Accord - 2004 check engine, (!)& VSA turns on the loss of power
My 2004 Accord Euro 2.4L Auto has only done 17,000Km since it was bought new. Two weeks ago while driving, the car jerked and lost all acceraltion. When I looked at the display, the check engine light, VSA and (!) were lit up. I stopped the car, turned it off then back on, the lights went off and car drove normalfor 2 mins then same problem occured. I will appreciate if anyone can help me figure out what wrong with my accord. Its been barely used and I cant believe this sort of problem has occured.
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The exact same thing just happened to me yesterday on a seven hour road trip from Atlanta. I have a manual V6 Ex four door, and I had to turn the car off and back on and allow the car to start with momentum while still driving for over three hours just to keep from have to rent a car and avoid a tow.
I have 58,000 miles on my 2006 accord, and I feel that I really got bit with purchasing this car. I almost got screwed with the third gear blow-out situation that Honda hid from buyers, but I caught mines while under warranty; still, I'm holding it against them with the next car purchase.
This was suppose to be my traveling car when I retired, and I keep a second car to "save" this car from city driving, and it is primarily used for these kinds of road trips of night driving through the mountains in the middle of the night.
I've had three Honda in a row with no issues at all, but luckily, I'm a fair weather fan, and I'll stick with a brand whether they "win or win"... and Honda isn't winning in my book, so I'm abandoning them whether it is covered under warranty or not.
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You need to have the vehicle scanned for fault codes and then the causes of those codes diagnosed.
You will need to have this car checked out by a professional with the right diagnostic equipment for Hondas. The Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA)***, brake and ABS warnings may just be due to a failed sensor or sensors but you need to have a proper diagnosis carried out so the causes can be identified and any failed parts replaced.
The flashing D light relates to the auto transmission and may well be a caused by a faulty sensor on the transmission or something else. The correct scanner should throw up any fault codes being generated. In the meantime if your Accord model has the engine bay filler tube and diptstick for the auto transmission , check your fluid level in the auto transmission.
I found this online. replacing the EGR valve would be a good thing to check as a VSA repair would be really expensive, it doesn't make sense that these should go bad, and it does not seem like it is something you can do yourself.
answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=2009040118264G 'This is going to sound funny, but your problem is not with the VSA. Here's what the dealer is missing in their diagnosis.
the way the Vehicle Stability Assist system works is that when a loss of traction is sensed (when one wheel is spinning faster than the other) then the control for the VSA starts to cut out engine cylinders to reduce the power to the wheel until traction is restored. When the control unit enables the VSA the exclamation point icon comes on and it will stay on until the engine is turned off.
Now for the twist--when the engine has a misfire that causes the engine to lose power then the VSA system "thinks" power is being reduced to restore traction and it puts the exclamation point icon on. So in essence, the VSA is being fooled into thinking that the system is enabled when in reality the problem is one of a reduction of engine power.
I have seen this numerous times on the Accords and Pilots. Almost always the problem is with the EGR valve. That doesn't mean that it is in your case, but my experience is that it usually is. Couple that with the history of EGR valve problems on the Honda V-6 and the the odds are strong that's what your problem is. However, anything that could cause a loss of power or misfire in an engine, such as an ignition coil breaking down or bad fuel could cause this problem.
In most States the things that can cause this problem are covered under a 3 year 50000 mile emissions warranty. I'd ask the dealer to do the diagnosis for an engine misfire and see where that goes.'
check around the area of repair for loose ,damaged or disconnected wires or connections-especially the abs system if looks good than either bring back to mech and advise of trouble light on after repair or get scanned somewhere else most auto stores[ such as auto zone/advanced auto check ur local area] scan for free- the trouble code will give u a start point towards correcting ur problem
It's for the 'vehicle stability assist' system.(aka electronic stability control) This lights up if you have turned the vsa system off. If it flashes, it means the system is on and operating to help control the stability of your car (making adjustments in engine and braking). If it comes on w/ VSA indicator light at the same time, it indicates you have a problem w/ the system. Sorry u didn't get the manual, it's amazing how many people throw them out! countrycurt0