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Honda Accord (2008-2012) Maintenance and Repair



  • gyushergyusher Posts: 67
    they dont nor do the customers check the oil before changing for the most part.

    It's one thing not to check your oil once you know how your car acts between oil changes.

    I check my oil weekly (typically before starting it in the morning when it is sitting in the same place each time) whenever I buy a new or new to me car. I check for leaks, under where the car sits at home and at work. I pay close attention to pressure gages if so equipped as well as odd smells, sounds etc.

    Once I have a good idea of how the car operates over thousands of miles I might not open the hood between changes but I still look at where the car sat and do everything else but physically check the oil and all other fluid levels under the hood.

    At oil change time I either check the oil before changing or visually check the amount drained from the crankcase.

    In my mind there is nothing more important than at least knowing your car's habits when it comes to service items including brake linings, tread depth, coolant and other fluid levels.

    I lost an engine one time in my youth from not paying attention to how low it was getting on oil. It only takes once.

    btw. . . My new 4 cyl coupe just hit 3,000 miles today and the oil level is exactly where it was the day I brought it home. my fingers are crossed that she stays this way.
  • lb85lb85 Posts: 1
    We are curious to know if anyone who has had the XM problem has gotten it fixed? We just bought a 2009 Accord EX-L last month and are having the same problem with the XM. After a few turns of the select knob to change the station, the XM starts making a noise like the station is going in and out (stuttering) and then it goes silent. All the stations will still show the info, (Name/Title of Song) but nothing will play. The only fix is to turn the car off and then turn it back on.

    We have talked to the dealership about it and they say that they have never heard of the problem before.
  • My 08 EXL has 4000 miles on it. Oil level is 60%. Last week for a couple of days the TPMS signal was remaining 'on' while driving. I just had a look on the tyres by simply pressing with my fingers and I thought it was in good shape. After two days or so, the TPMS signal remain off while driving (as normally it does). Is this an indication that I have to check the tyre pressure? Or it just appeared due to some ignorable reasons. :confuse: Thank you for the help in advance.. :)
  • kiawahkiawah Posts: 3,666
    Yes, try a tire gauge instead of your fingernail.

    When the weather starts to get colder, the tire pressure will be lower.

    Undoubtedly you are a little low on one, (but pump up all) of your tires.
  • tallman1tallman1 Posts: 1,874
    the XM starts making a noise like the station is going in and out (stuttering) and then it goes silent.

    I've had that happen a couple of times in my 06. I think the radio only fades in and out but doesn't go out completely. I just turn the radio off and then back on and it is fine. As I said, very rare.
  • I am so unhappy with my brakes!!! I have an 08 EX 4-banger with 20,600 ish miles. Some scraping noise started last week so I take it in to Pflueger Honda where they charged me $89 to change me oil and tell me that my rear pads are gone. I ask how much to replace the rear pads, the lady says $389. I tell her to not touch my car. I start checking on the net and can see that I am not the first unhappy customer. I showed the Service Manager a couple websites where people that have complained got their brakes fixed for like $145 and $100. He tells me the factory guy is coming tomorrow (that's today) and for me to call back and he will see if they can cover it. I call back all morning, no answer. I call back this afternoon, and I finally get him. He tells me that he did discuss with the factory guy and the answer is the horrible, "that's normal wear and tear". I called up Honda Windward and had a nice chat with a service guy there who told me he's been seeing the 08 accords coming in for brakes starting around 15K miles. If you don't use your brakes much, the rears will wear out first. If you are a heavy braker, the fronts will go first. I purchased for $80 a set of Honda pads and will attempt to change them myself.

    Other complaints- headrests are terrible. I have both of mine turned around which completely defeats their attempt to overengineer the things. AND, yes, the brakes have squeaked since week 2, but I got used to it.

    Other than that, it's a great machine.

    What we need to post is the email addresses for these factory people that decide when they will be responsible for their mistakes and when they won't. IMHO, disc brake pads should be engineered to last 36k miles. This 15k-20k miles is complete crap.
  • elroy5elroy5 Posts: 3,741
    $389 is highway robbery. The pads are less than $50, and they can change them in less than one hour easy. Changing the pads yourself is not difficult, but you have to know what you are doing. You will probably have to re-use the shims and know where to put the anti-squeal paste. If you are going to do any maintenance or repair work on your own car, I suggest investing in a good service manual.
  • I have a '98 and an '08 EXLV6. The '98 has about 75,000 miles on it and is still on the original pads. I will be greatly disappointed if my '08 gets only 20K and I agree that your dealer is a ripoff artist. Also, $89 for an oil change?? I just got my first at the local Honda dealer for $40 including filter and tire rotation (and I didn't even buy the car there).
  • My 08 V6EX had it's first rear brake job at 18K. Rotors warped and pads done. Many of those 18K were rural highway (non-traffic). First noticed heavy vibration when getting on brakes to exit freeway. From what I'm seeing everywhere, mine was not an isolated instance. My dealer replaced/repaired at no charge as I have other conditions with my car they are still unable to fix.

    Have you suffered from any highway vibration or stuttering when cruising at certain speeds? Curious to know as there is an entire thread regarding that.
  • I have a 08 LX I4 w/5 speed MT, 5,000 miles that has an intermittent problem of popping out of third gear when I let the clutch out. No problems downshifting. It usually does it before the transmission gets warmed up. Instead of the usual precise easy shift into third it feels rubbery or numb (sorry, don't know how else to describe it) followed by a lovely grinding gear sound as the shifter gets pushed back at my hand. It occurs sporadically without any warning. Has anyone else had this problem? I know the six speed tranny has had this issue. I will be contacting the dealer soon for a oil change appt. and will let them know. I'm sure it will shift just fine for them when they take it for a drive. Isn't that the way it usually works?
  • i agree that its a joke that the rear brakes are going after 20K miles. The reason I got them to do it for $100 is because they finally feel bad for all the problems i've had with this car. Obviously they really dont feel that bad cuz they would've done it for free right? lol The problem with doing it yourself is you usually need u'r rotors resurfaced too with the brake job.
  • elroy5elroy5 Posts: 3,741
    Unless you are having problems with the rotors (vibrations/shuddering) I would not have them turned. It only makes the rotors thinner/weaker, for no reason.
  • Car:
    2008 Accord I4 Automatic Transmission LX

    Problem, lights dim and blower for heater/defrost slows. It occurs every 20 to 25 seconds. The change in the blower for the heater/defrost is such that it sounds as if you turned the blower speed down significantly and then turned it back up. At the same time the lights dim significantly.

    I have read many posts here of lights dimming with the A/C running and that Honda says this is normal.

    This is not normal and is dangerous because of the eye strain caused by the lights dimming and then brightening over and over again.

    Has anyone had Honda fix this problem?
    If so, what was the fix so that I know what to say to my dealership when I take my vehicle in for repair?

    Thank you.
  • I've yet to see anyone post a fix for this problem. Honda passes this and the 6 cyl VCM issues off as normal operations. Amazing that a company that has established a reputation for mechanical and engineering excellence to now put forth the dogma that these shortcomings are normal. I'm surprised that they aren't calling the lighting issue VCP (Variable Candle Power) lighting and trying to make you feel privileged to own a vehicle with this Honda exclusive.
  • I recommend that everyone experiencing this problem should file a complaint:
  • I agree. I bought a Honda over many choices because of the engineering. Seems simple enough, admit that the Electrical Load Detector (ELD) is not set properly in that the load is to high before it switches, and then replace the component.

    My money is tight and my patience grows thin. I will replace it with something else and tell everyone I know what I think.
  • By the way, here is a link to another discussion on the same issue:
  • My 08 coupe does the same thing but it is of no consequence in my mind. When it does bug me I just turn off the auto function on the air and heating system. I'll even go so far as saying just about every car I've owned in the last 40 years also does this to one degree or the other.

    I kind of agree with Honda in that when the electrical load changes suddenly to that degree you will notice things like dimming lights etc. To me it is so brief and I know what is happening when it occurs. What I do when it does concern me is use a function that this does not occur.

    Personally I don't care much for the auto function anyway. They certainly could change it so this happens less frequently but you might have a 4 or 5 degree temp change rather than the system trying to keep it so tight. . .

    I understand how little things such as this can get on your nerves and as much as cars cost today you would think they would/should be perfect but the facts remain that they do have bugs related to functions they are asked to perform.
  • Thanks for your reply. My issue is a bit different. I do not have automatic climate control. My lights dim every 20 seconds. When the car is in park you can actually notice the engine lag and then rev a bit at the same time the lights dim. If the blower for the defrost is on (yes it snowed here today) you will hear the fan speed lower and then come back up.

    I appreciate your reply but I feel this is different. I too have noticed with most cars I have owned that the lights dim when the A/C compressor kicks in because that is a significant load on the system.
  • 08 Accord V6 EX-L 31,000 miles and had to replace my rear brakes yesterday. I took it to Honda and they said this was normal, however in my 18 years of owning Honda vehicles I have never replaced the rear brakes or front brakes on any of my Honda's. When I looked at the worn pads it was the inside pads that were on the indicators and the outside pads still had some meat left. Good thing the calipers were still in good shape, but this just doesn't seem right. I honestly believe something is defective with the calipers. I'm in pursuit to get this resolved with Honda. Wish me luck.....
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