Recently got my fist car and wanted to get into repairing and fixing it myself. It's a 97 Honda accord ex v4 vtech (pic related). Any ideas where I can start learning to increase performance and overall maintenance?
Nah but bro what are you trying to do? If you don't know much start off just installing new parts that wear (full tune up, brakes, rotors, tires [you'll be surprised what big a difference tires make] than move to performance( headers, fuel delivery, air delivery, clutch, etc.)
First thing you should know is that the "V" in the cylinder specification of a car is referring to a layout where the cylinders are arranged in a V shape. Yours are arranged inline so it's an I4 engine.
Second, you're not going to get much out of it as far as performance. Save up for your next car and get something with a little bit more under the hood. I'd recommend an E46 330i or E39 530i as a next step up or if you really want to mod a car yourself get a Miata, they're easy and cheap to turbocharge.
Register for whatever Honda forum is out there and read the write ups in the section for your given car.
I got my first car about couple years ago and started doing my repairs/maintenance a year or so ago.
>brake/wheel systems (changing tire/brakes/shocks)
Work your way from there. There's plenty of youtube guide for whatever things you are interested in.
For basic maintenance learn how to make a brake service, that's the very first thing you can learn, easy to do and extremely useful, then go for changing fluids oil, coolant and brake fluids. Go to eric the car guy youtube channel, he's specialized in honda shitboxes, watch some videos.
That's your first step, second it's to get rid of that thing and get a more suitable car if you are into performance mods. It looks quite nice and clean so probably some mexicans are going to help you to get rid of it sooner or later.
you have an f22b1 engine, most likely. the vtec in your car is an efficiency tune. you're not going to get much of anything in the way out of performance from this vehicle with the current powertrain.
like others have said, brush up on what your car is before you try turning it into something it's not.
once you know what you're doing, i'd recommend an h22 swap. i don't quite remember how well lude powertrains swap into cd5 accords but i'm sure it's just some simple swappy-fabricatey that anyone can figure out from some forum posts and a haynes manual
I suggested the e46 if he wanted a car with acceptable out of the box performance. The miata was the suggestion if he really wanted to mod.
540s have a different engine than the rest of the series. The 530i has the advantage of having the M54, which was used in both the E46 and E39 so there's shit tons of DIY guides for literally everything.
I heard about this swap before. My 01 accord is currently burning oil at a slow rate, common problem with this I4 vtec engine, but obviously it will get worse over time so I was looking into engine swaps that could be done at home instead of sourcing out the same engine with the same issues. The engine will last me another few years easily and by then I'll be working full time at my career and will keep this shit box as a winter beater.
Do you have any experience with these swaps?
I second the basic DIY maintenance route that others have suggested. After the basic fluids/filters/brakes (if needed), you can learn to check for other things the wear: check for loose balljoints and control arm bushings, torn CV boots (common Honda malady), maybe do sparkplugs and wires if it's overdue for that. Definitely make sure the timing belt is not overdue (check records, pull timing belt cover if necessary).
As others have stated, don't bother with mods, particularly if it's an automatic. You have one of the most reliable cars made in recent history, don't mess it up with a bunch of made in China bullshit. Just keep it in good shape and clean inside and out, and enjoy your excellent car. Sorry if that sounds boring, but trust me, save your money up for future fun cars. Or maybe look into getting a motorcycle.
F22b1 is a fantastic engine, and you can get power out of it without having to do a H22 swap. You easily could turbo it for 300 hp and the stock internals could handle it. The transmission probably wouldn't. There actually is a f22b1 that was built up to 600hp. But your pretty limited without force induction