Daily Driver My Honda Accord 2006 i-CTDi 4 Door Ex Diesel Saloon

7th Generation (2003-2008) vehicle added by Accord_N22, Friday 6th Jun, 2014

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    Accord_N22 added a new Honda to the garage:

    My Honda Accord 2006 I-CDTI 4 Door Ex Diesel Saloon

    Check the vehicle's full information here.
     
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    As previously mentioned, prior to purchasing the Accord my daily driver was a Seat Arosa SDI, this was mainly purchased for the long commute I had to work (140 mile round trip due to the company relocating – at the time I was just getting married and sorting out my first mortgage so I thought it would be wise to stay put for a couple years) I needed a car to rack the miles up, was cheap to run, cheap to insure and didn’t mind if anything were to happen to it. The Seat Arosa was perfect and served me well for the 5 years I had it. Now working much closer to home (50 mile round trip) I saved a small amount every month whilst I owned the Seat Arosa and I finally had enough to upgrade.

    I was randomly browsing the classifieds on the Saturday evening when I came across a very good looking Honda Accord in Black.
    I rang the seller first thing the very next day and arranged to view it.
    Upon viewing the car it was a slight disappointment. The car had various scratches around the body work, the boot interior trim was heavily scratched, the front tyres were on their limit, the front bumper side grill pods were loose, No mats, Rear Accord badge was damaged, cigarette lighter did not work, slight leather wear (although was expected being leather interior) but to name a few.
    However the good points were, full Honda service history, confirmed receipt that the inlet manifold had been changed under warranty, clutch had a good low biting point and with no vibrations, brakes felt spot on, handbrake held the car nicely meaning rear callipers were not seized. Appears to have a brand new exhaust, no chain rattle, smooth sounding engine upon start up. No lights on dash board. Two keys, and full stamped service book.

    After much deliberation with the other half and a friend of mine we struck a deal with the seller and we got the car at a very good price including the trade in with the Seat Arosa.

    The car needed a bit of work doing to it but for the price I was prepared to do the work and most of it I could handle
    It was really sad to let the little Seat Arosa go after it served me really well for the 5 years I had it. The seller was really nice and probably one of the most pleasant car transactions I have experienced. Here are the pictures of the car from the Advert

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    Upon bringing the Accord home I immediately took some photos to see what I have bought and pictured in my mind what needed doing.
    Here are some photos I took on that day

    At first I thought perhaps I should have spent abit more to get a similar car in better condition. However the engine and clutch was the key upon the purchased. During the test drive the car seemed faultless. The clutch was smooth with no vibration and it had a nice low biting point. There were no fumes or diesel smells going into the cabin which is a known issue and the book was stamped by Honda and a couple independent garages right until 102K miles. (Current mileage is 108k)
    I was up to the challenge and this mini project objective was to present the car to a tidy clean OEM state. It would also be the practical /family car for the future.

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    First of all I created a list of all the immediate work I thought needed doing.
    The lists below show all the fixes, maintenance, and cleanliness jobs that the car required

    Fixes
    Find fault with cigarette lighter socket
    Fix loose lower bumper Grill pods
    Touch chips etc around body

    Maintenance
    New MOT
    Install New Tyres Uniroyal’s (in loft)
    Track wheels
    Copper grease wheel studs and hub face
    Clean alloys in and out
    Top up all fluids – coolant /brake / oil – if required
    Service – Oil, air and oil filters, fuel filter, pollen filter
    Manual transmission fluid change
    Change alloy wheel Mcgard locks. If required
    (current ones are rusty and in poor condition)
    Buy touch up paint – Night hawk black

    Cleanliness
    Deep clean – Remove front seats and scrub carpet
    Shampoo /scrub carpet and boot interior
    Polish Body Work
    Condition leather seats
    Buff out scratches (T-cut or similar compound)
    Remove Accord badge (due to the “A” being missing)
    Paint callipers / Brake disc hubs
    Clean engine Bay
    Clean Battery section - Remove clean and replace (Clean Battery Terminals – Apply Copper Grease to terminals to prevent corrosion)
     
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    The first job I attempted was to remove the damaged rear Accord badge. I didn’t like driving the car around like that so a warm Friday afternoon after work I decided to remove it.

    I removed what was left of the badge itself and then used white spirit to remove the adhesive residue. Once the residue was removed there were still traces of the adhesive on the paint work. A simple T-cut session cleaned it all up to a brilliant shine.

    The end result: You wouldn’t have known a badge was previously there.

    Parts Purchased
    Already had items
    - White Spirit
    - Black T-Cut

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    On the same day after finishing the removal of the Accord badge I also had a look at sorting the front bumper lower grill pods.
    They were currently loose and upon investigating them it turned out that they were not broken and it was just a matter of slotting them back into position

    Parts Purchased
    None

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    Second job attempted was to do the deep clean. The seats were removed partially as I thought it wouldn’t be a good idea to disconnect the seat airbag connectors. The bolts were easily removed and the seat could be tilted and manoeuvred to access the carpet area underneath it. This allowed me to scrub the carpet using Autoglym interior shampoo. Various items were found under the seats including sweet wrappers and sweets themselves stuck to the carpet. I scrubbed and hovered away for many hours and the result was like night and day. The freshness of the carpet was remarkable. It just felt like a different car.
    The same was done on the boot’s interior with the same results.
    The seats were conditioned using Meguires leather conditioner which helped bring back its softness.
    The interior plastics, dashboard and door cards were all intricately cleaned to remove any grime and dirt build up in-between buttons, small crevices and areas which are normally never cleaned
    The result was stunning, the interior felt so clean. During the week I also took the opportunity to order some new genuine Honda Mats for the Accord. Once the mats were fitted the interior was a really nice place to be in.
    The engine bay was gently wiped down to remove some of the dirt that normally covers this area, the end result was a pleasantly clean engine bay. A detailed engine cleaning session would follow later on.

    Parts Purchased
    Supplier:
    CoxMotorParts
    Web: Cox Motor Parts Direct - Genuine Honda Brakes Clutches & Accessories
    Part: Genuine Honda Accord Mats
    Part Number: 08P15SEA511A
     
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    Here are a few pics after the Deep Clean

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    The next to-do on my list was to remove and replace the air box housing. Not exactly a high priority but the Air box currently was pretty scratched up. Probably from the previous garages laying tools etc on the top and scratching the surface. After browsing EBay I managed to find a complete housing assembly in excellent condition for £12 posted. I snapped it up and it was delivered promptly within the next couple days.

    Parts Purchased
    Supplier:
    EBay (Seller Breaking Accord)
    Web: Electronics, Cars, Fashion, Collectibles, Coupons and More | eBay
    Part: Genuine Honda Air box Assembly
    Part Number: 17244RBDE00 and 17210RBDE00

    Scratched Air box
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    New Air box Fitted

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    It was rather tricky to remove but I managed to change over the air box without any difficulty
     
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    Upon finishing the Air box installation I noticed a small round tube like plastic object laying on the side of a bracket. It would seem I had damaged the fragile Electro Valve Solenoid. Pretty annoyed at this as you can imagine, especially having recently saw an article on here for specific places around the I-CDTI engine bay to watch out for.

    Image of damage solenoid valve:

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    I needed replacement as there was no way I could repair the broken component and the advice was not to. The part I needed was Item 9 on the parts explosion.

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    After the airbox was completed the Accord was not used for the working week, instead the Prelude was used for work and I searched EBay for people breaking Accords for this part. Firstly I checked Honda (lings) and the part was coming out at £240. So that was definitely a no no. Then someone replied to me stating he had one and I bagged one for £40 delivered.

    Parts Purchased
    Supplier:
    Ebay Seller
    Web: N/A
    Part:Vacuum Electrovalve Soleniod (Item 9 on parts explosion diagram)
    Part Number: 139700 0870

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    The next job was to get the Accord a fresh MOT. The MOT was due to expire and the earliest I could present the car for an MOT was the 26th April. The Accord flew though, no advisories and the MOT person really complemented on the condition of the Accord. There were no oil leaks at all on the back of the engine and all brakes were operating spot on.

    I also took this opportunity to install a full set of tyres. An old friend of mine works at Northway Tyres so he sorted me out. I had 4 brand new tyres sitting in the loft which I bought for the Prelude 7 months ago. They consisted of 4 x Uniroyal rain sports 2 in size 225/45/R17. When fitted to the Prelude I didn’t like how it drove. The Prelude lost a lot of its sporty credentials; it felt really soft and didn’t have the same connection to the road as before. I removed the Uniroyal’s and the Prelude went back to 205/45R17 tyres. I stored the Uniroyal’s in the loft as I knew one day I would be buying an Accord.

    Once all four tyres were installed I also got the tracking done. All seemed ok except of the rear left camber. It seemed slightly out; with the Accord not having any rear camber adjustment nothing could be done.

    Outside MOT place:

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    The Left Rear camber is out which is a known issue with the 7th generation Accord saloons. However once some funds are available new adjustable camber arms will be purchased to correct the camber

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    Once the MOT and tyres were done – I went and had a look at the brakes. I originally intended to do a strip down and clean but the brakes at this moment are working really well I thought it wasn’t really necessary and may be worth doing at a later date. Instead I decided to paint the callipers and disc hubs to tidy them up.
    I also decided to jet washed my arches and remove 8 years of road dirt and grime which have been tucked away deep within the wheel arches and suspensions turret areas.

    Armed with my portable MOBI V17 battery pressure washer it took quite a while but I managed to remove quite a lot of the dried mud and road dirt from the arches.

    Overall an excellent result – It also gave me the chance to have a poke around all the arches to spot anything loose or out of the ordinary.

    Thankfully everything is intact and all seemed in pretty good order.

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    Once the above was complete my order from CoxMotorParts arrived with all the items required for a full service.
    On the 27th April I got to work and changed the following:

    Supplier: CoxMotorParts
    Web: Cox Motor Parts Direct - Genuine Honda Brakes Clutches & Accessories
    Part: Service Items (see below)
    Part Numbers: See below

    Genuine Oil Filter-15430-RBD-E02
    Genuine Sump Washer-94109-14000
    Genuine Air Filter-17220-RBD-E00
    Genuine Pollen Filter-80292-SDC-505HE
    Genuine Honda Type 2 Coolant-08CLAG026L0
    Genuine Honda Driver Wiper Blade-76620SEAJ11
    Genuine Honda Passenger Wiper Blade-76630SEAJ11
    Genuine Honda Power Steering Fluid- 0828499902HE (for top up)

    6 x 1 Litre 0W/30 Mobil 1 ESP Fully Synthetic Oil
    Genuine Honda 14mm Sump Plug Part
    Numbers-90009-PY3-000
    Genuine Honda 20mm Washer (for Gearbox fill plug) x1
    Part Number-94109-20000
    Genuine Honda 14mm Sump Plug Washer (for engine oil and gearbox drain) x2
    Part Number-94109-14000

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    Thanks to all the members contributions for the guides on the forum. They were a massive help in completing the service.

    The Filler bolt for the gearbox was pretty tight but I managed to loosen it with several attempts
    With regards to the fuel filter it is a job I wouldn’t be able to manage. After reading the guide it seemed pretty straight forward up until requiring a workbench and vice to remove the fuel filter adapter section. In light of this I would have to leave this job for a trusted garage to do.

    The service went well despite some difficulty removing the under tray splash guard (A couple seized bolts) but overall it was nice to work on with everything typically Honda. It really feels good that the Accord is now running on fresh filters and oil.

    A picture was taken of the state of the pollen filter when removed:

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    Shortly after the service was performed I did abit of research on audio options. I previously used an IPod in the Seat Arosa coupled with a Pioneer Bluetooth unit which was really handy. Despite the Accord having a front 6 CD changer I wanted more options and the possibility of using the IPOD in the car using the main head unit. It seemed XCARlink was the answer and proven by many users over wide range of car manufacturers.
    I managed to stumble across someone selling a brand new one on ebay and won the auction for £35 posted, quite chuffed as they cost approximately £80 brand new.

    Thanks again for the guide on the forum it was quite straight forward and all the panels came away with ease. I also purchased a trim removal tool set picture below. This was really handy and highly recommend to anyone removing interior trim panels. Don’t remove trim panels without them.
    During this time it gave me the opportunity to find the fault with the front ashtray cigarette lighter not working. The reason was a blown fuse.

    I also replaced both the glove box bulb and the ashtray light as the same time due to bulbs being blown. Once the fuse and both bulbs were replaced they were all operational.

    Tools Required:

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    XCarLink Install:

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    Supplier: EBay (Seller)
    Web: Ebay Uk
    Part: XCarLink Ipod Interface Adapter
    Part Number: SKU194 model

    Supplier: Ebay (UKdigital365)
    Web: Ebay Uk
    Part: Trim Interior Removal Tool 4 Piece Kit
    Part Number: N/A

    Supplier: N/A
    Web: N/A
    Part: Glove Box Bulb
    Part Number: 501 Capless Bulb

    Supplier: Ebay
    Web: Ebay Uk
    Part: Cigarette Lighter Bulb
    Part Number: 286 1.2watts Capless Bulb
     
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    Boot Liner Tailgate Plastic Trim

    A few tasks that require doing was to replace the rear tailgate plastic boot trim. Items 21 in the explosion diagram.
    The current one was pretty scratched up and really did look awful. There were a few floating around on ebay from Accords being broken at £30 but most of them were also quite scratched, I then thought it probably be better to buy it brand new.

    The guys at CoxmotorParts quoted me an excellent price a brand new part and at £42 I snapped it up.

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    Supplier: CoxMotorParts
    Web: Cox Motor Parts Direct - Genuine Honda Brakes Clutches & Accessories
    Part: Boot Liner Tailgate Plastic trim
    Part Number: 84640SEA003ZA (item 21 on parts diagram)
     
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    New Front and rear Number Plates:

    The number plates were looking rather tired both front and back so I thought a new set would really freshen up the car. A pair of standard legal number plates were purchased from Halfords without GB logo and without a black border. New black number plate bolts were also purchased aswell as new self tapper screws with white cap covers for the front.

    Supplier: Halfords
    Web: Halfords.com
    Part:Front and Rear Legal Number Plates
    Part Number: 520x111mmm

    Supplier: Ebay (All Trade Direct)
    Web: Ebay UK
    Part:Plastic Number plate Fixing Screw (Black)
    Part Number: 19mm Plastic Bolt
     
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    Filter Assembly Solenoid Valve Replacement:

    During the service I noticed that a filter type component seemed rather bent. I didn’t take much notice of it at the time but whilst doing a little tidying up on the engine bay the filter did seem quite broken.

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    I then took this opportunity to order a brand new part to replace it as it didn’t seem quite right especially after what happened to the previous solenoid valve. I thought it was best to get it replaced.

    Item 23 on the parts explosion diagram:
    a. b.

    After removal it was revealed that the filter head was actually broken:
    c.

    Filter assembly valve now replace:
    d.

    Supplier: CoxMotorParts
    Web: Cox Motor Parts Direct - Genuine Honda Brakes Clutches & Accessories
    Part:Filter Assembly Solenoid Valve
    Part Number: 36100RSRE02 Item 8 on explosion diagram
     
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    Install Revised Aux Belt & Update Belt Routin:

    After abit of reading on the forum I noticed that the Accord is currently running the old aux belt routing.

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    Not wanting the alternator to prematurely fail, I quickly ordered the revised shorter belt from Honda Direct Parts.
    The task to change the aux belt required a 14mm 700mm ish long spanner type breaker bar which I didn’t have so I tasked a trusted garage to take care of this for me.

    Performance Autoworks is the garage I choose for this job. They previously did some work on my Prelude in recent years including the H23 timing belt manual tensioner conversion for the H22 engine and they also changed the Prelude’s flywheel to a lighter one and upgraded the clutch to an ATR one too. Top notch work and a garage you can trust.

    The job was booked for the 16th May. I also tasked them to change the coolant, bleed the brakes and the removal and replacement of the fuel filter that I mentioned recently whilst the Accord was in their hands.

    Parts Gathered
    a.

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    d.

    Supplier: Honda Parts Direct
    Web: Honda Parts Direct | Genuine Honda Parts
    Part: Aux Belt for Honda Accord (Revised Shorter Version)
    Part Number: 04301-RBD-305

    Supplier: CoxMotorParts
    Web: Cox Motor Parts Direct - Genuine Honda Brakes Clutches & Accessories
    Part:Genuine Honda Brake Fluid (2 litres)
    Part Number:0820399932HE

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    Whilst replacing the second solenoid valve, I also noticed that the power steering pipe clip seemed to have been broken and the pipe resting on the alternator.

    This of course was not right so I contacted CoxMotor Parts who gladly posted out the small part I needed with free postage.

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    Whilst I was making the enquiry I strapped it temporarily
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    With the arrival of the part on 31st May 2014 I quickly removed the temporary strap and fitted the new clip.

    Clip Installed: 31st May 2014
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    Supplier:
    CoxMotorParts
    Web: Cox Motor Parts Direct - Genuine Honda Brakes Clutches & Accessories
    Part:Genuine Honda Clip Return Pipe
    Part Number: 53728-SDB-A01
     
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