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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: 51
    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: 823
    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: 51
    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: 51
    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?
  • coooocscoooocs Posts: 2
    Hi! I need a little help...i have a coupe 09 V6 and have had non-stop problems with steering wheel shimmy. I have been in and out of the dealership and unfortunately all has failed.

    The thing that really blows me away is that sometimes ill be doing down the same highway to work and there is no shimmy at all, and then the next day there is! I am talking about a slight shimmy, nothing major, but it'd be great if it were never there at all....are there no solutions from Honda to this issue at all? I take it you have not had much luck either?

    I have the factory michelin tires, wonder if that could be it? would appreciate your fed back, thanks!
  • I purchased a 2009 Accord brand new. I broke it in according to specs prior to the first oil change. Since then, the oil light has come on between each subsequent oil changes (Honda recommends every 5,000). It appears as though the car is losing (?) about 2.5 quarts of oil every 2,500 to 3,000 miles. This seems rather excessive and bothersome to me. I have driven a few Hondas, as well as a handful of Toyotas and Subarus, and have never had ANY oil loss between changes. Honda is insisting that this is normal, but I am not convinced. I have taken the car to the dealership three times and each time I have been dismissed and told that this is normal oil consumption. The warranty is almost up, and I'm worried there's a major issue here. Any input or suggestions? Has anyone else had this problem?
  • zatireszatires Posts: 39
    Anybody having this issue?
    2010 EX-L

    When nobody is sitting on the passenger seat, the headrest of the seat is making a ticking sound, clicking sound when the road is not smooth, which mainly is most of my driving.

    And thus it is driving me nuts. If I end up holding the headrest it does not make the sound. Will need to take it to dealer when the service is due, but i do not know if they will actually fix anything.

    I also have a rattle in the steering wheel, on the horn cover. When you put a little bit pressure on the horn cover plastic it stops the rattle.

    And of course the door handles.

    Crazy. This much sound coming from a door handle while trying to open the door. This is not supposed to be a truck from the 80s.

    Anybody having the same issues, and got them fixed somehow?
  • temj12temj12 Posts: 450
    That much oil usage is ridiculous. By all means, stay after them. Take it to another Honda dealer. I would not go back to your present dealer. My dealer would have been all over that. I have a 2005 Accord EX-L 2.4 and it uses no oil. I have 100,000 miles and I have always had it changed every 5,000 miles. Don't let your warranty pass without this being solved. No car should use that much oil. You have an engine problem. Keep us advised.
  • There has been a huge discussion of this issue in the VCM thread. One person got lucky with a coupe that the dealer had the higher level factory mechanic come in when the local dealer couldn't fix the issue - they found a tiny bit of play (outside spec) on his accords inner tire rod end.

    Me? I'm like the others, first time the dealer replaced two tires, road forced them, called it fixed. Picked the car up and it was horrible.

    Second time they roadforced the tires again, saying they were way out of balance (guess a newbie did the work the first time, huh). Called it fixed. Picked the car up, still a shimmy at some speeds / conditions.

    Third time, another balance, another - fixed, just normal road vibes. Picked it up - still shimmy at times.

    At this point I was reading the VCM and this string - basically realized I was wasting my time, and this particular car was always going to shimmy to some degree, unless I wanted to spend oodles of money and find a shop that has the expertise to carefully check every items tolerance in the front end that might cause this (inner and outer tie rod ends, bearings, balance brake rotors, driveshafts, etc).

    Some people notice the shimmy in the wheel (like us), and know it shouldn't be there. Others drive the car, and unless it is really bad, don't find anything wrong. I also notice the VCM 'minishift' sensation, and its delayed throttle response.

    I've had front wheel drive cars where a quarter ounce of lost wheel weight would cause a small shimmy.

    This accord, while still a very good car compared to many, doesn't measure up to older ones, nor some of its competitors. Damn I wish I could buy a brand new 1993 Accord EX five speed, rosewood brown metallic (my first import car, and my first accord). Chrysler/Dodge drove me off - you want troubles and bad dealers stories - the purchased new 92 dakota was soo bad i traded it at 8mo/12k miles.

    I'll just drive this accrod like I stole it, and if I still have a good job next year, it's getting traded in. My mother likes it, and the little shimmy on the highway won't bother her - though I keep telling her to buy something else new.

    I've said it before, the only good warranty is one you don't need, dealers can only fix simple or obvious issues. Anything requiring a lot of time or special expertise, you can forget, as they aren't getting paid under warranty for spending that much effort.
  • Thanks for the response, the car is at the dealership today, and the gentleman I spoke with said that on the V6 model they were updating the computers for excess oil consumption, as it is a noted problem on that engine. I have the 4-cylinder LX-P model, so I'm hoping there's some sort of an "update" available for me. We shall see. If the problem is not solved before the warranty is up, this particular car will be on the dealership's used car lot, for sure.
  • rbbrickrbbrick Posts: 37
    Regarding the updating computers for excessive oil consumption, it is bull or a fake statement by your dealership. I asked a Honda Service Mgr friend to verify this statement and it was not in any tech bulletins or even known about.
    Oil consumption problem on my 08 Accord V6 Coupe was determined to be a missing oil ring on one piston.
    My short block was replaced by Honda.
  • jamie1983jamie1983 Posts: 20
    edited August 2010
    Has anyone received payment on the class action lawsuit for the brakes? I mailed everything in and have not heard anything else on the outcome.
  • Was your Accord consuming more than a QT. every 1000miles before they did something about it?
  • It was going through a little more than a quart every 1k but the dealership insisted this was normal. FINALLY today, they ran a cylinder leak test, and the car failed. As a result, I am getting a brand new engine block under warranty. This is after four times at the dealership at which I was basically told to go screw. Hopefully this issue is singular to this particular car, but the new engine does make me feel better about the whole thing.
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