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Honda Accord (2008-2012) Maintenance and Repair



  • tallman1tallman1 Posts: 1,874
    Anyone's recommendation for an Internet source of Honda parts, would be much appreciated

    I've used HandA for parts with great success. They seem to have a good track record with other posters as well. I've also heard good things about Bernardi and Majestic but I've never used them.

    My Honda dealer sends out coupons on occasion for 15% off parts. That works for me. Some have reported that their dealer will also match online prices... or at least come close.

    If you do buy parts online, get several things at once and the shipping may not be as bad.
  • galvannigalvanni Posts: 8
    Where do I get one of these tools to reset the caliper piston. I'm going to do my back brakes myself on my 2008 Accord EXL-V6 Sedan.

    Also, can someone suggest replacement rotors and pads e.g., which vendor, model if anyone here has done it. Much appreciated.
  • pgm17pgm17 Posts: 46
    I got a tool at my local Advance Auto Parts to reset it. It look like a cube with different pins on each end. Attachs to a rachet and twists the piston right in.

    At 16k miles my rear brakes wore worn and the front pads had the judder when braking. I read up on the OEM pads being the culprit so I went with Akebono ceramic pads all around. So far alot less dusting and no more judder. Lets see how they hold out.
  • paul79ufpaul79uf Posts: 5
    I just replaced one of the headlight bulbs in our 2009 Honda Accord and I took the time to create a guide for all of the other bulbs.

    Here's the guide - Honda Accord Headlight Bulbs Replacement Guide

    I hope someone finds it to be useful.

    Paul Michaels
  • mrbill1957mrbill1957 Posts: 815
    If you have a Harborfreight store close by or can wait for a shipment to arrive, you can get the cube for less then $4.

  • galvannigalvanni Posts: 8
    I just ordered the tool - hopefully be here by end of the week.

    Tire Rack has lots of pads and rotors for 2008 Accord Sedans. Should I get new rotors along with the new ceramic pads. I also get that "shudder" when braking and it feels like the front. I think my front rotors are warped. I'm not paying through the nose to get them cut again like I did the rears when they charged me out the wazoo.

    Any suggestions on pad brand/model or rotor brand/model would be appreciated. I don't mind ponying up the money now if I know what I put on there is going to last, but I'm done with this circus side show at the Honda dealer - no more.
  • pgm17pgm17 Posts: 46
    i read up on rotor cutting and most of the time its unnecssary but a nice revnue generator to shops. i just replaced the pads and they are smooth now. but depending how bad it is you may need to cut them or just go for new ones.

    i really like the Akebono ProACT Ceramic Pads i put on front/back. no shudder, less dust, but one drawback is they have a little less bite than the OEMs.

    supposedly Honda is redesigning the front and rear pads with different materials due to the class action on the rear and the tsb on the front.
  • galvannigalvanni Posts: 8
    I got the letter for the class action lawsuit on the rear pads, but I heard nothing about a TSB on the fronts - what's that about? My car is in the shop today getting inspected and having a seat button fixed so if you can post the TSB, then I can give my dealer hell about that too ;-) Tire Rack has the pads you mentioned - I may try those out too.
  • pgm17pgm17 Posts: 46
    the link i had no longer works, i should have printed it...
    tell them its TSB 09-096
  • galvannigalvanni Posts: 8
    edited July 2010
    I found the TSB online. I called the dealer and told them about this TSB and explained my shudder and they said they'd take care of it. By that, they better mean fix/cut/replace on their dime or I'm going lose my mind when I go pick up the car. If they don't take care of this - I assure you some poor sap there is going to go home and kick their dog after I get done taking a poo down their throat.
  • galvannigalvanni Posts: 8
    edited July 2010
    Well, I must say - I'm mildly surprised. They cut the front rotors and gave me new pads as per the TSB for the front brakes and didn't charge me. Good thing I found out about the TSB before I hit 36k - I was at 30K. To top that off, the back brakes that I had replaced at 18 are barely worn according to the inspection report - so they must have replaced the backs with the new material pads when they did it (yes, I did file for my class action claim on the rears too).

    So now my brake caliper tool is on the way and I have no need for it - guess I'll just save it for next time and do both front and rear myself and save some cash - I always did my brakes on my cars as a kid in school anyway, so it's time for me to get greased up again I guess.
  • kendall8kendall8 Posts: 28
    My 2010 Accord lx 4cyl, has a squek from the dashboard. When I start,,,you can hear it. Sometimes. Sounds like golf balls,in a bowl, shaking around. I know when i drop it off, Hondal will say they cant hear it.
  • is that when you start your car? if it is then its normal (from what honda dealer had said) and it appears only when you turn ignition too fast.
  • kendall8kendall8 Posts: 28
    no, after,,, ty
  • atx10atx10 Posts: 1

    My Accord shows signs of severe oxidation...not in line with a two year old car. Everything that hits the paint, bird droppings, greasy smudges, etc. adhere and won't come off with a simple car wash.

    The dealer says "some chemical got on it," but I've had two body shops point out the side mirrors, bumper, and vertical piece of the truck are all pristine. Every other surface shows that same oxidation. In my mind, this proves it's not an external problem. Nothing has gotten on the paint, no tree sap, water sprinklers, etc. to my knowledge. But could the dealer be correct?

    The body shops that have looked at the paint say it's defective, but have no incentive to get involved. I can't find a place to have the paint tested near Austin, TX which seems my only option at this point.

    Honda has advised they are finished considering the matter. They provided nothing in writing and advised me the damage was determined to be external by a Honda employee looking at photos of the car.

    Any advice would be appreciated.
  • I noticed that this is the cheapest paint job I have ever had on a car. Mine is one year old 2009 and it scratches so easily. I am sure down the road it will become apparent on all the cars. Yeah, I just went from a Land Rover to this... :cry:
  • This site was useful to me when I was identifying one of the defects in the finish on my 2008 Accord. No pics, but very good description of defects and what causes them.
    Paint Flaws

    Mine has more paint flaws than the last three cars I owned combined - or the 2006 Subaru Outback that I couldn't find one on. Might have passed for a good paint job in the peeling late nineties. Dirt in paint in the door jambs, one solvent pop, and another dirt piece or two not in the jambs.
  • rbbrickrbbrick Posts: 37
    Say can you tell me what color you're talking about. Do you have a Coupe or Sedan. Thanks Roger
  • Mine is a Mystic Green Metallic (black interior), 2008 Accord Sedan, V6 EX-L Navi.

    I suspect that you want to know what color atx10 's car is, since he is having the major issue with the paint.

    If I had been buying one off the lot, I would not have bought this one after looking at it due to the paint issues, and the shimmy in it. However, no one had what I wanted on the lot, so the dealer swapped an order with another dealer, who had an order already in at the factory to be produced for the car I wanted. Three weeks later the car arrived. I hadn't been concerned about sight unseen on a new car, because in the past I never had an issue with Honda (or the other two brands whose vehicles were ordered/located for me in the past).

    Well, as much as I would have liked to, it didn't seem worth the headache to refuse delivery over some minor paint flaws - as the dealer would either deny them, repaint a new car, or take you to court. As for the VCM/shimmy issues, they take a little road time to notice - and to find out that tire balance doesn't seem to fix the shimmy.

    A warning about the repainting solution on a new car - these days savvy dealers use a device to check the paint thickness on panels on trade-in's. If a panel has a much different paint thickness, they know it was painted / repaired. Then they ding the value or press you about not disclosing accident damage (some states require accident damage of a certain value to be disclosed at trade-in).
  • Well took my 2008 Accord in today with 55915 miles and again the rear brake pads are shot but the fronts were 40 % wore had all 4 rotors turned to take the
    shake out of the car when braking. The dealer said that the rear brakes are doing most of the work Seems to me that 20131 is not many miles on a set of rear pad
    PS this is the first time that the rotors been turned. Anyone else having the same issues?
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