Honda Orders Stop Sale of 2016 Civic, 2-liter Engine to Blame

Mark Stevenson
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honda orders stop sale of 2016 civic 2 liter engine to blame

CivicX is reporting that Honda has ordered a stop sale on all 2-liter four-cylinder-equipped 2016 Honda Civics. To blame: piston pin snap rings, which may be incorrectly installed or not installed at all.

This is the first recall of Honda’s tenth-generation Civic and includes 33,735 units in the United States and an additional 8,000 units in Canada. The recall has not yet been disclosed by the National Traffic Highway Safety Administration or Transport Canada.

According to an official Honda communication to dealers, the missing or incorrectly installed piston pin snap rings “may cause engine stall or failure.”

The recalled K-series 2-liter engine is available in LX and EX trims, along with the Canada-only DX trim.

A stop sale on 2-liter Civics will continue until dealers have been given parts to address the issue.

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  • Mfgreen40 Mfgreen40 on Feb 03, 2016

    If someone here comes up with the cause of Hondas problem and their fix , please let us know.

  • Ffighter69 Ffighter69 on Feb 03, 2016

    How about the Honda 2.0 litre engine. It's the cylinder skirt we're talking about. The piston skirt has nothing to do with viewing the wrist pin. Stopping being a donkey and actually go and look at a modern day engine and compare it to a 60's or early 70's engine and you'll understand, but I doubt it very much. You like looking at pictures and throwing your own interpretations at it.

  • April S April S on Feb 05, 2016

    This evening I stopped by one of the two local Honda dealers to inquire if they had any idea when they would resume selling the affected cars (I'm still in the market for a new car). The sales person I was dealing with got the service manager who told me it wasn't an engine issue but a clip on the steering gear that needed replacing. No big deal. Business as usual. They offered me a test drive of a 2016 Civic LX with the 2.0 engine. Thanks but no thanks.

    • Noelleo2112 Noelleo2112 on Feb 13, 2016

      The sales people at the dealers are clueless from my experiences, can't answer a single technical question. They can tell you that it has 4 wheels and a steering wheel but that's about it.

  • Cobrajet25 Cobrajet25 on Feb 09, 2016

    I wonder how this problem was discovered? Did one of these engines actually grenade itself and get an autopsy or did some assembly line workers have wrist pins fall out onto the floor while assembling 2.0s? This seems like a pretty big screw-up for a company as vaunted as Honda.

    • Bumpy ii Bumpy ii on Feb 09, 2016

      Parts count audit? "Where did all these extra wrist pin clips come from? ... Uh oh."