I keep hearing screeching and rubbing noises every time I use the brakes on my Honda Crosstour. Sometimes, I also feel vibration in the pedal and I have to press down farther to completely stop my car. What should I do?
Screeching and rubbing noises are often associated with worn-out brake pads and shoes. You should replace your brake pads right away before they affect other brake parts and lead to costly repairs. Aside from the worn pads, the feeling of vibration on your pedal is also alarming, especially if you have to exert more effort in pressing it down to activate the brakes because it signals that your brakes are about to give out. You should take your vehicle to an auto shop as soon as possible to get professionals to check and repair your car. If you own a 2012 Honda Crosstour, you would have to do this right away because this model is notorious for premature brake wear.
I bought a second-hand 2015 Honda Crosstour, and I am worried that it might be included in the vehicles with side airbag problems. I only found out about last year's recall just now, and I could no longer find the first owner of this car so I could ask. Is there a way to check if my side airbags are working properly?
Unfortunately, Honda car owners like you are at the mercy of the automaker and NHTSA when it comes to checking airbag function—you can only rely on their list of vehicles and announcement. There is no other way to find out if your side airbags are in proper working condition unless you ask the auto manufacturer directly. You would need to get your vehicle identification number (VIN) and forward it to Honda to verify if your vehicle is among those recalled and if the airbags have been replaced. The Honda recall numbers are JN0, JN1, and JN3.
The ABS and brake signs suddenly lit up on the dashboard of the Honda Crosstour I just bought, but I have just recently changed the brake pads and refilled the hydraulic fluid in the reservoir. Did I miss something? How do I turn it off permanently?
You need to conduct a diagnostic test to find out which part is triggering the ABS and brake signs using a scan tool. Check the ABS controller and locate the trouble code that's causing the issue. If you are unsure of what to do, you might be better off taking the vehicle to the auto shop to get your vehicle scanned. It might set you back by $80 to $100, but at least you are sure that your car is being fixed by professionals.
Another option would be to grab the service manual, let it direct you in navigating your brake system, and conduct an inspection. A possible culprit is a broken fluid level sensor; it might be unable to read the right fluid levels, triggering the ABS and brake light in the process.