2001 Honda Accord Need advice regarding several repairs on

Tiny
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2001 Honda Accord 6 cyl Automatic 75000 miles

Hello. I own a 2001 Accord EXV6. During some routine service today (oil change) several issues with my car were pointed out. I admit I know very little about cars. The service seems reasonable but I am looking for some guidance/help educating myself on these items and knowing what questions to ask the mechanic.

1. Rear breaks and rotors.
Said the car needs these. Given the age and that they have only been replaced once (over 4 years ago) and I do constant start and stop driving in Atlanta traffic, this seems reasonable. Is 179 for breaks and 49 per rotor a reasonable cost?

2. Coolant was empty and leaking.
I will take the car back for what they call a pressure test to try to determine why. Can you give me some idea of what could be possible causes? What kinds of questions should I be asking?

3. Tires
The tires have about 45K on them and need replacing. Buying tires to me is worse than buying the car - so many choices and I dont know what is what. They have Michelins now - low profile tires? According to my kind father. What should I be looking for in a tire? I hope to have the car at least 3-4 more years which with my average driving will be 45-50K more miles.

Thanks for helping educate me! If I am going to own this car, I should probably know more about it!
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Friday, December 19th, 2008 AT 6:05 PM

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Tiny
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Hello -

On the rear brakes.........does this cost include labor or is there additional for labor?

Coolant leak........well this could be many things...........
Have you noticed the car running hotter than normal?
Do you notice any coolant on the ground....if so about where is in?
Does the exhaust have any smoke at all
Does the car run just fine
Does the heater work okay

Tires........check out this link........... http://www.tirerack.com/index_w.jsp
This is an outstanding link.....I purchase all of my tires this way.......you can enter in your vehicle information.......then select tires........Then select the decision guide area....as you go through answering question and get to brand........leave them all selected.....then in the categories you would like to see........select them all..........now the fun part.........you can sort by cost...........then what I do is have a certain top price I want to pay.....everything under that gets selected.........then you compare..........I then remove anything without a tread life warranty..........then I get rid of anything there is no data on.........then you start review and picking the best from there..........the drop them off at your front door.........depending on where you have them mounted it may cost about 10 per tire........so figure that in.......call around first to be sure...........then compare that to a few deals in town........

Get back with me on the above...........

No worries about knowing more........hey.........we all have talents........I am sure you have some that we could use some advice on.........
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Friday, December 19th, 2008 AT 6:54 PM
Tiny
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On the breaks, I honestly do not know if there is any additional labor. I would expect so, but should confirm.

Should that be a 1 hour job or more?

Regarding the coolant the heat works great and there isn't any smoke from the exhaust. Car seems to run fine.

The only things I have noticed are it how it feels and sounds a bit. It seems to idle a little louder if that makes sense - especially this summer with the AC running. The car is 7 years old and I have noticed the car doesnt run a smooth - I dont know how to describe it other than I can feel the car working and it was a smoother riding and shifting car when it was younger - perhaps that is normal. It isnt bad, but is a little noticeable. The temperature gague stays about 1/3 of the way between C and H (closer to C).

I did notice fluid coming from the car this summer when parked but always assumed it was normal from the a/c - maybe not. I haven't noticed anything lately though.

Thanks for the lead on the tires.
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Friday, December 19th, 2008 AT 9:02 PM
Tiny
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Hello -

I would ask about the labor on the brakes just to be sure. I have attached a rough estimate on a rear brake job. Depending on the area. Parts. It may vary a little. But this will give you an idea. If it is less then you are getting a good deal.

The job if you add the things up is about 5 hours. Will it take that long. No unless there is a problem.1 hour is a little close.A couple of hours is probably close. But again you never know what you will get into until you are there and you want them to not feel rushed so they can do a good job. A caliper bolt could be frozen and take a little to get out. Then you would want them to clean it up or replace. You want them to look around while there to maybe catch something before it happens.A lug nut may not want to go on smooth. So instead of just ramming it on to save time and get it out of there, I would want them to work with it, clean the threads etc so you don't' have a problem trying to take the tire off in the middle of the night, in the rain, cold, and the lug nut is stuck or bad. Because that is when it would happen.

Well, as cars get older yes, the sounds will change and there will be more squeaks etc.

By doesn't run smooth could be many things. Tires, needs a tune up. Like you said though.7 years. It seems like a good car.

Well, my only concern is where is the coolant going. It isn't a major concern since your temp gauge is doing fine. But you want to know where it is going. The fluid you say from the AC was probably just condensation. A good rule is when you are pulling into some place to stop always look at the pavement to ensure what is there. Preferably dry and clean. Then when you come out to get in as you are walking to your car you can do a quick visual and see if any part is on the ground or any fluid without even loosing your pace. If you notice something, then check it out.

Again, sounds like a good vehicle and you have taken care of it.

Last, looks like you may have some recalls on your vehicle. The dealer may fix these for free. Please contact the dealer service department, give them the VIN number of your car and have them check on these to see if they apply to you.

99-085
10/26/2001
Recall - DTC P0401 EGR Flow/EGR Port Clogging

02-062
01/05/2007
Campaign - Automatic Transmission Warranty Extension

03-034
09/02/2003
Campaign - Seat Linkage Inspection/Modification

01-018
03/20/2001
Campaign - Horn Plate Bolt Torque

05-007
03/02/2005
Recall - Shift Interlock Repair

NHTSA05V025000
01/27/2005
Recall 05V025000: Ignition/A/T Shift Interlock Defect

NHTSA04V256000
06/01/2004
Recall 04V256000: Instrument Lamp Dimmer Defect

02-015
02/26/2002
Recall - Rear Seat Belt Buckle Non-Compliance

NHTSA01V380000
12/01/2001
Recall 01V380000: Rear Seat Belt Buckle Defect
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