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#380 of 403 Re: 2010 Accord Coupe Brakes [johngf1]
Sep 27, 2010 (1:52 pm)
Can you determine if it is front or rear brake noise? If not, try gently applying your emergency brake while driving (in a safe spot). If you hear no noise, it's probably a front brake issue. Otherwise, you should hear the noise when applying the emergency brake. If it's due to front brakes, there is a TSB out addressing this which should be covered by warranty (also addressed front brake judder). I had mine done at no cost to me. Not sure what exact work the TSB recommended. Mine (2009 Accord sedan- 4 cyl) started squealing at 3,000 miles. If it's rears, it's probably the premature wear issue, although 8200 miles sounds a little premature for that. I have 27000 miles on mine and still haven't had to replace the rears, although I probably will have to by 35 to 40K miles. Good luck.
#381 of 403 Re: 2010 Accord Coupe Brakes [woody_onu]
Sep 28, 2010 (6:34 am)
Thanks for the reply. Yes 8200 miles is awful low for new brakes and rotor cuts. It was front brakes only and dealer repaired for free. Hopefully if was just defective pads causing the problem and I hope it doesn't repeat.
#382 of 403 Re: 2010 Accord Coupe Brakes [johngf1]
Oct 05, 2010 (1:19 pm)
I have a relevant post over in the 2008 maintenance discussion thread. I've had LOTS of problems with the front brakes on my 08 4-cyl EX-L. Like yours, my problems started right at 8K when I first noticed that the rotors were warping. I had my first front brake job at 12k (machined rotors and work on th pads) and have had identical problems every 10-15k since. I now have 50k on my 08 Accord and it is due for it's 4th front-end brake job. Like you, I'm easy on my brakes, driving 80-85% level highway miles.
Before this most recent problem, I had all the work done at my dealership and they did everything under warranty. However, at 50k, they told me they can no longer do courtesy warranty work and so I called Honda of America. Just last week Honda agreed to help me out. They are going to pay for all new rotors and back brake pads (the back pads are replaced under the recall). I will pay for the front pads and they will cover all labor costs. Unfortunately, I had to be VERY persistent in order for them to agree to do this for me. Of course, all front pads and rotors have already been replaced once, so I have no doubt that this whole thing will happen again in 10-15k miles. At that point, it's either a new vehicle for me, or a totally new, after-market brake package.
#383 of 403 Re: 2010 Accord Coupe Brakes [bug4]
Oct 05, 2010 (2:12 pm)
You could have callipers that are sticking (not completely releasing or not sliding on the pins). If so, the callipers will ruin any rotors you put on the car, aftermarket or oem. Since not all 08 Accords have front brake problems, I think you either have bad callipers, or your brakes are not being assembled correctly. Aftermarket rotors and pads may not solve your problem. Or maybe you are one of those people who likes to ride with your foot on the brake pedal.
#384 of 403 Re: 2010 Accord Coupe Brakes [elroy5]
Oct 06, 2010 (8:31 am)
Nope... definitely not a brake rider Your point is good and it is something I have mentioned to the dealership's mechanics every time I've been in for new brakes! Brakes warp because of heat (but see the note below )...so SOMETHING is causing heat!!! Friction is the only source of that heat! Unfortunately, the mechanics have checked the calipers every time and have taken them apart, lubricated the works and re assembled everything. I can understand their frustration, it seems that there is nothing wrong...and yet those rotors warp every 10-15k.
I did have a very interesting conversation with a Honda mechanic after my 2nd brake job. He asked if I was rotating my tires every time I took the car in for an oil change. I said yes. (I drive almost all highway miles and so I go 8k between oil changes). He explained a theory he has: If the wheel bolts are not evenly torqued every time the tires are rotated, he thinks the act of braking might put sufficiently uneven torque on the brake parts to stress and warp things. Interesting........ Of course, his dealership has always been responsible for torquing those bolts! I'd ben interested to hear if anyone else has heard this theory and if it holds any water.
#385 of 403 Re: 2010 Accord Coupe Brakes [bug4]
Oct 07, 2010 (7:16 pm)
It's recommended that you evenly torque lug nuts to avoid rotor warpage. Sadly the most I've seen shops go to lately are to use the torque extension bars on the air wrench, instead of the more accurate torque wrench for the final tightening.
Some vehicles seem to be very prone to warped rotors. I drove a co-workers company Chevy Uplander with less than 30k on it, and it shook like crazy on a moderate stop from high speed. On the other hand, I brake hard and often on a 2003 Astro AWD Cargo Van (due to transfers, this is the third one I've been a driver of), and haven't encountered a warped rotor issue (they are four wheel disc, believe it or not).
My 08 Accord EX-L V6 Sedan has a mild case, even though the dealer did the front brakes (pads and turn rotors) a few thousand miles ago for the same issue (gratis).
It just looks like the gen8 has some weak links in it - brakes, vcm vibes, and other design boo boos. About all one can do is ignore the issue unless its unsafe, fix fix fix, or trade. Could be the brakes are undersized for the amount of heat being generated due to the cars weight, or the factory rotors are too light to save weight and cost, therefore overheating. Note also that most modern car rotors can only be turned once or twice (some not even that) and be above the min thickness allowed.
I've had to get rid of more than one car due to issues the dealers couldn't fix. Two rain water leakers (one of which has a host of other ills), and one with an minor electrical issue the dealer was failing at fixing.
#386 of 403 Re: 2010 Accord Coupe Brakes [jmillerjmiller]
Oct 08, 2010 (8:16 am)
This is undoubtedly an unfair question, but I'd love to know what you think of my Accord problems and whether you would get rid of my vehicle. Unlike your car, the rotors on my car have warped EVERY 10-15k miles! I fist noticed the problem when I had only 8k on the car! Right now, at 50500 miles, it has been 16k since my last brake job (which included brand new front rotors) and the shaking is getting severe, rather than simply minor or irritating. And, I'm not driving the damn car down hills or doing ANY hard braking. They just continue to warp!!!
With Honda's participation, I will replace all 4 rotors and all the pads next week. Frankly, I'm tempted to get the new brakes, find a new car I like and trade the damn thing in while the brakes are still in good shape! Between the brakes, mediocre handling, absolutely insufficient low-end torque, road noise and, most of all, the 1st-graderesque automatic transmission, I'd LOVE to get ride of this nice looking p.o.s.!
#387 of 403 Re: 2010 Accord Coupe Brakes [bug4]
Oct 08, 2010 (6:42 pm)
Looked back at the earlier post - it indicates you have an 08 Accord EX-L with 50,500 miles. When you drive that kind of mileage, it's very hard to ignore things, as you get reminded every day. I am ignoring the shakes on mine at this time. Back in 1992 I bought a new Dodge Dakota extended cab, and traded it in 8mo/12k miles later - and got my first import car (93 Honda Accord EX 5sp, Rosewood Brown Metallic - first one was the best too).
So you've taken that big depreciation hit that happens on a new car, and are driving about double the 'average' yearly miles (i used to do that too before the company van).
If you intend to trade it, IMO now is the time. Once you get to around 60k miles it will get into the high mileage bracket and result in the dealer sending it to auction, instead of trying to retail it on the used car lot (could reduce the bargaining room on trade in).
Financially, it usually makes the most sense to keep and maintain the car until it is so old that it needs a very major repair equal to the book value, then scrap it for parts. Because you loose on the trade-in, and get hit with another new car's first year depreciation.
Personally, when I was driving that type of mileage, I traded every two years around the 50k mark. But that is due mostly to liking new cars, and luckily having a job that allows the luxury. Since getting a company van for commuting, I still am trading about every three years. My 08 Accord right now has about 21k at the two year/2mo mark.
SO check repair ratings and test ratings of what you might want to own. Check your wallet, budget, anyone else that puts money in the household till. Shop and see what kind of numbers you get, special finance offers, etc. Then factor in piece of mind and time spent at the dealership. Sometimes you get a good one, other times a lemon - i've had a few of each. And a few dealers inept at repairing anything that is not so obvious a blind person could see it.
#388 of 403 press request
by kirstie_h HOST
Dec 12, 2011 (11:18 am)
A reporter is looking for owners who have had premature wear on the their Honda Accord and Honda Civic brakes. If you would agree to be interviewed by this reporter, please send your contact information to predmunds.com by Wednesday, December 14, 2011.
#389 of 403 Honda Brake Issues
Dec 28, 2011 (3:36 pm)
It seems like Honda's have brake issues inherently due to them being under engineered for the size vehicles they are built for. I have a 2010 Accord EXL, 4 door 4 Cyl, and the brake problems I have been having are unbelievable... At 12,000 miles the front rotors needed to be turned because of shimmy in the steering wheel. At 26,000 miles, the rear brakes were worn down to the wear strips and the front shimmy was back. The rear brakes I needed to pay for, but they paid for replacing the front rotors. Now the front brakes are shimmying again (car has 38,000 miles on it) and the dealer and Honda corporate will not cover it. For a car with 26,000 miles to need rear brakes is unbelievable. I had a 2000 accord with 182,000 miles on it and never needed the rear brakes done (they were drum brakes though). That same care had 2 sets of brake on it, that was it....
It is one thing for a car to have problems, they all do, but for the Honda to not stand behind it, that is poor. At least Kia has a 100,000 mile warranty and stands behind their cars... Honda has made some poor decisions recently, and it will catch up to them. We have been a Honda family for 22 years, and I am currently looking for a CUV and for the first time, it will not be a Honda. The Pilot has major brake issues also...
So I have a 2 year old car, that I can expect to replace the rotors every 12,000 miles... Crazy...