Problem Description and Possible Solution
The Honda Accord is known for premature alternator bearing failure. The alternator shaft bearing alerts of mechanical failure by making a howling or grinding noise, but other symptoms may appear, including:
Battery warning light illumination
Engine will not start
Engine stalling or hesitation
Power steering and A/C failure
Continued use after the alternator makes these noises generally result in loss of the serpentine belt, power steering, air conditioning and battery power.
The correction is to replace the alternator immediately.
Average mileage: 114,888 (55,000–194,000)
Engines affected: 2.2L 4 Cylinder, 3.0L V6
18 people reported this problem
Told the alternator and bearing were going out by the service guys at Honda and said it would be a total cost of $661.30 to get the parts and fix it. I brought it in a month before because of a random, whiney, whirring sound. At first it did not make the noise, but they said they were able to recreate the noise and said it was the heat shield, which would have costed $250 to remove and replace. But I did not think that was right so I didn't go for it. A couple days ago the sound got worse and is now a loud, deep, grindy noise that happens everytime I turn the car on, of which they say now it is the bearing and alternator failing.
One day the alternator started whining, and stopped charging at the same time. It needed replacement and the manufacturer agreed to pay for parts even though it was out of warranty. I paid labor, which at the Honda Dealer, was over 200.00.