Common Honda Fit Problems: 2nd Gen – 2009 to 2013

Common Honda Fit problems owners experience with the 2nd generation include spark plug failure, a defective tailgate handle, and axles breaking. Our experts review the symptoms, causes, and fixes for the top 5 issues owners have run into with the 2009 to 2013 Honda Fit.

Common 2009 to 2013 Honda Fit Problems: 2nd Generation

1A Auto mechanic reviewing common 2009 to 2013 2nd Gen Honda Fit problems

1. Stuck Fuel Filler Door

Symptoms of a Stuck Fuel Filler Door

Causes of a Stuck Fuel Filler Door

Fuel filler door pusher on 2009 to 2013 Honda Fit

The fuel filler door pusher is designed to open and close the fuel door when pressure is applied, but sometimes it breaks.

How to Fix a Jammed Fuel Filler Door

If the filler door is stuck shut, grab underneath the door to open it. You might be able to open it with a key or penny. This is not a long term solution, and doing so can scuff the paint. There is a revised pusher by Honda that’s available.

2. O2 Sensor/Air Fuel Ratio Sensor

Symptoms of a O2 Sensor/Air Fuel Ratio Sensor

  • Check engine light for code P0172

Causes of a O2 Sensor/Air Fuel Ratio Sensor

A check engine light with this code usually means there is a problem with the O2 sensor but it could also mean there is a vacuum leak.

How to Fix a O2 Sensor/Air Fuel Ratio Sensor

There is an O2 sensor right behind the intake on the backside. Before replacing the O2 sensor, check the seals after the MAF sensor for damage like tearing that may have caused a vacuum leak.

3. Spark Plug Failure

Symptoms of Spark Plug Failure

  • Check engine light flashing and reads for codes P0300 – P0304

Causes of Spark Plug Failure

Spark plugs can loosen out of the cylinder head on the 2009 to 2013 Honda Fit

How to Fix Spark Plug Failure

You will have to remove the intake to access the ignition coils. Then you can see if any spark plugs are loose. New plugs might fix this problem, but if there’s enough damage to the head that prevents the spark plugs from tightening properly, the head will also need to be replaced. There is a service bulletin for this problem, and if doing this repair yourself, you can call a Honda dealership and ask for the exact torque specs.

4. Passenger Side Front Axle

Axle on a 2009 to 2013 2nd Gen Honda Fit

Symptoms of a Passenger Side Front Axle

  • A broken or snapped axle

Causes of a Passenger Side Front Axle

The damper on the axle can collect moisture, and this can snap the axle. The protective coating can also wear it away break the axle.

How to Fix a Passenger Side Front Axle

For axles with a damper, see if there is a recall. If there isn’t one, replace the axle.

5. Broken Liftgate Handle

Symptoms of a Broken Liftgate Handle

  • Liftgate won’t open from the handle

Causes of a Broken Liftgate Handle

Moisture can rust the handle on the 09 to 13 Honda Fit and prevent it from moving or opening the liftgate.

How to Fix a Broken Liftgate Handle

1A Auto mechanic opening a 2009 to 2013 2nd Gen Honda Fit from the liftgate handle latch after it wouldn't open the hatch with a screwdriver by removing the access door from the liftgate panel

Replace the liftgate handle. Remove the liftgate panel to access the handle. You can remove the handle cover from inside and release the latch with a screwdriver as a failsafe to open the hatch, but this is not a long term solution.

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