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#5602 of 5901 Re: 2005 Accord EX-L Coupe [temj12]
Apr 29, 2011 (12:15 pm)
I have a 2003 Accord LX with 202k miles. I passed it on to my daughter at around 180k (and bought a 2011 Accord Coupe). I have not had any mechanical issues with the car...none. For those interested, here is a summary of maintenance done to the "03 - all done by myself:
Oil changes every 5-7k - Quaker State 5W20 since new.
Drain and fill transmission (3qts Honda ATF) every 15k.
Drain and fill radiator coolant every 50k (1.3 gal. Honda Coolant).
Changed spark plugs at 97k, but they still looked great, and could have waited much longer. Plan to change again at around 220k.
Air filter changes at 20k.
Front brake pads at 70k, 100k, and 156k. Also replaced front rotors at 100k.
Drive belt at 110k.
Have not changed any suspension parts yet, as I have not experienced any handling, tire wear issues, etc.
I am no expert in auto maintenance, but maintaining a Honda is very simple. This may not be the schedule, type of oil, etc. that everyone will follow, but it has certainly worked for me. We currently have four Hondas, and I maintain them all similarly.
#5603 of 5901 Re: 2005 Accord EX-L Coupe [temj12]
Apr 30, 2011 (8:33 am)
The reply by "deliciousbass" is right-on w/maintenance. As far as struts, that depends on your vehicle & the strut wear; meaning that some struts wear indefinitely w/o replacement needed. Symptoms of struts needing replacement are slight bouncing or a slight pulling when you change lanes or try an evasive maneuver, and their is to much give on one side or the other. This is what happened on our 2004 Accord EX, 4dr w/ 200,000 miles. I went to the dealer and picked-up 2 complete strut packages for about $300, and installed them myself and got an alignment at the dealer for about $65 or $75. They were running a special. You need 2 jackstands, rubber gloves, 3/8" breaker bar and 12, 14, & 16mm sockets. Looosen the pinching nuts below, lubricate w/silicone spray, hit it w/a rubber mallet, so you don't damage any metal parts, lower arm should drop. Topside, you'll see 3 nuts, looosen & remove, and the strut assy. will drop and you shoud be able to wriggle free the assy and put in the replacement strut assy. Reverse order of removal, and wallah, you completed a strut R&R job, and saved yourself $200-$350 labor, in the process. Remember work safe and clean, plenty of light--and you will like the results, and put another feather in your cap!!! Hope this helps!
#5604 of 5901 2007 Accord radio reset issue
May 03, 2011 (9:52 am)
Car battery died,so i replaced it with a new one.
I tried several times to reprogram the thing,and finally took it to the dealer. Of course they had no problem re-setting it.
When i tried to do it i just had the key in the on position,Dealer Tech started the engine to program it. Does the engine have to be on and running?
#5605 of 5901 Re: 2007 Accord radio reset issue [grampy1]
May 04, 2011 (12:04 pm)
When you say "reprogram" do you mean entering the radio code? I've done it before but I'm sure I didn't have to start the engine. I have the navi model so the sequence is a bit different... and there is a separate navi code too.
#5606 of 5901 Re: 2007 Accord radio reset issue [tallman1]
May 05, 2011 (10:23 am)
You are correct about the engine NOT having to be running,and "re-program" being the same as entering the radio code.!
I got bum info from a friend
Thanks for your reply
#5607 of 5901 Throttle Body servicing mishap
May 13, 2011 (6:39 pm)
Following the maintenance suggestion from my dealer in Rockville, MD I got my 07 Accord (had 29300+ miles) Throttle Body servicing done. After that the car would vibrate, a lot starting at 55K miles/hr . The dealer got it reset (as they claim) so the vibration now happens at 60 miles / Hr but the dealer claims they did the best they can.
called Honda customer care, they claim the car was bought at the dealership so it is their car and not Honda's. They do not want to warranty the factory trained mechanics work and claim they would not allow other dealership to fix the issue either. My dealership simply does not know how to fix the issue and is now lying about not being able to replicate problem.
any suggestion, how I deal with the dealership to get the problem they created resolved, or Honda to allow me to get another dealership to fix my car.
#5608 of 5901 Re: Throttle Body servicing mishap [accordhoa2007]
May 14, 2011 (1:35 am)
Welcome to the I hate my Honda Service Dept Club.. Personally, I would write a letter to the President of Honda Customer care is worthless. Go right to the top and send a FEDEX letter to the big guy.... I Had many things taken care of with other manufacturer because of that letter.. Also, Demand to speak to the regional service manager.If they say no Go to the owner of the Dealership if you have to and yell bloody murder.. Acting like a crazed customer in public will get you somewhere.. Being too nice will get you nowhere.. Personally, I no longer will set foot in Honda service Dept.. I take my 2007 to an independent who does great work for at least one half the price. Just an FYI, under warranty my brakes and rotors were going on me at less than 15k.. They blamed it on my driving.. I was flabbergasted.. After many yelling matches, etc I couldnt wait any longer becuase it was beginning to be a safety issue, I took my car to an independent and ripped out the whole brake system including calipers, etc..Cost me a small fortune but it was done right.. In the mail a few leeks later I got an we are sorry with a coupon for 100 dollars towards a set of brakes.
#5609 of 5901 Re: Throttle Body servicing mishap [accordhoa2007]
May 14, 2011 (5:27 am)
Did the dealer say the vibration is being caused by the throttle body? Is it possible that something else is causing the vibration? Stalling, poor performance, hesitation and Idle problems I can see, but vibration at freeway speeds isn't a typical throttle body symptom.
Was any other work performed (tire rotation maybe?) when you had the throttle body cleaned?
#5610 of 5901 Re: Throttle Body servicing mishap [mrbill1957]
May 14, 2011 (11:04 pm)
I agree with Mr. Bill. A vibration at around 60 mph sounds like a tire balance issue.
#5611 of 5901 Re: Throttle Body servicing mishap
May 15, 2011 (2:44 am)
Curious as to why Honda rec the throttle body service ? Was it acting up or just a "car has reached mileage" thing? I don't remember seeing this rec service in the owners manual I also have an 07 accord (48K) but it runs like new. Personally, I don't subscribe to the "service is required at specified mileage" honda rec maintenance... well, except for the timing belt (if your car has one). I prefer to inspect / listen to my car and "maintain" it as needed. I also happen to belong to the "I hate Honda Service Club" !!!! Definitely follow the earlier advice of finding an independent service you can trust... Ask around. My salesperson even suggested an alternative when I bought my car. He wants my return business and isn't about to burn a future sale!! I also have a 2003 Accord that vibrates 55-60 mph every morning. I feel it on the interstate on a moderate grade when the transmission is in OD pulling 2000-2200 rpm. After that first hill it seems to disappear. I suspect motor / transmission mounts may be going....but haven't had time to investigate. I did have my tires checked. Found one questionable and had all 4 force balanced which helped but not completely...