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Honda Accord (2008-2012) Maintenance and Repair



  • thegraduatethegraduate Posts: 9,731
    That's what it sounds like - almost as if a belt within a tire has snapped or something.
  • If it is a tire, a front-rear rotation and a good road test to see if the vibration changes should show the problem.

    I had a damaged tire on my old 88 Accord. It vibrated and shook the steering wheel when braking. Rotating the bad tire to the back corrected the problem. The bad tire on the back caused no noticeable vibration, but I still replaced it because I was concerned that the tire may fail. The damage could be seen when I spun the tire on the back of the car.

  • bug4bug4 Posts: 370
    Excellent! Thanks for the info. Santa was good to me and brought me one that I will be installing when I drive up I-70 out of Denver to go skiing on the weekends! :D
  • bug4bug4 Posts: 370
    Similarly to the damaged tire, also could be a misplaced/missing wheel weight.
  • I checked the tire pressure and my tire gauge is showing psi of 38 to 39. The recommended pressure as shown on the inside door pillar is 32 psi. Car has been in the garage all day so I am measuring cold pressure. Will keep the pressure as is and on Monday at my appointment I will question why the higher than called for pressure.
  • elroy5elroy5 Posts: 3,741
    When cars are being shipped, and many times while sitting on the dealership lot, tires will be inflated to well above operating pressure. This is to allow for some leakage, and so they aren't continually having to add air to tires on the dealership lot. The dealership should however have the pressures adjusted during prep when the car is sold. Some do, and obviously some don't. This lack of attention to detail does say something (to me) about how well the particular dealership pays attention to such details. :(
  • thegraduatethegraduate Posts: 9,731
    I'd go ahead and lower them to at most 35 PSI apiece. See if that helps.
  • Today, my one-month old Accord's xm radio stopped working. No reception/volume at all. All other parts of the radio are working fine - ie. FM, AM, CD. Any thoughts on what I could check b-4 I let the dealer fiddle with it?
  • You're supposed to get the first 3 months free from XM radio. Maybe they accidentally turned you off after one month, or maybe the the free 3 months was activated 2 months before you took delivery of the car? You might want to call them and check. There is a serial number of the radio they will probably need to check your status.
  • parvizparviz Posts: 484
    You will still get the xm radio after the free trial, only selected promo stations will be heard. It sounds like a technical problem.
  • I called xm. The guy said sometimes you have to shut it off then back on to reset it. Thankfully, it worked. If it continues to do it on a semi-regular basis I think I'll let the dealer look at it.
  • blaneblane Posts: 2,017
    Has anyone noticed occasional interference on the radio's AM band when driving near large roadside electrical transformers or similar equipment?

    I just noticed the phenomenon the other day while driving my wife's 2008 EX-L.
  • Just took delivery of a 2008 Honda Accord EX-L with the 190 HP 4-cylinder engine. This car still hasn't been fully broken in yet with only ~ 50 miles on the odometer.

    One problem that I had noticed with this car is that I get a rather annoying sporadic vibration when the car is idle (such as waiting at red light). The vibration + noise sound as if I had turn the A/C on for a few seconds, and turning the A/C off... and repeat. (The A/C is clearly off). I can feel the strong vibration not only from the steering wheel, but also from touching the dashboard too. The vibration and noise goes away as soon as the car moves away from idle.

    I had noticed that one other person at ConsumerReports forum had reported this problem on his Canadian version of Accord EX-L I-4, but I just wanted to get a sampling of how many of you have experienced this problem and whether this "vibration at idle" is normal.

  • parvizparviz Posts: 484
    I did not try the AM band, but oddly enough, I noticed my FM reception goes in and out. So did my XM reception. Today has been a cloudy, rainy day, so I'll give it the benefit of the doubt and try it agin tomorrow before getting too concerned. I'll check the AM at the same time.
  • parvizparviz Posts: 484
    Did you notice the same when you test drove the car? Just wondering if it is intermittent or not.
  • bug4bug4 Posts: 370
    I have the same car and have no vibration issues at all. I'm picky and notice everything in my car -- and I can feel no vibration in my car at all when it is sitting at idle. Although I can notice the cooling fan or the A/C compressor cycling on and off if I'm sitting for long enough, neither of them create any significant or objectionable vibration. For that reason, I would think there might be some sort of problem on your car. :cry:

    ----I assume you are not referring to sitting at idle with the gear shifter engaged in one of the gears?? If so, that changes things . . . .
  • bug4bug4 Posts: 370
    I have a question for anyone knowledgeable about brakes. I have a 08 EX-L Accord that now has just over 5000 on the odometer. Since it was fairly new (about 600-700 miles) the brake pads have sqeaked under soft braking. I assumed it would go away. It hasn't. Two times in last 1000 miles I have tried some 80% braking stops to try to grind any glazed spots off the pads or rotors -- to no avail!! The sweaking continues. Further, under very slight braking, have noticed that the sqeaking actually pulses as the rotor turns -- indicating that the rotor is either very slightly warped or the glazed spot is only on one side. I have never noted any noticeable warping of the rotors (pulsing brakes, shaking steering wheel etc.)

    The car had been test driven one time before I bought it. However, since I bought it, I did a break in period on the brakes and I'm sure that I broke them in properly. Also, 4800 of the 5000 miles that are on my Accord are highway miles. So, the brakes have not been used in any stop-and-go traffic. . . Frankly, they have been used very little.

    Any suggestions on what might cause either a glazed spot or a warped rotor with so few miles and under these circumstances. Does anyone know what does happen if a brake is abused when it is brand new (i.e. could of it been damaged during the one test drive--before I owned the car?)

    I would appreciate any advise or opinions . . ..
  • nvbankernvbanker Posts: 7,285
    ----I assume you are not referring to sitting at idle with the gear shifter engaged in one of the gears?? If so, that changes things . . . .

    Changes everything. Every 4 cylinder I've ever driven has vibrated at idle, particularly when in gear.
  • donegaldonegal Posts: 49
    Update on my posting #121.

    Car was taken in for service on December 31 for vibration and a thumping noise. It is still there. The service manager agrees that there is a problem and believes that the noise cancellation module that works in conjunction with the variable cylinder management (VCM) is defective. They are installing the new module today and then plan to test drive it to see if this solves the problem. Hoping to get the car back on Monday.
  • I too had the same problem on my 08 EXL 4 cyl. After the dealer replaced both front struts, the problem is eliminated, to the point that the car drives entirely different (much better). The service adviser was able to tell that there was a problem almost immediately with mine. It would make noise over speed bumps, pot holes, and also any time the angle of the pavement would change, like in a v-shaped area for water drainage. I would definitely recommend taking the car into the dealership for service, as I am very happy now.
  • Okay..I have a 1996 4 door Honda Accord V6 and it has 170,000 miles on it....(I know it's a lot).

    I've had it for about three years and I got the igniton coil replaced, a new timing belt, new spark plugs and fixed some oil leaks.

    But once again I have another problem. Don't get me wrong. I love my honda. It's wonderful and I wanna make sure I can fix this problem.

    Just recently I noticed that if my boyfriend drives my car over a pot hole or a big dip there is a bump noise and I can actually feel it under my foot in the passenger side of the car. It also makes the bump noise when I turn right a lot. I don't know what it is. Im scarred to drive it too far.

    Also another minor problem is that when I'm driving normally not braking or anything the back wheels of the car will squeak a lot. I'm not braking. I don't know but if someone could give me advice that would be great! I need to know if my car is safe to drive or not!!! Please Thank You!

    ~Amanda :cry: :cry:
  • elroy5elroy5 Posts: 3,741
    Both of these symptoms (front and rear) sound like the suspension is getting worn, and or loose. Suspension noises will usually get louder in the winter, because the old grease on these joints doesn't doesn't flow as well at low temperature. The squeaking in the rear could also be the rubber suspension bushings which also dry up over time. Suspensions on older cars do tend to make a lot of noise, but they rarely fail. Some shops will want to change more parts than others, so it's a good idea to get a second opinion on these things.
  • thegraduatethegraduate Posts: 9,731
    Interstingly, my 1996 with 177k miles is a lot quieter suspension-wise than my grandmother's 2002 with 90,700 miles. My 1996 has had NO suspension work, nor has her 2002.
  • blaneblane Posts: 2,017

    Since yours is a 1996 (fifth generation) model, and this forum is for 2008 (eighth generation) Accords, you might also want to participate in the Honda Accord (1994-1997) Maintenance and Repair forum here:
  • hokie2hokie2 Posts: 6
    Anyone had any experience with putting nitrogen in their tires? My Accord EX-L's tire pressure light came at 1500 miles. Both back tires were pretty low and the tire guy recommended costs $40.
  • blaneblane Posts: 2,017
    Nitrogen is all they use, and is free, at COSTCO tire centers. There doesn't seem to be much advantage over regular compressed air though. Just Google it and see. The idea is that larger size molecules may not leak out as soon as smaller sized ones. That doesn't matter if you check your pressures regularly.

    I would recommend telling your tire guy to take a hike.
  • thegraduatethegraduate Posts: 9,731
    I wouldn't pay extra for nitrogen - that's my 2 cents.

  • nvbankernvbanker Posts: 7,285
    Isn't our atmosphere 85% or so Nitrogen anyway? It's the largest intert portion of the air we breathe - what a scam! That's worse than selling water in a bottle for a dollar!
  • thegraduatethegraduate Posts: 9,731
    Isn't our atmosphere 85% or so Nitrogen anyway? It's the largest intert portion of the air we breathe - what a scam! That's worse than selling water in a bottle for a dollar!

    78% Nitrogen, 21% Oxygen, 1% "Other Gasses"

    Sorry, meteorology student here. :)
  • nvbankernvbanker Posts: 7,285
    Sorry, meteorology student here.

    Hey, I am delighted I made it within 10% standard deviation! Thanks for the clarification. I stand by my opinion, it's a scam.
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