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Honda CR-V Maintenance and Repair

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  • Yes it means change oil soon it's up to you when you want to do this.
  • Definitely torque steer. Notable during highway driving. No snow here in Florida and car runs from the middle lane to extreme right within seconds when accelerating. I've seen another explanation suggesting engine placement and shaft configuration are the culprits for this. I convinced the dealer to take back the vehicle in the first 2 days after purchase. He did not want an hysterical woman in his showroom and I was very close to that point. (LOL)
  • Glad to hear the dealer worked with you. You might want to check out the new Nissan Rogue due to the design it has no PTR issues. I really like mine. IMO its quieter and has more power than a CRV and was a better choice for me than the CRV.
  • My 2007 CR-V didn't hit 15% until almost 12k miles. It was driving me nuts, to wait for the indicator light to come on. They make a big deal about waiting until 15%, especially before the first oil change, due to the factory oil having special additives in it for the break-in period. The maintenance minder takes into account mileage, driving habits, and driving conditions. Wait until you hit 15%. Hang in there!
  • My daughter has a similar brake experience with her 2003 CRV bought new Jan 2003:

    11,200 mi-Jan 05-Rear pads replaced (I attributed this to 2 upstate NY winters and not much driving while she was at college). Noticed lots of rust on rotors, even had them ground clean once by dealer no charge.
    30,000 mi-Dec 06-Front rotors and pads replaced
    35,000 mi-Dec 07-Rear rotors and pads replaced

    I acknowledge my daughter doesn't drive the car much, but she's been in NJ & SE PA since June 06, not snow belt areas.

    This doesn't sound like a brake part lubrication issue. It sounds like a manufacturing defect to me:

    1. I read a couple of other messages on this board mentioning rotor rust "that accumulates when the car sits" and "makes a weird sliding/scraping noise, until the pads clear off the rust". I'm 56 and never heard of this with other cars.
    2. Clearing off the rust seems to accelerate pad wear and leads to rotor replacement.
    3. I have a 2001 Nissan Altima sitting in front of my house most of the time (my son's car), 36,000 mi on it but no rusty rotors, no rotor/pad replacements.
    4. My wife has a 2004 CRV, 38,000 mi on it, but it's been garaged the whole 4 years--no brake work needed yet!

    Sounds like routine outside weather rusts the rotors and wears out the brakes. Sounds like my daughter's in for rotor/pad replacements every 3 years or so even with her low mileage--ridiculous! It's going to be enough to buy a different car next time even though we like almost everything else about the CRV.

    Any other suggestions/helpful comments for my daughter and other brake-suffering CRV owners are welcome!
  • Have them check the differential for contaminated (metal Shavings) quite common to the all wheel drive cr-v.
  • I have a 2004 CRV with 40,000 miles on it. Its needed brake pads every 6000 to 10,000 miles since I've had it. Doesn't matter whether it sits (gets rust) or runs (I use it mostly in the winter). Clear design flaw.

    I'm 60 years old - have probably had 30 cars and never had anything like this. If you know a class action lawyer you can probably make money on this.

    SEF
  • corvo3corvo3 Posts: 3
    Our 2006 CR-V starting making the same "muffled" clunking you describe after about 18 months and 16,000 miles. Went to dealership and they concluded that it is normal and, they claim, is a sound from the pneumatic motor/transmission mounts.

    They said they reproduced the noise in new vehicles. I have never heard of a motor mount like this before! Can anyone verify that this exists?

    Corvo3 (Ken, Arlington, MA)
  • corvo3corvo3 Posts: 3
    Our 2006 CR-V starting making the same "muffled" clunking sound described by another forum member after about 18 months and 16,000 miles. When you first start rolling, within about 100 feet a soft clunk is heard from the front of the car. Seems to go away when the car is fully warmed up.

    Went to dealership and they concluded that it is normal and, they claim, is a sound from the pneumatic motor/transmission mount.

    They said they reproduced the noise in new vehicles. I have never heard of a motor mount like this before! Can anyone verify this?

    Corvo3 (Ken, Arlington, MA)
  • There is no doubt that rust does accumulate on a non driven vehicle. I've heard the sound both on my '97 Accord and on my '04 CRV. Normally it occurs when we hit rainy/wintery periods and the cars have sat for 3 or more days. The first couple of brake applications normally clears that rust and the brakes are quiet.

    I'm really not sure about the rust causing abnormal wear though. My Accord has 150,000 miles and is currently on its second set of brakes. I drive about 50 miles daily on the highway and by anticipating my stops, I get a lot of life out of a set of pads.

    My CRV was bought used with 68,000 miles on it and it is now hitting 93,000 miles. We still are on the same brakes at this point. That car is used for mixed highway and city driving.

    So quick answer is yes I get the noise also but I'm not seeing any abnormal wear. The most either car sits though is about 1 week max. Both are kept outside.

    I'm also assuming that you are using brake pads installed by a Honda dealer.

    Jack
  • I also have the same problems and have run into owners of the same model with the same issue. I am wondering how much this will cost and wheather the problem is an issue with this model and should be a recall.
    dcosley
  • gmoney2gmoney2 Posts: 31
    When I first bought my 2006 CRV SE, I noticed this as well. My clunk sounds like it's coming more from the back of the car, though. I did a little looking into the subject, and was told by several people that it was the anti-lock break system doing a "self check". I believe it occurs once you hit 5-10 mph when you first turn on the engine. I went to the dealership and test drove one of their new CRV's, and I heard it, so I was satisfied with the answer. Whether it's the anti-lock break system or something else, I'm not too concerned about it, as it does seem to be a "normal" noise in CRV's.
  • blueiedgodblueiedgod Posts: 2,797
    I have a 2004 CRV with 40,000 miles on it. Its needed brake pads every 6000 to 10,000 miles since I've had it. Doesn't matter whether it sits (gets rust) or runs (I use it mostly in the winter). Clear design flaw.

    I'm 60 years old - have probably had 30 cars and never had anything like this. If you know a class action lawyer you can probably make money on this.

    SEF


    I know that AutoZone pads are designed to last only 10,000 miles. Most people get at least 30,000 miles out of OEM pads, with majority getting over 60,000 miles out of the original pads on the vehicle.

    Are you sure the mechanic is really honest? Or is he just telling you that you need pads everytime you go in for an oil change?
  • Hi there. We have a 2005 CR-V with 80000+. We just did the tranny change ourself. It cost us about $18.00USD for the honda fluid. Honda Store was going to charge $230.00 plus whatever else they could sock us with. Please note that it HAS to be the Honda Fluid for some reason that I don't remember. You can get it from your dealer or online. The service took us 12 minutes. There is a great video on You Tube to help.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T6kbS5mo4mc

    Good Luck!

    5th Honda and counting
  • AmandaRae1980:
    Thank you for that information and the link to the video. I'm surprised and pleased that the transmission fluid change is so simple. Are you sure there is no filter or screen to clean/replace on the Honda CR-V vehicles, like there was on older vehicles? Based on your experience, I'll certainly plan a DIY for this job.
    Regards,
    Jack
  • For your info: there is really no need to use HONDA fluid, as long as it meets their SPECS. I had my tranny rebuilt on my used 98 CRV and found out the shop used another brand with great success for several years on Honda cars. I called the HONDA Service advisor and he said there was no need to panic if you used another brand but advised to switch to "Honda oil" at the next oil change after 40,000kms. Stating that Honda Canada itself uses Petro Canada A.T. Fluid for all their cars. Ford and Toyota also share the another oil for certain of their models. However, using another Tranny oil might void the warranty! May as well use the Honda oil as it does not cost that much as my dealer quoted me $78 CDN plus tax and disposal fee inclusive of labour, total would come to about $95.00. There is no filter change as it is inside the transmission.
    Clive
  • phisherphisher Posts: 175
    My 06 CRV has been having one problem and I'm not sure what's wrong. When I have been driving my daughter to day-care each day (about 10 miles) when I get her out of the rear passenger side I notice a smell of burning rubber. This has been the only time I notice the smell. It is only on that side not on the drivers side. It seems to be coming from the rear wheel area. Just guessing but maybe a siezed rear brake? I do live in Minnesota so salt is definitely an issue and I do have 26,000 miles on the car. Any ideas? :confuse:
  • It may be related to a similar problem on our '05 CR-V.
    My wife had complained of an order coming from the passanger side rear.
    What I think it may have been was the differentiial fluid which will become contaminated with metal shavings, they have to flush the old fluid out. Just draining and refilling won't work. It is about a three hour process.
    I just asked my wife and she has not noticed the smell since the service on diffwerential, which by the way is a long time problem on Honda all wheel drives.
    I'm hoping someone will start a class action suit because tis can cause serious problems later on that Honda knows about.
  • phisherphisher Posts: 175
    It may be the rear diff. issue but I just had that flushed less than 4,00 miles ago. As far as class action, as long as honda fixes any problems that arise from a defective part I really dont think that would be necessary
  • We just bought a 2004 C-RV and have had it less than a month. When I drive it for any longer than 15 miles it starts to smell of burning rubber towards the back tires. We have no idea what is causing this smell, does anyone have an idea? This is my first Honda, needless to say, pretty disappointing.
  • ibuenoibueno Posts: 1
    I have a 2005 CRV with 23K miles on it. I bought it new in January 2005. A few months ago, we began noticing an intermitent smell when running the A/C.:

    .Settings did not see to matter that much.
    . It does not do it in the mornings.
    . It does it after running the car for a while and then making a stop for about 20 minutes or so, as of when going shopping, to a restaurant, etc.
    . When you start the AC again, it may be a couple of minutes and the smell starts, and stays there for not long, it eventually clears ( time varies, but usually a minute or two).
    . When this fist began, the smell was not too strong, but lately it is so strong, that it actually makes you turn it off, and it is kind of nauseating, like a very sweet/chemical type of smell.

    I've had it to the dealer about 4 times for the same problem. They have not been able to reproduce it, as all they do is let the car run with the A/C on.
    First I was told to replace the A/C filter. I did it myself (and saved a bundle) and of course did not help the problem.
    Then I was told the Engine needed cleaning as they saw/smelled some rat/squirrell dropings. Well, my CRV is garaged at home and at work and my house is about 5 years old and free of mice and that did not make sense, but I wanted the engine clean anyway.
    That did not do it, I took it in again.
    Now they tell me that unless they can reproduce it, they can not fix it. They tell me to bring it in when it is doing it, which is impossible since It goes away after a minute or two. They had the mechanic take it home, but I doubt he drove it the way we normally do (with the few stops to go in and out of places).

    So now the car has gone out of warranty as of a few days ago. Any suggestions?

    Thanks!!! :confuse:
  • Our 02 CR-V has smelled like burning rubber since new. Apparently the "lean burn system" causes the exhaust system to burn extremely hot. There are reports of Honda exhaust pipes glowing red at night on freeways. We have over 140K Km. on ours and other than an annoying smell on arrival at our destination, no burning or exhaust system problems. We have to have our exhaust emissions tested every two years in Ontario Canada and has surpassed all requirements. You might want to have yours tested to ensure there isn't something causing an overheated catalytic converter.
  • user777user777 Posts: 3,341
    are there four identical tires on the vehicle?
  • blueiedgodblueiedgod Posts: 2,797
    My 06 CRV has been having one problem and I'm not sure what's wrong. When I have been driving my daughter to day-care each day (about 10 miles) when I get her out of the rear passenger side I notice a smell of burning rubber. This has been the only time I notice the smell. It is only on that side not on the drivers side. It seems to be coming from the rear wheel area. Just guessing but maybe a siezed rear brake? I do live in Minnesota so salt is definitely an issue and I do have 26,000 miles on the car. Any ideas?

    I get that smell too. Originally I thought it was from the exhaust, as the Civic Si used to smell this way too, and it does not have AWD. But, now, I am not 100% sure.

    The smells seems to go away if I rotate tires more often. The 2/32 difference in thread depth activated AWD unit on the 2005 CR-V. I plan on rotating tires twice as ofen now, at 5,000 miles, and see if the smell comes back.
  • phisherphisher Posts: 175
    Thanks for the follow-up. Always appreciate your expert opinion I'm planning on getting new tires in the next week so I will let you know if that takes care of the smell. :)
  • corvo3corvo3 Posts: 3
    Thanks - the anti-lock braking system was the first thing the manager of the dealership mentioned but they ruled it out. This noise is from the front of the vehicle.

    Our rear differential needed new fluid after about 17K miles, making these gear tooth noises on sharp turns. Did you experience this as well?

    Ken
  • Yes they are, i am also experiencing the rubbing sound that others are experiencing with the rear differential problems. Maybe they are connected?
  • sky23213sky23213 Posts: 296
    The AWD engaged thus the smell makes most sense to me. But I rotate the tires every 6k - 7K (Discount Tire freebie), so I haven't noticed.
    What tires are you getting?
  • user777user777 Posts: 3,341
    i believe the new recommended interval for servicing the rear differential fluid is on the order of 15K miles.
  • chufnchufn Posts: 1
    I just bought a used 2000 Honda CRV. There was something spilled on the back seats.I have tried cleaning them but it keeps seeping back up through the fabric.And it has a bad smell.Well,I thought if I could take out the seat bottom I could maybe clean it better.I am sure it can`t get eny worse.I am not sure how to get the seat out.I pulled of a velcro panel on the bottom of the seat and there are 2 large bolts .If I take out these bolts will I be able to get them back on? Or any other ideas????
    Cindy H.
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