Shakes or Wobbles problem
2004 Honda Accord 4 cyl Front Wheel Drive Automatic 44K miles
Ok, Here is the deal.
About 2 weeks ago I noticed a problem that has developed in my Accord.
When I am driving and hit 20-35 mph zone the car wobbles. Its more noticeable from the passenger side. The car feels like a wheel is about to fall off. This wobble is pronounced while I am accelerating, just normal accelerating. As soon as I feel it, I let off the gas and it goes away, I get back on the gas and it resumes but really dissapates after it goes past 35 mph.
So, Basically its only doing it when I have my foot on the gas pedal accelerating.
I felt at first I had a slipped belt in a tire. I put new tires on it the other day and it still does it.
I have jacked up each corner of the vehicle and tried to see of there is any play in the wheels. There is no play, Its normal. I have had excellent luck with Hondas in the past.
This car only has 40K miles on it and I bought it brand new, It hasnt been abused or anything like that.
We have a couple Honda Specialist here in town so I am going to let one take a look.
My gut feeling is that it has something to do with a axle but I am not sure.
We checked the motor mounts and they were Ok also. Visual inspection on the lift whre I work revealed nothing out of the ordinary, nothing looked like it had been hit or damaged.
At first I thought this wobble was coming from the back but now I am not sure.
Any opinions would be appreciated. This is my 5th Honda and this is the first problem I have had with any I have owned in the past.
I got my problem fixed. One of the cv joints on the driver side was bad. We also had the fron brake disc resurfaced. It rides smooth now.
May, 26, 2008 AT 8:04 AM
From what you described, I suspect it is the inboard driveshaft joint. Check for a torn boot or excessive side play of the joint. Lack of lubrication in the joint can also cause the problem.
July, 1, 2008 AT 8:10 PM
I too have a 2004 Honda Accord bought brand new. It has 57,000mi has worked flawlessly. I always take it in to get its regular checkups, fluids done. I know that this car is a good one.
About 3 weeks ago I noticed that when I accelerated to about 48 to 55 I got a wobble not bad but enough to make me take it in. Sure enough they told me that I needed a brake job. So I okayed it for 260.00 (parts and labor) resurfacing of the drums. Yes I know a little expensive this is at the dealership. I have always got it worked at Honda of McKinney, Texas. The tech then drove it and found the wobble is still there. Well they told me that I need new Inner CV joints both sides. So I okayed the work for another 744.00 (parts and labor). So now I am hoping that this will get it done. I am at 1000.00 just to get my car back in order. But it sure beats a 350.00 monthly payment on a new car.
July, 7, 2008 AT 6:14 AM
Okay here it is just 5 days from getting it back from the shop and it was the CV joints that went bad on my Honda. With discounts I ended up paying 991.00 do get them fixed and the break job that I mentioned. Hope this helps someone else in their diagnosis.