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#5716 of 5901 2007 Accord Coupe EX-L V6 maintenance questions
Aug 25, 2011 (5:29 am)
I dropped my car off at a Honda dealership today for some work.
They start asking about the maintenance history.
My car has 79100 miles on it.
He says, "Have you replaced the serpentine belt it is supposed to be done at 60k?" No I haven't.
He says, "Did you do the 30k, 60k (90k) maintenace of tire rotation, clean fuel injectors, air cabin filter." I say no, this isn't the manual, but I rotate with each oil change.
Is the serpentine belt in all actuality, the drive belt?
My manual says the maintence minder will say when to INSPECT the drive belt, when to replace the air filters, replace the timing belt and replace the transmission fluid.
The manual says nothing about interval for cleaning the fuel injectors.
What schedule do you people follow?
Where are they getting this 30k-60k-90k program from? there is nothing in the manual.
From time to time I have used an OTC fuel system cleaner - usually LucasOil.
I hate feeling like the official dealership is giving me a run around....
#5717 of 5901 Re: 2007 Accord Coupe EX-L V6 maintenance questions [babbittd]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Aug 25, 2011 (6:07 am)
Well aside from the fuel injection cleaning, which is just a worthless profit-maker for the dealer, the other suggestions are not a bad idea--especially tire rotation and cabin filter. You can probably do the cabin filter yourself and save $$$. As for the serpentine belt (drive belt), which is not the same as your timing belt (that's not due for a while yet), it would be a good idea to inspect it at least for cracks, glazing (shiny from slippage), etc. If it breaks it won't necessary harm the engine, as long as you pay attention to all the warning lights that will light up when that happens. If you ignored the lights, eventually the car would overheat since the water pump isn't turning.
I'd also inspect your various coolant hoses at this mileage, and check the driveshaft dust boots, and check the struts/shocks for leakage.
If you have the original battery in there, you might think about replacing that in 2012 whether it seems to need it or not.
#5718 of 5901 Re: 2007 Accord Coupe EX-L V6 maintenance questions [Mr_Shiftright]
Aug 25, 2011 (6:44 am)
Thank you for taking the time reply.
I think the hoses, shocks, struts, boots, etc. will all be inspected by the dealer today as part of the "23 point checkup" that the car is undergoing. Thank you for the tips.
I already do rotate the tires on a regular basis and will look into replacing the cabin filter.
Is the Serpentine/Drive belt the belt that is (if looking at the engine in the car) the very obvious belt on the left hand side?
#5719 of 5901 Re: 2007 Accord Coupe EX-L V6 maintenance questions [babbittd]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Aug 25, 2011 (6:48 am)
Yes the passenger side. There is an actual belt tensioner indicator installed on the vehicle and if the belt is out of range of that indicator then it should be replaced.
#5720 of 5901 Re: 2007 Accord Coupe EX-L V6 maintenance questions [Mr_Shiftright]
Aug 25, 2011 (7:40 am)
#5721 of 5901 Re: 2007 Accord Coupe EX-L V6 maintenance questions [babbittd]
Aug 25, 2011 (9:46 am)
At the end of my 36,000 mile warranty I never went back to the dealership which will charge you at least double or more for service, some of which you dont even need.. I follow the book that comes along with the Honda and have saved a fortune. Reminder... The service dept is the main profit center of the dealership.. For instance they wanted to charge me I believe 100 dollars for the cabin filter change..Those 23 point inspections are pure profit and remember your service writer is a salesman in disguise and the service tech make more money dependent on what he finds and how quick he can get the job done.. At least thats the way they do it her.. I laughed in disgust.. Cost me 15 for the filter and 5 minutes of my time... Do yourself a favor find a local mechanic who works on Hondas.. They arent hard to work on at all.
#5722 of 5901 Re: 2007 Accord Coupe EX-L V6 maintenance questions [michael2595]
Aug 25, 2011 (11:14 am)
Hi Michael, I went to the dealership for service today, but didn't pay for the inspection.
They sent me a coupon for 15% off up to $500.00 in service, parts, accessories (over the next year) that included a one-time $24.95 oil change/tire rotation and 23 point inspection. So I took advantage of that and had them look for the source of a newly audible sound that had me worried. The mechanic says my car is in excellent shape for the mileage.
I see your point on the service writer as a salesman with him attempting to sell me on an unnecessary drive-belt replacement and guilt trip me on the 30k-60k-90k extra tire rotations and fuel system cleaning....
I will certainly attempt the cabin filter replacement.
Thanks for the tips.
#5723 of 5901 Recall: Auto Tranmission Control Module Upgrade
Aug 26, 2011 (10:27 am)
Recall ID #53945
I just made an appointment to have this work done (dealer called me about it).
Basic info here:
The work is a software upgrade, and is free of charge. And that's all I know. I am guessing the module will be more likely to detect the transmission issue before it becomes a real problem, but that's only a guess.
#5724 of 5901 Re: Recall: Auto Tranmission Control Module Upgrade [robgrave]
Aug 26, 2011 (11:00 am)
Thank you kindly for the update
#5725 of 5901 Honda Accord Cruise Control switch replacement
Aug 29, 2011 (3:03 pm)
We have a 2005 Honda Accord that needed a new cruise control switch. Our Odyssey switch bummed out at about the same mileage (90K). The Accord switch is very easy to replace. I would recommend unhooking the battery - more so that the horn does not keep honking than for safety. You will need a 10 mm wrench to undo the battery terminal, a phillips screwdriver, and a #30 torx driver to remove 2 screws/bolts. After you unhook the battery, unscrew the 2 philips screws on the back of the cruise switch, (trying not to let the screws come out completely), then unscrew the torx screws that are located on the side of the steering wheel. I did this with fear and trepidation wondering if the steering wheel would come off or the airbag would deploy. Nothing happened. After taking out the 2 torx screw, the whole center of the steering wheel can be pulled out easily. This center part includes the airbag and horn contacts. The cruise switch can now be easily replaced. Unplug the two plugs on the old switch and plug in the new ones. Screw the switch down on the steering wheel, then replace the center part of the wheel using the 2 torx screws. Hook the battery back up and you are finished.