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#4995 of 5901 Re: VEHICLE DRIFTS TO THE RIGHT [flowergemw]
Dec 21, 2009 (4:10 pm)
Lot of people are having the problem. But I wonder why the Honda dealers are ignoring us and saying its the alignment and tires. All they are doing is cheating their customers by making them pay for unnecessary work.
I found some of these comments online. Let me copy and paste those here so you can read them.
"ALIGNMENT PROBLEMS: My biggest problem - I cannot get the car properly aligned. It is ALWAYS drifting or pulling to the right. After repeated attempts to the dealer, to no avail, I have given up. The dealer will not acknowledge that there is a problem. I have been driving for 18 years and have owned multiple cars. This is causing excessive wear on the outer edges of the tires. I am now pursuing after-market components. Any feedback or comments by readers would actually be helpful.
SHIFTY SEAT: The driver power leather seat has play in it if not pushed all the way back. While braking under normal conditions, the driver is pitched forward slightly before the seat settles back. While seated, any sudden move, such as trying to pull yourself up or forward, or shaking of the seat, produces a noticeable knock or rattle as a result of the play. The dealer does not know what the problem is - there is no fix for it. They don't quite admit it, but acknowledges it. An attempt at a defense sometimes is: power seats have a certain amount of play in them. I have had power seats on cars before; this never happened."
"I have had the same problem with my Honda Accord pulling to the right. Have had it into the Honda dealer at least five times for this problem. They claim that the problem comes from my tires. The problem is unresolved. It makes driving miserable to have to be fighting the steering wheel constantly. I'm going to sell the vehicle due to this."
"My 2003 V6 EX also has play in the driver's seat and pulls to the right. It sounds like these are common problems. The transmission is starting to slip between 2nd and 3rd gears after just 65,000 miles. I guess they don't make them like they used to."
" I am the original owner of a 2003 Honda Accord EX V-6 Sedan, and have experienced the following problems;
1.) Steering/Alignment problem - Car pulls to the right at only 1,000 miles (and despite returning to the dealer 3X, they were never able to resolve the problem).
2.) Driver seat loose (at 70K miles) and shifts when I round corners or quick start/stops. (Have not taken to dealer for this).
3.) Stereo display went completely dark at 70,000 miles.
Had internal resistor replaced. (Honda has recall for this problem).
4.) Driver seat squeaks like crazy in all positions (problem began at 90K miles)."
#4996 of 5901 Re: VEHICLE DRIFTS TO THE RIGHT [tankbeans]
Dec 21, 2009 (4:17 pm)
Even if you do the alignment 100 times. Trust me it won't fix the problem.
#4997 of 5901 Re: VEHICLE DRIFTS TO THE RIGHT [Mr_Shiftright]
Dec 21, 2009 (5:46 pm)
I believe if the problem was reported and unable to have it fixed many times before the
warranty expired, Honda should fix it again when they revised the TSB.
#4998 of 5901 Another drifter
Dec 21, 2009 (7:21 pm)
I've had this "drifting to the right" problem for at least a year, probably closer to two (2006 4cyl EX). It took a while to discover that it wasn't uneven tire pressure, but now I don't know what to think.
It would certainly help if we could clearly identify the problem, and arrive at some ballpark figure concerning the fix. A trial-and-error approach can be both frustrating and expensive. I'd rather live with the drift than go through that nonsense.
#4999 of 5901 Re: VEHICLE DRIFTS TO THE RIGHT [flowergemw]
Dec 22, 2009 (4:35 am)
I'm the original owner of a '04 EX - 4 cyl Manual, with about 97k miles. I can't remember when I noticed the pulling (to the right) but I'm sure it was with the factory set of tires. I had the car aligned by the dealer, to the point of loosening all bolts on the subframe(?), attempting to shift everything enough to stop the pulling, that didn't work.
Sometime later, after replacing the tires (Michelins) I took my car to Dallas Frame & Alignment and for about $300 had all wheels aligned, including correcting the camber on the rear wheels (they sag with age and are usually up to 2 degrees off from the factory). This didn't fix the problem.
BTW, this pulling didn't cause excessive wear on the tires (on any tires).
Then, about 10k miles ago I needed to change the tires again (my third). And it just so happened that my son got a job as a mechanic at the local Firestone. So I accepted the discount he got for some falken ziex tires and he did the alignment with their alignment machine (I remember him saying they had just spent some money having the machine checked out and calibrated). He just did the normal alignment and the pulling disappeared. I don't know if it matters or not but my son is a perfectionist.
In all of this I don't think it was ever the tires that caused the problem because I always rotate my tires and the problem never changed (I rotate them myself).
Hope that helps,
#5000 of 5901 Re: VEHICLE DRIFTS TO THE RIGHT [lbirunner]
Dec 22, 2009 (8:09 am)
I believe I should go and have mine checked again at Tires Plus. I believe they are owned by the same people who own Firestone, unless that's just the franchise in my area, and may have the same machines. Luckily I still have 2 years of unlimited alignments.
I've noticed that, in mine, my vehicle only drifts when I hold the steering wheel dead-center, but if I hold it a couple centimeters, maybe more I'm not very good at guesstimates, to the left it tracks dead straight. Maybe the problem I'm having is different.
#5001 of 5901 New Tires after only 24k miles??
Dec 22, 2009 (9:59 am)
my 2007 accord se(v6) is only 2.5 year old with 24k miles, but they say that front tires need to be replaced(3mm tread or something).
do these tires last only these long?
i used to think that tires last upto 40k miles easy.
i just use my vehicle for normal commuting...and i dont do quick acceleration or braking.
#5002 of 5901 Christmas Present
Dec 22, 2009 (2:32 pm)
Re: our 2007 SE with 30,700 miles. Just returned from the dealership after the 30,000 mile service. They gave us an '09 Civic to use while ours was being serviced. When we made the appointment we asked what would be done and the estimate would be about $300; ok-no problem. Well, I expected something more than changing fluids, filters and the like, from reading posts here on the Accord forum, and the first thing that goes thru my mind is rear brakes. Sure enough, an hour later the phone rings and the service rep says "you need rear brake pads." Well my wife is not happy, not one bit, so I told her that this is a problem with Accords and some folks don't get 20k out of them and there is an ongoing class action lawsuit. Well, when we picked up the car my wife spoke to the service manager and told him that although this is the best dealership we have ever dealt with, we are really upset to be replacing brakes at 30,000 miles. This is a first for us and we've had plenty of new vehicles before buying our new Honda. The service manager did tell us he is sorry that this happened, but the problem is because of the third party brake manufacturer. My wife told him in case the higher-ups at Honda want to know what first time Honda owners are thinking, tell them to have better brakes put in the car rather than risk having customers not buy a second Honda. I guess we were lucky that the rotors didn't need to be turned.
#5003 of 5901 Re: Christmas Present [corkscrew]
Dec 22, 2009 (6:42 pm)
I thought the brake issues were mostly with the current generation of Accords. I don't remember reading any overwhelming problem with pads wearing early on 07s. FWIW, I'm on the original pads on my 06 EX-L at 76k miles.
#5004 of 5901 Re: Christmas Present [corkscrew]
Dec 23, 2009 (12:50 am)
This may at least explain your problem with early pad wear. If you live up North (road salts), the brakes need to be serviced more often. Pad wear is the 4th subject on the list (scroll down a little).