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1997 Replacement ELD

Ok, I've searched the forums, maybe I'm missing something... please be patient with me but...

I have a 1997 LX that is pulling up all kinds of error codes (VSS, Oxygen sensors, and ELD).

The problem is, I'm having a hard time locating an ELD (Electronic Load Detector). When I call the dealer, they tell me that they don't sell just the ELD for that year of Civic, and I have to buy the whole fuse box ($200). I've found some online that have found the ELD separately, but haven't been able to determine what year their Civic is.

My question is this, aside from the junk yard, is there another place you guys know where I can get a replacement ELD for a '97 Civic LX?

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Re: 1997 Replacement ELD

Ok, just a quick follow-up, I found a part number for an ELD on a 2000 Civic (38255-S5A-003). Would that be the same part number for a '97 Civic as well?

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Don't bother chasing parts. You blew a fuse. You got a wire rubbed through.
I suggest you read and follow this bulletin: http://chowcman.com/krispycreme2010/...r%20Wiring.pdf


In the future, remember that a CODE does NOT tell you to throw parts at the car.


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Don't bother chasing parts. You blew a fuse. You got a wire rubbed through.
I suggest you read and follow this bulletin: http://chowcman.com/krispycreme2010/...r%20Wiring.pdf


In the future, remember that a CODE does NOT tell you to throw parts at the car.


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Thank you for your reply ezone.

I think you're right, I also dug up these links that really clearly explain a step-by-step on how to try and fix this (I'm a novice at auto repair).
http://catjuggling.com/1996-honda-ci...here-is-a-fix/
http://www.sparkys-answers.com/2009/...use-blown.html

I'll give it a try on Monday and tell you how it goes.

Thanks again for your input,

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Just to follow-up... the problem was what ezone linked to below... just a short on the wire harness against the bracket... no replacement parts needed (except a new #15 fuse and plastic wire shielding). Fixing this repair first, saved me around $800 +... the engine light is back off and all the error codes are cleared.

Interesting note, it seemed that this repair had been done once already to my vehicle. One of the bolts to the bracket was already stripped. Unfortunately, it was the horizontal bolt (the one that is most difficult to get to). I "fixed" it by just placing the plastic shielding around the wire, without removing the bracket. I admit this probably isn't a complete fix, but I don't see how I could get a drill in that tight of space to drill out the bolt... I'm a novice (at best) I wonder if there is a grinder or some other tool a "pro" would use?

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Or pull the engine to reach it....


Or leave it alone if it isn't causing harm and isn't in danger of snapping something off.
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Or pull the engine to reach it....


Or leave it alone if it isn't causing harm and isn't in danger of snapping something off.
Yeah, I guess I'll just leave it as-is until I encounter further problems (it seems to be running ok for now).

If I have to get under there again, I guess I'll just take it into a mechanic that has a way to cutout and replace the bolt (not even sure how they would replace it after cutting it out - without taking the whole engine compartment apart).

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So for weeks my 97 civic had dimming of the headlights and my radio was reset Everytime I drive it, it was also harder to crank each time. Finally one morning it didn't crank up. First thought was the alternator, so I replaced it and the battery. I was able to drive to and from work but as soon as I decided to take it further I was being towed home. Everything I read tells me its the ELD but I can't locate one for my year. Please help!!!
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So for weeks my 97 civic had dimming of the headlights and my radio was reset Everytime I drive it, it was also harder to crank each time. Finally one morning it didn't crank up. First thought was the alternator, so I replaced it and the battery. I was able to drive to and from work but as soon as I decided to take it further I was being towed home. Everything I read tells me its the ELD but I can't locate one for my year. Please help!!!
It's not the ELD. Put a voltmeter on the battery and see if the alternator is not charging......

Loose alternator belt?

Got a bunch of fault codes? Both O2 sensors, ELD, VSS maybe more?
See if it's blown fuse 15 in the dash fusebox. That will make the alternator quit charging. LMK if it's blown that fuse, I'll link a TSB about a wiring issue to fix

If the fuse is good and none of the fault codes but the alt is still not charging, probably a bad alternator.
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