My lovely 2004 158600 mile honda civic has been feeling under the wheather latley and all my fixes don’t seem to well… Fix it. I’ve only owned the car for about 3-4 months. (I was told last week by a third party the car sat for awhile before I got it). I first noticed it liked to start a little rougher than I liked, but never misfired. then a month later the headlights and dash lights began to flicker at a constant rate of bright to dim. Sometimes when I’m idle the lights don’t flicker. Within the last day when I first start it up itll idle a bit rough with a hiccup once or twice and then is fine once I get going. I changed the spark plugs last week but no luck on a fix. The battery is only a year n a half old. I thought maybe the alternator but it’s been a growing issue for months and many miles. Where as im my past experience when the alternator fails its a fairly quick process.
The second problem I have is it getting hot. The first time was at a drive through. I immediately changed the thermostat. Then it happened a few more times, I never let it get hot enough to overheat and turn off, but hot enough I knew I needed to pull over and let it cool for 30 mins. So I changed the thermostat again, radiator, and coolant hoses. That seemed to do the trick though yesterday it got a little hot (maybe just a little past half.) Which wasn’t too awful but hotter than where it likes to sit.20200130_123150|666x500
Anyone have any ideas on where I need to start? I’m wondering if the heat issue has to do with the other issue. Likes its working the engine more. No check lights have gone on btw.