The 2010 Honda Civic Typical Issues. Before we get into the specifics, we’d like to point out that we’re taking a somewhat different approach to this piece. We usually write common problems guides by engine rather than model year. As a result, that article will be published soon. For the time being, we’d like to concentrate on a few of the most typical issues with the 2010 Honda Civic.
Background Information on the ’10 Honda Civic
In the United States, the 8th generation Honda Civic will be phased out in 2010. The 8th generation Civic was sold in the Asia-Pacific region until 2012, and in China until 2016. As a result, this article applies to the majority of 8th generation Civics. The good news about the 2010 models is that they are from a later year. Almost every car has minor kinks that must be worked out when major changes, such as generation changes, occur. While all 8th generation Civics are reliable, it’s reasonable to assume that later years like 2009 and 2010 gave Honda time to iron out some of the minor issues.
Furthermore, the 8th generation Civic includes the following engines:
- LDA-MF5 1.3L (Inline 4, Hybrid)
- 1.4L L13A7 (Inline 4, Europe) (Inline 4, Europe)
- 1.6L R16A1 (Inline 4) (Inline 4)
- 1.8L R18A1 (Inline 4) (Inline 4)
- 2.0L K20Z2 (Inline 4) (Inline 4)
- 2.0L K20Z3 (Inline 4) (Inline 4)
- 2.0L K20A (Inline 4) (Inline 4)
- 2.2L N22A2 (Inline 4 turbodiesel) (Inline 4 turbodiesel)
The 2010 Honda Civic comes with one of the engines listed above, depending on your location and model. These engine codes may be useful in locating additional information. Again, we’ll have posts up soon for each of the engines listed above.
’10 Common Civic Issues’
Common 2010 Honda Civic issues include:
- Engine rattles and vibrations
- Occupant position sensor failure (airbag light)
- Problems with the power windows
- Problems with door locks
Again, we’ll write separate posts about specific engine problems in Honda Civic models. It’s also worth noting that the 2010 Honda Civic is an extremely dependable vehicle in general. The 2010 Civic is also reasonably priced, fuel efficient, and an all-around good value. Engine vibrations, airbag lights, power window switch problems, and door lock issues are all things to keep an eye out for. We’ll go over each of these topics in more detail below.
But first, let’s go over some fundamentals about the 2010 Civic. Hopefully, this information will make searching for specific information on the 2010 Honda Civic a little easier.
1) Vibrations in the engine of a 2010 Honda Civic
The 2010 Civic is known to have engine vibrations and rattling issues, especially as they age. The engine mounts are typically the source of this issue as they deteriorate with age. However, if your 2010 Civic is experiencing engine vibrations, rattling, or rough running, you should look into the following:
- Mounts for engines
- Plugs for sparking
- Coils of ignition
Engine mounts are frequently the source of engine vibrations in 2010 models. However, spark plugs and ignition coils are frequently overlooked in routine maintenance. Spark plugs and ignition coils rarely fail at the same time. They deteriorate over time, causing vibrations, rough idle, stuttering, or stumbling on acceleration. The good news is that spark plugs and ignition coils are reasonably priced, particularly on a 4-cylinder Honda engine. Begin with the spark plugs if they haven’t been changed in a long time.
Returning to the engine mounts. Because the engine mounts on the 2010 Civic are responsible for carrying the entire weight of the engine, it’s natural for them to degrade and wear down over time. Rubber engine mounts are used to absorb impacts and vibrations. Unfortunately, rubber deteriorates with age. If your engine mounts are to blame, expect to pay between $300 and $500 for replacement.
2) Airbag Light on a 2010 Honda Civic
The Honda Civic airbag light is a common issue that affects many different years. It is not limited to the 2010 models. If you’re having this problem, make sure to check your Civic’s VIN number for any recalls. There are some ongoing recalls for airbag issues on 2010 models, as well as many other years. Depending on the nature of the problem, it may or may not be covered by the recall. Regardless, it’s worth a shot to avoid having to pay out of pocket.
A failed occupant position sensor is frequently the root cause of an airbag light. This activates the Civic SRS airbag light. If the fix is not covered by a recall, the cost may vary depending on what is wrong. On the 8th generation Honda Civic, the airbag light and occupant position sensor are generally inexpensive repairs.
3) Power Window Problems in a 2010 Honda Civic
Power window problems on the ’10 8th generation Honda Civic are usually caused by a problem with the power window switch. The precise problem can vary greatly. The windows of the 2010 Civic will occasionally lower but not return. You can try hitting the switch ten times and they will eventually come back up. The windows may not even close in the first place. The power window issues in the 2010 Civic affect it in a variety of ways.
The do-it-yourself crowd may want to remove the driver door panel and inspect the switch and harness connectors. It’s also possible that the window slid off its track or that the window regulator motor failed. Again, there are numerous possibilities. Fortunately, a simple solution to the 2010 Civic window problems exists. You’re probably looking at less than $200 for the repair at a shop. Any window problem can most likely be fixed for less than $50 by a do-it-yourselfer.
4) Door Lock Problems in a 2010 Honda Civic
This is similar to the issue with the power windows mentioned above. As a result, we’ll keep this brief. The door locks could fail in a variety of ways. Some doors may lock but not open. Sometimes the doors on a 2010 Honda will unlock but not lock. Furthermore, the door locks may stop working entirely.
As with the previous example, it’s usually a simple fix that involves removing the door panel from the affected door. Examine the locking mechanism to see if anything is visibly preventing it from locking or unlocking the door. If everything checks out, the door lock module could be faulty. Expect a relatively inexpensive and straightforward solution to this problem.
Honda Civic Reliability in 2010
Overall, the 2010 Honda Civic is a very dependable vehicle. We mentioned a few of the common issues in this post, and we will expand on the reliability of each Honda Civic engine, such as the K20A, in the future. Look for engine vibrations, airbag warning lights, window and door issues. They’re all fairly simple and inexpensive problems. If engine vibrations are caused by faulty motor mounts, this will most likely be the most expensive repair on the list. However, don’t rule out spark plugs, which are inexpensive and cause similar symptoms.
Because they are excellent vehicles, 2010 Honda Civic reliability is a straightforward topic. However, a few final remarks are required. These 2010 models are now a decade old, with many likely exceeding 100,000 miles. While the 2010 Civic is likely to last 200,000 miles or more, it is showing signs of wear. Rubber parts, gaskets, sensors, electrical components, and other components can deteriorate with age. Given the age, there are numerous problems that are fair game and could arise.
When problems do arise, the ’10 Civic is relatively simple to work on, and repairs are inexpensive. If you’re looking for a 2010 Honda Civic, take your time and look for one that has been well maintained. You’ll almost certainly end up with a highly reliable and cost-effective vehicle.