2003 Honda Accord 4 cylender Valves need to be Adjusted every 15,000 miles?

Discussion in 'Accord' started by Todd Sanderhoff, Sep 12, 2003.

  1. My dealer told me (at my last recall) that @ 15,000 my Valves need to
    be Adj.. and it would cost about $140.00
    does this sound right?
    This is my first Honda and I want to do the right thing.
    Thanks, Todd
    Todd Sanderhoff, Sep 12, 2003
  2. Todd Sanderhoff

    Pete Guest

    Umm.. no. Valves normally do not need to be adjusted, but check your
    owner's manual just to be sure. If there is something wrong with the valves
    that they need to be adjusted, then this should be fixed free of charge to
    you as you're still under warranty I'm presuming.


    Pete, Sep 12, 2003
  3. Todd Sanderhoff

    N.E.Ohio Bob Guest

    Unless you are racing or the valve train is noisy, adjustment of valves
    with solid lifters can wait till 100,000 miles. (in MY OPINION)
    N.E.Ohio Bob, Sep 12, 2003
  4. Todd Sanderhoff

    D. Martin Guest

    I have owned 4 Accords, 2 CRV's, 4 Civis and never did I have to put a
    penny down during the warranty period.

    Adjusting valves at every 15k, dealer is trying every way to make
    money with service.

    Our 1992 civic has 200,000 kilometers nad the valves have never been

    D. Martin, Sep 12, 2003
  5. Todd Sanderhoff

    N.E.Ohio Bob Guest

    My '92 Accord has 215K and I have checked the valve clearances at 100K
    and 200K. They needed no adjustment either time. bob
    N.E.Ohio Bob, Sep 12, 2003
  6. Todd Sanderhoff

    harrison Guest

    The service manual states that valves should be checked at 110,000 miles
    under normal or severe service conditions unless they are noisy. I do not
    have the owner's manual at hand, but I think it is the same. Dealer seems
    to be attempting a revenue enhancement ploy and I would consider his future
    service advice to be suspect. I had similar issues with a Volvo dealer, as
    the service department is usually a cash cow for them. The cost seems about
    right for $70 to $90 per hour labor rate from what I read in the service
    manual, but it probably unecessary.

    Check your manual and have just those items serviced that are in the manual.
    Even under severe conditions, all the maintanence is just inspection and
    fluid changes up to 110,000 miles

    By the way, you do not have to have a delaer service your Accord to keep the
    warrantee in effect; just make sure you follow the manual's requirements and
    keep receipts.

    Dave, '03 Accord 4 manual
    harrison, Sep 13, 2003
  7. Todd Sanderhoff

    Jafir Elkurd Guest

    What did you check them with, a yard stick?
    Jafir Elkurd, Sep 13, 2003
  8. Todd Sanderhoff

    fettucino Guest


    I got 288K on my 91 Civic ; I believe the valves were adjusted at 120K mile
    service (1st time dealer service - I basically changed the fluids until that
    time) and I think around 200K when I changed the 2nd timing belt (w/a local
    Honda Acura shop - not a dealer...some guy who started his own repair shop
    who worked at a local dealership).

    So, NO ABSOLUTELY NO....you don't need valves done at 15K that
    RIDICULOUS...who's this dealer....you need to complain to the local Honda
    fettucino, Sep 13, 2003
  9. Todd Sanderhoff

    fettucino Guest

    oh...that reminds me...i think i'd better change the 3rd timing
    belt....LOL...my 2 teenage daughters drive it now...i think they abuse the
    stereo more than the car...288K miles...WOW..these Civics go for ever..
    fettucino, Sep 13, 2003
  10. Todd Sanderhoff

    TL Guest

    Not called for under the service schedule. This is either 1) a scam to
    get money from you, or 2) a warranty issue that should be covered. I
    suspect the former. But either way, the dealer is not being straight
    with you. I'd look around for another dealer / service option as I'd
    now be suspicious of anything they suggested. (I'd also consider
    reporting this to Honda.)
    TL, Sep 13, 2003
  11. Todd Sanderhoff

    Jafir Elkurd Guest

    I know the newer Hondas specify differently, but up until 94 you were
    supposed to adjust the valves every 15k. That may be a little too often....
    but I have never seen a Honda that I checked the valve lash (properly) that
    didn't have loose intake valves and tight exhaust valves.... so if people
    are saying they have early 90's Honda (or before) that have 200,000 miles on
    them and the valves are magically perfect... they need to learn how to check
    Jafir Elkurd, Sep 13, 2003
  12. I agree with the other posters. Honda should pay for the repair if the
    valves need adjusting since your car is under warranty. If they expect you
    to pay--it seems to me to be an attempt to rip you off. You may want to
    take it to another Honda Dealership and discuss the situation with the
    service manager. He may be able to answer any questions you have and may
    even check your car for free since it's under warranty.
    Bill B. Johnson, Sep 13, 2003
  13. Todd Sanderhoff

    N.E.Ohio Bob Guest

    Think what you like. It's a free country. I've been working on
    automotive and aircraft engines for thirty years. I'm pretty sure I know
    what I'm doing. bob
    N.E.Ohio Bob, Sep 13, 2003
  14. Todd Sanderhoff

    marcel Guest

    i had a rover 620 2.0 16v (= euro accord) running on lpg
    at 220k km it needs a new cylinderhead
    during that periode every 20 k km the valves need checking

    marcel, Sep 16, 2003
  15. unfortunately it was the service manager who told me :-(
    P.S. thanks for everyones input it helped me out alot.
    Todd Sanderhoff, Sep 18, 2003
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