfiring on all cylinders I would have the compression tested. To make sure the engine is good and that the head gasket is not bad. The other thing that goes on your car is the distributor. They are common for this problem.

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October 15, 2013, 7:55 pm

Gabi K

Thank you. I will keep these other possibilities in mind for the future. It came out to be the ignition coils, and after replacing them the problem was all fixed. However, I now have a P0420 "Catalyst System Efficiency Below Threshold" code, which I dread and think that I have damaged the cat as a result of driving while having the CEL on. Is this serious?

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