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Honda Accord (2003-2007) Maintenance and Repair

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  • Will check the tire pressure again. We just put on new tires by the way. We stepped down to "H" rated tires. I didn't think it was necessary to stick with V rated tires, but I guess that's debateably topic...

    defrost mode is not on all the time. yes it gets cold where we live, but it also can get very warm. and very hot in the summer.

    The one thing I wanted to ask, and it maybe a stupid question, but the accord has A/C off, and you can press that after you put on the air system. so the question is the A/C on by default?
  • thegraduatethegraduate Posts: 9,731
    so the question is the A/C on by default?

    Yes. Overall, it prevents window-fogging and humidity buildup, and simply regulates temperature by how much heat it puts in the system. In full automatic mode, the A/C is on, and is only off when specifically indicated.
  • chucko3chucko3 Posts: 793
    A conservative guesstimate based on his 310 miles & 'E' indicator info.
    Tank holds about 17gals. Light comes on when there are about 2 1/2 gals left.
  • The dealers love you folks who like to run your tanks low. Its hard on the in tank electric fuel pump, especially in hot weather. To save an unnecessary expensive replacement of the pump, do not run below 1/4 tank.
  • thegraduatethegraduate Posts: 9,731
    you folks who like to run your tanks low. Its hard on the in tank electric fuel pump, especially in hot weather.

    True.
  • Where did you hear this? Do you have any articles or anything that talks about it? It would be greatly appreciated.
    I commute in a rather remote area and it would be real inconvenient to fill up that often. I'm on my third honda and have never had a problem with the fuel pump.
  • chucko3chucko3 Posts: 793
    Want the pump to submerge in the gas as much as possible.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fuel_pump#Mechanical_pump
  • Hello -

    It's been a while since I've been out here and I was wondering if the PCV is something that would create symptoms when in need of replacement or is it advisable to just replace it at a given mileage? I'm only asking since I have been getting lowish mileage, but my car hasn't been exhibiting any tell-tale signs of anything. Although I do need another alignment. I'm glad I bought the 3 year alignment package because it seems it pops itself out of alignment every 6 months which is kind of weird. If so how much should it run to replace it? My car is an 03 LX with a smidge under 70k. So far I've hovered around 24-25 mpg with a good deal of in town driving. I've been training myself to rely more on CC than ankle control since I admit that I have a heavy foot. :)

    Since I've been using CC I've pushed it up to 26ish. Of course my results may be skewed since I fill up at slightly under "half" tank most of the time. I rarely let it get much past that point. I guess I'm overly picky or my mom says I'm a tad anal about my car.

    I don't mean to butt in to the conversation.
  • I have a 2003 honda accord ex 2.4 engine i just had the idle control motor change and now its has a higher than normal idle, its low enough that it still shifts but its a honda (my 4th) it is supposed to be very smooth and quiet. how can i fix this problem

    note :the new motor has tamper proof screws
  • Your vehicle is equipped with front passenger weight sensors for the 2nd or 3rd generation front passenger airbags. If the rear passenger mat is obstructing the rail underneath the front passenger seat, the sensor may not work properly. :)
  • chucko3chucko3 Posts: 793
    If you have around 24-25 mpg in city in last couple months (colder weather), it is not that
    bad.
    I replaced PCV valve at given mileages for my Accord89, Acura94, Camry88.
    It was an easy job. Haven't done it for my 03EXV6 yet though.

    Looking at the picture for your 03LX from
    http://www.bernardiparts.com/searchoptions.aspx
    select ENGINE>breather tube to see the parts' cost. It should be easy to replace it.

    For PCV reading:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PCV_valve
  • nepalnepal Posts: 5
    My brother has a 2003 Accord. When should he change the TIMING BELT on that car?
    Thanks
  • elroy5elroy5 Posts: 3,741
    If your brother has a V6 engine, it's replacement is scheduled for 105k miles. If it's a 4 cylinder, it has a chain, which should last the normal life of the engine (no change necessary).
  • thegraduatethegraduate Posts: 9,731
    elroy5 is exactly right in post 4948. 105k for V6 engines, never for 4-cylinder models.
  • dudleyrdudleyr Posts: 3,444
    Just replaced the battery in my key FOB - what a pain. I read that the screw was hard to get out so I took it to a jeweler so I would not strip the head. He could not get it loose and said he ruined a couple of tools trying. I wound up having to drill out the screw head, and then prying out the stub with pliers. Fortunately I did not strip the threads in the housing and found the exact size screw in the hardware store. So after two days I have my remote access back.

    Kind of surprised the battery only lasted 2.5 years. Never had one go bad before. I suppose that holding down the button for several seconds to roll the windows down uses a lot of juice compared to a quick lock or unlock.

    Also had a headlight go out - replaced it with the John Deere tractor headlight that other sites rave about (Toshiba HIR). It is brighter than stock. That was quite a chore as well. Lots of fiddling around to get access to the bulb. Makes me miss the old sealed beams.
  • I have a 2003 honda accord ex 2.4 engine i just had the idle control motor change and now its has a higher than normal idle, its low enough that it still shifts but its a honda (my 4th) it is supposed to be very smooth and quiet. how can i fix this problem note :the new motor has tamper proof screws
  • wise1wise1 Posts: 90
    My 07 Se has several rattles that I've complained about with the usual we don't hear any rattles response. The purge control valve has been changed but it is still loud at red lights and stop signs. Any bulletins on drivers door handle rattles?? Also there is a rattle in the drivers seat belt harness at the post where it comes out and a windshield or perhaps a passenger window/door rattle. Any service bulletins???Thanks1
  • elroy5elroy5 Posts: 3,741
    There is an "Idle learn" procedure that probably should have been done after the change. I would check on that. I might be able to find it for you, in the service manual, if you want.
  • Also there is a rattle in the drivers seat belt harness at the post where it comes out and a windshield or perhaps a passenger window/door rattle.

    My windows rattle in the weather stripping. Its a Honda. Hondas seem to have a few rattles. My '07 Accord windows rattle, my '93 Accord rattled, my '93 Civic rattled, my '89 Civic rattled. I have lubricated the weather stripping for the door and the window and that seemed to help a little bit. I think at this point I have just gotten used to it.

    I guess I am saying there are actions to take to mitigate the rattle, but don't hold your breath.
  • thegraduatethegraduate Posts: 9,731
    D'oh!

    I've been silently stewing that my mileage on my '06 2.4L auto has dropped recently. I can't get my normal 30mpg mixed anymore (26-27ish), and my highway mileage has dropped to old EPA estimates (34) where I used to get 37+ easily at 70-75mph. I chalked it up to my new tires, but forgot I replaced the battery. I should the do the ILP, right? :)

    Elroy, if you don't mind, can you share that for me?
  • stickguystickguy Posts: 14,455
    is that why my '05 seems to idle a little threadier since I got a new battery a couple of weeks back?

    Might have to give that a try too, whatever it is!

    2013 Acura RDX (wife's), 2007 Volvo S40 (daughter stole that one), and 2000 Acura TL (formerly son's, now mine again)

  • elroy5elroy5 Posts: 3,741
    I'll try to find it in the manual, sometime tonight.
  • elroy5elroy5 Posts: 3,741
    I assume disconnecting the battery, will reset the ECM/PCM. It's upside down, but I was in a hurry.

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  • stickguystickguy Posts: 14,455
    Unfortuneately, I have no idea what "resetting the ECM with the HDS means, or how to do it! Well, I do know what the ECM is. Just not the HDS.

    although if all you need to do is disconnect the battery to reset the ECM, I got that covered.

    2013 Acura RDX (wife's), 2007 Volvo S40 (daughter stole that one), and 2000 Acura TL (formerly son's, now mine again)

  • elroy5elroy5 Posts: 3,741
    HDS is Honda's diagnostic system, but I think disconnecting the battery will also reset the ECM. The service manual says to do EVERYTHING with the HDS, because it's written for factory techs.
  • thegraduatethegraduate Posts: 9,731
    Thanks for posting;

    That's a very different ILP than I've read for the Fit, the Pilot, etc. I wonder how precise you have to be with that 3,000 RPM deal.
  • stickguystickguy Posts: 14,455
    that makes more sense. Last night for some reason I only saw steps 1-2!

    Anyway, what is the problem caused that the ILP is "fixing"? idling at the wrong speed, or not idling smoothly?

    I doubt this ever gets done when the battery i sreplaced, even by a Honda dealer, and certainly not elsewhere.

    I am guessing that just disconnecting the battery doesn't wipe of the ECM, requiring the procedure?

    2013 Acura RDX (wife's), 2007 Volvo S40 (daughter stole that one), and 2000 Acura TL (formerly son's, now mine again)

  • tallman1tallman1 Posts: 1,874
    Two things:

    1. I'm surprised that you had to replace your battery so soon, grad.
    2. I've never heard of having to do anything when you simply replace a battery. Except reset your radio code, of course.
  • thegraduatethegraduate Posts: 9,731
    I'm hoping it'll improve my fuel mileage, which dropped around the time I replaced the battery, by a solid 3 MPG or so.
  • thegraduatethegraduate Posts: 9,731
    Well, the car was purchased in November of 05. The battery didnt just "up-and-die" one morning. I have a habit of walking my GF to the door, illuminating our way with my car headlights - normal time left on is usually 5 minutes or so. The last time I did that with my old battery, the lights grew dimmer, and it wouldnt crank.

    Once it was jumped off, I drove it home. It cranked fine the next day. I didn't trust it beyond that though, and went ahead and bought a new battery, with more juice to it.
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