If your Honda Passport is experiencing mechanical problems, then there are several possibilities for parts to replace and things to fix. If your Passport is not running at all, then you will need to troubleshoot battery or starter issues in addition to many other potential problems that can prevent the vehicle from starting. Knowing how to problem solve your own mechanical issues with your Passport can help to save you both time and money while learning more about auto-mechanics.
Things You'll Need
- Car ramps
- Jack stands
- 1.5 ton floor jack
- Socket wrench set
- OBD II scanner
Turn your key to the accessory position on your Passport. Look for the OBD II terminal, which should be located underneath the steering column near the driver's door. Plug in the OBD II scanner and wait a few minutes for the vehicle's computer to communicate with the OBD II scanner. Codes from the OBD II scanner can tell you specific sensors or other components for your vehicle that are malfunctioning and will be the first step towards getting your Passport working like new. Many different sensors work together in order to provide the correct timing and firing for your engine. A few examples of those sensors include the knock sensor, manifold absolute pressure, oxygen, crank, exhaust gas recirculation and mass airflow.
Replace the starter if you turn the ignition key all the way in your Passport, but only hear a slight whirling, followed by a click. If you have the interior lights and headlights working properly, then your battery is most likely still good. Different years and models of the Passport can have different locations for the starter motor. Disconnect the negative battery cable and trace the positive battery cable, which splits between the alternator and the starter, which looks like two small cylindrical metallic pieces joined together. Use a socket wrench to back out the two mounting bolts and unscrew the copper bolt connecting the positive battery cable lead to the starter. Disconnect the electrical connection leading to the starter and pull out the starter from the flywheel. Install the new starter, using the reverse process.
Replace your drive belts on your Passport. If your drive belts are frayed, cracked, separating or showing other signs of wearing out, then they need to be replaced, preferably all at once. Loosen the drive belts by turning the belt tensioner bolt. When installing the new belts, make sure that the deflection at the mid-point between pulleys is at the proper height. Use a ruler and a straight edge to calculate the deflection by laying the straight edge over the belt and the ruler to measure the deflection perpendicular to the belt and straight edge. Belts between 7- and 11-inches should measure one-quarter inch. Belts 12-16 inches between pulleys should measure up to one-half inch.
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