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Honda Accord Problems 2000-2005

bnormannbnormann Posts: 335
edited January 2014 in Honda
Welcome to part two of this lively discussion.

I wouldn't have thought that Honda Accord problems
would be as popular a topic as it has been.

Here's a link to the previous discussion:

Honda Accord Problems

Your host, Bruce


  • adg44adg44 Posts: 385
    Many problems, thanks to me complaining all the time.

    - Anthony
  • mm04mm04 Posts: 16
    Does each door have an actuator? If so, how can you tell which one is bad? Thanks.
  • auburn63auburn63 Posts: 1,162
    yes they do and usally the one that is making the noise is the bad one. For the most part I have only seen the drivers side front one go bad so if not for sure start there. However you should be able to hear just the one cycling.
  • capt2capt2 Posts: 57
    Has anyone been able to establish what production months the V6's with the transmission problems were made? (assuming it doesn't effect all 2000's)
  • terminalisterminalis Posts: 40

    sorry for the delay in responding to your message. My accord doesn't have "finger-print like" spots. On the left side door panels, there are small holes that seem to "eat" through the clear coat into the paint. I guess it's not like yours. I haven't brought this into the dealer's attention. As long as it doen't get worse, I could live with it. However, I agree that these are factory defects or dealer's handling problem. Maybe they sprayed some chemical during preparation. I don't know. I certainly don't buy the crap about the acid rain. Anyway, good luck.
  • terminalisterminalis Posts: 40
    Hi. I was away for a while. First, I want to thank those who provided useful info about the VTEC usage (especially auburn who provided the link to the helpful link. I read it, and I think I understood).

    Some more questions to you knowledgeable folks. Do you know how to decrease the noise coming from the exhaust? My accord makes this "boom" sound when it first starts accelerating from a dead stop. It's more noticeable on a hill. There're are actually two kinds of noise. First, the "boom" sound and, second, tickling noise at around 2000 RPM (with accompanying vibration of the car). The funny thing is that this sound-tickling-vibration is most noticeable from the passenger side, and less noticeable from the driver seat. Maybe the exhaust line runs under the passenger seat (mine is 2000 Accord EX-V6). Any thoughts?

    Well, I guess with time any car develops engine-exhaust noise, but I want to keep my car like new as long as possible. There wasn't this kind of noise when I bought it. Is there anyway of reducing it? Like a quick tightening of a few bolts or some thing? Let me know if you have any ideas. Thanks.
  • adg44adg44 Posts: 385
    I have a question! My friend was cleaning his engine on his 2000 Celica GT, and I was spraying water on it. I questioned him on whether or not it was smart to spray water on the engine. That went against everything I've learned about engines. Water and engine's don't mix. Well he seems to know what he's doing, his car is immaculate, and he has a detailing business, so I went home and hosed down my engine. I have to admit, it looks great. I sprayed some "More shine, less time" on the plastics, and it's looks so good. Now, maybe this is a little late to be asking, but is it a good idea to hose off your engine every couple months? Will I hurt anything?


    - Anthony
  • snowmansnowman Posts: 540
    I have been doing it for long time. My accord's engine is shiny too. As long as you cover distributer cab with plastic it will be fine.
  • joe111joe111 Posts: 28
    I know some people think that cleaning an engine is the dumbest thing you can do. I dissagree, I have been cleaning engines for many many years with absolutely no problems. I am careful not to wet down a hot engine and I try to keep water away from electrical parts as much as posible. I just sold my 90 Accord , a car whose engine I cleaned on a regular basis. A clean engine might run a little cooler, and it is definately more enjoyable to work on.
  • auburn63auburn63 Posts: 1,162
    Hello, whats up.
    That doesnt sound like anything I have seen yet so all I can think of is maybe they left something a bit loose when they did the trans. If not that or you dont think thats a possibility then is it possible someone hit the back bumper and or muffler and possibly bent it,causing it to hit on accel and vibrate against the body on decel? Let us know, keep in touch with more info if possible if not...see ya
  • terminalisterminalis Posts: 40
    Hi auburn63. Thanks for your reply. Actually, someone rear-ended my accord a few months ago. It was a really mild one though. However, the noise was there before the rear-end collision (at that time, the noise was very mild and just noticeable). I didn't notice a distinct increase in noise right after the collision. I think it gradually increased. The vibration-noise comes from the front end (especially from the front passenger). Very little from the back though. Funny thing is that the tickling noise-vibration dissappears at over ~2800 RPM, and is most noticeable (I think) at around 1900-2000 RPM. Also, the "boom" sound only occurs at the very begining of the acceleration. All this vibration-noise being most noticeable when there is a lot of load (like 4 adult passengers on a steep hill keeping constant RPM of 2000). I wonder what it is. I hope it's not a tranny vibration.
  • adg44adg44 Posts: 385
    Thanks guys for all your responses. Yeah, my engine is so clean you could eat off it. And then the spray makes all the plastics really dark black. I'll have to take a picture of it. :-) I really don't get it too wet, I just put the hose nozzle on "shower" and lightly wet the engine to removed the dirt.



    Maybe there is a dent or hole or something in your headers or downpipe? I really don't know, just a sugestion. I don't have any "boom" sounds coming from my V6 Accord, but even if I did, I probably wouldn't be able to hear it over my AEM intake. Has the dealer checked this out yet?

    - Anthony
  • auburn63auburn63 Posts: 1,162
    Well it sounds more and more like an exhaust problem. Maybe at sometime or another before someone hit you someone else tapped you or you back into something.I would have them check for bent pipes I see alot of them believe it or not.If they do find a bent pipe if they feel nice they can heat and straighten vs replacement.The vibration noise at 1900-2000 sounds like the exhaust buzz complaint of the 94-97 era.This to could have been caused by the bump or even the trans comming out and it got disturb. Either way thats what the warranty is for, find some time and have them fix it. Make sure to tell them it is worse with four passengers so they can duplicate it.Good luck....
  • joe111joe111 Posts: 28
    Hey Auburn, seems like you're the man when it comes to questions on Honda's. I, and I'm sure many others, really appreciate all your help. Got a question for there a problem with changing the oil in my 2000 V6 at 5000 miles? It only has 1200 miles right now but I've heard that it comes with break-in oil and this should be used for a certain amount of mileage. I know the owners manual calls for changes at 7,500, but I change oil in both my Honda's at 5000(and filter). Thanks for your help. Joe
  • terminalisterminalis Posts: 40
    adg44, thanks for your reply. I haven't told the dealer about the exhaust yet, but I'll at the next oil change. It doesn't seem to affect the car's performance anyway. For your engine cleaning thing, I was also told by a mechanic that it's not a good idea to clean it. I don't know why, but I wouldn't try. I don't mind having ugly looking engine bay.

    auburn63, thanks a lot again for your advise. I agree with joe111 that you seem to be the guy to ask when it comes to questions on Hondas. I wish you're around here so that I could take my car to you. BTW, just curious, what's the exhaust buzz in the older generation? And what do you mean by "the trans coming out"?

    joe111, I think this break-in oil issue has been already discussed in the past. If I recall properly, there is indeed the break-in oil, but it wouldn't matter to change the oil before the recommended time. I changed mine at around 4000 miles. Auburn63 could give you better advise, but I think it shouldn't hurt the engine.
  • trip3trip3 Posts: 9
    Just to share some thoughts with those who like to clean their engines. I have been doing that on a variety of vehicles for over 40 years. When I go to the "bay" car wash, I buy an aerosol can of cleaner (it is little more than kerosene with a few additives) and spray that on the engine. Let it soak for a while while I get out my quarters and get organized. Then the engine gets the first spray so that any overspray will get washed off with the rest of the car. Has worked well, the engine has thanked me with cooler running performance, and it was cleaner to work on.

    However, the last time I took my 1990 Ford Explorer in for a tuneup, the dealer showed me that the holes in the block where the plugs go in were so rusted up that they could not change the plugs. The water that remained there after engine cleaning had really done me in. so I have bought some Navel Jelly, etc to try to get access to the plugs.

    I usually drove every vehicle for some distance after the wash to air dry the exterior and get some heat in the engine to evaporate the water. clearly it was not enough. Fair warning to all of my Edmunds friends.
  • silvercoupesilvercoupe Posts: 326
    Trip3, I do the same thing. But only about once every 3 months. Never caused any problems so far.
    I wouldn't think about cleaning the engine every time I wash the car. IMO it just doesn't need it.
  • fritz1224fritz1224 Posts: 398

  • adg44adg44 Posts: 385
    This was the first time I washed my engine. The car is 3 months old, and I'll only do it every three months. I use a soft "shower" setting on my hose, and I do it when the engine is cool. I also try to avoid the electronic's and sensors. When I did it last week, I don't spray too much water on it, just enough to remove the dirt. Then I "dress" up the plastics and hoses and it looks great!
  • I have a 99 Accord with 13k on it, and recently noticed that above the front left wheel body panel, and below the hood (actually it's the lip on the side panel that lies underneath the hood when it's closed), there is a panel that appears to prevent water from running into the engine from outside.

    On this lip, near where the front tie bar is attached by bolt to the side panel, there is about a 6 inch strip of very light rust, which is obviously going to get worse.

    Is this a covered warranty item?

    How can I or should I fix this myself?

    If I bring it to a dealer for repairs, should I insist on a replacement panel, or am I only entitled to some light sanding and repainting of the part of the panel that is beginning to rust?

    Is this considered exterior or interior for rust warranty coverage?

    Other than this, I like the car.
  • vinneyvinney Posts: 43
    Hello: I'ts been a while since my last post.
    I have a 2000 accord lx 4 cyl auto and every morning as soon as the engine temp reaches normal operating temp the car jerks once and it doesn't do it again until the next morning.I've noticed that during the day after starting up with engine cold it doesn't do it. It seems to do it when the outside temp is a little cooler in the morning.The other day I tried something new,before the temp hit normal I shift into neutral for a minute and then back to drive and didn't feel the jerk.Could this be the trans temp sensor or you think an engine sensor or maybe reseting the idle.I've read that on 98/99 reseting the idle cured the the problem.Also what type of antifreeze should I use and is a drain and fill procedure ok every year or do you recommend a system flush done at a shop.
    thanks for your help.
  • RichIITFRichIITF Posts: 17
    I have a '94 Accord EX(VTEC) with approx. 50k miles on it. My local dealer has recommended me to replace the timing belts and the accessory belts (per their maintenance schedule), but after I made some calls to other dealers they were recommending to replace it at 90K miles regardless how old the car is. I am confused with these recommendations and what the car manual suggest. BTW, the accessory belts look like they are in good condition but I was not able to inspect the timing and shaft belts. How should I gauge when it is a good time to replace these belts? I hate to put a lot of money into the car right now especially when I am considering buying a new car in the next 4 months.
  • auburn63auburn63 Posts: 1,162
    Thanks, I have found there to be alot of knowlegable in here.
    As for the oil, Honda recomends leaving it in until 7500 but most, if not all of the break in period is within the first 1500-2000 miles so changing your oil at 3750 or 5000 would be fine. We have done many oil changes at 3000 and have not had any motor problems.

    Terminalis,The exhaust buzz on the 94-97 accords was a loud vibration/buzz that happened at 1800 rpms under a slight load.Very loud and annoying, it was caused by this short little pipe they used as a flex point and its gaskets. The cure was new gaskets and hardware to secure it.Was such a big problem they made a kit for it so you didnt have to buy individual parts.As far as the "trans coming out" I meant when it was replaced maybe they disturbed something or didnt get something back in the same position and that, that may have caused your noise.

    Amazon, the hesitation/studder you are feeling under light load is probably clogged egr ports. There is a procedure for drilling out those ports and cleaning the manifold. The only other way is to replace the manifold.
  • auburn63auburn63 Posts: 1,162
    Vinney, Have had some others complain of this one time hesitation on the boards. So far I know that an idle adjustment cures the 99 but not for sure on the 2000. I havent had any come in at the shop for this so all I can say is go back to the dealer and give them your complaint and tell them that if they can not duplicate could they reset the idle using the PGMFI tool procedure.As far as antifreeze once every 45000 is soon enough but if you want to do a drain and refill once a year then that can never hurt. Try to use the Honda antifreeze for best results.

    RichIItf,The Honda recomendation is 6 years or 90k. You are at the 6 year mark and that year does have a problem with the balancer seal working it way out also.However if you are planing on selling and or trading it in soon then that would be a decision only you can make, if you should wait or not. Do I think you will have any problems? No, but do I gurantee? No, cause anything can happen. Good luck..
  • allycatallycat Posts: 1
    I did not see any questions regarding the A/C
    The A/C on my Accord '97 starts blowing hot air if I'm stuck in traffic for more than 5-10 minutes
    And if god forbid I try to sit in a parked car, I'll be dead within 10 minutes
    I went back to the dealership but they keep saying that's natural and there is nothing wrong with my A/C.
    Can anyone relate? and what is wrong with my AC
  • auburn63auburn63 Posts: 1,162
    Although it is normal for the air to blow alittle warmer on prolonged idle due to the condenser not being able to get rid of the heat as good. It wouldnt be normal for it to get hot. Have you tried to get an actual temp reading from the duct? If not then I would do that and if it is going above 57F at idle then I would think that something is not right.Normaly the system blows about 45f from the center vent at idle. As far as what is wrong there are too many possibilities, under charged would be my bet but could be over,condenser fan could be bad,condenser fan could be blowing in wrong direction(should suck in towards motor)compressor and so on...Try the temp guage and make sure temp control is all the way to cold and see what happens.Good luck
  • frag235frag235 Posts: 81
    Just purchased an Accord SE....for best longivity, should I change the oil/filter every 3000 miles, or use the manual recommendations? I have a 5-6 miles commute each way and a lot of highway miles on the weekends (about 16-17K per year). Any other service recommendations/tips for my car?
  • auburn63auburn63 Posts: 1,162
    I would change my filter at every 3k along with the oil but that would be to keep the motor as cleen as possible.If you wanted to wait till 7500 it would not hurt anything.Also as I have said in the past, using Honda parts will also extend the life of your car even when it comes to oil filters and always use a new crush washer with every oil change.Most people that do not go to a Honda shop forget or do not know to use a crush washer and reusing it causes damage to the oil pan threads.As far as anything else goes for the first 27,000 all you really need to do is change the oil,rotate the tires every 7,500,inspect the air filter at 15,000 and replace as necesary.General safety inspection are always good to do when doing the oil changes.Good luck with your new car
  • broncodavebroncodave Posts: 26
    You seem to know you stuff when it comes to the Accord. I have a '00 EX built 1/00 5K miles not and it is my first Honda. I was going down a hill at about 55 MPH yesterday and I had to decelerate to about 15 MPH for a car to turn. After the car turned I pushed the gas(not hard). The car hesitated for a second and the jerked forward. I am thinking maybe the torque converter lock up disengaged and cause it? What do you think? Do I a have a problem?
  • auburn63auburn63 Posts: 1,162
    I think that it was probably completly normal. Honda has developed and used their own Trans for years and although they make improvements to them every year they are not what most people are used to. They do not use what almost every other trans uses and that is a planetary gear set. That peice plus a few others doesnt allow the Honda to shift like most others. On the plus side they tend to last along time if taken care of. Good luck with your new car, hope you enjoy it.
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