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Advice needed re: 1992 Honda Accord

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I am the proud owner of a 1992 Honda Accord. It’s the first car I’ve had as an adult, and I’ve had it for a year. I’ve lived in my city for 13 years without a car but finally got it last year to get the fuck out of town. Got it for $1200 and since then have put at least that much into it to fix it up.

It’s actually running pretty well right now, but the brakes are super squishy, which is my major concern at the moment. The last time I went camping and was coming down the mountain, the front brakes got really hot and started smoking. Took it in last week and got the front brakes fixed (pads, rotors, calipers), but nothing in the back. I still have to talk to the mechanic to see if he looked at the back brakes at all, but in the meantime, after I got it back, the brake pedal is still really soft.


Is this something I should be concerned about? Brakes: How do they work? Should I have him look at it again, or am I OK with a squishy pedal as long as my brakes are working properly?

Also, while everything seems to be OK, as long as I’ve owned it it idles really high when it’s in park. All of the spark plugs, fuel injectors, etc. have been replaced. I’m running on all four cylinders and it’s not eating gas like crazy like it used to. When it’s on the road and driving it’s fine, so I’m not too concerned, but should I be?


Another thing — the mechanic did a battery check and things are fine in that regard, but if I leave it sitting for a few days, it’s hard to start. I think that there’s something draining the battery, but I can’t figure out what it is.

If there are any Honda people out there who could tell me what I might need to watch out for, and ask my mechanic about, I would appreciate it. Thank you!

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