Honda Accord Problems

RepairPal has identified the most common problems with the Honda Accord as reported by actual vehicle owners. We'll tell you what the problem is and what it'll take to fix it.

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Known Problems

Plugged moon roof drains can cause a water leak inside the car. The water will usually leak onto the driver's or passenger's head when the car turns a corner.

The ABS modulator valve assembly (hydraulic unit) may develop a brake fluid leak.  This can result in illumination of the ABS warning light and in certain cases, loss of braking ability.


A foul smell from the AC system can indicate mold growth on the AC evaporator.

The balance shaft seal tends to fall out causing a large oil leak. There is a retaining device available to prevent the seal from falling out, which can be put in place during routine timing belt maintenance.

The AC evaporator can develop a refrigerant leak. The AC system will not blow cold air if this happens.

Front compliance (lower control arm ) bushings tend to crack and break requiring replacement.

On some models a mis-manufactured AC evaporator core can cause the AC to cool poorly. The AC evaporator needs to be replaced for the AC to cool properly.

A faulty Electric Load Detector (ELD) can cause the head lights to dim and/or illuminate the Check Engine Light. A failed ELD will require replacement.

Accords powered by the V6 engine had a defective timing belt tensioner that could result in excess "slack" in the timing belt. This could cause premature timing belt failure, which could result in serious engine damage.

If the idle is higher than normal when the engine is cold and the Check Engine Light is on, the powertrain control module (PCM) may need a software update to fix the concern.

In colder climates, coolant can leak from the connecting pipe.

A faulty gasket can cause coolant seepage from the water passage near the exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) valve. Replacing the gasket should correct this coolant leak.

Rear sway bar end links are known to break.

The throttle body can accumulate carbon deposits causing the throttle to stick or pop when first accelerating after the vehicle sits for a while. Performing a throttle body service will generally correct this problem.

The evaporative emission control solenoid (in the EVAP system) can fail in areas of the country where salt is used on the roads during winter.