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Honda CR-V Maintenance and Repair

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  • marksjmarksj Posts: 11
    We just got an 06 so it looks like a timing chain right? When is it required for service? thanks
  • This information should be located in your OWNER'S MANUAL. That is the little book that comes with the car. It is probably in your glove compartment :-) Check it out!
  • mikefm58mikefm58 Posts: 2,882
    " This information should be located in your OWNER'S MANUAL"

    *Gasp* Do you mean read the owner's manual? No one does that, it's much easier to just ask the question on one of Edmunds fora.

    (I'm just kidding).
  • marksjmarksj Posts: 11
    Wow what a remarkable idea! After reading the manual thouroghly before posting I see nothing about a timing belt or timing chain replacement. That is why I posted on the board. Perhaps someone with a better answer than "read the owners manual" will enlighten me on this subject.I hope most members aren't so quick to post cynical replys but just a helpful yes at such and such a mileage belt should be replaced.After going thro old posts it looked like earlier CR-V,s needed the differential fluid replaced at a much sooner mileage than the OWNERS manual stated. Thanks for any help on this subject.
  • blueiedgodblueiedgod Posts: 2,803
    Wow what a remarkable idea! After reading the manual thouroghly before posting I see nothing about a timing belt or timing chain replacement. That is why I posted on the board. Perhaps someone with a better answer than "read the owners manual" will enlighten me on this subject.I hope most members aren't so quick to post cynical replys but just a helpful yes at such and such a mileage belt should be replaced.After going thro old posts it looked like earlier CR-V,s needed the differential fluid replaced at a much sooner mileage than the OWNERS manual stated. Thanks for any help on this subject.

    Honestly, the best thing you can do for your new vehicle is to read the owner's manual 3-4 times and memorize it. Most of the answers are there. I believe it does say that the CR-V is equipped with the timing chain, if not then the sales brochure does.

    Generally, timing chain is a lifetime item, and on this Honda so is the fuel filter.

    If you look at the maintenance section of the owner's manual, there is no schduled maintenance or replacement for it.

    But please, read the manual more than once.
  • After reading the manual thouroghly before posting I see nothing about a timing belt or timing chain replacement.

    The Owners Manual for my 1999 CR-V and my significant other's 2002 Civic both include information on changing the Timing Belt. There's even an entry in the Index for "Timing Belt".

    If your Owners Manual doesn't have that information, then your engine has a Timing Chain, and does not need to be replaced (according to Honda).

    The advice to check the Owners Manual was good advice, even if you didn't like it.

    JM2C
  • I'm actually surprised it went on this weekend.

    So for 3 winters in a row, at 3 big milage jumps (10k, 20k, and now just shy of 30k) my Check Engine light has come on.

    (And yes it's a little yellow light on the left side of the dashboard that looks like a little engine that is lit)

    Any thoughts?
  • If it is not listed under maintenance in your owner's manual, then it does not need to be maintained. You would trust someone on the Internet over Honda's own manual?

    I wasn't just trying to be snarky earlier. The best place for maintenance information is the owner's manual. You can find all kinds of wacky maintenance ideas in other locations.
  • marksjmarksj Posts: 11
    You would trust someone on the Internet over Honda's own manual?
    Not sure what you meant about that but being new to Hondas this is my first one , I have read the manual every night before i go to bed since purchasing the CR-V last week. had purchased a used Corolla a year ago and someone mentioned then that I wouldn't need to replace the timing belt like a Honda. I guess that is why I was worried about it.I plan on keeping the CR-V for several years and want to do all maintence when it is required to be done. Thanks all for the help :P
  • I apologize - clearly I was really snarkier than I intended. But rest assured that your CR-V has a timing chain that really doesn't need to be serviced. What a great car :-)
  • marksjmarksj Posts: 11
    Apology accepted. I got a little defensive myself as well. We have been thro a very cold spell since we got the car and have done some city driving and highway driving also. We filled up the other day and we got 25.3 mpg on the first tank. I was extremely pleased with that and also the way the CR-V has been in the snow. It is a great car ;)
  • I've been loving the snow handling too. And the fact that I am getting (slightly) better mileage than with my last car, which was less powerful and smaller.
  • Brake fluid does not normally need to be flushed when the system is left closed. As a maintenance item in the owners manual, Honda recommends flushing the system every 3 years or 36,000 miles. Flushing is to ensure there is no contamination in the system which may compromise performance, espesially with the ABS.
  • I was on the verge of buying a 1999 CR-V EX with 68K. On the way to get it checked out by my mechanic, I heard a vibrating sound whenever I would turn sharply. After inspecting it, my mechanic said there might be a problem with the rear differential but he couldn't be sure. Apparently this could be anywhere from a $60 problem to a $2000 problem depending on the solution needed. His first idea was to change the fluid - I'm worried that this will just "hide" the problem and I'll end up buying a car that I'm going to pour $$ into.

    Has anyone had a similar problem? Was it an easy fix? Should I steer clear.

    Thanks in advance!

    Arden
  • Has anyone had a similar problem? Was it an easy fix? Should I steer clear.

    A grinding/moaning/groaning sound from the rear end while turning usually indicates a problem with the rear differential. Most times it's fixed by changing the fluid in the rear differential, although sometimes it takes a couple of changes to make the noise stop.

    If changing the fluid eliminates the noise it means the fluid was old and needed to be changed, not that the new fluid was "hiding" the problem.

    Unfortunately, only changing the fluid will let you know if it's just a fluid problem, or if the rear diff has been damaged. Use only Honda Dual Pump Fluid, as there are no substitutes.

    On the bright side, I've only heard about a couple of 1st Gen CR-Vs (1997-2001) that actually had to have a rear differential replaced.

    If you do buy the CR-V schedule changes of the rear differential fluid every 30,000 miles along with having the valves adjusted, both items that need to be done, but are missing from the maintenance schedules in the Owners Manual.

    Good luck.
  • Thanks so much for the reply. I really like the car but I don't want to buy something that is going to be problematic.

    Is this likely going to be a long term problem?
  • blueiedgodblueiedgod Posts: 2,803
    I really like the car but I don't want to buy something that is going to be problematic.

    Not to be rude or anyting, but if you want a no problems car, buy new. When buying used, you are buying someone else's headache. Every used car on the market is for a reason.
  • Is this likely going to be a long term problem?

    Only in that the fluid needs to be changed more often than the maintenance interval listed in the Oweners Manual. If a fluid change eliminates the noise then you should be fine, as long as you continue to change the fluid every 30,000 miles or so.

    Please understand that the rear differential in the CR-V is not a rear differential in the normal sense. It's actually a complex hydraulic mechanism that is the heart and soul of the Honda RT4WD system.

    Read the Honda CR-V Owners FAQ message board for more information, specifically post #3 RT4WD Fluid Needs Replacing and #10 How Does RT4WD Work? for more information.

    Good luck.
  • Thanks theracoon - I will definitely check those posts out.

    To blueiedgod - Obviously I know that any used car is a potential for problems but it is one thing to buy not knowing there are problems and another to buy something with a problem that you've detected. Also, your comment that every used car is on the market for a "reason" incorrectly infers that every used car is being sold because it has a problem - many people sell their cars because they've outgrown them, are moving or just want something new and different. Unfortunately, used is all I can afford - I just have to make an informed decision. Thanks - I don't mean to be snarky - just wanted to respond.
  • mikefm58mikefm58 Posts: 2,882
    I've got a '99 CRV LX 2WD with 114K trouble free miles. Other than normal maintenance, two issues.

    1) Driver's side door "actuator" (I think) is shot resulting in power locks not working, have to unluck with the key or pull up with my hand, not worth the dealer estimate of $400 to get it fixed.

    2) Tranny is a bit "quirky", sometimes down shifting hard when accelerating after almost stopping. Dealer says it checks out fine.
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