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2010 Honda Accord



  • I have read 3 opinions:

    1. every 6 months
    2. every 5,000 miles
    3. the oil life calculation shown on the odometer

    What say you?
  • tallman1tallman1 Posts: 1,874
    You'll get strong opinions on all three. In fact, you left out the once every 3 months or 3000 miles that so many push.

    IMHO, Honda's maintenance minder system works well. I change mine when it reaches 15%. That usually works out to 5k - 7k. If you drive less than that... then you should change it at least once a year.
  • thegraduatethegraduate Posts: 9,731
    The oil life minder won't lead you astray. It counts engine revolutions, and takes conditions like trip length, how cold the engine is, etc into account. Doing so will prevent waste.

    When the oil life minder hits 15% or after 12 months, whichever comes first.
  • I have always been anal about oil changes and its likely I will always be that way. In my time, I've seen way too many engines fail due to lack of periodic maintenance, and old, sludgey oil can be a prime contributor to early and unexpected failure.

    That said, if I'm (still) getting free dinosaur oil changes from Honda, I make sure to change it every six months, regardless of mileage. However, if I have switched over to synthetic oil (Mobil 1) then I feel that a year between changes is OK as long as I haven't driven more than 7000-8000 miles or so. If I put on more miles, then I change it sooner.
  • Is it true, that you can wait a whole year for your first oil cange?
  • tallman1tallman1 Posts: 1,874
    It depends on mileage, of course. If you don't reach 15% on your maintenance minder, then you should change the oil once a year.
  • I waited the full year to change the oil on my 08 Accord coupe - only had around 9,000 miles and the maintenance minder still showed 30-40% oil life remaining - so I changed it when I had my yearly inspection done.

    I suspect many people who were brought up on the "change your oil every 3,000 miles mantra change the oil between 5,000 and 8,000 miles though.

    Today's engines have much tighter tollerances (from what I hear) and the oil quality has improved (not sure about this one) - hence the longer oil change intervals.
  • Kirstie_HKirstie_H Posts: 10,822
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  • YIKES! Glad our 2010 Accord V6 is outside the affected VIN range.
  • rcummelinrcummelin Posts: 178
    edited December 2010
    I thought about this recall overnight and decided to post another message about it.

    Please be sure to read that recall notice from HMC carefully, as it really describes a substantial breakdown in Honda's Quality Assurance procedures. Why do I say that? Because the notice states that programming changes were made in July, but no one bothered to test, verify and validate that the changes were correct and worked as designed.

    As a former QA and process consultant/specialist, I wonder who's driving the Honda train these days? Looks like they totally dropped the ball on this one for almost 11,000 cars to be built on defective machinery, and this was never detected. It makes me wonder if Honda laid-off their QA people, or somehow determined that it was acceptable for software changes to be made without any testing done to ensure no errors were injected/created by the changes?

    This is truly frightening, and I hope that Honda comes clean and tells us HOW this happened, and what they have done to ensure it can't happen again. In the meantime, I'll hold my breath.
  • Hello - Carpal tunnel and arthritis make pressing the remote key twice to unlock the rear doors painful. Is there a default or way that the rear doors can be unlocked more easily? Thanks for help you might offer.
  • tallman1tallman1 Posts: 1,874
    You can always unlock the driver's door and then press the power lock button on the arm rest for the back seat. Otherwise, I'm not aware of any way to reprogram the fob.
  • There is indeed a way to alter when your doors lock and unlock I believe - if you cannot find it in the owners manual check with your Honda dealer's service department and they should be able to help you.

    I changed the lock/unlock settings on my 2011 Honda CRZ using its multi information display, however the Accord models should be able to be altered using a combination of button presses on the fob (so check with your dealer). Good luck.
  • amazonamazon Posts: 293
    If you're unhappy with the ride, try damper units (not the entire coilover assembly) from Acura TL. They'll fit and have more advanced valve structure inside.
  • Car has been remarkably reliable with very few problems to report. Battery was replaced under warranty at about 28K miles. Noisy rear wheel bearing was replaced under warranty. Took to dealer today to have automatic transmission fluid drained/refilled and brake fluid flushed/refilled as car is approaching 3 years old and I plan to keep it at least another 3 years. Dealer also did brake inspection. Front/Rear pads (originals) 6/7 mm. I get 26+ mpg overall with regular gasoline. Original tires all read 6 mm. Even wear. Tires are rotated every 6 months. They have been balanced twice but never felt any shaking. Factory white diamond pearl paint still looks new. Car is garaged and hand washed however. Satisfied with car.
  • HI

    I have Honda accord EX-L of 2010.I started noticing this problem even when the mileage is about 18000.

    - The "Oil Change warning Indicator" flashes intermittently ( when I accelerate/apply brake)even when the OIL LIFE indicator is about 60%.
    - At times, all of sudden. I hear roaring engine noise.,

    When reported it (during warranty period), the dealer said - the oil level is very low and that's the reason for the engine noise also. When I countered him how could the indicator (oil low) is on when OIL LIFE is is well withing range, he argued that I should not pay attention to OIL LIFE indicator and should change the oil every 5k miles. Though not convinced, I did not have any other option. But after the oil change, everything looked OK

    When the mileage was between 20k and 40K, the above problem has surfaced 2 times and the same argument from the dealer.

    Now my mileage is 50K. I have done the oil change about 2 months back and my current OIL LIFE indicator value is 80%.

    Now I see the 'oil change' warning starts flashing again intermittently and hear more roaring engine noise. When I took the issue again, my dealer now argues: It is out of warranty. You have to pay diag fees and subsequent repair charge
    My argument is: This issue was reported even at 18K, 28k,34K intervals well within the warranty period. He did not diag it properly and fixed it. Now the issue started coming up much early before the next oil change

    Did any of you have this issue? Any suggestions how to take up this issue?

    The dealer with whom I have not satisfied: Steven Creek Honda dealer, San Jose , CA

    Thanks in advance
  • As a patient person, I've let it go. Since buying the car the glove compartment has made a noise when the Accord is moving. Little adjustments to the glove compartment haven't worked to silence the noise. Should have asked this to the forum years ago. Any suggestions, help, fellow Accord owners? Thanks.
  • kingrkingr Posts: 60
    Excessive oil use in the 2010 V6 is very common, Thers is a TSB in place to help correct this problem, Have the dealer perform TSB 11-033, This should help in your excessive oil use, To be on the safe side you should check your oil every couple weeks, if low add some.
    I had the same problem and after having the TSB done my oil level did not drop much at all.

    Good Luck
  • sshvhsshvh Posts: 13
    I would take it to another dealer - I am unsure about kingr's reply as you seem to have a 4 cyl car - I have a V6 but do not have a problem - be persistent and take it to another dealer.
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