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Honda Accord (2003-2007) Maintenance and Repair



  • grampy1grampy1 Posts: 140
    2007 Accord 4 door sedan.
    I have forgotten how to use the key fob to lower the windows from outside the car. This feature allows one to partially lower the windows to vent a hot car interior before entering.
    Any help here would be appreciated . Thanks
  • stickguystickguy Posts: 13,585
    press and release and press again (to unlock all 4 doors). When you press the 2nd time, hold the button for a few more seconds, and the windows will go down until you let go of the button

    2013 Acura RDX (wife's), 2007 Volvo S40 (when daughter lets me see it), 2000 Acura TL (formerly son's, now mine again), and new Jetta SE (son's first new car on his own dime!)

  • grampy1grampy1 Posts: 140
    Thanks. That worked perfectly
  • I have a 2003 Accord 4-cylinder with 51k miles. Driving home today, the car lurched then hesitated a few seconds after accelerating out of park. I parked again, turned off the car and tried it again. Same thing happened, but this time there was a grinding sound coming from right below the gear shifter after I put it into drive. Also, once I was in drive the dashboard indicators for gears D3 and D2 flashed on and off while the light for D was also on. Reverse gear has no problem. One time the grinding also happened in park. At lunch, the car was fine; this all started on the drive home.

    I'm hoping it's a problem with the gear shifter module but dreading that it will be the transmission (seems to early for it to go at 50k miles).

    Any ideas?
  • lilengineerboylilengineerboy Posts: 4,116
    2007 Honda Accord EX manual transmission w/28k. I just got my maintenance minder light to come on with B:1,2. In checking my handy-dandy owner's manual, its an oil change, tire rotation, and air filter change, plus some inspections.

    The dealer wanted to change the transmission fluid, the brake fluid, and a bunch of other stuff to the tune of $450. I can't find anything that says I have to change any of those fluids yet. They also wanted to do some fuel system service - which the manual seems to actually suggest against. What the heck? I mean the Subaru dealer has a suggested maintenance schedule but that's ridiculous.

    Is there any trick to changing the brake fluid/bleeding the brakes on this particular Accord? Previous wisdom was to start at the brake furthest from the m/c and work your way in pumping the brakes. Does ABS or EBD affect that?

    I am planning to do this myself using Honda parts for the filters and I've had good luck with Honda fluids (I know they are probably just someone else's stuff relabeled and more $$, but I haven't had an issue with them yet - oil will be 5w20 GTX most likely). Are there any other recommendations? I'm budgeting about 90 minutes to get through this.
  • elroy5elroy5 Posts: 3,741
    Honda's method is to start at the front left, and work around clockwise. They don't mention any special procedure for ABS. I like to use a vacuum pump, to suck the fluid out. That way I don't need a helper to push the brake pedal, and the master cylinder shaft is not forced into areas where it has never been (when the pedal sinks to the floor). If any rust has developed on the master cylinder shaft, it can damage the seals.
  • tallman1tallman1 Posts: 1,874
    I just got my maintenance minder light to come on with B:1,2.

    I have an 06 EX-L I4 manual. My dealer wanted to do a bunch of extra stuff as well at 30k. After doing some research, the transmission and brake fluid changes seemed the only things worthwhile besides the MM suggestions. The air filter and inside cabin filters were easy to do (well, the air filter did involved a bit of wrestling). I had the dealer do the fluid changes.

    I don't get as down and dirty as Elroy but he has a lot of experience with his own maintenance. FWIW, I remember that my 95 Accord was notorious for taking a long time to bleed the brakes. Mechanics I talked to said that was common for Honda. Don't know if that is still the case.
  • lilengineerboylilengineerboy Posts: 4,116
    I have an 06 EX-L I4 manual. My dealer wanted to do a bunch of extra stuff as well at 30k. After doing some research, the transmission and brake fluid changes seemed the only things worthwhile besides the MM suggestions

    Yeah it seems like another light comes on when it wants you to do the transmission, its like a 3 or a 4.

    I am pretty comfortable with doing the required inspections and fluid changes, so I think I am going to do an HandA order and do it next weekend.
  • elroy5elroy5 Posts: 3,741
    I found out when I flushed my brakes that you have to unscrew the bleed screw quite a bit before the fluid flows freely. I spent a lot of time pumping the vacuum pump before realizing this. :surprise: Live and learn I guess.
  • elroy5elroy5 Posts: 3,741
    I changed the driver door actuator this morning (it was moving up and down very slowly), and WOW :surprise: I had no idea how hard it was going to be. There are two cables, two rods, and two wire connectors hooked up to that sucker. It took me a while to get it out, and then off of the door latch, because there is absolutely nothing in the service manual about replacement (only testing). I actually snapped the tip off one of my driver bits trying to get the latch screws out (those suckers are tight). Everything turned out well though, so I saved myself a few bucks.
  • lilengineerboylilengineerboy Posts: 4,116
    Do you know the capacity for the brake system? How much fluid do I need to get?
  • biomanbioman Posts: 171
    Just did a complete bleeding of the brake fluid in my 04 Accord. Used a little less than a quart of DOT 3 brake fluid. Start by draining the old fluid out of the reservoir and filling the reservoir with clean fluid. You bleed the calipers in the following sequence- LF, RF, RR, LR. I use a piece of clear plastic tubing with a check valve on the end that will let fluid our of the caliper and prevent the fluid from being drawn back in the tube. Spray the bleed valves with some WD40 before you begin. Use an assistant to set behind the wheel, open the bleed valve about 3/4 to 1 turn and tell the assistant to slowly pump the brake pedal 6-8 times. You should see clean fluid with no air bubbles coming out of the caliper. When all is complete shut the bleed valve and proceed to the next caliper. Make sure to refill the reservoir after every 8 pumps of the brake pedal. Takes less than an hour.
  • blufz1blufz1 Posts: 2,045
    I would let the dealer perform the maintenance required by Honda to keep the car in warranty. Forget the extras. I let the dealer do all the required maintainence while it's in warranty. I just do the things I think important after the warranty expires. .02.
  • blufz1blufz1 Posts: 2,045
    Time to change your plugs,Elroy? Mine were tight at 90k. Love to see the #14 car win and the #18 car lose.
  • elroy5elroy5 Posts: 3,741
    Time to change your plugs,Elroy? Mine were tight at 90k.

    I don't think I'm going to change them yet (67k miles). I just took one out to see what condition it was in, and to find out which plugs I had (it was the Denso plugs). Getting the rear bank plugs out is a tight space, so I'm trying to find the perfect tool set-up for the job. I have a few ideas, just have to find them in a store. Doing your own maintenance does not void your warranty. Of course, if you screw something up, the warranty is not going to cover it, but I've been doing my own maintenance since 1980, and haven't screwed anything up yet. I buy a service manual for each car/truck I own, so I do things the right way. It gives me a sense of accomplishment, I learn about how my car works, and I save some $$ at the same time. I have a acquired an assortment of tools along the way.
  • elroy5elroy5 Posts: 3,741
    Love to see the #14 car win and the #18 car lose.

    Tony may be the only driver that can take that 4th straight cup from Jimmy. I hope all those M&Ms give #18 the runs. ;)
  • blufz1blufz1 Posts: 2,045
    Lol. I agree with you re the maintainence. I'm just not the wrench you are. The 2 rear bank plugs were almost seized at 90k. I learned that,for my car at least,6 years is all I'm going to go on plugs. I got my NGK platinums for $10 a shot at Auto Zone. Take care.
  • jikjik Posts: 118
    I have 07 accord and it has only 4000 miles oil at 50 %

    I have seen so many contradictory opinions.

    Never changed oil since purchase.

    Can someone help? When should I do oil change wiat till 15 %?
  • bav_fan07bav_fan07 Posts: 68
    Hi there, how long has it been?

    If it has been more then 3 months, I would suggest to get the oil changed. It also depends on what area you live in. If you're in a hot weather area, I would suggest to get it done asap/

    However, its really up to you. You can probably go to 6000-6500 miles with out worry. Honda usually recommends 3-4 months or up to 6000 miles. Check out for the recommended schedule.

    If you have an extended warranty, you may want to follow their maintenance schedule. Usually thats the caveat with extended warranties through the dealer - if you do not follow their schedule, it could void any extended warranty service. Just a heads up....
  • grampy1grampy1 Posts: 140
    I believe Honda recommends you change the oil at least once a YEAR for low mileage vehicles such as yours.
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