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#908 of 1605 Re: honda accord 2008 brake problems [thegraduate]
Apr 22, 2009 (10:38 am)
Highway driving should yield a lot more life on the pads. There is a design problem with Accord braking system. I drive 50 miles (highway) commute everyday. The pads should last me at least 40k to 50k miles easily... My truck, Nissan Titan, which we drive locally - lots of stop and go - the pad are still good at 55k miles on them.
I replaced the Accord rear pad at 22k miles. Something is wrong...
#909 of 1605 rust bubbles and white flakes from vents
Apr 22, 2009 (4:48 pm)
I have a 2008 accord ,,, the hood along where the hood is seamed together has developed paint bubbles Honda repair them one time already but now 6 months later they re appeared Now they wont repair it untill it rusts thew with a hole This came from the district service manager I called the 1 800 number and they said his descion stands. The dealer agrees with me that this should be fixed by Honda Has any one else had this. Also has any one had rust on there hinge bolts for the doors they wont do any thing about this either. Has any one had or seen white flakes come out on there dash vents and defroster and land all over the dash it looks like ash.
#910 of 1605 Re: rust bubbles and white flakes from vents [foxwood_21]
Apr 23, 2009 (9:24 pm)
I haven't personally had the white flake issue, but my understanding is that it is caused by fungus in the A/C evaporator which is what cools the cabin air. Usually the complaint is about an odor, rather than white flaky ash. There are procedures to apply anti-fungal products to cure it.
If there is a sickly, sweet odor to the air, then you may have a heater core leaking coolant into the air instead. Usually this will cause window fogging from the extra moisture being put into the air.
#911 of 1605 Re: 2008 Accord Premature rear brake pad wear, please post other cases [3jcd]
Apr 24, 2009 (2:45 pm)
Ok, I guess I am another owner falling into Honda's little trick to over their cost with additional service. I too have 2008 EXL Accord with 22500 miles, i took my car in for regular oil change at dealership and they told me that my rear brakes are gone. I said you gotta be kidding me. I asked the service rep why it wears off quick, he told me that Honda uses lot thinner pads in the rear and they wear out quick. My cost to replace them was +$225. I decided to call my local mechanic who works on my wife's car and he was surprise that the pads were gone for new car. His cost is half at $110. I also have extended warranty on this car to 100K. Does the extend warranty cover this???
If I know about this problem, i would have stuck to different Japanese car like Toyota. I will join others to report and complain about this.
thxs and good luck
#912 of 1605 Re: 2008 Accord Premature rear brake pad wear, please post other cases [lapakman]
Apr 24, 2009 (4:49 pm)
If you think Honda is the only automaker that has models with one issue or another, you're wrong. Ask Camry owners about transmission/DBW reflashes.
#913 of 1605 Re: 2008 Accord Premature rear brake pad wear, please post other cases [lapakman]
Apr 24, 2009 (6:13 pm)
It would be very unusual for any extended warranty to cover 'wear items', as they consider them part of regular maintenance.
Most aftermarket extended warranties from third parties (not the auto companies version) are more difficult to collect on. They are just as much pure profit as paint sealant and fabric protector. And like other business, they can go out of business and leave you with a worthless warranty.
Some makes/models come with 'Full' Maintenance or Service that covers wear items and service for the duration of the stated period on the sticker. BUT - watch out for the many brands that say 'Full Scheduled Maintenance', the scheduled in there changes it to just oil changes, and other things in the manual for set mileage/months, etc.
If the brakes wore out in the first 12mo/12k mile adjustment period - maybe Honda would pay for it, if caused by a defective brake system component (caliper, etc).
Some people in other groups say that they are trying 'ceramic' pads on the rear brakes to increase time between replacements, so you may want to give that a try. Best thing is to find a shop that will do only what is needed. For instance the rotor should not normally need resurfaced - only if grooved or scored. In many cases, as long as the pads are changed before metal on metal contact, only the pads need changed. So the $110 sounds right, about $60 is what people are saying ceramic pads go for (but most likely his price is OEM type pads), plus the labor for straight pad replacement.
#914 of 1605 Honda Brake Pads
Apr 26, 2009 (10:29 am)
My observation is that the Honda pads are softer than most and will wear faster. I replaced front pads on an 05 Accord V6 at 27k miles. I replaced with Honda pads because the braking is excellent and negligible rotor wear. The rear pads will go to 50k or more. FYI: the rear pads are by design all cars thinner than the front pads. Replacing with ceramic won't solve the rear pad wear problem in the 08. Likely it is caliper design but could be other. Honda had a similar problem in 03 also a new model year. Check CR. I DIY my pads and do not turn the rotors unless pull or pulse. Nominal $50 per set. Judgment on when to turn rotors and plan on new around 100k. If your car has aluminum wheels, inspect the pads yourself. Need a flashlight and not parked sunlight. 1/8 inch min.
#915 of 1605 Re: oil change [rbbrick]
Apr 26, 2009 (1:54 pm)
On oil consumption, I had the same problem. My first notice of it was at approximately 4500 miles when the check engine came on. AT fir st the dealer claimed that it was break in, or maybe the engine wasn't properly filled at the factory. Then it happened a second time, at roughly 7500 miles. the car was down 2 quarts. Eventually Honda replaced the heads, then the valve covers and then the seals. It was still using roughly 1 quart every 1500 miles even after all that. I must admit that I don't understand how 1 quart per 1000 miles can be acceptable. I've owned many cars, four of them Hondas, and none of them have used anywhere near that much oil. Why does 1 quart per thousand make sense when the manufacturer states that you only need to change the oil every 7500 miles? Maybe it's because if you have to add a quart every 1000 miles then none of the oil ever gets really old?
#916 of 1605 Rear Brake failure
Apr 27, 2009 (9:51 am)
I own a 2008 Accord Coupe with 11,300 miles on it and my rear brakes went out! I took my car to the dealer and he informed me this is common for the new Accords. I could not believe what the service advisor had said, but after reading a few posts on this website, I guess this is what we Accord owners have to expect.
The service advisor indicated the new design on the rear braking system was set up this way to improve the way the car stops. I feel this is a bad design, I contacted American Honda and they took my call as a "complaint" They have received a few calls in regards to the braking system and unless they receive a substantial amount of complaints, nothing will be done to address the problem...so get on the horn with Honda and start complaining about our problem!!!
#917 of 1605 rear disk brakes wearing out fast
Apr 28, 2009 (8:35 am)
I own a 2008 Accord Sedan and at 20,000 miles I have already had to replace the rear brake pads and resurface the rotors..... cost me a total of 248 bucks. The dealer said that they wear out between 20,000 to 25,000 miles. I think thats bullshit. Something is fishy about that. I've never owned a car to where I had to replace the back brakes so early. Anybody else had this problem???