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Common S2000 Problems/Solutions (1999-2009) Check here before posting

#1 User is offline   The Gent 

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  Posted 18 March 2009 - 02:51 PM

AP1 (1999-2003)

Problem: Why is my carpet always moving around? (MY00 only)
Solution: Technical Service Bulletin

Problem: Oil consumption
Solution: Some owners have said that a catch can has solved the issue.
Fact: Several S2000 owners have reported a oil consumption issue with Mobile 1.
Fact: Early AP1's (1999-2003) have a reputation of burning oil while in Vtec.

Problem: Buzzing from the transmission while decelerating. (MY00-02)
Solution: Technical Service Bulletin
Fact: Leaving the car as is won't cause any damages. AKA clutch buzz.

Problem: Rear window is creased, clouded or scratched. (MY00-01)
Solution 1: Cleaning - Technical Service Bulletin
Solution 2: Rear Window Replacement - Technical Service Bulletin
Solution 3: Upgrade to glass window / Topsonline

Problem: Grinding when shifting into 2nd gear.
Solution: Technical Service Bulletin

Problem: While doing a valve adjustment I've noticed cracked retainers.
Solution: Upgrade to AP2 retainers (better).
Note: Over-revs, miss shifts and oil starvation are the main reasons of engine damage.


AP2 (2004-2009)

Problem: Gear lever pops out of 2nd, 4th or 6th gear.
Solution: Technical Service Bulletin

Problem: CEL P1172 and/or P2A00. (MY06+)
Solution: Technical Service Bulletin

Problem: Convertible top is torn at the lock handle and/or the right rear. (MY05+)
Solution: Technical Service Bulletin

Problem: Dash begins to bubble, blister or wrinkle. (MY06+)
Solution: Dash replacement. Problem description

ALL (1999-2009)

Problem: When accelerating, my car pulls on the left or right side.
Solution: The S2000 is very sensitive to tire pressure. Check tire pressure while respecting the OEM tire pressure specs.

Problem: Clicking noise from rear when moving in first gear or reverse. Sounds like two metal marbles.
Solution: Honda use to torque the axle nuts to 180 lbs. The correct torque is now 200 ft-lbs + 60 degrees lbs. Torque your axle nuts.

Problem: Vibration during acceleration
Solution: Pitted cv boot are a common S2000 problem. You can Swap them from left to right.
Link: How to swap cv boot

Problem: Ride height is not the same everywhere / Weird handling
Note: You may still have the spring spacers. They were used during shipment and many have been forgotten.
Link: What spring spacers look like

Problem: Intermittent hesitation during hard acceleration. (MY00-05)
Solution: Technical Service Bulletin

Problem: I'm having trouble starting the car after a spin out at the track.
Solution: Several S2000 owners have reported this.

Problem: Grinding when shifting gear.
Solution: When was the last time you changed your transmission fluid? Honda has updated their MTF formula for better shifting.

Problem: Transmission is hard to shift when cold.
Solution: All S2000 owners have reported this. Give it time to warm up.

Problem: CEL P1399, P0301, P0302, P0303, P0304 (Random Misfire)
Solution: Member Negcamber's checklist

Problem: Whistling sound coming from engine bay.
Solution: Have you recently removed your air box cover?

Problem: My top has a tear in it, how can I fix it?
Solution: Member Dlg04's how-to repair

Problem: Engine noise coming from engine bay. It sounds like cards in a spoke.
Solution: How to replace timing chain tensioner (TCT)

Problem: Wind noise / Soft top noise.
Solution: Technical Service Bulletin
Solution 2: Replace strikers with hard top strikers

Problem: After sitting for a long time, my car doesn't start on the first try.
Fact: Several S2000 owners have reported this.

Problem: Where is my fuel cap release button?
Solution: Look on the driver side door jam, pull on the little black button

Problem: Rattle when in neutral / Rattle stops when clutch is pressed.
Note: Several S2000 owners have reported this.


Maintenance

Engine Oil: 10W30 or 5W40 (Dyno or Syntec)
Transmission Oil: Honda MTF
Differential Oil: 75W90 GL-5 (Dyno or Syntec)
Clutch/Brake Fluid: Dot 3/Dot 4

Fluids

How to change engine oil
How to change transmission fluid
How to change differential fluid


Good general S2000 threads
S2000 Probem info (Thanks to dlg04)
Technical FAQ 2.1
Big list of s2k write up
OEM Filter Summary
Service Bulletin List
CEL List
How to install speakers
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Posted 18 March 2009 - 09:05 PM

wow thanks
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Posted 18 March 2009 - 09:20 PM

top tearing.


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Posted 19 March 2009 - 07:54 AM

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Problem: Whistling sound comming from engine bay
Solution: Put the airbox cover back on

Well done, sir. :LOL:
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Posted 19 March 2009 - 10:51 AM

AP2 = flawless? :D
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Posted 19 March 2009 - 12:35 PM

well, when my top tore, i use fabric glue to put it together and made it water proof. i did think about sewing it together but then i thought i would be putting little holes in my top because of the needle. and then i put a low friction material on the top to prevent the bar from making more wear holes. the material i used was a nylon fabric, that i got fron hankook, and it was a "stick-on" not the "iron on."

that or you could just replace a new top.

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Posted 19 March 2009 - 01:12 PM

Added a bit more stuff -- please let me know if something is not right. I don't want to be giving out the wrong info.

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Posted 19 March 2009 - 05:28 PM

Grind on start up= starter sticking. Mine does it and it seems like many other AP1 owners have the same issue.
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Posted 19 March 2009 - 05:46 PM

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Posted 19 March 2009 - 08:48 PM

Great idea and great post. Final product should be stickied.

Oil consumption isn't really a problem on most Ap2 cars, just Ap1. Common fix was krank vents, but I believe they are no longer available.

Also, many Ap1 owners choose to replace their oil jet bolts if they have the older design.

Ap2 cars don't really have any problems that I know of aside from the tearing top.

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Posted 20 March 2009 - 10:25 AM

Yeah that is BS they remove non sponsor sites!!! :thumbdn:

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Posted 20 March 2009 - 11:08 AM

^ Just post it here :LOL:

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Posted 21 March 2009 - 06:26 PM

This might be tough to keep updated. I'll sticky it though.
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Posted 27 March 2009 - 08:18 PM

crappppp i saw this

AP2 (2004-2009)
Problem: Gear lever pops out of 2nd, 4th or 6th gear
Solution: Replace the countershaft 1st gear and the 2nd gear set. Service Bulletin

Problem: CEL P1172 and/or P2A00 (MY06+)
Solution: Go to the dealer to update the ECM/PMC PGM-FI software. Replace the air/fuel sensor. Service Bulletin

but i didnt see where that cel was just for 06 up because at the top it says 04+

i guess what i really need to know is in getting to a code reader as long as i dont go over 3 or 4 k i should be alright eh? car has oil runs fine. went 500 miles last weekend...now all of a sudden has a cel after she sat in some traffic, i came home, she sat a lil while, started her up and bam my first cel...weeeeee

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Posted 28 March 2009 - 04:01 PM

Thanks for the info... Its much appreciated!

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Posted 28 March 2009 - 06:05 PM

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car has oil runs fine. went 500 miles last weekend...now all of a sudden has a cel after she sat in some traffic, i came home, she sat a lil while, started her up and bam my first cel...weeeeee

Yes...we need to know the code before we can help you.

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Posted 28 March 2009 - 07:16 PM

300, 301 and 302...and as i mentioned in the other thread no over rev from me. however i did read somewhere that previous over revs may not show up for a while...with my luck the previous owner did it, and i get to pay for it...which means im srsly ****d

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Posted 02 April 2009 - 08:19 AM

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300, 301 and 302...and as i mentioned in the other thread no over rev from me. however i did read somewhere that previous over revs may not show up for a while...with my luck the previous owner did it, and i get to pay for it...which means im srsly ****d

I have the exact same problem. Look at my previous post im currently trying to diagnose the problem.

Since the misfire...

I've had valve adjustment (engine was also checked for damage). Changed pcv valve, spark plug change on misfire cyl. And moved coil around.

I only get a CEL on idle or coasting to a stop.

Im starting to think vacuum leak.

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Posted 02 April 2009 - 05:31 PM

i took someones advice and just reset it...i really think it was just an ecu hiccup...waiting now to see if it comes back...the car runs absolutely perfect, but i still think im going to have a compression and leakdown test done just for peace of mind

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Posted 08 April 2009 - 01:00 PM

i have the issue with the gears popping out from first and second sometimes 4th, do i just take it to any honda dealer if i have the "certified warranty?"

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Posted 08 April 2009 - 01:05 PM

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i have the issue with the gears popping out from first and second sometimes 4th, do i just take it to any honda dealer if i have the "certified warranty?"

Not to scare you but when this started to happen in my GSR the tranny was about to let go. You should let your dealer take a look at it.
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Posted 01 May 2009 - 09:13 AM

wow. thank you for this helpful info...this is prob the most well organized forum ive ever been on
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Posted 01 May 2009 - 10:57 AM

I have to disagree with this one:

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Problem: Grinding when shifting gear
Solution: Replace transmission oil with the new formula of Honda MTF


If you have grinding, yes, new MTF may help, but why is Honda MTF the product listed? I ask because I've tried it and GM Syncromesh FM, and for my S, the GMSFM works better. From what I've read here, it appears that some S2000s respond better to the GM fluid, some the Honda fluid, so I wouldn't just list Honda MTF.

I'd also add, "my S just started having a strong raw gas smell out of the exhaust, and I don't have a test pipe." Its either a bad catalytic converter, warrantied to 7 yrs/100k mi, or the ECU is running the engine rich. The engine will run rich if you are driving the car hard under certain high-humidity. high temp situations. If normal driving doesn't resolve the issue, take out the O2 sensor when cold and see if the cat filament is lose, broken up - you may have a bad cat.
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Posted 01 May 2009 - 10:58 AM

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AP2 = flawless? :D

Fwiw, Honda changed over 2000 components on the AP2, modifying everywhere it saw room for improvement or durability plus the appearance stuff. Many changes were to redress issues discovered in the first three years the S was in production.

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Posted 01 May 2009 - 12:46 PM

Keep the suggestions coming.

As for the Syncromesh fluid, I try to recommend what's been used and proven to keep the factory warranty. This is why I didn't add it.

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