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New to this but recently picked up a 2002 Rsx Base Automatic with 160,00 KM.
For rushing into buying this vehicle and realizing a lot after a couple of weeks im not to satisfied with the purchase and have a bunch of questions about the Rsx and maintenance.
So first thing I noticed was that the SRS light was on and the oil dipstick had burnt oil onto the dipstick with very old oil (which clearly wasnt changed in a long time). So I got just an a regular oil change and noticed a big difference in performance due to it not being AS sluggish as before but not yet feeling right.
I then checked the transmission fluid which is black, (also clearly has not been changed in a while), but I have not yet got to changing that due to it being very cold and snowy outside which would not let me fully see if there was a performance difference because of the horrible road conditions.
I also park this car outside everyday, and has been parked outside its whole life in very harsh winters getting as cold as -30.
It still drives sluggish and feels like it shifts sluggish/slow, like it shifts late.
I have not yet got to checking the spark plugs, and the previous owner said its a fairly new battery.
Recently I have fixed the SRS light with the old paper clip and switching the key to on position on YouTube and it has fixed it!
The MAJOR issue I am now trying to find the answer to is recently my MAINTENANCE REQUIRED light has been flashing upon start up, even though I have only drove 3000 KM since last oil change, and my receipt from that oil change says that the Maintenance required light was RESET but am not sure if Acura actually reset it.
And now my CHECK ENGINE light has been coming on and off recently.
First thing I did after a little research was tighten my gas cap which actually ended up making the check engine go off after about a full day. Now my check engine was back on this morning and after work driving home it has turned off, and then AGAIN once reaching my driveway it came back on.
I do not understand what to do at this point and am hoping someone can cover my questions.
Debating whether to actually go to Acura and pay the ridiculous price they are asking for a check engine light code check, or is this a horribly maintained Rsx that I should not bother trying to restore to healthy running conditions and just sell. ( I paid $5600 for this RSX, and was hoping to get that much back if I should sell this vehicle,
It also has a tiny bit of rust on the wheel wells, and also has rust on the rotors, rear axle, And can post pictures of the bottom of the vehicle if someone Can help me cover that topic as well.
I drive this vehicle as my daily and it has mint condition interior, has never been in an accident or had any repairs.
What are your guys' opinion on sea foaming the car, in the oil, gas tank, and vacuum line, just to clear up any carbon build up or gunk in there from terrible maintenance.
I think that using sea foam in the oil and half tank of gas as well as the vacuum line, obviously with the right amount in each,
And will change the sea foam oil in 200 KM.
Will this help with the sluggish gear shifting and acceleration, or will that product eat my car inside out?


Also, should I get a transmission and engine flush, even with the very high amount of kilometers, I have read on this forum before that a transmission flush on an old Unmaintained transmission can cause further problems?

It's never thrown a check engine light when it's been driving with a nice warm engine for a while, cold morning days upon start up I'll be driving for about 15-20 minutes and the light will come on and will stay on for a while or even a full day, possibly due to the cold?
Is it safe to buy the part and get the new O2 sensor (if the check engine code says that is the issue) from a body shop that is not an Acura/Honda Dealership?
Also I texted the guy I bought this nightmare from and he told me he has not changed the spark plugs or transmission fluid lately (which probably means he never changed them since he bought the car at 60,000KM, now has 160,000 KM).
I clearly need to take this car to a proffesional and if I can't find a mechanic with a good rep i will probably not gamble with it and just take it to the Honda dealership for a full tune up (new spark plugs, transmission fluid flush and change, engine flush and oil change, and diagnos the check engine light issue if it's even on by the time I get to the dealership tomorrow or the day after.
Thanks a lot for the help

Thank you and hope to hear from someone soon, would be a very big help to cover everything mentioned about the car!
 

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Dude. Glad to see you came here for help. But please, space out your thoughts so we all don't get headaches reading your posts....:D

You probably need to replace that o2 sensor. Your car is old. Not sure about the tranny flush. Haven't heard that doing one will further damage a tranny. If it's that fucked up, it'll need a rebuild to function properly anyways. It's worth a try.

If you take this beast to a dealer, they are going to bend you over for $$$. Replace the things you are familiar with. Spark plugs, fresh oil and filter, etc. o2 sensors can be bought anywhere. You can easily install them with a jack and stands.
 

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Basically oil, transmission fluid, spark plug change, and reading CEL light can be done by yourself. They are not difficult to do. Depends on how mechanically inclined are you and how comfortable are you working with cars.

Based on what you said, you should change the transmission fluid, the new fluid is like dark red. Do it 3 times to flush the entire thing. Each time you need 3 bottles of ATF. So basically you drain the fluid you have now, refill with 3 bottles of ATF. Drive it around around the block for like 5 mins, repeat the steps for the second and third time.

If you wanna find out about your CEL light yourself, buy an OBDII reader from ebay, they cost less than 50 bucks, download an app on your apple/android phone and you can use that app to find out the code, if there's any problem.
 

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Are you in calgary?

If you've done enough searching, you will know that I've helped out a lot of members in the past.

I can take care of all your worries for you, for half the price of the dealer

Let me Know

I could beable to get her done on a Weekend. (one full day)
 

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Are you in calgary?

If you've done enough searching, you will know that I've helped out a lot of members in the past.

I can take care of all your worries for you, for half the price of the dealer

Let me Know

I could beable to get her done on a Weekend. (one full day)
I am in Red Deer
 

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You probably need to replace that o2 sensor. Your car is old. Not sure about the tranny flush. Haven't heard that doing one will further damage a tranny. If it's that fucked up, it'll need a rebuild to function properly anyways. It's worth a try.

If you take this beast to a dealer, they are going to bend you over for $$$. Replace the things you are familiar with. Spark plugs, fresh oil and filter, etc. o2 sensors can be bought anywhere. You can easily install them with a jack and stands.
How much do you think getting it replaced from a mechanic should cost? I was quoted $320 for the O2 sensor from an Acura/Honda specialist mechanic which is not that much less than from the dealership.
 

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How much do you think getting it replaced from a mechanic should cost? I was quoted $320 for the O2 sensor from an Acura/Honda specialist mechanic which is not that much less than from the dealership.
no more than $50 labor for such an easy, drop in part.
 
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