20th Jan 2005, 06:37
I have a an Accord 2003 LX-G and have had the same problems with the brakes. The dealer replaced my rotors under warranty, but charged me for the pads, no labor charges for the installation of the pads. I have rattling in the dash that sounds like marbles which I believe are coming from the ABS compartment on the dash. I also have rattling from both passenger doors especially in cold weather. I try to lubricate the rubber trim with silicone spray as often as possible which helps. My understanding is that the 2004 models have the same problems. NOTE: there is a recall on automatic transmissions for model years 2003 and 2004.
8th Mar 2005, 11:22
I own a 2003 Accord EX my brake pads have been replaced 4 times, rotors have been turned twice and replaced twice. Honda has done all of this under warranty, but the last time I took it in they told me this would be the last time they would replace the rotors and brake pads under warranty. I called American Honda and asked why, they told me that brake pads are not warranted for any miles, therefore they had went above their normal warranty. Then proceed to tell me how to drive my car i.e. don't stop quick in the rain, if you come out of a car wash don't stop quickly, etc. I then proceeded to tell them that I have owned several different kinds of cars and I have never had this problem with the others, i. e Chevy, Ford, Mazda, Nissan and Toyota. This accord was my first Honda and my last. As soon as I can trade without hurting me financially it will be history. I told American Honda that they just lost a customer for life.
9th Jan 2006, 10:00
Brake problems are becoming more and more common for ALL makes of cars. Ask almost anybody with a Chrysler product. I was warping my front rotors about every 14K miles, and had never warped a set on any vehicle beforehand (I've owned about 12 cars). The best way to fix these brake problems is to go to an auto parts store and buy a set of good after-market rotors. Going back to the dealer results in your cheap OEM rotors being replaced with the same type of cheap OEM rotors. I went after-market and had absolutely no problems afterward. Like I said, I have heard this from several makes of cars, including Chrysler, Jeep, Saturn, Toyota...
17th Mar 2006, 10:09
I too have just been told I have seized rear brakes at 34577k. I am very disappointed my 92 accord went to 205k before I had to change the pads and there was no service done for over 10 years, that was quality. The dealer said they won't cover the brakes because I didn't have my 24K brake service, I'm about to phone Honda Canada. The quality obviously has gone down hill!
6th Jun 2007, 15:56
Hmmm, I hear that brakes are doing that on all cars. Could it be that cars are required to stop faster than before? Could it be that your old car probably had rear drums and was a totally different story? I mean come on here... fix the way you drive first before you go crazy on Honda.
12th Jun 2007, 20:33
In response to the "fix your driving before you go blaming honda" 1) it's not peoples driving, it's the new pad material. Listen to them when they say they've been driving for 10, 15, 20 years and have never had brake issues before. I doubt their driving habits have changed overnight. And 2) it isn't Honda, its the contracted brake supplier they're stuck with, which I will not name. To anyone looking for a permanent fix, I offer this: don't use the stock ceramic or aftermarket ceramic-only brake pads, and don't use aftermarket organic pads: Honda's brake systems aren't designed for them.
Now what that leaves you with are composite pads, good metal pads(NOT the ones that are $20, they trash rotors too), and the high-performance ceramic/kevlar/secret sauce pads. Talk to the guys at your local auto store, they know their stuff.
Two things you should note, though. Non-ceramic pads will probably make noise, but which would you rather have, a shudder, or an occasional squeak? And the dealer rotors aren't the problem either. If they're true, keep them if you want, but if you need new ones look elsewhere cause factory rotors are overpriced, and the cheaper aftermarket ones are of better quality.
20th Sep 2007, 09:52
I have a 2006 Honda Accord. It has 26,000 miles on it. I was also having brake issues. I was told by a mechanic (not Honda) that my caliper was sticking and had worn the brake pad down. He told me this should be covered by warranty. When I went to Honda to get it fixed, they told me that it was my fault and I was braking too hard. This is my third Honda and I have never had any issues with my brakes. I drove my other two Hondas for over 90K miles and NEVER replaced the brake pads. I argued with the service department until they fixed them for free, but they said they would not do that again. They also told me that this will probably happen again in another 20K miles. If this is a widespread problem that Honda owners are having, I don't think they as customers should have to pay for it. I have loved every Honda that I have owned, but this one will be my last. I will NEVER buy another Honda.
12th Jan 2008, 21:25
I have a 2003 Honda Accord.
The brakes started to squeak faintly at 30K and became increasingly noisy as time went on. I took the car to the dealer who advised me that I had the 'wrong' pads on the front disc brakes. But the pads were OEM. They replaced the pads and resurfaced the rotors. The squeak became inaudible for about two weeks, then increased, back to the annoying level.
I am now at 56K and have been living with this annoyance for over 18 months. Mind you, the car stops fine, it's just the squeak that is terrible.
I took off the wheel and looked at the caliper. I am no mechanic, but I have never seen a piston at such a cock-eyed angle in its sleeve. It appears that the originally installed caliper was defective and is pushing the pad at an angle toward the rotor, and is therefore the source of the incurable squeak. It is difficult for me to believe that the manufacturer is not aware of this condition. Consumer Reports magazine has this as a well-identified problem for the model year among Honda Accord owners.
23rd Jan 2008, 09:59
If there's a faulty caliper, that's Honda's problem, and a serious safety issue. The dealer should be replacing it, not trying to pass it off on your driving. If the dealer is telling you its your fault, change dealers, or go to a brake specialist. That's just wrong, man.
If there actually is nothing wrong with your calipers, do as someone else here said: get better pads. Honda's pads are terrible. I put Axxis Ultimates on the font of my coupe and that solved the warping problem for me.