Honda Civic (FN) Suspension Install

Honda Civic FN Suspension

Introduction

This guide will take you through the steps on how to remove and install the suspension on an your Honda Civic (FN). This guide is provided as advice only based on our experiences, a hoist is only the proper way to correctly and safely raise a vehicle.

Work at your own risk. AutoInstruct will not be held responsible for damage to your vehicle or personal injury / death as a result of the information we provide. Do NOT place your body underneath a vehicle unless it is supported by appropriately rated jack stands. The safest work is to not perform the work at all. If in doubt consult a qualified mechanic.

Tools Required

  • Trolley Jack
  • 2x Jack Stands
  • 2x Wheel Chock
  • Socket Set
  • Hex Key Set
  • Breaker Bar
  • Ratcheting Spanner Set

These tools must be in good working condition, rated for the weight of your vehicle and certified to Australian standards. Quality Trolley Jacks and Jack Stands are crucial for your safety.

 

Honda Civic (FN) Jacking Points

Honda Civic FN Jacking Points

Introduction

This guide will show you how to lift your FN Civic using a trolley jack and jack stands. This guide is provided as advice only based on our experiences, a hoist is only the proper way to correctly and safely raise a vehicle.

Work at your own risk. AutoInstruct will not be held responsible for damage to your vehicle or personal injury / death as a result of the information we provide. Do NOT place your body underneath a vehicle unless it is supported by appropriately rated jack stands. The safest work is to not perform the work at all. If in doubt consult a qualified mechanic.

Tools Required

  • Trolley Jack
  • 2x Jack Stands
  • 2x Wheel Chock

These tools must be in good working condition, rated for the weight of your vehicle and certified to Australian standards. Quality Trolley Jacks and Jack Stands are crucial for your safety.

Lifting Technique

Before you begin, find a suitable surface. Your lifting surface should be flat and solid. Concrete is ideal.

Place wheel chocks behind the opposite set of wheels to ensure the car does not roll, it is also good practice to make sure the handbrake is engaged and the car is in gear if it is a manual. Next, locate the jacking point as outlined below and slowly raise to the desired height. We recommend using rubber pads to ensure you don’t damage the vehicle.

Once the desired height is reached, place both jack stands in the appropriate locations and lower the vehicle onto the stands.

Jack Stands

Jack stands are mandatory when lifting the vehicle as they are your protection from being injured or killed in the event of a trolley jack failing.

The stands can be placed under the factory scissor jack lifting points located under the side skirt of the vehicle. These are the same points used when changing your spare wheel.

Wheel Chocks

Wheel chocks are necessary when you’re jacking the front or rear of the car and should be used in conjunction with the handbrake and the car in Park/Gear. Wheel chocks ensure that the vehicle will not roll wile you’re working on it.

Lifting The Front

To raise the front of the vehicle locate the crossmember in the centre of the car. This location is approximately below the dashboard and is quite deep, it may be necessary to drive the front wheels onto ramps in order to give you enough clearance to get the jack in place properly.

Lifting the Sides

Behind the front wheels and in front of the rear wheels are the factory scissor lift jack points. The side points are used for jacking the car up for wheel changes, it is often easier and quicker to jack from the sides as they can be accessed easily and the car will not roll. The side points are used for jack stands and as a result, should be avoided if you are working underneath the car.

Lifting the Rear

Lifting the rear of the vehicle is very simple, simply use the rear tow hook. When using the rear tow hook to jack the car up, it is a good idea to place jack stands on either side of the car and lowering the car onto the stands. The rear tow hook is stable however, wheel chocks and jack stands are a necessity.

Honda Civic (FN) Handbrake Adjustment

Honda Civic Handbrake Adjustment

Introduction

This short tutorial will show you how to adjust the handbrake in your Honda Civic FN. The handbrake can over time become overly loose, requiring you to pull the lever quite high in order to fully engage the handbrake, tightening the handbrake is a simple job that reduces the movement required to engage.

Tools and Parts Required

  • 10mm Socket Driver

Step 1

Locate and remove the rubber grommet inside the centre console, it is directly behind the handbrake tucked into the side. To remove the rubber grommet, simply pull it.

Step 2

Put the car in gear to ensure it does not move and fully disengage the handbrake.

Step 3

Place a 10mm socket on a long extension through the access hole in the centre console and feel around until it is on the adjustment nut. Simply tighten the adjustment nut as required, test the handbrake as you go until the movement required is not excessive.

Be careful not to over-tighten the adjustment nut as you may permanently engage the handbrake. If the nut tightens completely and the handbrake is still loose, you will need to adjust the cable at the handbrake shoe or possible replace the cable entirely.

Honda Civic (FD/FN) Steering Wheel Removal

Honda Civic FN2 Steering Wheel Removal

Introduction

This tutorial will show you how to remove the steering wheel from your 8th generation Honda Civic. Removal may be necessary if you’re replacing the steering wheel or having it re-trimmed.

Tools and Parts Required

  • T30 Torx Driver
  • 10mm, 13mm, 14mm Socket Drivers
  • Steering Wheel Puller
  • Flathead Screwdriver

Step 1

Before removing the steering wheel the negative terminal on the battery must be disconnected with a 10mm socket.

By disconnecting the battery we avoid the steering wheel airbag going off accidentally. It is best to let the car sit for at least 10 minutes before unplugging the airbag.

Step 2

We now need to remove the T30 Torx bolts found on either side of the steering wheel. The Torx bolts may be quite tight from factory, requiring a fair amount of force to break free. Once both bolts have been removed, the airbag will be free.

Step 3

We will now unplug the airbag, firstly the plugs must be removed from the steering wheel by prying them out. Unplug the main connector by pulling the black tab as shown in the picture. Once the main connector is disconnected, unplug the ground connector (circled in red) by pushing the small tab downward and pulling apart.

Step 4

Now the bolt holding the steering wheel to the shaft must be removed, use a 14mm Socket to loosen and remove the bolt. It may require a lot of force to remove the bolt however, a breaker bar or impact wrench should NOT be used.

Step 5a

The steering wheel is now ready for removal. Locate the two threaded holes shown in the photo, these holes will be used with the steering wheel puller to remove the steering wheel.

Step 5b

Before installing the steering wheel puller, make sure the steering wheel and wheels are straight to ensure a proper installation when you place the steering wheel back on the spline.

The large centre “bolt” of the steering wheel puller must be placed into the steering shaft. The two smaller bolts must be screwed into the holes identified in Step 5a by hand. Once all components of the steering wheel puller are in place begin tightening the two outer bolts (13mm Socket), ensure bolts are tightened down evenly by swapping between bolts periodically. Eventually the steering wheel will be free from its spline.

Step 6

Unplug the white connector by pushing on the tab at the bottom.

Step 7

The steering wheel will now be completely removed. You can now retrim the wheel and reinstall or install a new wheel.

FN2 Civic Type R – Specification, Bulb & Fluid List

Bulb List

Bulb Location

Bulb Type

Front Indicator
PY21W / 7507 / BAU15s 21W
Low “Dipped” Beam (Halogen)
H7 55W
Low “Dipped” Beam (HID)
D2R 35W
High “Full” Beam (Halogen/HID)
H1 55W
Position “Parker” Light
T10 / W5W / 501 5W
Front Fog Light
H11 55W
Side (Mirror) Indicator
Factory Proprietary
Glove Box
T5 / 17 2W
Vanity Mirror
Fuse Bulb 2W
Front Dome Lights
T10 / W5W / 501 5W
Courtesy Light
Factory Proprietary
Footwell Lights
Factory Proprietary
Centre Dome
31mm Festoon 3W
Boot Cargo Light
T10 / W5W / 501 5W
Rear Indicators
T20 / W21W / 7440 21W
Brake/Rear Position Light (In Fenders)
T20 / W21/5W / 7443 21W/5W
Brake/Rear Position Light  Bootlid (Cars w/o Rear Fog Light)
T20 / W21/5W / 7443 21W/5W
Rear Position Light  Bootlid (Cars w/ Rear Fog Light)
T10 / W5W / 501 5W
Centre Brake Light
Factory Proprietary
License Plate
T10 / W5W / 501 5W
Reverse Light
T15 / W16W / 921 9W
Rear Fog Light
T20 / W21W / 7440 21W

Fluid List

Fluid Location

Fluid

Change Volume

Engine Oil5w40 Synthetic Recomended
4.4L (Oil Change w/ Filter)
4.2L (Oil Change w/o Filter)
Transmission Oil Honda MTF 4 or Equivalent
1.9L
Engine Coolant
4.4L
  Clutch FluidDOT 4
 –
  Brake FluidDOT 4 –
 Windscreen Washer ReservoirWater
2.5L

Specifications

Item

Specification

Spark Plugs
NGK: IFR7G-11KS
Denso: SK22PR-M11SS
Fuel Tank Capacity
50L
Shift Knob Thread
M10 x 1.5mm
Wheel Lug Thread
M12 x 1.5mm
Factory Wheel Size
 18 x 7.5 +55
Factory Tyre Size
 225/40R18

FN Civic Cabin Filter Replacement

FN Civic Cabin Filter Replacement

Introduction

This guide will show you how to remove the cabin (pollen) filter from the FN Civic for cleaning or replacement.

Parts Required

  • New Cabin Filter (Optional)

Step 1

Locate the cabin filter, for RHD cars it is in the back of the passenger footwell.

Step 2

Remove the filter cover by applying pressure to the clip as shown in the photo. Once the clip has released you must pull the cover outward and downward as indicated by the blue arrows. The bottom of the cover is held on by a clasp and does not need to be unclipped.

Step 3

To remove the filter you must contort it as shown to clear the plastic trim at the top of the footwell. If you’re reusing the filter do not worry about damaging it as it is highly flexible and unlike to tear.

Step 4

The old filter can now be cleaned or thrown out if you’re replacing it. Upon installing the filter into the car, ensure that it oriented correctly with the arrows on top of the filter pointing to the rear of the car.

FN Civic Dash Cam Install

FN Civic Dash Cam Install Tutorial

Introduction

Installing a dash cam is a relatively simple task requiring minimal tools however, it can seem daunting. In this tutorial AutoInstruct will show you how to install a dash cam in your FN Civic .

The dash cam being installed in this tutorial is a Blackvue DR650S-1CH with a Power Magic Pro, the process is very similar regardless of the dash cam being used.

Fn Civic Dash Cam Install

Tools and Parts Required

Step 1

First the dash cam needs to be positioned and stuck to the windshield, most dash cams will attach via double sided tape. In order to ensure the dash cam is placed properly, power the device using a cigarette lighter socket and check the footage before sticking it to the windshield.

For a RHD car, it is best to install the dash cam to the left of the rear-view mirror as this places the camera out of the driver’s field of view. If installing the camera close to the rear-view mirror, ensure that the gap is large enough that the mirror can articulate properly without hitting the dash cam.

Step 2

The power cable will be run down to the fuse box via the route shown in the photo.

For LHD models, the fuse box will be located on the passenger side.

Step 3

Using a trim removal tool gently remove the side cover of the glove box. There are 5 clips holding this in place.

Step 4

Remove the door seal by simply pulling downward as shown in the photo. Pull the seal off so that the entire path shown in Step 2 is visible.

Step 5

The cable must now be fed from the fuse box to the dash cam. When running the cable you must ensure that it sits behind the curtain airbag so that it does not impede the function of the airbag if it deploys. You will be able to see the airbag through the gap created by removing the door seal, feed the connector over airbag. You may need to use a trim removal tool to pry the A-pillar trim back enough in order to feed the connector out the other side.

Run the cable just inside the roof lining to the dash cam, there is a large enough gap that it is easy enough to simply place the cable just inside the trim without much effort.

 

Step 6

Tuck the remaining cable into the A-pillar trim as shown in the photo, once the door seal is reinstalled it will hold the cable in.

Step 7

Next we must remove the plastic panel covering the fuse box for ease of access. First, remove the single philips screw (Blue circle in photo) then, pull the panel outwards from the dash as indicated by the arrows. There are several clips holding this panel in however, they will not be too firm.

Step 8

Now the cables must be prepared to be plugged into the fuse box and ground. The active cable must have a female spade connector crimped on whilst the ground requires an eyelet as shown in the photo.

Note that the Blackvue Power Magic Pro requires two active cables for parking mode, switched power and non-switched power. Both active cables in our case should have female spade connectors.

Wiring for the Power Magic Pro is as follows:
Yellow – Permanent (Non-Switched) Active
Red – Switched Active
Black – Ground

Step 9

The ground cable can be installed to any metal bolt that attaches to other metal pieces. For ease, we used the small bolt that sits somewhat below the ‘Engine Start’ button at the edge of the dash.

Loosen the bolt with your 8mm tool and place the eyelet underneath, then tighten the bolt down ensuring that the cable is secured firmly. Do not over-tighten the bolt.

Step 10

The upper left hand portion of the fuse box contains an unused slot with 8 pins. The lower right-hand pin is switched power and the lower left-hand pin is permanent power. You may need to squeeze your spade connectors with pliers to tighten up the connection as the pins are fairly small. Ensure that the connectors hold onto the pins tightly.

If your dash cam has a parking mode you may need to insert a fuse into slot 27, a 7.5A fuse should be enough.

 

Step 11

The Power Magic Pro (PMP) should sit somewhere it can be accessed in order to switch off parking mode if required. Using double-sided tape stick the PMP to a panel within the dashboard, ensuring that it will not interfere with the plastic panel we removed earlier.

Once connected to power, turn the car on and make sure that the dash cam is powering up. If the dash cam powers up with no issues then simply use cable ties to tuck excess wires away and ensure they do not drop into the footwell. Reinstall all panels that have been removed in reverse.

FN Civic Dashboard Menu Guide

FN2 Main Menu Guide

Introduction

The FN Civic gives the driver multiple settings to access and change within the car’s Multi-Information Display located within the tachometer, this guide will show you how to navigate through the menu system and explain what each setting does.

Step 1

Insert your key into the ignition and turn to Position II. The engine does not need to be started for this process.

Step 2

With the vehicle stationary and the handbrake on, hold down the ‘i’ button on the steering wheel for a few seconds. The Multi-Information Display will bring up a menu screen showing “Speed Alarm”, indicating you have entered the menu system.

 

Menu Usage

You are now in the main menu, pressing the ‘i’ button will scroll through the options and pressing the ‘Sel Reset’ button will select that option.The menu is structured as follows:

  1. Speed Alarm
  2. Tyre Pressure Monitor Reset
  3. Change Settings
    1. Warning Message
    2. Adjust Outside Temperature Display
    3. Trip A Reset with Refuel
    4. Elapsed Time Reset
    5. Display Unit
    6. Rev Indicator
    7. i-VTEC Indicator
    8. Return
  4. Default All
  5. Language
  6. Return

In the bottom left of the display it will show you which option you are viewing within the current menu system, for example, it will say “2/6” when viewing the “Tyre Pressure Monitor Reset” option.

Speed Alarm

The Speed Alarm is turned off by default, once enabled the car will warn the user once a predefined speed is reached. The Speed Alarm settings allow you to set two different speeds. The alarm consists of a warning chime and an on-screen warning from the dashboard.

On the left you can set whether or not the alarm is on and on the right you set the corresponding speed at which the alarm goes off.

Tyre Pressure Monitor Reset

The Tyre Pressure Monitors must be reset whenever you pump the tyres up to pressure. This menu screen will simply reset the sensors so that they know the current pressure is ‘full’, once the pressure in the tyres drops to a certain percentage below ‘full’ the car will warn you of a low tyre pressure.

This setting is a simple ‘initialisation’, pressing ok will reset the system.

Warning Message

With ‘Warning Message’ enabled, your car’s multi-information display will warn you of an issue under certain circumstances such as low oil pressure or incorrect MAF sensor readings (air intake leak or faulty sensor).

Adjust Outside Air Temperature Display

If you’re are having issues with your outside temperature sensor or the car is sitting in direct sunlight for most of the time, the ‘Adjust Outside Temperature Display’ will allow to you alter the temperature shown on the display to better match the actual ambient outside temperature.

Trip A Reset with Refuel

This option will reset Trip A to 0km when the car detects that you have filled the petrol tank.

Elapsed Time Reset

This setting will allow you to change the condition under which the car resets its trip timer, the default setting is whenever the ignition is turned off. You can set the car to reset the trip timer under one of three conditions: when you turn off the ignition, when you reset Trip A or when you reset Trip B. By default the car will reset the timer when you turn off the ignition.

Display Unit

Display Unit allows you to change the units between imperial (miles) and metric (kilometres). If this setting is set to ‘Auto’ then the trip computer will simply change units whenever the ‘km/h mph’ button is pressed, matching the speedometer unit.

Rev Indicator

With the Rev Indicator activated, your car will notify you of the optimal rpm to shift up a gear. Whilst enabled a red bar with the word “REV” will be lit up to the left of the speedometer. A row of yellow LEDs to the left of the Speedometer will light up as you approach the cars RPM limiter and finally flash brightly just before the car reaches the limiter, roughly at the point of peak power.

Note that if you modify your RPM limiter through the use of a Hondata Flashpro or similar device, the car will automatically adjust the RPM at which the Rev Indicator flashes.

i-VTEC Indicator

The i-VTEC indicator will turn on a red LED light to the right of the Speedometer when your car engages the high RPM cam profile. The word “i-VTEC” will also be lit up whenever the car is turned on whilst the i-VTEC indicator is enabled.

If the stock ECU is re-flashed using an aftermarket device and the i-VTEC RPM engagement point is altered, the i-VTEC indicator will adjust accordingly.

Language

Language will simply change the language of the trip computer, in most cases this should already be set to the appropriate language for your car’s domestic market.

FN Civic Speaker Check Mode

FN2 Speaker Check Mode

Introduction

This guide will show you how to access the Speaker Check mode within the OEM radio on the FN2 Civic. The hidden Speaker Check mode assists you with identifying faulty speakers.

Step 1

Insert your key into the ignition and turn to Position I – Accessories, do not turn your key all the way to Position II as the car will not let you enter the speaker check menu.

Step 2

Hold down the ‘1’ and ‘3’ buttons on the radio simultaneously, while holding down the buttons push the PWR button and release all three. The radio will now display “SPK CHK”.

Step 3

Once in Speaker Check mode the radio will automatically turn itself on to a random FM frequency, ensure your volume is turned up. Pressing the ‘Seek/Skip’ buttons will cycle through the various speakers in the car as follows:

  • Fr-L
  • Fr-R
  • Rr-L
  • Rr-R
  • All

You should be able to hear audio at all times, if for instance “Fr-R” is selected and no audio can be heard then the front righthand speaker or speaker-wiring must be faulty.

To exit Speaker Check, simply press the PWR button to turn the radio off.

FN Civic Diagnostic Mode

FN2 Civic Diagnostic Mode

Introduction

The 8th Generation Honda Civic OEM radio contains a hidden diagnostic mode with a few useful features that most drivers would be unaware of. This guide will show you how to access the diagnostic menu and show you what each screen within the menu does.

Step 1

Insert your key into the ignition and turn to Position I – Accessory, do not turn to Position II as you will not be able to enter the Diagnostic menu.

Step 2 – Diagnostic Mode

Hold down the ‘1’ and ‘6’ buttons on the radio simultaneously, while holding down the buttons push the PWR button and release all three. The radio will now display “DIAG”.

Within diagnostic mode you access options by pressing particular numbers on the radio. Exit diagnostic mode by pressing the PWR button and turning off the radio.

VSP – Vehicle Speed Pulse

Pressing ‘5’ while in diagnostic mode will bring up the VSP screen. The radio will now display your vehicles uncorrected speed in km/h, this speed will always be lower than what is shown on your speedometer. The car automatically adds a small percentage (~5%) to the speedometer reading. Please note that the VSP reading only appears to display certain values and will not update with every 1km/h change, it also will only read in km/h regardless of what the vehicle is set to.

LCD Screen Check

Pressing ‘3’ while in diagnostic mode will toggle the radio screen check. Whilst enabled, every segment of the LCD screen will light up allowing you to identify whether the panel is faulty or damaged.

Dashboard Illumination

Pressing ‘4’ while in diagnostic mode will bring up the Illumination Check screen. Your radio will display the value “00,00,22” indicating the dashboard backlight is set to maximum, twisting the dashboard illumination knob will change these values. This screen is used by Honda technicians to calibrate the LCD backlight.

FN2 Civic Rear Tow Hook Install

Universal Tow Hook

Introduction

In this guide we’ll show you how to install a universal rear tow hook on your FN2 Type R Civic.

Tools Required

  • Socket Set – We recommend Bahco!

Step 1

Locate the rear tow hook just behind the rear bumper. We are going to bolt the aftermarket tow hook directly to the stock tow point to ensure that it is fully functional.

Universal Tow Hook
Universal Tow Hook

Step 2

Place a bolt (and washer) in each hole of the new tow hook and line up the bolts with the stock tow hook. One bolt will be inside the tow hook and one bolt on the outside.

Step 3

Place the small clamping piece over the bolts as pictured.

Step 4

Place a washer on each bolt and hand tighten nuts over the washers.

Step 5

This step is much easier with a second person, while tightening the nuts you need to hold up the tow hook and ensure that it does not touch your bumper. Slowly tighten one bolt whilst holding the nut with another tool. After a few turns move over to the second nut and repeat, the idea is to tighten each nut evenly to ensure a firm grip on the stock tow hook.

FN2 Oil Change

Introduction

In this guide we’ll show you how to change the oil in your FN2 Type R Honda Civic. This process is relatively simple with only basic tools required.

Tools Required

Step 1

Jack up your vehicle using the correct jacking point (Subframe crossmember) and set it on jack stands. Ensure that your handbrake is on and you have chocked the back wheels to prevent roll back.

Step 2

Locate the oil sump drain bolt on the under side of the engine facing the rear of the car.

Note: If you remove your oil fill cap at this point the draining oil will not “glug”

Step 3

Place your oil pan under the drain bolt on the oil sump.

Use a 17mm socket to remove the oil drain bolt.

(It is ideal to undo the bolt by hand after breaking the seal to prevent dropping the bolt in the oil pan and or getting your tools covered in oil)

Step 4

Let the oil drain into the oil pan. You can lower the vehicle to the ground so that it is sitting flat. This ensures you drain the most of the old oil out as possible.

Step 5

The oil filter on the K20 engine is located on the backside above the drivers side axle.

Using an oil filter wrench (if required) remove the old oil filter and install your new filter.

Note that oil will drain out from the filter itself and the filter hole on the engine.

Step 6

Once oil has stopped draining from your vehicle jack it back up and carefully reinsert the sump bolt.

Note: Honda specify 39Nm for the drain bolt

Step 7

Lower the vehicle back down and start to fill it up with the correct amount of oil. For the FN2 with the K20Z4 engine it is roughly 4.7 litres of oil.

Once the correct amount has been poured in, run the engine for a few minutes until the car is up to temperature. Then let it sit for a few minutes and check the oil level using the dip stick.