The Honda Accord is one of the most popular mid-size sedans on the road today, known for its reliability and longevity. However, like any vehicle, the Honda Accord can experience issues over time. To address these issues, Honda releases TSBs (Technical Service Bulletins) for its dealerships to help diagnose and fix problems reported by customers. TSBs for the Honda Accord can cover a range of issues, from transmission problems to engine issues and everything in between. In this article, we’ll take a closer look at some of the most common TSBs for the Honda Accord, what they address, and how they can be useful for both Honda dealerships and Honda Accord owners.
What is a Technical Service Bulletin?
A Technical Service Bulletin (TSB) is a communication from an automaker or other manufacturer that provides information and guidance to dealerships and repair shops on how to diagnose and fix a known problem or issue with a particular model or component of a vehicle or other product.
TSBs typically provide more detailed information than a regular owner’s manual or service manual, and may include steps to identify the specific problem, recommended diagnostic and repair procedures, and/or suggested parts to replace or repair. TSBs may also provide information on the frequency and severity of the issue, and whether the manufacturer will cover the cost of repairs, even if the vehicle is out of warranty.
TSBs are often issued in response to common problems reported by customers or discovered during internal testing. They can be useful to technicians and mechanics as a source of information and guidance for repairing and maintaining products and can help ensure that vehicles and other products are operating safely and as intended. However, it’s important to note that TSBs are not the same as recalls, which are issued when a safety defect or noncompliance with federal regulations is found.
Honda Accord Technical Service Bulletin
There are many Technical Service Bulletins (TSBs) that have been issued for various model years of the Honda Accord. Here are a few examples of TSBs for common issues:
- TSB 19-039: This TSB addresses an issue with the fuel injectors on 2018-2019 Honda Accords. The TSB provides guidance on how to diagnose and repair the issue, which can cause misfires or rough idle.
- TSB 16-002: This TSB addresses an issue with the battery sensor on 2013-2015 Honda Accords. The TSB provides guidance on how to diagnose and repair the issue, which can cause the battery to become excessively discharged or the vehicle to stall.
- TSB 12-089: This TSB addresses an issue with the brake pedal feel on 2013 Honda Accords. The TSB provides guidance on how to diagnose and repair the issue, which can cause the brake pedal to feel spongy or soft.
- TSB 07-019: This TSB addresses an issue with the power steering pump on 2003-2007 Honda Accords. The TSB provides guidance on how to diagnose and repair the issue, which can cause a whining noise or difficulty turning the steering wheel.
It’s important to note that not all vehicles may be affected by these TSBs, and there may be additional TSBs for other issues. If you are experiencing an issue with your Honda Accord, it’s a good idea to consult with a dealership or repair shop to determine if there are any TSBs that may apply to your vehicle.
2013 Honda Accord Technical Service Bulletins
Here are a few of the multiple technical service bulletins (TSBs) released for the 2013 Honda Accord:
- TSB 13-066: This TSB addressed an issue where the engine oil may leak from the VTC (Variable Timing Control) actuator and potentially cause a rattling noise. The TSB provided instructions for how to inspect and replace the affected parts.
- TSB 13-078: This TSB addressed a problem where the rear brake pads may make a grinding noise when the brakes are applied. The TSB provided instructions for how to inspect and replace the rear brake pads.
- TSB 13-082: This TSB addressed an issue where the driver’s side seat may rock back and forth during acceleration or braking. The TSB provided instructions for how to adjust the seat frame to address the issue.
It’s important to note that technical service bulletins are not recalls, but rather instructions for dealerships on how to address common issues that have been reported by customers. If you are experiencing a problem with your 2013 Honda Accord, it’s a good idea to consult with your local Honda dealership or a certified mechanic to see if there are any relevant TSBs that may apply to your situation.
The Difference Between a Recall and a Technical Service Bulletin?
While both recalls and Technical Service Bulletins (TSBs) are issued by manufacturers to address potential issues with their products, there are some key differences between the two:
- Safety risk: Recalls are issued when a safety defect or noncompliance with federal regulations is found that could cause injury or death. TSBs, on the other hand, are issued to provide guidance on repairing or maintaining products and typically do not relate to safety concerns.
- Mandatory vs. voluntary: Recalls are mandatory, meaning that manufacturers are required by law to notify and remedy the issue for free to affected customers. TSBs, on the other hand, are voluntary, and it is up to the manufacturer’s discretion whether or not to issue them.
- Cost: In a recall, the manufacturer is responsible for covering the cost of the repairs or replacements necessary to address the safety concern. In the case of TSBs, it is up to the customer or repair shop to decide whether or not to implement the recommended repairs, and the cost of these repairs is typically not covered by the manufacturer.
- Notification: In a recall, manufacturers are required to notify all affected customers of the issue and provide instructions on how to remedy the issue. For TSBs, manufacturers typically only provide guidance to their dealerships and repair shops, and it is up to these parties to share the information with their customers.
In summary, while both recalls and TSBs address potential issues with products, recalls are mandatory and related to safety concerns, while TSBs are voluntary and provide guidance on repairing and maintaining products.
How Do You Check Technical Service Bulletins?
Here are several ways to check for Technical Service Bulletins (TSBs) related to your vehicle or other products:
- Contact the manufacturer: You can contact the manufacturer of your vehicle or product and ask if there are any TSBs related to your specific model and year. The manufacturer may be able to provide you with a list of TSBs or direct you to their online database of TSBs.
- Check online databases: There are several online databases that compile TSBs from various manufacturers, such as the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) website or websites like AllData or AutoZone. You can search for TSBs by entering your vehicle’s make, model, and year, and the system will generate a list of relevant TSBs.
- Check with your dealership or repair shop: Your dealership or repair shop may have access to TSBs related to your specific vehicle or product. They may also be able to check if any TSBs have been issued for a particular issue you are experiencing with your vehicle.
- Use a third-party TSB monitoring service: There are several third-party TSB monitoring services that provide email alerts or other notifications when new TSBs are issued for your vehicle or product. These services typically require a subscription or fee.
Overall, checking for TSBs can help you stay informed of known issues related to your vehicle or product and may provide guidance on how to address these issues.
Who Will Pay For The TSB Related Repairs?
The responsibility for paying for repairs related to Technical Service Bulletins (TSBs) depends on a number of factors, including the specific TSB, the age of the vehicle or product, and the warranty status.
In some cases, TSB-related repairs may be covered under the manufacturer’s warranty or a related extended warranty. If your vehicle or product is still under warranty, it’s worth checking with the manufacturer to see if the repairs are covered.
If your vehicle or product is no longer under warranty, you may be responsible for paying for the repairs. However, some manufacturers may provide “goodwill” assistance to cover some or all of the cost of the repairs, particularly if the issue is widespread or has been identified as a safety concern.
In some cases, TSB-related repairs may be covered by a recall, which is a separate process from a TSB. Recalls are issued when a safety defect or noncompliance with federal safety standards is identified, and the manufacturer is required to provide a remedy for the affected vehicles or products.
If you are experiencing an issue with your vehicle or product that may be related to a TSB, it’s a good idea to consult with a dealership or repair shop to determine the cause of the issue and whether any TSBs or other service information may apply. They can also provide guidance on the cost of repairs and any warranty or goodwill assistance that may be available.
How Do I Know If a TSB Has Been Issued For My Vehicle or Part of It?
To determine if a Technical Service Bulletin (TSB) has been issued for your vehicle or part of it, you can take the following steps:
- Check with your dealership: The first step is to check with your local dealership or repair shop. They should have access to their internal database of TSBs and can search for any that may apply to your specific vehicle or part.
- Check online databases: There are various online databases that compile TSBs from various sources, such as the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) website or websites like AllData or AutoZone. These databases may have information on TSBs that apply to your vehicle or part.
- Contact the manufacturer: You can also contact the manufacturer directly to inquire about any TSBs that may apply to your vehicle or part. They should be able to provide you with information on any TSBs that have been issued and how to address any related issues.
When contacting a dealership, online database, or manufacturer, be sure to have your vehicle or part information available, such as the make, model, and year of the vehicle, or the part number and manufacturer for the part. This will help them to narrow down any relevant TSBs.
It’s important to note that not all vehicles or parts may be affected by TSBs, and there may be additional TSBs that have not yet been issued. If you are experiencing an issue with your vehicle or part, it’s a good idea to consult with a dealership or repair shop to determine if there are any TSBs or other service information that may apply.
Technical Service Bulletins (TSBs) are an important resource for both Honda dealerships and Honda Accord owners. TSBs provide detailed instructions on how to diagnose and fix common issues that can arise with the vehicle, helping dealerships to provide more efficient and effective repairs. For Honda Accord owners, TSBs can be a valuable resource for understanding what issues may arise and how they can be addressed. By staying up to date on TSBs, owners can be proactive in addressing potential issues and maintaining the longevity and reliability of their Honda Accord. Ultimately, TSBs are an important part of Honda’s commitment to customer satisfaction and providing high-quality vehicles that drivers can depend on for years to come.
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Dennis Watkinson is a founder of the Honda Car Review platform. He devoted his whole life to repairing Honda cars. Now Denis shares his experience and knowledge, thanks to which maintenance and use of Honda automobiles can be a pleasure.
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That’s a great article! I was too lazy to read the whole bulletin, but your review is clear and understandable. Thank you!