7 Common Known Issues in Hondas

October 12, 2015

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When you are buying a brand new Honda, you are not expecting to have any major issues in the next 3-5 years. After all, a Honda Civic has had a very good reputation in terms of reliability. Unfortunately, this is not always the case and many cars leave the manufacturing plant with a defect that is a ticking time bomb. At Choisser Import Auto Services, we perform Maryland Honda service and repair frequently, and it’s one of our specialties. From our experience, here are some of the most common problems with Hondas. Hopefully you read this before you purchase one of the affected cars. But if you already own one, bring it in and we’ll offer the best ways to fix it!

Airbag Issues

Honda is currently being investigated by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in regard to the faulty airbags in the 2008 Honda Accord. Numerous complaints have been filed about airbags not deploying upon impact. This is not the first airbag issue for Honda—the auto maker had to recall over 24 million vehicles in connection to the airbag manufacturer Takata that produced a large number of air bags that may explode and shoot out debris. Takata has been Honda’s main airbag supplier for a long time, which is why so many vehicles were affected.

Cracked Engine Block

In 2014, the warranty was extended to 10 years on 2006-2009 Honda Civics with a cracked engine block. The crack caused the vehicle to leak coolant, which in many cases led to engine overheating and failing. Depending on the extent of damage, you may be eligible for a complete engine replacement.

Locking Problems

2007-2009 Honda CR-V vehicles are known to have a locking problem that involved the driver-side door. The door either doesn’t lock at all or gets stuck in an endless loop of locking and unlocking. This is not a major defect, but rather an annoying problem that also creates a security risk.

Transmission Failure

If you own a 1999-2004 Honda Civic, Accord, Pilot or Odessey and never had a major problem with it, you should break into a happy dance, because you’ve just dodged a bullet…. These model years are plagued with automatic transmission failure caused by a defective torque converter. A torque converter in automatic transmission cars does the job of a clutch, i.e. disconnecting the engine from the wheels. A failed torque converter will burn up transmission fluid and prevent your car from shifting into gear or moving. Transmission failure in these Honda vehicles usually occurs before 90,000 miles and may cost over $2,000 to repair.

Idling Vibration

Unfortunately, newer Honda vehicles are not entirely problem-free either. For example, many owners report a vibration issue in the 2015 Honda CR-V. The vibration occurs when the car is idling and is described by some as “violent shaking.” There is even a Change.org petition signed by over 100 supporters aiming to force Honda to acknowledge the issue and do something about it.

A/C Problems

Many users of Repairpal.com report that they have been having issues with A/C not blowing cold air in various year models of the Honda CR-V as yearly as 2002. The A/C either stops working entirely or, in some cases, blows warm air. These issues seems to be related to a faulty A/C compressor that seizes and often ends up contaminating the entire system with debris.

Premature Brake Wear

2008-2009 Honda Accords and 2009 Acura TSXs were reported to experience premature brake wear. Front and rear brake pads would need to be replaced and rotors resurfaced as early as 15,000 to 20,000 miles, while they are supposed to last up to 70,000 miles. Honda initially denied the issue and even went as far as refusing to cover these expenses under its warranty. In 2009, a class-action law suit was filed, and a year later Honda settled to compensate car owners for rear brake pad replacement. The issue is believed to stem from the new “electronic brake-distribution” system that debuted in these cars.

Do any of these issues sound familiar? Bring your Honda to Choisser, so that our mechanics can take a look and suggest the most cost-effective repair.


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