Common Problems Encountered in Honda Civic del Sol Model
Although it shares the name of Honda’s storied line of compact cars, the Honda Civic del Sol is nothing like the Honda Civic. From its distinct targa top design and a spunky 1.5-liter VTEC engine, the del Sol definitely turned heads whenever it went. The fact that it only saw limited production with around 75,000 units available further added to its mystique.
Del Sol owners know that their roadsters have their own set of lovable quirks, but they share a lot of problems as well. The following are some of the more common problems encountered in del Sol models.
Probably the most frequent problem that is unique to the del Sol is with its removable roof. The roof is known to be the source of wind noise, squeaks, and other odd noises as well as water leaks on the sides and the front top corner of both windows. Cleaning the seals with a rubber protectant often solves the problem, although in more extreme cases, it might require the removal and replacement of the weatherstripping.
Del Sol brake rotors have also been known to warp over time, leading to severe vibrations especially when braking. In such cases the rotors will have to be machined or, if the discs have become too thin, replaced with new ones. Take note that replacing the brake rotors of the del Sol will also require the replacement of the calipers.
Over time, the del Sol’s engine mounts will deteriorate and lead to vibration and roughness that can be felt through the steering wheel. Rattling noises in the dashboard and engine area may also be caused by faulty engine mounts. Replacing the engine mounts with new ones typically fixes these issues.
The A/C system of the del Sol is also prone to leaks, leading to reduced effectiveness or even a complete breakdown of the car’s A/C unit. Replacement of the leaking components is necessary, as simply plugging in the leaks is not as effective and the seal will give way over time.
Mold has also been known to grow on the evaporators, leading to a foul odor coming out of the A/C. Cleaning the evaporator with bleach effectively kills the mold, but if the smell stays the same, the evaporator itself may need replacing.