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#1199 of 1605 Re: Honda Accord questions [pastatie]
Apr 28, 2010 (5:38 am)
1. Why no distinction on the Accord models--no badging for the LX Ex etc. Are we all to be alike?
IMHO, just another Honda cost-cutting measure. For some odd reason, Toyota hasn't done this yet, which is strange since they all drink the same cost-cutting kool-aid.
2. Look closely at your front rotors--Honda spent the money to paint black the area on the rotor closest to the center---now look at your rear rotors. Were they trying to save money on the rear rotors? Looks like crap behind those nice aluminum wheels when you clean them. Front looks a lot better. Why the difference?
Our 2010 EX-L V6 has the center area of all 4 rotors painted black, but they don't match. The front rotors are a glossy black, and the rear rotors are flat black. BTW- I had to use a flashlight to confirm this, as I couldn't even see the rotor centers without using one. They could have been pink or purple and I would never have noticed.
3. Who told Honda to put 225/50/17 aspect tires on the EX models? Has anybody else noticed the rougher ride? Maybe 2010 models will go to 225/30 tires. 60 seemed fine on my 2004 Accord but this 2009 might be my last as the ride is not what I expected. Feels like I have a sport suspension.
Personally, I like the firm ride and improved handling of our Accord compared to my neighbor's new Camry. It's one of the main reasons we bought the Accord. If the Accord handled and rode like the Camry, we wouldn't have bought it. You would have likely noticed the ride & handling differences had you taken a long test drive in the car before buying it, as it is quite noticeable. It's actually surprising to find such a sport-type suspension in a family sedan. Usually you have to pay extra for a sport suspension and we got it for free. Cool!
4. I purchased an aftermarket grille guard to protect the air conditioner condenser from road debris for my 2004. Well the 2009 has the same grille you could throw a golf ball through and I can't find a reasonably priced grill guard on Ebay---chicken wire is out of the question. Couldn't Honda make the openings slightly smaller??
This problem pretty much exists across the entire Honda product line. Having owned two Odysseys and now a Ridgeline in addition to our Accord, all of these vehicles need a lower grille with smaller holes.
Anyway, if you care to spend a bit more time on your computer, visit some Odyssey and/or Ridgeline forums and search them for possible solutions. I know Odyssey owners were VERY fond of using gutter leaf guard material (for houses) which is available at Lowes or Home Depot. The stuff is dirt cheap and is easily cut to size. Most folks seem to buy black leaf guard and attach it behind the existing grille with black tie-wraps. In some cases, bumper removal may be required, which adds a huge amount of extra labor to what should have been a simple job. Good luck with that.
#1200 of 1605 2009 Honda Accord power steering/HEPA filter problems
Jul 13, 2010 (2:13 pm)
I took my 2009 Honda Accord in for an oil change at 14,500 miles and they told me that the power steering fluid is contaminated and needs to be changed out ($169). They also said the cabin/HEPA micro filter is dirty and to replace it would be $120. Is this normal for only being at 14,500 miles? I live in Los Angeles. Thanks!
#1201 of 1605 Re: 2009 Honda Accord power steering/HEPA filter problems [dj9]
Jul 13, 2010 (2:40 pm)
1. Power steering fluid contaminated = highly unlikely at this mileage maybe 100K
2. Cabin filter costs <$20 at auto parts store and takes 5 mins to replace. Open glove box and swing it down you will see the filter location there - read the manual for further insight. Roger
#1202 of 1605 Re: 2009 Honda Accord power steering/HEPA filter problems [dj9]
Jul 13, 2010 (3:04 pm)
Was this at a Honda dealer? That's outrageous. The cabin filter should be changed every 30k miles and as the other poster said, it is inexpensive and easy to do yourself. I'm not sure that the changing instructions are still in the manual but you can find them easy enough online.
#1203 of 1605 Re: 2009 Honda Accord power steering/HEPA filter problems [dj9]
Jul 13, 2010 (3:11 pm)
you guys beat me to a reply...
i saw this on the way home on the blackberry and couldn't believe the quote of $120 for a cabin air filter change, what a markup...
unless it includes some type of air refresher service (still unneeded)
as far as power steering fluid contamination, i have never even heard of this.
how would they tell, isnt the fluid in the resevoir only the visible fluid.
isn't this a sealed system not prone to contamination unless there is a leak or something?
i would say find a reputable dealer (i know, what an oxymoron) or independent mechanic for second opinion.
#1204 of 1605 New Brake Pads - Akebono
Jul 13, 2010 (3:14 pm)
Just replaced the stock pads with Akebono pads all around.
Ceramic formulation seems to really dust less.
Any one else try these out?
#1205 of 1605 Re: 2009 Honda Accord power steering/HEPA filter problems [dj9]
Jul 13, 2010 (3:39 pm)
If you could do the power steering fluid, and the cabin filter yourself, it would cost less than $40. If you have to depend on someone else, you have to pay up. That's life. My owner's manual says the cabin filter should last 30k miles, but I change mine way more often. How quickly the filter gets dirty depends how much dust, pollen, and rain you get in your area. I would suck as much power steering fluid out of the reservoir, as I could (turkey baster), and replace that. Should be good enough. Personally, I only use Honda fluids, even though they never see my car in the service department.
#1206 of 1605 Re: Accord Coupe Brakes [schnellesauto]
Jul 13, 2010 (5:37 pm)
I've got a little over 26000 on my 08 Accord LX-P. I recently received a packet in the mail about the class action suit regarding the brakes, but that was for reimbursement if you paid to have them replaced. Can I just go to my local dealer and ask about the TSB to have the rear ones replaced at no cost? I've only got six months left on my lease and hate the thought of dropping a few bills on something that should have easily lasted the length of my lease.
#1207 of 1605 Re: 2009 Honda Accord power steering/HEPA filter problems [dj9]
Jul 14, 2010 (5:00 am)
I change my own hepa filter. Their fee of $120 stems from mostly labor. The filter costs about $15-30 depending on where in the country you buy it and the manufacturer of it. One of Honda's service techs told me the book calls for $85 installation fee. I don't know anything about the power steering fluid being contaminated. Never heard of that one especially with such few miles. My 08 accord has 60,000 miles.
#1208 of 1605 replace fog light
Jul 16, 2010 (12:11 pm)
I have a 2008 Accord EXl and my driver side fog light is cracked. I bought a new one and it was very expensive. The dealer wanted a 150.00 to change it and I said no. They told me you have to take the front bumper off to do this. Has anyone did this before? Is it difficult?
Thanks for the help.