Owners of the Honda Accords and Crosstour have complained about starter problems.
Plaintiff Joel Merkin alleges 2013-2015 Honda Accord and Crosstour vehicles containing V6 engines are at risk of being stranded on the roads because the starters fail. Merkin says the starter problems begin during or shortly after the expiration of the limited warranty period.
The plaintiff purchased a used 2013 Honda Accord that allegedly experienced starter problems when the car had 40,400 miles on the odometer. At least once or twice a week, the plaintiff’s car would not start and would force him to turn the ignition repeatedly in order to start the engine.
Two months later and with an additional 18,000 miles, the plaintiff claims his Accord would not start five to six times a day.
The Honda dealer allegedly told Merkin his Accord was no longer under warranty and that he would be charged the full price for service and replacement of the defective starter motor, and was charged $200 for a replacement.
In February 2016, Honda issued a technical service bulletin (TSB) to dealers that told about complaints of grinding or spinning noises at startup in the affected vehicles. According to the plaintiff, the TSB “acknowledged that the Class Vehicles were manufactured with ‘not optimal’ clearance between the starter motor and the torque converter ring gear.”
Based on the lawsuit, without proper clearance, these starters experienced premature wear, thereby causing significant damage which required removal and replacement with a new starter with corrected clearance.” See www.carcomplaints.com
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