Say it ain’t so…the Accord is squealing again

I just recently posted a 6-month update about my experience so far with my 2013 Honda Accord.

Well, I’m disappointed to say that within this past week, the high pitched squealing/grinding when turning has come back with a vengeance.

After perusing the forums, it looks like there has been an update to the original tech service bulletin 12-081 regarding the issue with the brake pad retainer clips. According to the updated TSB, it looks like Honda may now be replacing defective brake pad retainer clips with a newer part number. Hopefully this will put an end to this problem once and for all.

In addition to the squealing, I’m also noticing a low speed jerkiness during acceleration which has been occurring more frequently. It usually seems to happen when the engine is cold, but that’s not always the case. It happened this past week a couple of times trying to accelerate from probably 5 mph going uphill. Really hoping this isn’t a major CVT issue, as I was a bit apprehensive about buying the Accord with the CVT in the first place.


  1. I have this exact same problem, first time at around 2K milage. It was fixed after I took the car to the dealership. 7 months later now it happens again. The squeaking noise is so annoying I now regret buying the 2013 Accord in the first place. Will bring the car back to the dealership and hope it can be fixed for good.

    Please do update us the status of yours as well 😉



    1. Hi Jacky, it has indeed been a few months since I last posted an update, I’ll post another very soon. As for the brake squealing issue, I haven’t had a problem since the last post. I did find an updated tech service bulletin (TSB 12-081) dated April 30, 2013 (I’ll post that as well), the update included replacing the brake retainer clips. I don’t believe the initial TSB included replacing the brake retainer clips, it was simply a fix of moving the retainer clips back into place and applying some grease.



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