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It's time to get started on the "new to me" Civic and see if we can get some direction as to what the next step is going to be. In this episode we check the compression on the Civic to see if we can get some direction and gather the data before we tear into it.
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47 thoughts on “Honda civic – diagnosis part i – the compression test”
  1. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars David Farmer says:

    Oh they blacken that fast ? Go back to reg. Color ?

  2. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Antonio Claudio Michael says:

    Great Video Series Eric O very much Enjoying this series Super entertaining @SouthMainAutoRepairLLC

  3. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars John E. Carr says:

    Another great video.😶‍🌫

  4. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars John Weiland says:

    Dont you have to pull the cylinder head to see the damage done?

  5. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Shane Harrison says:

    If it's worth rebuilding

  6. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Shane Harrison says:

    Cooked it nice its pooched

  7. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars WouterB76 says:

    VTEC just k…..ehhhhhhhhhh.

  8. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Russell Booth says:

    I think the low compression is caused by both a blown cylinder head gasket & either a warped or worse still,a bent cylinder head where it's beyond machining flat !

  9. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars John Doe says:

    Despite half the compression packing it's suitcases and leaving, it still runs. Silly little things are dammed near bulletproof. When I was sixteen my father bought me a 1981 model. Despite being used to do reverse donuts, roll backs, being severely overheated and being used to have race down to the local beach (ahhhh the smell of smouldering brake pads) it just would not quit. I ended up selling it for $50 just to get it off the lawn when I got something with more power.

  10. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Hola! John Rodrigues says:

    It was subjected to thermal abuse?

  11. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Jodyjr00 says:

    2012 honda insight 1.3 hybrid. How do i get the engine to crank but not start. When i pulled the fuel pump fuse it would not even crank? Help

  12. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Ronald de Rooij says:

    A severe case of compression regression. What happened to the car?

  13. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Stevie Athers. says:

    It’s like being in school this one with a student project car 👍🏻🇬🇧

  14. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Leon Petersen says:

    Love your channel man!!!

  15. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars polcat123456789 says:

    not sure if someone else pointed this out but isn't it procedure to put a battery charger on "jumpstart" mode so that the battery getting low does not affect the test?

  16. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars boaterbil says:

    I did!

  17. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Jesse W says:

    Poor little Honda. I hope you can put it back on the road. Looks like a decent car. Also, leak down test can show compression going out the radiator in the case of a bad head gasket.

  18. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars markam campbell says:

    starts and runs better than some of the cars i have driven.

  19. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Duncan Mac says:

    And the plot thickens….. Thanks for the video.

  20. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Chris Mckee says:

    He said POOPY!

  21. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars stuart crosbie says:

    my call was 1 and three were gonna be lowest three being worst of the two but 4 surprised me being relatively good

  22. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Ray Vandegrift says:

    I wish I could come up there and work for you, I miss home, upstate, north chemung to be exact, just outside of lowman N.Y.

  23. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Scoopdupe says:

    might get away with just resurfacing the head new gasket bottom end sounded pretty good

  24. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars John S says:

    What would be a good source of online info for all us shade tree, back yard wrench turners? Can't afford the subscription cost to the paid sites since I'm only doing work on my own stuff. Love the videos, keep them up.

  25. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Sean Carney says:

    take a peek in the hole ha 😍

  26. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars pete smith says:

    That car is too good to scrap but is a good project car.good to see we are making a start thumbs up eric.

  27. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Electone_Guy says:

    Those Honda D Series engines can take a ton of abuse and still chug along.

  28. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Aaron Price says:

    I KNOW that sound… timing's jumped on that D17

  29. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars William Bowne says:

    i guess #1

  30. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Douglas Laramie says:

    This is going to be good Eric. Are you going to dispel the old wives tale, never buy a used car from a mechanic. HaHaHaHa

  31. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Manikandan Vallilath says:

    south main auto repair,add commen rail system videos,air bleeding,starting problem issues extra…

  32. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Smitty Smithsonite says:

    Wow, the guy melted that one down good! 1 out of 4 survived! Not good odds …

    Can't wait to see inside this one! Definite head gasket … maybe some barbecued exhaust valves.

  33. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars spelunkerd says:

    Old school or not, this seems so much more accurate than guessing based on relative starter motor amperage. Great start!

  34. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Hawaiian F150 says:

    Great Video. This is going to be a good series. The "wait for it" video moment makes it's presence known. Now begins the ever long and drawn out coffee drinking – counter top tapping waiting period. I'm betting that no matter what is found it won't be a challenge for you. Oh yeah… My bet was all four leaking. I just didn't think the worse one would come from the middle of the head. In degree from bad to better was #4, #1, #3 with #2 being the least of the bunch. The coil boots tell you a lot but not the whole answer.

  35. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Jim B says:

    i did gusses 1 lol

  36. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Geo Jor says:

    great stuff Eric …

  37. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Mr. Bob Dobalina says:

    When the Vtec kicks in under acceleration the wheels will break loose when you have it fixed. They are so fast.

  38. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars WEStTEXAs says:

    The color of that slightly blue spark plug gives you an extra 15 HP !! plus it came with a sticker JDM life 😂😂😂😂😂😂 ask any Honda person.

  39. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Serafin Silva says:

    Assuming the block is OK. Can this be rebuilt in the car?

  40. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars throttle bottle says:

    I guessed all 4 low/bad

  41. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Gerald's Videos says:

    That ricer… no dicer!

  42. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Stenio Fernandez says:

    66k suscribers erick!i remember when i was 1300..keep up the good work..!am learning a lot from you tx..

  43. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars neil rapsey says:

    this is going to be a interesting hondoo series, but if the engine is toast could you just get a lower mile engine from a junk yard, or is it cheaper to repair as your not charging yourself labor. also why have some clicked. thumbs down what's so bad that they don't like what they see 😀