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Honda Accord (2003-2007) Maintenance and Repair



  • elroy5elroy5 Posts: 3,741
    If the coolant hasn't been changed, and you have over 50k miles, I would change it soon. I know the owner's manual says the coolant is good for 105k miles, but I just don't believe that is wise in Houston or South Louisiana (where I live). The high temperatures, and high humidity, put a lot of stress on the cooling systems IMO.
  • chucko3chucko3 Posts: 793
    As long as the gauge stays below the 1/2 mark then it's ok.
    If not, you might want to replace the thermostat.
  • wise1wise1 Posts: 90
    Are you sure it is oil leaking?? It could be the tranny?? When I purchased my 07 accord I inspected it on the rack. The first accord had a tranny leak, yes the brand new car already had a leak. If it is the tranny you have 5 yr. 60K warranty to get it fixed. Honda may give you headaches but keep up the fight!!! :mad: :cry: ;)
  • wise1wise1 Posts: 90
    Sorry I should have scrolled down and read your additional post anyway WATCH YOUR Tranny fluid levels and happy motoring!!! :shades:
  • garrickgarrick Posts: 30
    2007 4 cyl Accord will be 2 yrs old August 09. Need to bring it in for service now with 22K miles. Maintenance Minder is showing "B" which if I read the manual correctly shows the following suggested:

    Replace engine oil and oil filter
    Inspect front and rear brakes
    Check parking brake adjustment
    Inspect these items:
    Tie rod ends, steering gear box, and boots
    Suspension components
    Driveshaft boots
    Brake hoses and lines (including ABS)
    All fluid levels and condition of fluids
    Exhaust system
    Fuel lines and connections

    Dealer obviously suggests a lot more service for about $300 such as rotate tires, roadforce balancing, air filter, inspect distributor cap, clean injectors, 40 point service inspection and others.

    What should I do at 22K miles if I plan on keeping this car for the long haul?
  • elroy5elroy5 Posts: 3,741
    All the maintenance items you listed sound like good ideas, except for two. If the car has no hint of vibration in the steering wheel at speed or other vibrations, I would decline the roadforce balancing. The balance will only be as good as the guy operating the machine. If the balance machine is subpar, or the operator is inexperienced, you could end up with a problem you didn't have before. Second, I don't think your car has a distributor cap. ;)
  • roachbuggroachbugg Posts: 15
    Hello board,

    I am writing this note because I need rear brakes- and rotors on an Accord EX V6.

    My normally reliable dealer is charging $420.00 for brakes and rotors. I think that is robbery....

    Anyone know of a dealer that can do the work cheaper?

    Does anyone know of any coupons I can find for this service? I have looked everywhere....

    If so, please let me know...

    thanks a lot... any insight helps!
  • thegraduatethegraduate Posts: 9,731
    Is there a reason you're going to the dealer?
  • roachbuggroachbugg Posts: 15
    I don't know where else to go. Haven't had to replace these brakes before. Wanted to know where the other users/car owners went. The dealer told me that I need rotors and brakes in the rear of my car. They want to charge $210 for each. That sounds like a lot to me. Has anyone used Midas or Meineke? Any suggestions?

  • thegraduatethegraduate Posts: 9,731
    My suggestion would be to talk to people you know; friends, family, coworkers, people at your place of worship, etc and find out if they know a good reputable mechanic. I go to the mechanic my grandfather uses; just had my timing belt and water pump done on my '96 Accord for $478. The dealer wanted $820.

    Get a few opinions/estimates before you have it done. The worst they can do is give you the same answer/price, which I would wager won't happen.
  • blufz1blufz1 Posts: 2,045
    Check the net for dealer brake specials in your area then give your dealer a chance to match the price.
  • that price is on the high end but I would not call it "robbery" ... "affordable" and "dealer" rarely go together.

    I can recommend RPM in Newington, VA, who have taken care of my cars for the past 15 yrs. or so. They are not the cheapest but are reliable and honest and they don't do unnecessary work.

    If you call they can tell you what they'd charge for this work 703.550.8240.

    I have no connection with them other than being a long time customer.
  • fbc2009fbc2009 Posts: 7
    I am looking to buy a 2004 Accord 2.4 5A with $135K. What should I check regarding PM done up to this mileage?
  • elroy5elroy5 Posts: 3,741
    Do everything in the manual up to that point 135k, if it hasn't already been done. Especially fluids. That's a lot to do, :surprise: better get started. ;) Good luck
  • patpat Posts: 10,421
    You can look up the required maintenance here: Maintenance Schedules, Recalls and Technical Service Bulletins. Good luck!
  • fbc2009fbc2009 Posts: 7
    Thank you guys!
  • accord6mtaccord6mt Posts: 53
    I just called RPM and, don't take this the wrong way, but they were very cold to me. My conversation with RPM:

    Me: Your Website says that you service Porsche and Audi cars... do you also service Hondas?

    RPM: We sometimes service Hondas but usually only if our customer already services a Porsche with us. Do you have a Porsche?

    Me: No, but RPM was referred on a car Web site and that person drives a Honda.

    RPM: Does that customer also drive a Porsche? We're very busy with Porsches and Audis and we try to keep quiet about servicing other cars. We wouldn't want to lose that customer so yes, how about we talk about what services you need for your Honda and we'll see if we can help you. It's late today and it's the worst time for a call so why don't I call you - wait, how about you call me tomorrow at 11 am, does that sound good to you?

    Me: Um, sure, thanks.

    Sheesh. I doubt I'll be over there any time soon! Let's hope my experience was an isolated incident...
  • elroy5elroy5 Posts: 3,741
    Honda brakes are nothing special, and not hard to work on. So why would a special place be needed for this? Unless you plan to change some things (upgrade). What are you going to have done?
  • accord6mtaccord6mt Posts: 53

    I personally don't need any work on my car in the immediate future but I'm always looking for a good, reliable independent shop. I was confused because the previous poster said that he has had a good relationship with RPM for the past 15 years but when I went to RPM's Website they made no mention of servicing anything but Porsches and Audis. That's why I called RPM about servicing Hondas.
  • I have a 03 accord 4 cyl!!! to day the air just stoped blowing. I thing it might be the blower motor resistor!!! does anyone know of this problem? the blower motor does work I did test it!!
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