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Honda Accord Repair Huntington Beach Car Maintenance

HONDA ACCORD REPAIR IN HUNTINGTON BEACH.  CAR MAINTENANCE SERVING: COSTA MESA, NEWPORT BEACH, FOUNTAIN VALLEY, SEAL BEACH, WESTMINSTER, GARDEN GROVE, ORANGE COUNTY, CYPRESS, AND STANTON, CA

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HONDA ACCORD IN HUNTINGTON BEACH CAR MAINTENANCE

Chances are if you don’t own a Honda, you probably know someone who does. As the second-largest Japanese automobile manufacturer, Honda creates popular vehicles that are durable, zippy, and dependable. While we work on all car makes and models, Hondas have a special place in our hearts since H. Heaven Auto Repair & Service started off as Honda Heaven. Additionally, owner Steve McNamara’s first job was at a Toyota, Honda, Acura, and Lexus auto shop in Orange, where he ended up working for 16 years and acquired advanced Honda diagnosis and repair expertise.

 

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Some of the scheduled maintenance & services that your Honda car, truck or SUV may need include:

At H. Heaven Auto Repair & Service we are fully equipped and trained to handle repairs and preventative maintenance on all Honda vehicles, including the Honda Civic and Honda CR-Z and Honda Accord. We have invested in state-of-the-art diagnostics, including all Honda factory scan tools. We receive online support from Honda and are able to reprogram car keys as well as update the powertrain control module (PCM). As always, all services and parts are now covered by a 3 year/36K mile warranty. We have a proven record of 100% customer satisfaction and are BBB and AAA members.

Our Honda repair and service shop is located in Huntington Beach, CA. We service: Costa Mesa, Newport Beach, Fountain Valley, Seal Beach, Westminster , Garden Grove, Orange County, Cypress, Stanton, and surrounding areas.  honda accord repair huntington beach

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Whats New for the 2016 Honda Accord

The Honda Accord has been one of the best-selling cars in the United States for well over two decades. The 2016 Honda Accord will be the subject of a light refreshing for the venerable sedan and coupe, which is currently in the middle of its ninth generation of production. The original Accord was a compact 1976 model. By 1998 and its sixth generation, Accord grew to be a mid-size model with a V6 engine option. Continued success and evolutionary redesigns brought the ninth-generation cars to market as 2013 models. Because a car company that stands still is dead in its tracks, Honda has applied a new revision to the Accord for 2016.

At a recent press event, Honda made a point of emphasizing that they are not just a car manufacturer or a motorcycle company. Honda is, in fact, the world's largest engine company, with an output of over 28 million engines per year. Honda engines and motors can be found in cars, trucks, motorcycles, ATVs, side-by-sides and jets; in lawnmowers, string trimmers, hedge trimmers and snow blowers; in generators, refrigerators, personal mobility machines and robots; and in plenty of other applications too numerous to mention. The corporate ethos is to share engineering and production knowledge whenever practical and possible. An executive told me about one striking example: When the designers of a new Honda snow blower were looking for a small, durable motor to power the dispersal arm on their new machine, they settled on the same motor that powers the windshield wipers in the Honda Pilot. For a demonstrable number of consumers, efficiency, high quality and dependability are not derogatory terms. They continue to buy Accords because they work. And when their Accord ceases working after years of reliable service, Accord buyers turn around and buy another new Accord.

Still, Honda continues to change and improve the Accord, attempting to inject that spark of excitement and soul.

Accord is available as a four-door sedan and as a two-door coupe. Sedans come in six trim levels, from the base LX ($22,105), to Sport ($24,165), to EX ($25,480), to EX-L ($28,570), to EX-L V6 ($30,645), to Touring ($34,580). The Coupe comes in five trim levels, from LX-S ($24,775), to EX ($25,900), to EX-L ($28,745), to EX-L V6 ($30,925), to Touring ($34,125). This year, it's also possible to add the Honda Sensing suite of driver assistance technologies to every trim level (except Touring, which already includes Honda Sensing as standard equipment).

Top 5 Common Honda Accord Repair Problems That We Can Help You With are.

The Honda Accord is one of the most beloved sedans ever. Excellent engineering, comfort, and reliability are reasons Accord owners often buy the same model again. However, every vehicle will have mechanical problems at some time or another. Here are the top 5 most common Honda Accord repair problems.

#1: Vibration When Braking

This problem typically is caused by warped front brake rotors. Some owners describe this as a rattling, shaking, or rubbing sensation. Accords with over 98,000 are more likely to experience this issue. In some cases, the rotors can be machined as a fix. If too thin, the rotors will require replacement.

Brake pad and rotor replacement can cost up to $900, parts and labor.

#2: Transmission Failure

Transmission slippage, poor shifting, skipping, or failure may occur in some Accords, usually at over 70,000 miles. Repair might require a transmission overhaul or complete replacement

If your vehicle is under the factory warranty, the repairs should be covered. If not, costs for repairs can run you anywhere from $2,000 to $4,000.

#3: Compliance Bushing Cracking

If you hear squealing or feel shuddering when turning, it could mean that a part of the steering/suspension mechanism is broken. The compliance bushing is typically the culprit, especially in Accords with 95,000 miles or more.

In some cases, a cracked compliance bushing will be detected upon routine service or oil change. Typical repair cost for this problem is $500 to $600.

#4: Power Door Lock Failure

Your Accord's power door locks might activate intermittently on their own, usually on vehicles with over 105,000 miles. Also, the remote door lock control might not function properly. If your vehicle is equipped with an alarm, you might have problems with it going off due to a door lock malfunction.

Each door has an actuator, and if one is faulty the entire system can be affected. It costs about $200 to have a door lock actuator replaced.

#5: Dashboard Display Dark

For Accords with more than 109,000 miles, you might experience the dashboard display going dark, especially the radio and climate control. This problem is caused by a faulty circuit board which should be replaced. The total cost to repair, parts included, can be around $200 to $300.

The "Good" of the Honda Accord.

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Honda's exteriors are usually buttoned up and professional. Despite the 2016 tweaks, the same goes for this Accord. The nose ditches the chrome "smile" for a bigger chrome bar that looks awkward at some photo angles but better in person. Top end trims get new Acura-styled LED headlamps and all but the base LX gets a set of new LED foglamps.

The main selling points for the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry have been reliability and family hauling practicality — and 2016 is no different. Unlike the "coupé-like" side profiles we get in almost every other entry, the Accord's large and low greenhouse says "I have kids," leaving descriptives like "sexy" and "dramatic" to Mazda and Ford. The benefit? You can actually see out of the back of the Honda and tall passengers won't bump their head on the ceiling.

Restrained styling seems to be back in vogue these days. The Sonata is channeling Hyundai's inner Volkswagen, the Chrysler 200 has gone for "suppository round" leaving "dramatic" and "aggressive" to the new Malibu and Camry. The Mazda6 and Fusion are still the top picks in this segment for design, but they are both getting a little old.


 

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Honda's interiors have long been known for simple functionality and ergonomic design, not opulence and elegance. (In theory, that's what Acura is for.) This theme continues in 2016. You won't find quilted nappa leather, wood trim or the variety of luxury options you see in alternatives. Instead, Honda gives us standard goodies like dual-zone climate control, Bluetooth integration, a backup camera, active noise cancellation and a standard 8-inch screen in the dash. Surprisingly, the faux wood trim that was banished in 2013 has made a comeback, but at least it's more believable than what you find in the Sonata.

When it comes to front seat comfort, the Accord still ties with the Nissan Altima for the top spot in base models. The standard seat design found in the Accord LX, Sport and EX trims features aggressive fixed lumbar support which is my back's preference. If you want something more adjustable, EX-L and above trims offer 2-way power adjustment. The seats in the 200 and Optima can be had with 4-way power lumbar, but I didn't find them any more comfortable for my 6-foot frame.

Thanks to the Accord's upright profile, getting in and out of the back seats is an easy task, something I can't say of the average mid-sized sedan. Once inside, the height pays further dividends with more headroom than essentially every other midsizer. Close by fractions of a millimeter are the Camry and Passat, while essentially every other entry (yes, including the Subaru Legacy) has surprisingly limited rear headroom. This lack of vertical space in the "family sedan" segment makes me scratch my head. Just like with luxury four-door-coupé models (CLS and A7), the sexy profile comes at a price that is too steep for me. Despite the claims to the contrary, the only resemblance these sedans have to a "coupé" is in the limited noggin room.

Every entry in this segment slashes content in order to deliver a low base price. The stand-out cost cutting measure in the Altima is the lack of rear seat air vents for instance. In the Accord, the rear seats are what get bean-counted as the base LX model swaps the 60/40 folding seat you find in other trims for a less convenient single fold unit.


 

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In a departure for Honda, we get options in the 2016 Accord. They still aren't offering a laundry list like Chrysler, but there are now two options available in the LX, EX and Sport: Honda Sensing and a continuously variable transmission.

Honda Sensing is the new package name for all of Honda's latest safety gadgetry brought down from Acura. The system adds a radar sensor in the front grille and a camera system to provide adaptive cruise control, pre-collision warning, autonomous braking, road departure mitigation, lane departure warning and lane keeping assist. Blind spot warning, rear cross traffic detection, HondaWatch (side view camera system) and parking sensors are available in other trims. Honda's price tag of $1,000 is almost as surprising as Honda's decision to allow this option box to be checked on the base LX model. This means for $23,950 you can get a mid-sized sedan with safety features you used to only find on highly-optioned luxury sedans.

All Accord models get a standard 8-inch screen set high in the dashboard that is used for audio information and your trip computer. If you are using Android Auto integration, you'll also see next-turn info. EX models gain an additional 7-inch touchscreen LCD below the 8-inch screen and the same Android Auto/Apple CarPlay support. In the 2015 Accord, the two-screen setup struck me as a little half-baked since the two screens didn't integrate as well as I would have hoped.

The addition of the next generation smartphone integration gives the touchscreen a real purpose. In a nutshell, the 7-inch LCD is taken over by your iPhone 5 or higher or certain Android OS phones. Voice commands, navigation, audio, text message support and future apps are all running on your phone where the video is generated and shifted to the car's display. The car is therefore reduced to a glorified keyboard and mouse.

Factory navigation is optional on EX-L and standard on Touring trims. It operates mainly on the 8-inch non-touch LCD. This means that CarPlay can still be used while operating the factory navigation.


 Overall

The key to understanding the modern midsize sedan is that car companies are trying to be everything for everyone with their family hauler. This reminded me of something a wise person once told me when I started my first job: You never want to sleep your way to the middle. Oddly enough, it seems that most cars in this category are trying to do just that. In the hunt for sales success, the midsized sedan options are trying to be sexy coupés, sporty sedans and luxury sedans while simultaneously being well-priced and as uncontroversial as possible. The "family sedan" part of this segment is being forgotten in the process.

Except for the Accord.

While Honda has leanings toward "sporty" with the Accord Sport, the Accord in general is still that solid, reliable, efficient family hauler that we remember.

Perhaps it's because we've started having the "maybe we should have kids" conversation. Perhaps it's because I've always loved a big back seat (that's my excuse for buying a 2000 Chrysler LHS). Whatever the reason, the Accord is the poster child of "easy to live with." It's the spouse you never argue with, the friend that you can rely on, that comfortable sweatshirt you can't give up. The Accord is the kind of sedan with a practical back seat and reasonable pricing.