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#5176 of 5868 Re: Time for next Mobil 1 oil change in 2004 Honda Accord I4 (mi: 152,107+) [srizvi1]
Feb 22, 2010 (11:47 am)
I learned something about why the various weights are chosen by lilengineerboy, I'm learning something new all the time. And yes 5w-20 is the correct weight. I remember being kind of taken aback when I learned that on this car, and as such remembered it. I have a tendency to remember seemingly small things that are out of the ordinary (for me). I remember when I was younger, I'm still not old (21), and the standards were 5w-30 and 10w-30. I'm still not sure what the difference there is.
#5177 of 5868 Popped door lock
Feb 22, 2010 (11:50 am)
Hello all -
I've recently noticed that my driver's side key hole, the only one available on my car, is recessed more than normal. It doesn't look like anybody tried to break in, but there is a noticeable gap between the keyhole slot and the panel that the handle sits in. Is it fairly easy to get in there and fix it?
I'm not overly worried about it because I barely use the valet key and always unlock from the fob, but I want to make sure somebody can get in without the fob. Thanks in advance for the help.
#5178 of 5868 Re: Currently have Good Year Tires on my 2004 Accord EX I4 [srizvi1]
Feb 22, 2010 (6:27 pm)
All 4 tires now are Goodyear P205/55R16 89H Eagle RSA. I think the original tire size is supposed to be P205/60z1691v.
The 205/55 tires are much smaller. That is making the speedometer read fast, the odometer run fast (accumulating more miles than you are really driving), and lowering the final drive (so the engine runs a higher RPM at a given speed). Miata.net had a tire size calculator that will show the difference in height and circumference between various sizes so you can see how far off your speedometer and odometer are, at the least.
Next time, I would get the correct size.
That said, 205/60R16 is not that fun a size and there are very few performance oriented options. I think the 17" wheels and tires offer more size opportunities.
#5179 of 5868 Re: Currently have Good Year Tires on my 2004 Accord EX I4 [srizvi1]
Feb 22, 2010 (6:29 pm)
Looks like the tires were downgraded in both: speed rating & load index.
That's probably why the tires wear out faster.
At 6/32, you still can get another 10k miles out of them.
If the car is driven a lot on snow, I would replace them at 5/32.
#5180 of 5868 Brake Job @ Dealer
Feb 24, 2010 (2:20 pm)
As many of you have commented...The dealers prices for brakes are high very high
My dealer wants to charge after telling me the rear brakes are shot
273 for new pads and re-surface
458 for new pads and new rotors
Of course he says that I should only use Honda genuine pads etc
Local shop is 300 for new pads and rotors, but says I should always replace the rotors as 9/10 they will pulsate if dont
Where as to my surprise the DEALER says depending on the condition I may be able to simply have the re-surfaced.
So question is what are the drawback of NOT using Honda brake pads. Local shop says they are most likely made by Raybestos or some other major manufacture and simply re-branded as Honda
Any advice appreciated
Feb 24, 2010 (3:25 pm)
Having owned many hondas (2 civics / 6 accords) I totally agree with the brake issue. After 15-35k, a pulsation always seems to appear no matter what brakes I've tried. However, I have never chosen honda to replace my brakes due to cost. I have had good success at Tire Rack on line. You can search reviews by owners of other "hondas", not just other cars... and you can search for local installers.
#5182 of 5868 Re: Brake Job @ Dealer [he8833]
Feb 24, 2010 (4:15 pm)
I have always used Honda pads (two Accords since 91). I found the rear pads needed to be changed a little early (47k miles) on the 03, but since the brakes work well, rotors are still good, and they make no noises at all, I am willing to stick with them. I didn't want to switch to semi-matalic or ceramic, and possibly have squeaking or rotor problems later. I don't pay someone else to change them, so it only cost me the price of the pads. I've never had to have the rotors turned or changed. How many miles do you have on the pads? Are you having any problems with the brakes?
#5183 of 5868 Re: Brake Job @ Dealer [elroy5]
Feb 24, 2010 (4:59 pm)
We have miles 36k. I have a 07 SE v6 but I swore today they guy the dealer told me they sell ceramic for pads?
I also couldn't believe the dealer would tell me that often times they simply re-surface them. Whereas the local shop in my neighborhood said he always likes to replace rotors and pads.(namely because of the pulsating issue and they fact that were in MN with all the salt etc they simply wear down faster. He could replace both rotors and pads for 300.00
What do you all think? I always could buy some pads from the Honda accessories web link I see on here, but have yet to convinced the Honda pads are all that great?
#5184 of 5868 Re: Brake Job @ Dealer [he8833]
Feb 24, 2010 (6:46 pm)
I don't buy the salt theory wearing out the pads faster. Re-surfacing rotors is common, but it doesn't cost that much more to replace, depending on where you buy and who installs. Absolutely, replace the pads. Honda vs aftermarket? Up to you and your pocket.
#5185 of 5868 Re: Brake Job @ Dealer [he8833]
Feb 24, 2010 (7:04 pm)
Since these rotors aren't pressed on they shouldn't be hard to get off. They're probably about $40 per rotor and the pads are $30 IIRC. So that plus labor would probably be around $300. I'd say the shop is offering a good price.