12 Common Problems With Honda Cars

Honda cars have long been known for their reliability, fuel efficiency and overall performance. However, like any other car, they are not immune to problems. In this article, we will discuss some of the common problems with Honda cars and how to address them.

1. Transmission Failure

Honda Civic Interior

One of the most common problems with Honda cars is transmission failure. This issue has been reported in many Honda models, including the Accord, Civic, Odyssey and CR-V. Symptoms of transmission failure may include slipping gears, hesitation while shifting and difficulty accelerating.

There are several factors that can contribute to transmission failure in Honda cars, such as poor maintenance, overheating and manufacturing defects. To prevent transmission failure, it is important to regularly change the transmission fluid and keep an eye out for any warning signs. If you suspect that your Honda car is experiencing transmission problems, it is best to have it inspected by a qualified mechanic.

2. Airbag Defects

Honda Airbags

Another common problem with Honda cars is airbag defects. This issue has been widely publicized in recent years due to a series of massive recalls by Honda and other automakers. The defective airbags, made by the Takata Corporation, can explode upon deployment and cause serious injury or death.

If your Honda car is part of a recall for defective airbags, it is important to have it repaired immediately.

3. Engine Problems

Honda cars are known for their reliable engines, but they are not immune to engine problems. Some Honda models, such as the Civic, have been reported to have issues with engine stalling, loss of power and oil leaks.

To prevent engine problems, it is important to follow the manufacturer’s recommended maintenance schedule and replace any worn out or damaged parts promptly. Regular oil changes, tune-ups and air filter replacements.

Honda Engine

4. Car Moves Due to Faulty Ignition Interlock

The ignition switch of certain cars was modified, reducing its rotation from 160° to 125°. However, Honda failed to adjust the ignition blocking mechanism accordingly, which is particularly prevalent in the Honda Pilot.

As a result, the mechanism can be damaged if the driver exerts too much force while removing the key with the gear selector not in Park mode.

5. Power Steering Hose Failure

Frequent exposure to high temperatures can damage the power steering hose, causing cracks and fluid leakage. If the power steering fluid drops onto the hot catalytic converter, it can lead to smoke and even a fire underneath the vehicle.

This problem has mainly affected Honda Accord drivers.

6. Automatic Transmission Lock Up Risk

Honda Transmission

Drivers of Honda Pilot, Accord, and Odyssey have reported heat accumulation between the second gears of the secondary shaft and the countershaft, leading to reduced material strength, gear breakage and chipping of the gear tooth in the automatic transmission.

This issue can cause a lockup of the automatic transmission system, potentially resulting in a crash.

7. Abrupt Power Loss in Fuel Pump

A cracked die punch during the manufacturing process has caused collapsed terminals in the main fuse box of certain Honda Accord and Odyssey models.

If the terminals are affected, they may not deliver sufficient contact to the fuel pump relay, resulting in an intermittent loss of power to the fuel pump and engine stalling. This situation can lead to a crash if not addressed promptly.

Honda applies sealant to the fuel pump relay terminal during manufacturing, but if it comes into contact with the coil wire, it could damage the wire in the long run.

8. Electrical Issues and Faulty Brake Rotors

Honda Electrical Issues

Honda Accord owners have reported electrical problems such as flashing dashboard lights, dimming climate control lights and faulty air conditioning. Additionally, they may experience premature brake rotor failures, transmission fluid leaks and unwarranted oil consumption.

9. Short-Circuiting of the Automatic Transmission

In the Honda CR-V, adjustments made to the secondary shaft bearing outer race material and shape to properly handle engine torque were not accompanied by modifications to the automatic transmission control module software. Drivers who experience this issue may witness the breaking of the secondary shaft bearing and hear unnecessary noise due to the defective outer race, leading to contact between the idle transmission gear and the electric sensor housing. This can cause engine stalling and short-circuiting of the automatic transmission.

10. Soft Brake Pedal Feel

In the Honda Odyssey and Element, the VSA modulator creates a vacuum condition that can allow air to enter the modulator pump, causing the brake pedal to feel softer over time. This issue can negatively affect how drivers operate their vehicles and can make driving risky.

11. Clogged Fuel Injectors, Failure of Valve and Idle Air Controls

Honda Clogged Fuel Injector

Owners of the 2016 Honda Pilot may experience issues such as clogged fuel injectors, idle air control failures and exhaust gas recirculation valve failure. The 2010-2013 Honda Pilot models may also have problems with flawed low beams due to overheating electrical wiring controls. Other Honda users may experience a common problem with differential fluid breakdown.

12. Overheating Power Window Switch

Drivers have reported water infiltration into the switch due to poor adherence of the plastic cover to the surface, leading to circuit board melting and switch overheating. This, in turn, could cause a fire hazard.
The Honda Fit appears to be particularly susceptible to this issue, but it is not the only common problem with the vehicle, despite its overall positive reputation.

General Pros and Cons

Honda Civic

While every car brand has its pros and cons, Honda is a top brand for those looking for wallet-friendly driving due to its above-average reliability, commendable resale values, best-in-class fuel efficiency, affordability compared to rivals in its class and admirable safety ratings.

However, Honda has had issues with improperly installed airbags, power steering hose failure, defective brake systems, abrupt loss of power and defective ignition interlock.

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