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4.6

definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
23,068 miles

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2009 Honda Civic suspension problems

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2009 Honda Civic Owner Comments

problem #8

Aug 032011

Civic 4-cyl

  • 32,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

I own a 2009 Honda Civic LX-S. it now has 32,000 miles on it and the rear tires are completely bald. I did some online research and found this seems to be a common problem with Honda Civic's. Honda has a tsb about the problem but they refuse to fix the problem. The tsb says there is a problem with the rear control arms and that is what causes the excessive wear on the tires. I contacted a couple of dealers about getting my car fixed under warranty and they give you the run around and don't want to do what the tsb says they need to do. If there are this many people with the same excessive tire wear then they should issue a recall and fix the problem before a tire blows and causes a wreck and someone gets hurt. I even noticed that there is a class action lawsuit to try and force Honda do what is right and have a recall and fix the control arms.

- Willisville, IL, USA

problem #7

Jul 012011

Civic 4-cyl

  • 38,000 miles
Bought 2009 Honda Civic late Nov of 2010. Vehicle had aprox 28000 when purchased. Dealer installed 4 new tires (balanced) and wheel alignment. Rotated tires every 5000 miles. Owner started noticing uneven (cupping) of both rear tire aprox 10K after purchasing vehicle (vehicle mileage aprox 38000. Kept driving vehicle for an additional 5K miles, noticed 2 rear tires were balding. Took vehicle to auto shop, was informed struts and shocks were in good condition. Alignment not the problem either. Read so many blogs online about 2009 Honda Civic problem with upper control arm. By dealer not recalling upper control arm (causing abnormal tire wear on the rear of vehicle), it can cause many consumers(drivers) on the highway to be driving at risk because cupped tires or bald tires is very unsafe for any vehicle. It does not make sense for a semi-new vehicle to be cupping tires only after 15K miles of use.

- Birmingham, AL, USA

problem #6

Feb 282011

Civic 4-cyl

  • 22,500 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Honda Civic. The contact stated that the rear suspension failed and was causing both rear tires to wear prematurely. There were several bumps found in various locations of the tires. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who advised that the tires would need rotating every two to three thousands miles. They offered no other assistance to repair the suspension of the vehicle. The manufacturer was not contacted and the vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 22,500. Updated 8/29/11 the consumer stated the tires developed flat spots. The consumer has since traded the vehicle. Updated 09/21/11

- Lorain, OH, USA

problem #5

Dec 182009

Civic 4-cyl

  • 22,526 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Purchased car Dec 18/2009 upon driving it home noticed that there was a vibration. Did not think too much about it as there was alot of snow, assumed that there was snow in the rims, drove the car very little at first. Busy life continued to drive in the spring assuming that maybe the vibration was due to the mud on the country roads. June 10/10. Had the wheels balanced at 5505 km because of the vibration. At 9842 km had oil changed note says tires do not need rotation front @ 8.5/32 and back at 8/32. At 22,526 km front 2 and left rear tires all at 7/32 but rr rear tire at 5/32 premature wear, was told that problem due to mud impacted in tire. Replaced rr rear tire with used one, date June 25/10. Odometer now reads 32,606 and it is Sept 15/10- time for winter tires. Replace summer tires for winter ones. Keep summer tires for 2011 summer. Drive approx. 10,000 km and take to tire shop for rotation only to be told does not need rotation. Bring back car at 52,547 km for rotation only to find out rr rear tire has a flat spot. Took to Honda who told us that the tire needed replacement and they checked the rear and front suspension., adjusting the rear suspension to the max. At the same timethey mentioned that the front and rear rotors needed machining- premature wear on these as well. They said that they could tear the right rear suspension apart but that would take awhile, I said go ahead. They then decided not to do it. So we took the car home after the alignment and told the tire shop that they needed to provide us with a new tire. The tire shop manager was very, very angry. He prorated the old tire and we had to paid for the used portion. Drove the car just under 10,000 km with new tire, so no wear to report at that time, odometer now 61915. Changed over new tires to original summer ones. Odometer now apprx. 64,000km, right rear tire upped and inside worn. Currently trying to get in contact with Honda dealership once again.....

- Jarvie, 00, USA

problem #4

May 242011

Civic 4-cyl

  • 20,458 miles
Premature wear of rear tires. Rotated ties after 20K miles and noted significant road noise coming from the tires now mounted in the front. Dealer indicated the cause was irregular tire wear caused ┐cupping┐ of the tires when they were mounted in the back. I experienced even worse tire wear with my 2006 Honda Civic. Honda issued a tsb to repair the rear upper control arms in that model. I would have thought Honda engineers would have rectified this problem in newer models but the problem still persists. This car still "eats" tires.

- Warner Robins, GA, USA

problem #3

Dec 102008

Civic

  • 20,560 miles
On my 2009 Honda Civic that is only five months old right around 20,000 miles I noticed a vibration in the rear end. This vibration got worse quickly. At 20,560 I had the tires looked at and both tires have good tread left but have excessive cupping in a diagonal pattern the same as the 06/07 tsb. I took the car to the dealer I bought the car from. The service dept stated that there was no tsb or recall and that they could check the alignment but it was out of warranty at 12,000 miles (meaning I would be charged) and even though Honda sold me the car with these tires on it they did not produce the tires and they were not covered under any warranty. NHTSA needs to assist consumers by looking into this (numerous posting on other internet sites) before owners ignore this problem and someone is killed by the tire failure due to a problem in the rear end.

- Cabot, AR, USA

problem #2

Nov 092009

Civic

  • 25,000 miles
2008 Civic coupe LX with Bridgestone el 400 tires began shaking and vibrating at 13,000 miles. Regular maintenance and tire rotations are on record, yet zimmerman Honda in rock island, il claims that the uneven tire wear and subsequent second set of tires to be replaced are my fault and will be at my expense. I did a little research and discovered that the '06 and '07 Civics have a service bulletin for the "C" arm leading to uneven tire wear. Obviously the problem was never fixed during the assembly for the newer models of Honda Civics. Car is now at 27,000 miles, needing new tire again!!!!! cost so far is $600 and I am very unhappy with Honda and its dealers. I feel as if I am getting the runaround and am made to feel as if their manufacturers defects are my fault. If the problem is not resolved I will take my business (8 cars my family has purchased from Honda since 2000 and 27 recommendations since 2002) somewhere else. Very disappointed with Honda! I guess someone will have to die before they admit any guilt in this.

- Sherrard, IL, USA

problem #1

Jan 012009

Civic

  • 3,500 miles
Front wheel areas making creeking sound as if there is a bad ball joint or bushing. The car is only 4000 miles on it. It's a 2009 Civic coupe LX. Sound is getting worse. I am starting it hear it from the back side as well time to time. It's been going on for almost a month now.

- Fresh Meadows, NY, USA

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