Is there any new info on the so-called "defective" OEM aluminum step bars ? There were a few posts a while back on this issue.
Tony, which Honda units have you decided to install? You do know that they come in various finishes?Toobuku said:I want to thank all those who informed and inquired if I had replaced or reported my defective OEM side steps to Honda. I mentioned it to the service manager at Long Beach Honda. He came out to inspect it and ordered the replacement right then and there. They also snaped off one of my lugs during the tire rotation that they are also going to replace all under warranty.
The service manager may have reordered the same type, he did not ask me for my choice. I happen to like the original one, but if that is no longer an option, I will have to go with the chrome.Andy-Montreal said:Tony, which Honda units have you decided to install? You do know that they come in various finishes?
Roger that Andy, thanks!I believe that the service manager is either mistaken or he has a brand new set of "old stock" aluminum steps that he wants to unload on you.
I recommend that you check with another dealer or better yet, call Honda of America's customer support line and inquire yourself before committing to installing the same steps.
Honda has initiated a voluntary replacement of this model side steps due to premature delamination and corrosion and will replace them free of charge. Should the dealer insist on installing the same model as before, have him mark on the work order/invoice that the new units are also covered against delamination and corrosion; should this problem ever re-occur. Good luck!
N.B. Another reason for Honda's pulling this model off their shelves was a particular noise that developed when the RL was equipped with these units and was driven thru heavy rain or water. It had something to do with the hollow void design and the way the water was channeled thru them.
Two major dealer complaints against the early model side steps were 1) delamination and 2)noise. I agree that the flaking paint may have been a more important issue as compared to noise but both were definitely a reported problem to Honda by their dealers.Side step noise never had anything to do with the stop-sale of the original side steps, it was solely an issue of the paint flaking off. They were supposed to have been reissued in the origianal silver and a black paint finish by now, it sounds like they never were able to fix the peeling paint problem.
I will post some pictures of where the defect is occuring on my side steps. I too like the originals but since they are not supply them anymore, I'll take the chrome ones!Does anyone have this "voluntary recall" on paper? I have noticed a large build up of road salt on the forward facing side of the mounting brackets.
Is this where the de-lamination occurs? can anyone post a pic of where the damage is?
I too would opt for the chrome version instead of the silver colored version...
Thanks for the help!