Honda Accord Problems

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Honda Accord

Answered by CarsGuide 23 Feb 2011

That’s a long time to put up with issues like those you have experienced. It could be caused by outside interference, which makes it even harder to diagnose. Whenever it happens make careful note of when and where, and check around the location for other possible sources of interference. The most likely sources are mobile phone towers, alarms etc.

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Ask Smithy Xtra Transmission failed 3 times

Answered by CarsGuide 11 Jan 2011

There is something seriously wrong with the car for the transmission to fail three times in 175,000 km, that’s not normal. Could it have been crashed before you bought it? I would start by checking it to make sure the chassis is square and not out of alignment.

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Front brake pads in Accord

Answered by CarsGuide 4 Nov 2010

It's not unusual today to see rear brakes wearing faster than the fronts. There's nothing wrong with the brakes as such. Our brake specialist Howard Reynolds of Race Brakes says it is quite common on some Japanese and European cars, and appears to be a result of manufacturers trying to extract as much braking power from the rear brakes as they can. It seems to be worse in low speed city driving and appears at about the kays your car has done.

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Ask Smithy Xtra Warping brakes on Honda Accord

Answered by CarsGuide 12 Oct 2010

Your report is not the only one of rapid wear and warping of the rotors, but carmakers regard the wear as normal wear and tear. All brakes wear, so you have to determine if the wear on your car is indeed “normal” or something more. Certainly at 30,000 km you would appear to have a case.

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Ask Smithy Xtra Honda paint quality

Answered by CarsGuide 30 Aug 2010

We have had a few reports of issues with the paint on Hondas, but they’ve been complaints of fading and usually it’s on red coloured cars.

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Unleaded for my Accord?

Answered by CarsGuide 26 Aug 2010

Most engines are optimized to run on one fuel or another, and that's the fuel they run best on and deliver the best fuel economy, but they also have 'knock' sensors that detect pre-ignition and adjust the ignition timing to avoid it. That means that while they have been optimized to run on one fuel they can also run on another, lower quality one. Generally your car will run better on premium unleaded than they will on regular unleaded. But we were let in on a little secret and that is that the regular unleaded we are buying is no different to the premium on sale. It seems it's more economical for oil companies to produce one type of fuel instead of two. What they do is guarantee the minimum octane rating of the fuel they produce, in the case of regular unleaded that's 91 whereas premium is a minimum of 95, they don't talk about the maximum octane rating. In that case we are wasting our money buying premium when regular is the same fuel. That was last week, what they will do next week is anybody's guess. Why do we pay more for premium? Simple, clever marketing by the oil companies that has convinced us it's better.

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Ask Smithy Xtra Petrol affected by timing belt

Answered by CarsGuide 6 Jul 2010

Did you change it yourself? Is the car performing as you would expect after the change? The first thing to do is to make sure the belt was correctly changed. If the belt change has been correctly done there is not reason it should affect the fuel consumption. Once you’ve established the belt is ok then start digging deeper into the normal things that would affect fuel consumption.


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An old Accord

Answered by CarsGuide 17 Jun 2010

Two years is a long time for a car to be held in storage, but the car industry has been through a tough time with the market depressed until recent months and sales on a steep slide, and cars have sat unsold as a result. I wouldn't be too concerned that the car is two years old, or that it has been in storage, I'm sure the dealer would have serviced it before putting it on the road.

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09 Honda Accord brakes machined

Answered by CarsGuide 20 May 2010

Yes, we have had other reports on Hondas, but it's not restricted to Honda. The brake wear rate on today's cars is much higher than it is on older cars, but the braking performance has also improved markedly and that's the trade-off. What Honda told you is petty much on the mark. About the only thing you can do is to consult a brake specialist, such as Howard Reynolds of Race Brakes Australia and see if they could supply aftermarket discs and pads that would last longer. Howard can be contacted on 03 9687 7222.

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$380 to fix a lock

Answered by CarsGuide 13 Nov 2009

TAKE it to an auto electrician or a locksmith, both of whom should be able to fix it for less.

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