Having a Honda Accord Vibration Problem? Tires Are Being Blamed….

October 17, 2012
By: LemonLaw

Driving a 2012 Honda Accord?  Chances are you may be dealing with vibration in your steering.  The message boards have been lighting up with distressed drivers complaining of their Honda Accord vibration problems, and we have heard from several people who said it makes steering the vehicle quite problematic.

If your Honda Accord is shaking or vibrating, make sure you get to an authorized Honda dealership as soon as possible to have the service adviser diagnose and address the issue. If necessary, agree to go on a test drive with your adviser and when the car is “fixed,”  make sure you receive a comprehensive repair invoice which states the problem, the mileage, and what was done to fix the problem. Keep these invoices in a safe place. If they claim they cannot fix the problem, make sure they put that in writing as well.

We have seen numerous instances where tires are being balanced, even replaced, but the problem does not seem to go away. If your Honda Accord is back repeatedly for the vibration issue, it is important to look into your Lemon Law rights. Depending on the repairs, you may be entitled to a new car or a complete repurchase and best of all,  the representation is completely cost-free.

Click here if you have any questions pertaining to your Honda Accord vibration issue.  We will get back to you as soon as possible.

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50 Responses to “Having a Honda Accord Vibration Problem? Tires Are Being Blamed….”

  1. #1 Emillio Roberts says:

    I have a 2012 Honda Accord with the vibration problems. The rims and tires have been changed and I have taken it into a Honda dealer at least seven times for the same problem. This car is brand new; just purchased in June 2012 from Ourisman Honda in Bethesda, MD. They were rude and nasty to me and told me never to come back. I have been taking my purchase to another dealer because of their post-sales treatment. As I type, it is at Honda of Bowie and they are taking pictures to send to Honda to see what else they can try!

    • #2 Matt says:


      I have a 2013 V6 with 2,300 miles and notice a vibration too ever since I purchased it. It happens when the engine is in the lower RPMs – 1,700 or less. I think it is because of the Cylinder Deactivation Technology. When cruising along, three of the cylinders shut down to improve fuel economy. Unfortunately, it results in each cylinder being felt as it fires. Having it in the ECON mode makes it worse because the car shifts sooner and spends more time in the low RPMs. It’s annoying, but I’m guessing it’s a design flaw rather than a malfunction.

      • #3 LemonLaw says:

        Matt: A design flaw could be labelled as a malfunction if the issue is affecting the use, value and safety. If you are back to the the shop repeatedly to address it, I recommend looking into your rights. I am not sure where you are writing from, but check this out: https://www.lemonlaw.com/lemon-law-firm.html.

        • #4 charles says:

          I also have a 2013 V-6 with engine vibration. Have been to the dealer once; they rotated and balanced tires. Of course, this made no difference. I wonder what is meant by “affecting…the value” of the vehicle. Actual dollar value if I sell it? Or just the value to me as an owner who expected better? Will give the dealer another try, then meet with an American Honda rep, then..? Have not checked our North Carolina lemon laws yet.

          • #5 wayne colpitts says:

            I have a 2013 Honda accord Exl coupe ,i have vibration in my steeringwheel, also vibration when car is picking up speed,vibrates when car is stopped in drive position.I am not very happy with this car.Had it back to dealer but no fix as of yet.

            • #6 Aj says:

              I have the same problem with my honda accord sport 2013, everytime im at a stoplight i notice a vibration everywhere, i even try putting a water of cup and u can see the water vibrates. Usually when i turn on the AC from my past car it causes the vibration but this car has only 8,000miles and its already shaking. And by the time i step on the gas it stops vibrating. Im thinking about calling the honda but their just gonna make up hella stuff about it

              • #7 tru2flo says:

                I have a 2014 sport accord and i am having engine shaking. I have reported this issue 4x and still getting the run around. Rhey cannot duplicate the engine shake. I have mentioned the car needs to be driven long distances and it acts up. The dealer on drives the car for road test up to 5 miles. If u all have this problem complain to honda corporate and have a case open the more issue the better it will get resolve.

                • #8 LemonLaw says:

                  @tru2flo: I beg to differ. A Honda claim will do nothing. You need to look into a lemon law claim. Read about your state’s lemon laws by visiting https://www.lemonlaw.com/state-lemon-laws/

                  • #9 charles says:

                    I gave up on my Honda V-6 a long time ago, since American Honda was stonewalling me on the issue. The solution: will be taking delivery of a Camry in June. (But lots of money lost on the trade.) The V-6 Camry has none of that cylinder deactivation crap.

                    • #10 Alex Rakhman says:

                      I have Honda crosstour 2013. Started vibrating 2000 miles, that did replace rotors and couldn’t find anything wrong with it then I paid for the balance,did not help. I paid for To install t to install op off the line Michelin tires.it’s good for 10 thousand miles and then it started again. I don’t know what else to do
                      What issue they didn’t fix third try, it’s having a lot of water in the backseat

                      • #11 Karlos says:

                        We bought a 2015 Accord V6 in May 2015. The car vibrates when accelerating from about 1500 rpm. The steering, pedals, and other parts of the interior. It is probably in a higher gear when cruising and it starts vibrating when demand in put on the engine. Real noticable when cruise control is activate. I can really make it vibrate when cruising about 45mph and the car starts to go up shallow incline. I reported it to the Honda dealer and they said it was the engine shifting from 3 cylinders to 6 to meet the demand on the engine. Normal they said. My take is that the transmission should down shift then the cylinders kick in if needed. Does just the opposite. Car has 2400 miles on it and seems to be getting more pronounced. We bought the extended warranty because we tend to keep our cars a long time. We saw the value in it. Glad we did.

                        • #12 michael says:

                          I have a 2008 Honda accord coupe and about 60-70 mph the car vibrates. when I let off the gas yhe vibration stops.i feel that the design of the motor is the problem.I have had the car checked out and the Honda dealer says there is not athing wrong.

                          • #13 Jon says:

                            I have a new 2016 Accord LX 4 cylinder with a 6 speed manual transmission. The steering wheel vibrates more than it should.
                            If I push the clutch in and coast the vibration goes away so the tires are not the problem. It is engine vibration picked up by the steering assembly.

                            I added a strut tower brace from Honda ($36.00), which is stock on the 6 cylinder versions. The added stiffness made a big improvement. The brace is a perfect fit but you will need to drill two holes on each tower. The Strut tower brace also improves handling and overall feel of the car.

                            • #14 Lyn says:


                              • #15 Lyn says:

                                I can’t believe how much this brand new Accord Sport (2016) is vibrating. Hoping Honda addresses and does the right thing. I’m so disappointed and already frustrated with this car that is less than one week old, purchased with only 6miles and it drives like a used junk. SMH

                                • #16 Wes Honn says:

                                  Have 2016 accord touring whole car has shaken 8 times since I bought it last fall first time it was extremely violent at about 45mph others were milder at lower speeds and exit turns Honda says they can do nothing unless it happens when they drive it you never feel safe driving it

                                  • #17 Chris Smith says:

                                    My Crosstour will vibrate excessively around 30-35 mph and at 75mph. Read many blogs. How is Honda getting away with this? Seems like everyone has this same problem with the Crosstour. Is there a class action lawsuit or recall?

                                    • #18 Mariusz Podczerwinski says:

                                      Wow I guess I m not the only one and it’s not my imagination, i purchased my 13 accord sport 6 months agp and from day one I experience vibrations and bad bearing like noises , at first i was told dealer will balance wheels and the problem will go away , now 14k miles later and 3 visits at local Honda dealer ( 3rd time dealer had a car for 10 days , final decision , customer fault- wheels were plastic dipped, wheels balanced everything ok ) ,,, hours later the car was vibrating once again and the noise of bad bearings was quite loud, any ideas or solutions ? Feel sick driving a car that vibrates and makes noises

                                      • #19 wayne says:

                                        I have a 2013 accord touring. I also have a vibration just over 1100/1200 rpm’s. going to dealer in hagerstown. see what they come up with. this car listed for close to 35,000 $ not happy. everyone says honda is great ! B S I knew i should have stayed with Chevy.

                                        • #20 Ryckz says:

                                          I bought a new 2017 honda accord sport special edition and it’s doing the same vibration on the steering wheel gas pedal and passenger seat… it’s going to be my 4th time taking it in to service at the dealer and they still can’t find the problem

                                          • #21 Julie says:

                                            I purchased my 2017 Honda Accord Touring in Dec 2016. I absolutely hate the vibration felt in my car. I’ve had it to a dealership 3 times. I keep getting the same run down. First time they balanced the tires. That didn’t fix it. Second time they told me it the transmission and it’s normal. I hate this. I’ve owned around 10 new cars, and I’ve never had any of them do this. I’m sitting at the dealership right now, so let’s see what they say this time.

                                            • #22 Dru Devore says:

                                              I have a 2016 Accord Touring. I have had the car in multiple times about a vibration and noise (sounds like wheel bearings). The vibration starts around 60 and is worse at around 73 MPH. The dealer has balanced the tires, rotated the tires, replaced the tires (partially at my expense), and aligned the car. They are now telling me it is the low profile tires though I have a problem believing this. They reuse to admit that there is a sound and most of the time they say they don’t feel the vibration. I have had this to 2 different dealers and no resolution to the problem. I now have about 40,000 on the car and it has been happening ever since I drove to work the first time.

                                              • #23 LemonLaw says:

                                                @Dru: I would certainly look into your rights. Please visit https://www.lemonlaw.com/lemon-law-firm.html to find a firm in your state.

                                                • #24 Terri Konitzer says:

                                                  I have 2012 Crosstour with front end vibration between 20 and 40 mph as well as between 70 and 80. Purchased all four new tires, still have vibration. Mechanic check every thing dealing with front end. Could not find any thing wrong. If this is a common issue within the Crosstour, why has there not been a recall for this issue? I do not feel safe driving the car, therefore looking into trading it in. Not Happy!

                                                  • #25 Alison G says:

                                                    I have a 2017 accord ex l. Started noticing vibrating in wheel, seat, and petals at about 10000, about 3 weeks ago.. Engine sounds unusual. So far Honda has told me it is normal. I don’t believe this is normal or acceptable especially in a car less than 6 months old.

                                                    • State: Md
                                                  • #26 LemonLaw says:

                                                    @Alison: We agree and urge you to continue to have it addressed.

                                                    • #27 Jon B says:

                                                      Have a 2016 accord with 4cy and 6 sp manual. Steering wheel picks up vibration from engine. you can also feel it on support structures under the dash board and fire wall. Added Boom Mat noise and vibration isolation material on structures and fire wall, plus leather steering wheel cover, and strut tower brace. Each effort reduced the vibration and now it is acceptable. Still that vibration is totally out of character on such a nice car. I will add additional stiffening structures
                                                      and dampening to see just how good I can make it.

                                                      • State: Ct
                                                    • #28 Lawrence says:

                                                      Bought new 2017 V6 Accord week of Nov 27, 2017. Now has 150 miles on it. Drove off lot, immediately too much vibration. Took it to service following day. They drove it, balanced tires, and told me that might help, but that it drives normally.

                                                      Still vibrates too much. I did not know of this prospective problem until I looked it up on the Internet and saw the many sites and comments.

                                                      • State: California (CA)
                                                    • #29 Dennis Wilt says:

                                                      I Purchased the 2017 Honda accord Touring about seven months ago, and now deal with a vibration and an unusual noise when the car is maintaining speed. It stops when I accelerate or remove my foot from the gas pedal, it only vibrates when you’re slightly pressing on the gas pedal to maintain a driving speed. It’s most noticeable between 20 and 60 MPH, but also detectable at higher speeds. When I took it to the dealership they told me it was “normal operations” and don’t want to do anything to fix the issue. Feeling very frustrated, not sure how to proceed from here. Ugh…

                                                      • State: PA
                                                    • #30 LemonLaw says:

                                                      @Dennis–I would get the car to another dealership and take the adviser for a test drive. Be very specific in terms of when you are experiencing these symptoms. Once you are back to the shop three times, please reach out to us at 800 536 6652.

                                                      • #31 David says:

                                                        Does the Lemon Law apply to lease?
                                                        Just start having the same issue with a 2016 Accord Sport at 58-65 MPH. Very bad vibrations especially in the steering wheel but it felt like the entire car is shaking.

                                                        • State: NY
                                                      • #32 LemonLaw says:

                                                        @David: In NY, leases are included under the New York Lemon Law, but rights can be limited. Please call us at 800 536 6552 or visit https://www.lemonlaw.com/rid.html to let us review your situation and discuss how we can help.

                                                        • #33 Judy says:

                                                          I purchased a brand new 2017 Accord Coupe in May 2017. With 1200 miles on it, I took it to the shop for vibration. They blamed it on a faulty tire and replaced the front left tire. This did resolve the issue. Returned the car to another dealer in early Jan 2018, the first tech who drove it stated it was torque converter shutter from the transmission. He stated on my receipt that Honda was ware of the issue and had no resolution at this time. He was advised by Honda to do a full service on the trans. This didn’t fix the issue either. The next tech at this dealer then said it was the front tires and again this car was placed on two brand new factory tires. Still no resolution. After Honda having my car for almost 2 months, a engineer field tech from Honda Corp assessed my car and determined it was the transmission and torque converter. They replace both systems in my car. After all of this time and all the unnecessary trips back and forth, making a car payment on a car that had issues, it still vibrates severely from 40-60 mph and at its worst around 85 mph. It idles so hard in and out of gear that things in the dash make noise. Come on Honda, just admit it..

                                                          • State: MD
                                                        • #34 LemonLaw says:

                                                          @Judy–Reach out to us and share your issue at https://www.lemonlaw.com/rid.html

                                                          • #35 Simon Ashkar says:

                                                            2011 Honda Accord 106,000 miles vibrations when I step on the gas and bad vibrations mainly accelerating at 60-70 after it goes smooth I don’t know what to do I tried to balance my wheels and still didn’t go away ??

                                                            • State: CA
                                                          • #36 JM says:

                                                            2017 Honda Accord V6 Touring – Brand New and Leased 36 mo with Honda Financial in December 2016

                                                            Honda Service Summary
                                                            Bradenton, Florida:

                                                            Oil Change 4k miles Multi Point Inspection

                                                            Oil Change 7.3K miles
                                                            Multi Point Inspection
                                                            Tires Rotated

                                                            Oil Change 10.7 Miles
                                                            Multi Point Inspection

                                                            Oil Change 14.9 Miles
                                                            Multi Point Inspection
                                                            Whooping Noise reported
                                                            Tires Rotated
                                                            Left Front LED Headlight Assembly is out – Part Ordered

                                                            Headlight LED Repaired
                                                            Reported Noise from Tires again – Service stated Front Tires are chopped on edges. Alignment Checked – Ok
                                                            Multi Point Inspection

                                                            9/6/2017 16.7k miles
                                                            4 Michelin Tires replaced by Michelin.
                                                            Charged to me for mount, balance and 4 wheel alignment. $165.00

                                                            10/4/2017 18.2 miles
                                                            Oil Change
                                                            Multi Point Inspection

                                                            12/9/2017 22.5 miles
                                                            Oil Change
                                                            Multi Point Inspection
                                                            Tire Rotation
                                                            Front Passenger LED light assembly out- part ordered

                                                            2/17/2018 26.3K Miles
                                                            Oil Change
                                                            Cabin & Air Filters Install

                                                            4/18/2018 – 30.3K miles
                                                            Oil Change
                                                            Multi Point Inspection
                                                            Tire Rotation

                                                            5/15/2018 – 32.5k miles
                                                            Tire Noise
                                                            Rear Tires Heel Toe Block Wear…Sawtoothed
                                                            Cross Rotated Tires

                                                            6/8/2017 33.4k
                                                            2 Tires replaced by Michelin and Michelin stated it would be their last good will gesture.
                                                            Noted it could be mechanical.
                                                            Dealer check Chasis and reported ok??? The dealers service manager stated that they do not have the equipment to check chassis and frame and that I would have to endure the expense. Really?
                                                            paid $109.00 for alignment.

                                                            6/8/2018 – 33.4k miles
                                                            Ordered Flat Bed
                                                            Picked up car from dealership and sent to Honda authorized collision center. $75.00

                                                            Authorized Collison Center inspected Frame, Subframe and chassis checked & measured. Inspection Failed! Measurement outside of manufactures allowance.
                                                            Charged $200.00

                                                            MOTOR VEHICLE DEFECT NOTIFICATION MAILED EXPRESS Signature required.

                                                            American Honda Motor Corp Recieved & Signed for this Defect Notice.

                                                            6/16/2018 33.8K miles
                                                            Car would not start in garage. Roadside assistance called and they Charged Battery.
                                                            Traveled 1 mile on my 15 mile journey back to the dealership and as car attempted to go into 2nd gear, my car severly jolted forward as if someone hit me hard in the rear yet no drivers present. Traveled another mile to a stop light and when I proceeded with forward motion again…the car jolted and I heard a loud pop in the front end. I nearly hit the car in front of me. Managed to roll into Kaufman Tire Center where Roadside assistance was once again called to Flat Bed the Vehicle back to Dealership.

                                                            Kaufmann Tire reported upon transmission dip stick check 0 transmission fluid.

                                                            Stay tuned as I have been summoned by the dealership to come and take a test drive at 730am on 6/18/2018 with Shop Foreman.
                                                            I will bring my helmet as they are now jeopardizing my safety and compromising their so called superior customer service as I have no other means of transportation.


                                                            • State: Florida
                                                          • #37 Nazih says:

                                                            I bought a brand new Honda Accord and the car vibrates at very low rpms & when idle. I can feel the annoying vibration. I went to the dealer and they removed the engine mounts to check the rubber condition (rubber was still new). At the end of the day, everyone felt the vibration, but I left with a message, “nothing is abnormal.” Really, I regret spending the money on Honda

                                                            • State: Kuwait
                                                          • #38 Miguel Lopez says:

                                                            Just bought a 2011 used Honda Accord from a friend. Never drove it until deal was made. Car vibrates while stopped in Drive, really annoying. For now I put the car in neutral and vibration gone. So it must be a transmission problem. Friend is overseas for a while. I’ll see what he says.

                                                            • State: FL
                                                          • #39 Asif says:

                                                            I’m curious if anyone else has experienced what we are experiencing with our brand Honda Accord 2015 EXL with NAV.

                                                            At idle and in drive gear the car had moderate vibrations that can be felt in the steering wheel, seat, etc. In fact I can feel vibrations in the small of my back. It feels like I am getting a high vibration massage on my kidneys.

                                                            I took the car into the dealership and they had tech plus my service advisor go through everything. The finding is that they felt what I felt, but found it on other Accord’s on the lot. .

                                                            Appears that another Honda model has a vibration problem (CRV). Honda is aware of it and investigating the CRV issue. But until there are enough complaints, Honda won’t be looking into the my complaint for the Accord.

                                                            My issue is this – if I spend $30K on a full loaded car, I expect it to be smooth as butter.

                                                            Question – anyone else noticed any moderate vibrations on their 2015 Accords?


                                                            • State: GA
                                                          • #40 Glenda Jackson says:

                                                            I have been having this problem for a year. Having tires balanced every two weeks is not helpful at all. I’m taking the car to Honda right now again to check the breaking system and check
                                                            The alignment. I know they will try to sell me something.

                                                            • State: GA
                                                          • #41 Jon Beder says:

                                                            MNy 2016 Accord with 6 speed manual has had a high frequency buzz vibration in the steering wheel almost from the day I purchased it. I also added a leather steering wheel which helped and some lead weights to the dash structure near the steering column and that too improved things. Still it was anoying and lived with it. Last summer the vibration increased , and the front began clunking loudly when turing a corner. Suspecting something serious frame related.
                                                            (18,000 miles on car) , I took it to the dealer and the lower, front sub frame had broken. (employs a new aluminum and steel structure that separated.) That shoul absolutely never happen and can have catastrophic results.

                                                            The dealer was absolutely wonderful , and Honda jumped into the repair covering all costs. The Accord is a much better car now then when I bought it, and they spent 3 weeks restoring the car. Still,, Front Sub frames should never fail, could have caused a massive crash, and I am constantly on alert for any indiction of other major

                                                            • State: ct
                                                          • #42 Dan says:

                                                            My 2012, accord shakes at 55 and gets worse the faster I go I’ve chec ked everything and can not seem to figure it out any suggestions, checked tie rod bearings ball joints axles still nothing

                                                            • State: Ri
                                                          • #43 Robert says:

                                                            $550 on tires another $109 on diagnosis and problem still persist for my 2013, V6 Honda Accord Coupe. I thought about keeping the car and have it looked at, but after reviewing each of the statements I will sell it and get something else. No more Hondas for this guy. It is a shame since I have had Hondas my entire teenage and adult life.

                                                            • State: VA
                                                          • #44 Kathy says:

                                                            My 2012 Crosstour shakes between 38-40 mph and again around 80mph. Replaced two tires a few months ago. Yesterday, I got new rear brakes and calipers, as well as balance and alignment. My technician told me he has gotten bulletins from Honda about the same problem. I have always loved this car until now…has anyone heard of Honda making this right?

                                                            • State: VA
                                                          • #45 allen says:

                                                            2017 honda accord sport 6 speed manual car shakes badly when going into 6th gear. just got new tires. car was shaking before i got the new tires.

                                                            • State: ca
                                                          • #46 mustafa says:

                                                            got a 2012 crosstour vibrates bad at 70-80 mph, spend 2500$ with dealer , nothing, replaced timing belt and all components ,new tires and brakes , then they told me transmission torqe convertor so just changed it and still the same piece of shit ,now I’m around $7000 total spent in it and , I’m done ,would not look another honda again even if its free

                                                            • State: oklahoma
                                                          • #47 Jon says:

                                                            My 2012 Accord shudders when go uphill or accelerating at low speed and about 55-65. Balanced the tires, and the problem still persist.

                                                            • State: Pennsylvania
                                                          • #48 Shornique Roker says:

                                                            Purchased my 2010 Honda accord V6 in April 2021 from the Lexus dealership I am so upset with this purchase I am the second owner and from the day I purchased it it has been shaking and vibrating, I spent so much money trying to fix the problem just recently I did my valve cover gasket & Motor mounts, Spark plugs nothing has helped it’s crazy how there hasn’t been any recalls and Honda has not addressed this in all of their cars this is not normal why I should be able to drive like this.

                                                            • State: Florida
                                                          • #49 Sri B says:

                                                            I just bought new 2022 Honda accord sport. It wobbles on highway (litte rough highway) but should not. I drove other cars on the same highway and they were as smooth as they should. Called Honda company and they refuesed to address the issue. The service advisor t Honda refused to drive on the hhighway I told him to drive and now I am stuck with bad Honda.

                                                            • State: MI
                                                          • #50 LemonLaw says:

                                                            @Sri: Contact Honda corporate and request a Honda field tech meet with you to drive the car.

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