Engine & Gearbox Help with maintenance and juddering as I accelerate

Discussion in '7th Generation (2003-2008) [Acura TSX]' started by jaypabla, Tuesday 18th Sep, 2012.

  1. jaypabla New Member Getting Started


    I’m new to this forum as I’ve recently purchased a 2004 2.2 I-CDTI Honda Accord Saloon Executive, I love the car and want to keep it so am keen to fix any issues and keep up good maintenance on it.

    Generally the car drives and feels well, it’s responsive and solid, but there is one small problem… sometimes (not always) whilst cruising, the car seams to be a little rough and I can feel a little judder as I accelerate. If I put my foot down and try to accelerate quickly, then there seams to be no issues, only issue is from cruising to gradual acceleration.

    My Accord has had 1 owner from new who had it regularly maintained at a Honda main dealer, he last serviced it a year ago at 60k. It’s now covered 71k and recently had a Major Plus Service from a local garage, to whom I supplied all Genuine Honda parts and oils [I trust he used everything I supplied as he’s a very old friend of mine]. This included Air Filter, Fuel Filter, Pollen Filter, Sump Wash, Oil Filter, Oil change with 0W/30 Mobil 1 ESP Fully Synthetic Oil, Gearbox Oil Change with MTF-3 Manual Transmission Fluid and Break Fluid flush, change and bleed with genuine fluid.

    I purchased all my parts cox motors

    Not sure what else could be causing this problem, or if there is anything else I can do to maintain my car better.

    Any help/advice would be much appreciated.

    Thank you

  2. Ichiban Founder Staff Team

    England CJ Leeds
    Hi Jay,

    Welcome to AOC if the car is being serviced in accordance to the service schedules then I cannot see what could cause your issues. Why don't you take your car to a Honda independent specialist or a Honda dealer for further examination. Get two opinions to make a decision to how to tackle this problem and also have a read of the FAQ surrounding the symptoms you are experiencing.
  3. Dave Club Veteran ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

    Is it juddering around 1400rpm mine does this sometimes its only very slight though.
  4. hondavtecr Commercial Services Trader

    Chris Manchester

    Take it to your nearest garage and get them to check the OS driveshaft. Theres a bearing where the shaft bolts to the back of the engine block, It could be this causing your fault.
  5. jaypabla New Member Getting Started


    The juddering does not come from the body, it seams to be more like a hesitation to accelerate.

    Although a trip to specialist may be required.

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  6. Ifzal Ali Junior Member ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

    Hi all

    I also have a 2004 2.2 diesel. I have owned the car for 7 years now. not had any major issues except now
    I have a similar problem but different symptoms.

    If i am cruising at low revs and then accelerate quickly i also get a vibration/Juddering from the front left passenger side wheel. The juddering is intermitent and sometime is weak but other times is so bad that the Front passenger seat shakes from the vibration. It is definitely from the front passenger side. i thought it was the tyre originally, so had a new set of tyre put on. This made no difference.

    The car has now done 116K and has been extremely well maintained. I've taken the car to my local mechanic specialist and he cannot find an obvious fault.

    Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated
  7. SpeedyGee Administrator Staff Team

    England Speedy Birmingham
    Did your mechanic check the driveshafts ?
  8. Ifzal Ali Junior Member ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

    To be honest. I don't know
    Took it to him last week. He put it on the ramp and examined it. Drove it and it was fine.

    Will take it back to him this week and make him check drive shaft

    Will keep u posted

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  9. Ifzal Ali Junior Member ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

    Hi All

    Problem solved It was the front O/S drive shaft. bearings had gone. So have ordered new one today and will get it fitted when it arrives

    car should drive as good as new again. It a pity i'm gona have to sell it very soon due to expanding family

    Many thanks SpeedyGee
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  10. Accord_N22 Club Veteran ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

    Glad you got it sorted. @Ifzal Ali. How did your mechanic come to the conclusion it was at the shaft? Did the shaft have a lot of play in it?
    Did you buy OEM or third party drive shafts?
  11. Ifzal Ali Junior Member ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

    My mechanic took the car for a test drive, immediately the car started to judder from the front passenger side. So he put up on the ramp with me in the driver seat. First observation was that the O/S drive shaft had some play in it. then he made me start the car and engage the clutch, scary driving in mid air (only did this since i have known him for 20 years). I don't Know all the technical stuff but he said that the bearings had gone and the rotation rather than being in a circular motion was more an oval motion causing all the vibration/juddering. Simple fix 1 hour job, he did say i could get a second hand part since new ones were expensive.

    Euro carparts were selling the part for approx £140 in branch. Instead I got the part number of them and purchased it of the euro carparts website for £97 plus delivery.

    Honda | Euro Car Parts UK’s No.1 Car Parts Retailer

    I don't think it is OEM but i wasn't to concerned since i was planning on selling and upgrading to an XC90. Will always be fan of Honda and also own a Civic EP3 sport
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  12. Accord_N22 Club Veteran ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

    That's great news on the price of the drive shaft eurocarparts can be handy sometimes. Would be zero postage if you picked it up at a local branch (click and collect)
    Might need to check mine but need to eliminate the balancing of the wheels first before I dive into anything that deep.
    Nice upgrade. CR-V not to your taste?
  13. Ifzal Ali Junior Member ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

    I did try to collect from local branches in Birmingham but they didn't have it in stock

    I ordered it yesterday and it arrived today by ups. That was quick.

    I did look into a CR-V and FR-V but the Volvo had more space all round. Also the Stratstone dealership gave me a good deal on the xc90. I have previously owned a Volvo S60 and again it was a really good car. Had no major issues. The extra space and 7 seats are priceless when you got three young kids

    I was offered £1000 for my Honda accord from the dealers.. they must have thought easy pickings. Its worth at least twice that so I politely declined the offer
  14. Accord_N22 Club Veteran ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

    Nice. Eurocarparts have improved over the years as they used to use HNDL (yodel) couriers and now changed to UPS due to so many complaints.
    The XC90 is a really nice car but don't know much about them. That's an appalling offer from the Honda Dealer. Your better off selling it privately although sometimes its just easier to part exchange
  15. Accord_N22 Club Veteran ★ ★ ★ ★ ★