As with any other car manufacturer, Honda encountered several problems with some of its past models, resulting in the need for recall orders, repair updates, and occasional news releases. It is advisable for Honda owners to keep themselves constantly abreast of such updates, even while they may not be experiencing any problem with their cars. Once they learn of any possible manufacturing defect, Honda car owners should immediately act as advised.
Some problems may be simple enough that owners can do the repairs on their own, or with the help of a mechanic. The first order of business, though, is to identify a car’s Vehicle Identification Numbers or VINs. A lot of Honda’s updates are centered on vehicles from a specific production run.
For example, 2001-2002 and 2006-2007 Honda Civics have been known to suffer certain problems in their transmission and engine blocks. Thankfully, they can be fixed rather easily by removing the faulty parts and replacing them with components that have the same VIN. However, the same can’t be said for car models that have standing recall orders, like the 2013 CR-V and Accord.
Even owners of Honda lawnmowers should be aware of these recall information given out by VINs. For example, a number of GX630R engines (with VINs GCBEK-1057259 – GCBEK-1063705) have been recalled in 2012 due to a problem in their ignition coils. The same was also true for some GX660s and GXV690s.