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Honda CR-V Maintenance and Repair

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  • fmichaelfmichael Posts: 95
    My wife has a 2003 CRV EX w/AWD (or Hondas version of it) with the 5 speed manual transmission...It has 116,000 miles (many of it on the hwy), has been well maintained (serviced @ a Honda dealership), & it runs well...Outta curiosity I asked one of the service writers what it would cost for a new clutch to be installed (figuring it could go @ any time considering the mileage), & was shocked to hear it'll be approx $1900 plus tax; later on I called a rival Honda dealership to get an estimate from them - they too quoted me $1900 plus tax.

    Are these estimates accurate, or are the costs legit considering the labor/parts involved?

    Seems very pricey to me (then again I've had alot of work done in the past year due to the mileage on the CRV, & what Honda reccommends, & it never seems inexpensive)...Kelly Blue book estimates my wifes' CRV @ approx $6500 for a trade-in; maybe we should look into trading it in sooner than later.
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 44,794
    Seems too high. The clutch disk is $125, the pressure plate $164, the throw-out bearing and pilot bearing about $50 total, plus around 7.5 hours labor.

    So in California this would be about a $1300 job.

    If the flywheel needed replacing, add another $260.

    So we don't know your state's labor rate, nor are we quite sure how many components are being replaced for that "quote" you got.

    I'd suggest trying an independent Honda shop. Anyway, you now know the ballpark numbers.

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  • fmichaelfmichael Posts: 95
    Thanks for your reply.

    This same Honda dealership charged us $220 for the removal of the old/rusted heat shield (on the catalytic converter), & to replace it with a new one (just the heat shield - catalytic converter okay)...Again I'm not so sure if we're overpaying, or if the costs are legit.

    Either way I'm very wary of sinking in another large sum of $$$ on a vehicle that we don't plan on keeping much longer. With our 2nd child on the way I'd like to get a larger vehicle (our Ford Edge is great, but lacks cargo capacity); I like the looks of both the Odyssey, & the Sienna.
  • skenn1skenn1 Posts: 1
    Took it in for the minor maintainance service today. At 28,300 miles the feedback was:

    * change power steering fluid - $139
    * Fuel injections system (clean due to carbon build-up) - $159
    * throttle body something/clean? (says it gets gummed up) - $139
    * battery is weak at 308 volts (versus recommended 410v) - suggested get new battery

    I have no way of knowing how necessary any of these are right now. Would like your opinion on necessity...

    Thanks much.
  • berriberri Posts: 4,174
    They're ripping you off -find another service location. Honda required service is too expensive as it is without them trying to add a bunch of not needed high profit dealer packs. Stick to the owners manual requirements. The battery can be a problem if you live in extreme hot or cold weather. They are very small in size and don't hold up that well. I got a replacement at Wal Mart that has lasted much better than the OEM Honda one and cost a fraction of the price.
  • chuck914chuck914 Posts: 15
    My CRV has a left speaker or "channel" problem...basically no or little crackly sound from trhe left (both left front & left rear).
    Ques:
    1) is this common?

    2) how easy is the radio to replace (I doubt both left speakers are defective at once).

    3) what aftermarket (iPod) radio fits best?

    thanks in advance
  • Hi fmichael,
    I've never heard of anyone replacing a clutch that continues to work well as a matter of preventative maintanance. Usually, when a clutch starts to go you have warning signs like having the friction point at the end of the stroke of the clutch peddle (or the vehicle wants to creep ahead with the clutch peddle all the way depressed). When you find the clutch engagement point changing over time you can adjust the clutch linkage a few times before replacing the clutch. 116,000 miles is not that high a mileage for these vehicles.
  • jimbresjimbres Posts: 2,025
    I agree with defielding's reply. Almost all of my cars have been sticks, & I've never replaced a clutch until I've had to. It doesn't make sense to replace a clutch that's in good working order. That's throwing money away. Your unit might be a couple of years away from failing.

    I can tell you from personal experience that when Honda clutches fail, they do so gradually. You'll have weeks to decide what to do next. You won't be stranded.

    If you want to save money on maintenance & repairs, find a good independent mechanic. There's no reason to go back to the dealer except to have warranty work done. My CR-V hasn't been back to the dealer since I took delivery - more than 3 years ago.
  • fmichaelfmichael Posts: 95
    Hey defielding, & jimbres - thanks for the replies :shades:

    I by no means am looking to replace the clutch - it works perfectly fine right now (hopefully it'll continue to do so)...I was shocked @ the quote I was given ($1900 plus tax) for a new clutch if needed, & was more or less curious if this quote was appropriate, or if it was excessive.

    Over the past 12 months I've spent alot of $$$ on the recommended maintenance/new tires/new brakes...This CRV is pretty much set for the next 60,000 to 70,000 miles with 1 exception - the clutch (my only concern @ this point in time).

    Since the CRV has 116,000 plus miles on it - my wife, & I don't wish to spend any more $$$ for major repairs on it anytime soon since we're looking to sell it/trade it in for a mini van this summer (2nd child on the way).
  • mjb56mjb56 Posts: 170
    Even if you have to put in a new clutch, that's less than you'd pay in taxes and a couple of payments on a new one. Our 2000 CR-V has 119K on it and just had the full scope of maintenance items done. I figure it's good to go for at least another 100K. Don't be so quick to sell it off. Or if you do, hold out for top dollar as these thing have a long life expectancy when maintained properly.
  • marksj1marksj1 Posts: 20
    Can someone tell me where this O2 sensor would be located,and how I might be able to check it?Car only has 62,000 mi and I believe it may have been replaced in warranty.Dealer wants $335 to replace it.
  • fmichaelfmichael Posts: 95
    True - it's cheaper than purchasing a new vehicle - however with a 2nd child on the way we could use a mini van for the much needed cargo room...Odyssey, & Sienna are both on my list to check out.
  • blueiedgodblueiedgod Posts: 2,803
    My wife has a 2003 CRV EX w/AWD (or Hondas version of it) with the 5 speed manual transmission...It has 116,000 miles (many of it on the hwy), has been well maintained (serviced a Honda dealership), & it runs well...Outta curiosity I asked one of the service writers what it would cost for a new clutch to be installed (figuring it could go any time considering the mileage), & was shocked to hear it'll be approx $1900 plus tax; later on I called a rival Honda dealership to get an estimate from them - they too quoted me $1900 plus tax.

    Are these estimates accurate, or are the costs legit considering the labor/parts involved?

    Seems very pricey to me (then again I've had alot of work done in the past year due to the mileage on the CRV, & what Honda reccommends, & it never seems inexpensive)...Kelly Blue book estimates my wifes' CRV approx $6500 for a trade-in; maybe we should look into trading it in sooner than later.


    If your wife is good with the clutch and like oyu said most of the miles are highway, you have about 200,000 miles left on that factory clutch.

    The only time I hear about clutch needing replacement is when kids try to do burn outs.

    I had sold my old Civic with 250,000 miles and original clutch. It has over 300,000 miles on it now, and still on the original clutch.

    Independant shops usually charge $600 to replace the clutch. You can get better parts prices if you buy from online Honda vendors. They sell the same OEM parts, but at a discount. Usually they are B&M Honda dealerships with internet storefronts.

    If you are really insisting on replacing the clutch, might as well add the 6th gear while you have the tranny off the vehicle. It only costs $300 in parts from Acura TSX, RSX-S or Civic Si, and a knowledgeable mechanic to do it. There is just a spacer in place for the 6th gear right now.
  • mjb56mjb56 Posts: 170
    I tried changing the fluid myself today but couldn't get the drain/fill plugs out on my 2000 CR-V. They're in extremely tight and I can't get any leverage without the car on a lift. I saw a youtube video in which the guy uses the jack to leverage the weight of the car against the wrench but that doesn't seem to smart. Any other suggestions before I run to the repair shop?
  • dave_cldave_cl Posts: 54
    If you find the magic recipe to take out the plugs, be sure to remove the filler plug BEFORE you take out the drain plug. A drained differential is no fun, if you can't refill it!
  • stevedebistevedebi LAPosts: 3,793
    "Six months seems kind of a long time for the Cosmoline to burn off. Six weeks should be more like it. I didn't think they sprayed that stuff on the engine either, just on the undercarriage. "

    No idea what it was, this was the dealer explanation, and in my case it was true. The smell gradually went away, and at the 6 month point there was no smell, and it never returned.
  • jimbresjimbres Posts: 2,025
    If you are really insisting on replacing the clutch, might as well add the 6th gear while you have the tranny off the vehicle. It only costs $300 in parts from Acura TSX, RSX-S or Civic Si, and a knowledgeable mechanic to do it. There is just a spacer in place for the 6th gear right now.

    Interesting! I didn't know this. So I can add a 6th gear to my 5M '06 CR-V for approximately $300 + labor? That's reasonable, given that I'm planning to keep my car for at least another 8 years.
  • steverstever YooperlandPosts: 40,431
    My wife has had a new car itch for a few months now but she's a bit sensitive to chemical stuff - she can barely tolerate going into a place like IKEA and forget fabric stores.

    If she winds up with a car that out-gasses like that for six months, she's not going to be a happy camper.

    A friend of ours over in Colorado got a new Forester and something - either the door gaskets or a leaky heater core - has just about given her chemical pneumonia.

    On the other hand, I could save some bucks and maybe convince her to buy a used one that's had time for some of the fumes to dissipate. :shades:

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  • tomk17tomk17 Posts: 135
    Put the socket wrench on they hit the handle with a hammer. That's what worked for me.
  • mark19mark19 Posts: 123
    I remember there was a place in ann arbor, michigan that put out a report about the outgassing of materials in cars. here's the link http://www.healthycar.org/home.php to their main website

    The CR-V is here http://www.healthycar.org/vehicle.details.php?getrecno=2383
    pretty good in comparison of all the new vehicles out there.

    The forester, I can see why they aren't doing well healthwise, it had a lot more chemicals outgassing than the CR-V here's the link to the forester
    http://www.healthycar.org/vehicle.details.php?getrecno=2537

    and the older cars do dissipate over time, but the older ones might have more in them. I've noticed that Honda gets better over time in a current model design. but yes we could go along with your theory of "saving bucks" hehehe ;)
  • berriberri Posts: 4,174
    The headlight cover on my 04 CRV is damp and fogged up. Dealer claims it must be cracked, but their is no noticeable damage on the lens or the bumper. It is apparently a $500 repair because you have to replace the whole headlamp assembly. Is this a CRV problem area?
  • tomk17tomk17 Posts: 135
    My 04 CRV has developed the same problem on the driver side. I obtained a new headlight from eBay for cheap but it's a hassle to change. There are some bolts that are only accessible from under the bumper cover. I may tackle it someday.
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 44,794
    common problem with many different cars. Has to do, as I recall, with the seal of the lamp, not a crack issue.

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  • berriberri Posts: 4,174
    Do you think drilling a small weep hole at the bottom of the lens cover would help dissipate some of the condensation and fogging? Thanks
  • mjb56mjb56 Posts: 170
    I gave up and took it to the independent garage. They did the labor for $30. And, yes, they basically hit it with a hammer to loosen it up. Unfortunately I didn't have a lift and couldn't get the leverage to loosen it. But since the Honda dealer wanted to charge me $90 to do this I got away with it for less than $40. Yeah, I could have done it cheaper but I saved a few scraped knuckles. Oh well. Now it's done for another 30K mi.
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 44,794
    Yeah but would also let it in again :)

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  • dtstofdtstof Posts: 61
    I had an Accord tail light that had the same problem. I waited until a warm day when the condensation was dried and then applied silicone on the edge. It never had the problem again
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 44,794
    latex caulk is even less messy but I don't recall if they make such a thing in a CLEAR, sorry. I guess if your tail light seal was conspicuously black you could use black latex caulk and then easily clean it up with water and a rag after squeezing some in there.

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  • blueiedgodblueiedgod Posts: 2,803
    Interesting! I didn't know this. So I can add a 6th gear to my 5M '06 CR-V for approximately $300 + labor? That's reasonable, given that I'm planning to keep my car for at least another 8 years.

    Honda uses the same transmission in all the vehicles with K-series engines. Ours has a PTO shaft, but the rest just have a plug there.

    If you look at the tranny blue prints in the shop manual, there is a spacer where the 6th gear would have been. Since the TSX, RSX-S and Si all come with 6 speed trannsmisison, people have been using those stock Honda parts and installing the 6th gear. It started with the Element owners (shorter final drive) and spread to the CR-V's. People report 500 RPM drop on the highway, which translates to about 3-5 mpg boost. As it is, in stock form, driven at the speed limit (65 here) I get 30 mpg. I wouldn't have minded having a 35 mpg SUV. :-)
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