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Honda CR-V Maintenance and Repair



  • crv4mecrv4me Posts: 10
    Great Info! How would one know if the OEM Bridgestone Dueler tires are the affected lot manufactured in England? Can you provide some information at to how to check the manufacturer's markings on the tires to see if they might also be causing some handling issues? Thanks for the post! This may help many of us who have handling issues with the 05's. Honda seems to be pretty guarded regarding these complaints. I opened an issue with American Honda and have not gotten so much as a response. Seeing as the dealerships always start with tire rotations, then alignments, maybe they know something is plaguing the tires. Good you have a quality dealership!
  • mikefm58mikefm58 Posts: 2,882
    First, I never would have taken a car that hadn't been detailed. But it's too late now, so the next best thing I'd do is raise holly h*ll with American Honda. Maybe they can put some pressure on the dealer to take it back.
  • autobumautobum Posts: 11
    The service manager I spoke with said that there is a lot designation code with the letter "S" in it . He also said that only a certain lot or lot(s) were affected and not all the Bridgestone Duelers produced in England are faulty. He further indicated that the only way to really tell whether a particular tire is bad or not is to put it on a special balancing machine that indicates not only balance, but also how true the tire tracks. In addition, he indicated that this needs to be done after the tires have been driven for a while, suggesting some sort of latent behavior relative to the manufacturing defect. Evidently some of these tires were constructed/built incorrectly, and the defect does not produce hop, vibration, or balance issues, but does cause tracking issues at higher speeds (~40 mph and above on my car).

    The tire that they identified as faulty on my car was from the bad lot and also looked bad when they tested it on the machine. This tire was moved around to different wheels and acted poorly in either front position, but did not produce noticeable pull when on the rear. It is now in the spare position waiting for a replacement. Also, all my tires look to be from the suspect lot and need to be checked more thoroughly.

    Perhaps there are other legitimate issues related to PTTR, but I surely hopes this ends up helping at least some of us with this issue.
  • isellhondasisellhondas Issaquah WashingtonPosts: 17,350
    I can't believe any dealer would deliver an undetailed car!! Really??
  • isellhondasisellhondas Issaquah WashingtonPosts: 17,350
    Sorry, but this is not a "design oversight". It was just plain bad luck.

    Stuff happens and that could have happened to any car.

    I wouldn't bother installing a shield either since the chances of this happening agian are miniscule.
  • tntitantntitan Posts: 306
    I have always insisted that if the dealer tried to prep my car that I would not take delivery. Most of them give you beautiful swirl marks when they polish, wax or even wash a car. I inspect my paint more closely than anything on the car. I would just keep the loaner until they fix your paint.
  • shizzleshizzle Posts: 2
    and i'm trying to take out the factory head unit, but i can't figure out how it comes out. Has anyone done it before that can help me out.
  • theracoontheracoon Posts: 666
    The insurance company claims that the owner's manual says that a rear hitch is not allowed to be installed therefore we could not make a claim for them to fix this.

    They have their information wrong (they're lieing!). Honda sells an accessory trailer hitch for the 1st Gen CR-V, so the Owners Manual would not include information saying that trailer hitches weren't allowed.

    Good luck.
  • Hello everyone, I was wondering if anyone has any of the small metal center caps with the Honda "H" on it that fit on the first generation CRV steel wheels. I require 2 of them and Honda wants $45.00Cnd apiece for them here in Calgary, Canada. I thought if anyone had a wreck or upgraded their wheels from the steel ones and no longer required the centre caps I could buy them off you. Thanks
  • kyfdx@Edmundskyfdx@Edmunds Posts: 25,881
    Are you sure that isn't $45C for a set of four? Wow..that seems like a lot..(guess you thought so too).

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  • mikefm58mikefm58 Posts: 2,882
    I just did a quick search on ebay and there's an item of ONE cap for $ 61

    He has all 4 but the bidding is per cap.

    There's another item though with a price of $5.99 61&sspagename=WDVW
  • codestercodester Posts: 9
    I recently replaced the same kinds of caps for a 97 Accord and was quoted a similar price in the U.S.. I went to a local dealer in second hand hubcaps and got it for US $14.00. I've seen second hand hubcap distributors on the web, although I don't remember the names. You may want to Google and give that a try.
  • I have a problem with my 2004 CRV. I've had it now for about 8 months and I do mostly city driving. I'm getting 13-14 MPG which is 40% less than dealer estimate. The dealer has not been any help at all and suggested that I speak with a regional service manager. Is anyone getting comparable mileage?
  • varmintvarmint Posts: 6,326
    Dude! That's the lowest mileage I've ever seen for a CR-V. :lemon:

    What has the dealer done for you so far? My first thought is to check and see if the parking brake isn't partially engaged.
  • I'm getting another brand new CR-V :shades: !!! The dealership agreed to take back the defective paint car and replace it with another!! I get to pick it up on Monday!! Quite frankly, I'm surprised at this.... but happy nonetheless!!

    I'll bet this time it will have a spit shine on it (hopefully not literally!) when I pick it up.... and you can bet it won't leave the lot if it doesn't!!!
  • kyfdx@Edmundskyfdx@Edmunds Posts: 25,881
    Wow... good deal.. I'm stunned..

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  • The dealer told me that if the check engine light isn't on, there's nothing for him to do. He ran an emissions check and said that everything is fine.
  • stevedebistevedebi LAPosts: 3,719
    Are you a "jackrabbit start" person? The CR-V is very sensitive to all city mileage, especially starts and stops. I got 18.5 MPG on one fill up, and have since changed my driving style:

    1. Set tire pressure to 35 PSI.

    2. Accelerate slowly, that is, don't allow the RPMs to exceed 2500; if you back off of the pedal slightly, the car will downshift. Obviously, emergencies and freeway on-ramps are an exception. I find that "really slow" acceleration actually reduces MPG; the "brisk" but not too harsh method has been better for me. Along these lines, I think that the computer on the CR-V "learns" your driving patterns, so you may have to change styles for a while before the car catches on.

    3. I attempt to keep my RPMs at about 1500 -1700 at 35 MPH, which should be quite possible on fairly flat terrain. Amazingly, when I first began watching my RPMs, I discovered that I was using 1900 - 2000 RPMs at 35 MPH, simply because I wasn't being careful and was allowing the RPMs to creep up. So I discovered that it is my choice to go either 1700 (on average) or 1950 RPMs.

    4. If you use the same route every day, see if you can speed up (slightly) or slow down (reasonably) between stop lights, so that you don't have to stop, but rather slow down, at stop lights. The CR-V weighs between 3350 (LX FWD) and 3500 (EX) lbs, and that is a lot of steel and plastic to get moving. If you can get through that light by slowing down rather than stopping, it will really help. I highly recommend using a sensible approach to this idea, and not annoying every other driver on the road. I have found I can manage to be frugal and not obnoxious to others who want to rush ahead so they can stop at that next red light.

    I get about 21.5 - 22 MPG in the city now. Not great, but acceptable for an SUV. BTW, I get 26.5 - 27 MPG at a constant 78 MPH when I am on the freeway during vacations. At high altitudes and speeds of around 65 MPH, I have achieved between 29.5 and 31 MPG. But that occurs very rarely.

    I have a 2003 EX.
  • theracoontheracoon Posts: 666
    I'm getting 13-14 MPG

    How are you measuring and calculating your mileage? Miles driven divided by fuel tank size? Or actual miles driven divided by the actual amount of fuel you put in the tank?

    non-car smiley
  • theracoontheracoon Posts: 666
    the Honda "H" on it that fit on the first generation CRV steel wheels. I require 2 of them and Honda wants $45.00Cnd apiece for them here in Calgary, Canada.

    In the US, the list price for the 1st Gen steel wheel center caps is about US $23.That should be less than $30 Canadian. They're available on the internet for about US $19 + shipping.

    non-car smiley
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