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2008 Honda Civic Problems and Repairs

anniemolanniemol Posts: 6
edited December 2013 in Honda
I purchased a brand new 2008 and at 500 miles had the engine mounts replaced due to vibrations from the steering wheel when at a stop light. I am curious to know if anyone else can feel the car vibrate when stopped. Is this normal?
My previous civic (93) never did this. Any advice would be helpful.


  • i just got a 08 civic coupe LX automatic recently and i noticed some strange things and im not sure if i should take it to the mechanic...
    1. a couple times when i was steering and turning, i felt the brake pedal shake

    2. i heard a weird sound from probably the right side of the dashboard.. sorta of like something loose was vibrating against something.. but i didnt notice it at the dealer cuz the radio was on

    3. im sure this is normal but when you use your windshield whipers is there several click noises from the steering wheel or somehwere close to it?

    also, since i just got the car this weekend.. will the dealer most likely take care of everything for free??
    thanks for answering my questionsss
  • thegraduatethegraduate Posts: 9,731
    im sure this is normal but when you use your windshield whipers is there several click noises from the steering wheel or somehwere close to it?

    You're right, this is. :) My dad has an 07 that does this. Could the brake pedal have been the ABS system working?
  • Once again...long distance diagnosis doesn't work with subjective "feelings". You say the car vibrates and yes a 4 cylinder engine will make itself known by some vibration while idling especially in gear. So, the question it really vibrating more than "normal" or are you especially sensitive to a normal thing? I don't know the answer to that one but motor mounts are seldom bad on a new car. You never did say if the motor mounts fixed it to your satisfaction. The basic answer is yes it is normal for a 4 cyl. to vibrate somewhat especially in gear and through the steering your specific car vibrating more than normal??? Don't know.
  • I was informed today that I am ultra sensitive. I guess it does vibrate a bit and that is something I have to get use to. Otherwise, I enjoy this car immensely.
  • She complained of vibrations in the gas peddle… not sure what's causing this, but I haven't tried to drive it yet to give you my own description. Anyone else have this problem? Should I call the dealer for an appointment?
  • I have not noticed the gas pedal-just the steering wheel. Does she feel it vibrate?
    I was informed that the 2007's do not have this.
    After two visits and nothing done, I guess this is how it drives.
  • :sick: :sick: I have a 2008 Civic EX-L Coupe with 14K miles and recently noticed the outside edge of the rear tires looked too worn. A few days Iater I noticed a thumping sound coming from the back. I took the car to have the tires rotated and balanced ( I thought maybe a weight came off ) and when the tires were moved to the front I could hardly drive my car home. I took it to the dealership where I bought my car and they promptly informed me that my car was not effected by the TSB for civics. I had no idea what they were talking about, I just thought the tires were bad or that I needed a rear end alignment. Well, needless to say Honda is NOT going to replace my tires or align my car. They say that this is caused by lack of rotation or that maybe I hit a pothole!! My car is 2000 miles past the warranty for an alignment so they wanted me to pay for that too. After further investigation, the wear pattern on the tires exactly matches the pictures in their bulletin for the 2006 & 2007 Civic. I guess the replacement of the control arms DID NOT fix this issue. Hopefully if enough people report the issue they will issue a Service Bulletin for the 2008 too............
  • targettuningtargettuning Posts: 1,371
    We have a 2006 EX sedan that also has just over 14K miles. Our tires have been rotated once in the fall (per the "maintainance minder" reminder). On Saturday I was checking the tire pressure in all four of them and while down on my knees and up close I noticed tire wear on the tires on the rear (formerly on the front). While not really bad I found myself thinking that tires with only 14,000 miles should not show ANY wear on a new car. I believe the outer edge was showing the most wear. I am aware of abnormal rear tire wear on 2006/07 and now maybe 08 Civics but didn't really notice any on ours (till now) I just breathed a sigh of relief that we weren't affected and never followed up on the particulars. So now maybe I should starting paying attention. Tell me about the TSB, describe the wear patterns, and tell me the official fix. Just one more reason to sell and I thank Honda for one good thing about this Civic...great resale value!!
  • The service bulletin which I found posted on the internet by another civic owner says: Uneven tire wear caused by suspension geometry exhibits one of the following symptoms: a) Inner Edge wear: more wear is typically noticed more on the inner edge than the outer edge or b)"Diagonal wear lines: There are high and low spots on the tire which move diagonal across the tire". The bulletin shows pictures too. The official fix is to change the control arms and align the rear end and of course they will replace your tires(or adjust them according to your tread depth).
    My tires have the diagonal wear across the tire, it feels like flat spots but you can clearly see the tread wear.
  • targettuningtargettuning Posts: 1,371
    Thanks for the information. I will have to take a closer look at the wear pattern to see if this is "normal" type wear or induced by faulty parts (the control arms). I still don't think tires on a new car should show visable wear @ 14K miles unless chronically under/over inflated or never rotated or you live in "the pothole capital of the world" and you hit every one. Maybe those Bridgestone's are junk...and I have read they aren't the best. Thanks again.
  • tysalphatysalpha Posts: 45
    When the wipers are on intermittent mode, you will hear a faint click when they begin and end one cycle. It's a relay switch closing and opening the electrical circuit. If the click is at different times (mid-wipe), or if sounds more continuous -- like a broken switch that can't decide if it wants to be on or off -- then it could be a problem with the relay switch or the intermittent frequency dial.

    Regarding the brake pedal shake -- I wonder if this is your ABS activating. This is the first lightweight, small car I've driven and I notice the ABS activates much more easily than on a heavier car -- especially when breaking and leading into a turn.
  • susk7susk7 Posts: 1
    The same exact thing has happened to me. I have an 08 Civic EX, 20,000K. My car makes a noise that sounds like a bad bearing, and a humming roar at higher speeds. I also noticed a bit of a jumpy loss of control in the rear when it is slick out - almost like a gust of wind blew the back of my car very hard. I was informed by dealer about the Service Bulletin on 07 and 06. Beacuse I could not prove that I had rotated the tires and "there are a lot of potholes this year" (like a pothole would make both rear tires have abnormal wear), they say it's my problem. But it is the same problem, word for word as written in the TSB. The dealer told me that mine was the first reported for the 08 model, and if there were enough then they would issue a new TSB, and POSSIBLY put new tires on. I have a bumper to bumper warranty, and I asked them if new tires on a new car should wear like this, and they said not really, but you should have brought it in here to have the tires rotated. They did do an alignment at no charge.
  • momo0623momo0623 Posts: 2
    I purchased a 07 civic ex coupe and had vibration so bad when on the highway and took it to the dealer and they said the tires needed to be rotated...once rotated it did the same thing...over and over. The car started doing this at 3000K miles. Also I had thumping when I turned left...and the cd player had to be replaced twice before I just gave up and purchased a 08.

    On that note with the 08 civic ex-l couple I am having the same issue with the vibration in the steering wheel on the high way and the funny thing is is that my car has the same miles on it when I noticed it in the 07. I'm not sure why it does this but it is really bothering in...
  • sandman46sandman46 Posts: 1,798
    Could someone e-mail me a copy of the Service Bulletin 08-001 about the irregular rear tire wear. Need it to bring to the dealer. Also, Honda just informed me that I need to have a safety recall done for the rear ABS wheel speed sensor. Something needs to be replaced. DAMN!
    Any help with getting this copy would be greatly appreciated.

    The Sandman :(
  • sandman46sandman46 Posts: 1,798
    Just filled out the complaint form and have an appointment for May 30th to have the safety recall performed and hopefully the service bulletin done also.
    Thanks again all. Still need a copy of the bulletin, so if anyone can e-mail me the web site so I can copy it and bring it in so they can't say they've never heard of the thing.

    The Sandman :(
  • gemini29ncgemini29nc Posts: 3
    I have a copy of the bulletin but I am not sure where it is posted on the web.
  • sandman46sandman46 Posts: 1,798
    If someone could send it in a attachment, I could just open it and copy it. I really want to go into the service department with all the ammunition I might need to get this taken care of. It would be a great favor to me personally if someone who has it can get it to me.
    T I A folks.

    The Sandman :)
  • ivtec1ivtec1 Posts: 29
    do all 2008 LX have this problem? how should i check for this problem in mine . has 2600miles on it. Rides good but i don't notice technical things. please help me diagnose :blush:
  • sandman46sandman46 Posts: 1,798
    The link to the TSB came out so small when printed that it was unreadable no matter how I adjusted it. Any way you could send it again so it will copy in a more readable fashion?

    The Sandman :)
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