2002 Honda Accord Alignment

Tiny
AMARANNA
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  • 2002 HONDA ACCORD
  • 4 CYL
  • FWD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 85,000 MILES
I am planning to check the alignment and correct it.

question - while corecting the alignment should the driver be in the car?
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Wednesday, March 24th, 2010 AT 8:37 PM

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Tiny
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Hi amaranna,

No, wheel alignments are done without any occupants or driver.
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Friday, March 26th, 2010 AT 11:53 AM
Tiny
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I did my alignment corrected in tiresplus today. They told tire cupping is there and mentioned we need to change the Struts.

Can anyone explain y this tire cupping happens.

The car runs smooth but I near a noise. I feel it is coming from the tires.

Brakes are very good. 10 pt and 7 pt
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Saturday, March 27th, 2010 AT 12:35 PM
Tiny
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There are many possible causes for tire cuppings.

1. Bad struts.
2. Alignment out of specs.
3. Quality of tires.
4. Worn suspension system.

When cupping occurs, road noise would be loud due to the tires running unevenly. How many of the tires are cupped?
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Saturday, March 27th, 2010 AT 2:35 PM
Tiny
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I checked the inspection Doc. Only 2 tires have edge wear, but the Technician told tire cupping is there.

I completed the wheel alignment. All 4 tires are firestone tires

i heard the noise from the tires when going in low speed. Above 60 mph nosie is less.

If we drive the car with tires issues (cupping or edge wear) will there be any other problems we will face or?
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Sunday, April 4th, 2010 AT 10:31 PM
Tiny
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If the wheel alignment had been corrected, the tire cupping should slowly start to wear out more evenly.

However on the other hand, if the cupping is bad, it would get worse.

Driving in this condition iis not an issue except that it would affect the ride comfort.
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Monday, April 5th, 2010 AT 10:23 AM
Tiny
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I see a strong jerk when I give a quick acceleration from stop. Wat might be the issue
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Monday, April 5th, 2010 AT 10:36 AM
Tiny
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That would most likely be due to worn control arm bushes or bad ball joints.
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Monday, April 5th, 2010 AT 10:54 AM
Tiny
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Can u pls let me know how much it will cost me to replace the worn control arm bushes or bad ball joints
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Monday, April 5th, 2010 AT 11:07 AM
Tiny
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The amount would depend on how many items needs to be replaced and prices ranges region to region. It is best to get a quote from various sources around your area.
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Monday, April 5th, 2010 AT 11:29 AM
Tiny
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I took the car to my mechanic, he did a test drive - checked the control arm bush, balljoint, axle and tail rod - everthing is fine.

He says it is a transmission problem - first gear only.

Still I am not Convinced, since this is not happening always.

I need more inputs and advice.
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Saturday, April 17th, 2010 AT 11:08 PM
Tiny
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Pulling to one side during acceleration should not be related to the transmission. It has more to do with the drive axle, control arm bushes and ball joints.

Without the physical vehicle, it is not possible to give a correct diagnosis.

Since you are not satisfied with the answer, get a second opinion from a different mechanic.
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Sunday, April 18th, 2010 AT 12:00 AM
Tiny
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Let me explain the issue quickly -

sometimes when I acceleration the car from 0 mph I feel a Jerk and when the car comes to complete stop it jerks. It is not happening always.

So the mechanic says - the first gear is worn out and it is slipping.
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Sunday, April 18th, 2010 AT 12:21 PM
Tiny
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Symptoms indicate a possible fault with the transmission. The jerking could be harsh shifting and when slowing down, the clutches engages with a jerk. I believe it is more likely to be 2nd speed rather than 1st.

Usually when transmission problems occurs, the PCM would store a trouble code. Get a free scan done at Autozone to see if any trouble codes are stored in the PCM.

Let me know the exact trouble code if any are found.
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Monday, April 19th, 2010 AT 5:42 AM

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