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#1 of 406 Accord Brake woes (2004+)
Apr 06, 2006 (5:07 pm)
Anybody with 2004 accord V6 brake problems?
I know all about the 2003 accords and their inherent brake problems. How many 2004's out there are having similar problems?
My 2004 V6 sedan needs all 4 rotors replaced 30,000 miles...
#2 of 406 I have problems w/ my 2004 4cyl. EX
Apr 08, 2006 (8:20 am)
As I posted over in the general Accord maintenance forum, I've had some strange brake noises on my '04 EX Sedan, 4 cyl. First problem was with the emergency brake lever. When engaged, it was so tight that I could not release it without beating on it with my fist. And, even when it was all the way down, the release button would remain depressed. The dealer was supposed to replace the lever, but I suspect all that they really did was adjust the tension.
Secondly, as I previously reported, I have a very disconcerting grinding sound from my brakes after the car has been parked for a period of time. It doesn't seem to have anything to do with moisture or temperature. The first couple of brakings after the car starts result in a grinding sound and feel that is exactly like what worn out brakes feel/sound like. I do not mean squeeling or squeeking. I mean metal on metal grinding like when the pads are worn out and grinding into the rotors. After a few brakings, the sound goes away and all is normal. The dealer's shop foreman heard what I was talking about and simply said that all of the Accords make that sound because Honda uses cheap brake pads.
The deal has "fixed" the e-brake lever problem but I wonder if the rear brakes had been dragging all along. What to do?
#3 of 406 Re: I have problems w/ my 2004 4cyl. EX [crankky]
Apr 08, 2006 (11:37 am)
The grinding noise IS normal, and was/is experienced by all three of our 2003+ Accords, even my 2006 w/ 5,100 miles on it.
#4 of 406 Re: I have problems w/ my 2004 4cyl. EX [crankky]
Apr 08, 2006 (2:10 pm)
I can't say that I ever noticed the rear grinding noise, even though I was told my brakes were 'on' for 20K miles, but I'll try to pay attention from now on.
Do you even use the handbrake? I don't since it's an automatic.
2nd or 3rd opinions are always good...
#5 of 406 Re: I have problems w/ my 2004 4cyl. EX [crankky]
Apr 09, 2006 (9:30 am)
Yes - mine does have that noise on first use after rain or any other moisture. Not on dry days though, and only the back.
#6 of 406 Re: I have problems w/ my 2004 4cyl. EX [ddny]
Apr 09, 2006 (12:43 pm)
Use the handbrake; in Park, only a pin about the size of a crayon is holding your car in place. If that breaks, well, its not pretty.
#7 of 406 Re: I have problems w/ my 2004 4cyl. EX [ddny]
Apr 10, 2006 (4:22 am)
I didn't use the handbrake much at all before getting it fixed. Now, I use it if I'm on any kind of significant slope.
As far as the grinding noise goes, I've not been able to determine if the sound is coming from the front or rear. And, it doesn't seem to be as bad in warmer weather. Moisture has nothing to do with it, as I've heard the grinding noise in perfectly dry weather as well.
I guess what bothers me is that the car didn't do this when it was new, else I wouldn't have bought it. And, in fact, in my 25 years of driving I've never heard any car make that particular brake noise unless the pads were completely worn out and were actually grinding into the rotors. That's why, with all due respect, I can't quite accept that this is a normal sound despite what a few posters, and the dealer, say.
#8 of 406 Re: I have problems w/ my 2004 4cyl. EX [crankky]
Apr 10, 2006 (2:39 pm)
What do the rotors look like? Smooth and shiny, or rough and ridged? You need to look on both sides to see what could be going on.
#9 of 406 Re: I have problems w/ my 2004 4cyl. EX [mrbill1957]
Apr 12, 2006 (6:58 am)
From what I can tell, they look fine. Shiny and smooth, no noticable ridges. Can't really see the inside surface of the rotor.
#10 of 406 Re: Accord Brake woes (2004+) [ddny]
May 01, 2006 (3:45 pm)
I just bought a 2003 Accord EX. I noticed vibration when applying brakes. It also flutters in idle in D. What are inherent brake problems you spoke of?