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Honda CR-V Maintenance and Repair

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  • circlewcirclew Posts: 8,372
    If you have high mileage on your tires, that could be your rough ride and also check air pressure. Should be no more than 35 PSI at all corners. If you haven't changed your oil, it's time for an oil change.

    The A/C smell could be because of high moisture if you keep it outside with all the rain lately.

    Regards,
    OW
  • saxon2nsxsaxon2nsx Posts: 19
    Anybody has experience replacing stock headlights with Anzo Euro look ones?
    Is Anzo a decent company or Am I buying myself problems?
  • krista1krista1 Posts: 4
    I had a friend check the pressure in my A/C to see if that is why it wasn't working. I bought my 04 Honda a year and a half ago in the winter time (didn't check the air) I have gone a year and a half without air and though it would be a quick fix. Normal pressure is 45 and mine was at 160 (danger zone). What am I supposed to do, is it dangerous to drive around with it being so high, is there a way to get it lowered? I'm sure it is some kind of compressure problem (like so many of you have, but I really can't afford a 2000.00 repair bill!!! HELP!!!
  • What you could try is taking to a dealer and paying around $80 to evacuate and recharge the system. Along with that they check the pressures and diagnose problems for you. It's possible that your system is way overcharged and that the pressure safety switches have shut down to protect the compressor from damage. After the dealer makes their assessment, ask them to contact Honda corporate and see if they will make a "goodwill" adjustment for the cost of the repairs. I had mine go out at 39K miles and Honda covered the cost of the parts. I ended up paying only $700 for the cost of the labor. At least with the diagnostic you aren't guessing as to what the problem is and throwing money after unnecessary parts.
  • blueiedgodblueiedgod Posts: 2,803
    I had a friend check the pressure in my A/C to see if that is why it wasn't working. I bought my 04 Honda a year and a half ago in the winter time (didn't check the air) I have gone a year and a half without air and though it would be a quick fix. Normal pressure is 45 and mine was at 160 (danger zone). What am I supposed to do, is it dangerous to drive around with it being so high, is there a way to get it lowered? I'm sure it is some kind of compressure problem (like so many of you have, but I really can't afford a 2000.00 repair bill!!! HELP!!!

    Is it 160 psi on the "high" side or the "low" side?

    Pressure could be high because someone charged it with the wrong refrigerant or the refrigerant had the wrong oil in it.

    I agree, if you have no tools or knowledge, you are better off taking it to Honda and finding out what is wrong before compressor explodes and you have a $3000 repair. It may be as simple as an $80 evacuate and recharge.
  • tomk17tomk17 Posts: 135
    A nagging "clunk" sound has developed in my wife's CRV when driving or medium sized bumps. Pretty sure it's in the rear suspension although when looking around under there and grabbing pieces / shaking, nothing seems overly loose. Vehicle has been super with 120K miles, bringing to dealer soon to mount / balance some new tires I bought (yes dealer cost for this is only $50 to mount/balance all 4!). Will have them check but any past experience from you folks would be appreciated. Strut, sway bar, differential halves, etc? Thanks
  • lou777lou777 Posts: 3
    I need to replace timing belt and water pump on my 1999 CR-V. I am not familiar with this task other than bits and pieces told to me by a helpful mechanic. I've also bought 3 belts (alternator, etc.) since it makes sense to replace these too. Also, do I need to replace the tensioner and do I need some kind of yellow glue for some engine seals? Is there a free website that has step by step instructions on how to do this?
    Lou
  • extell1extell1 Posts: 1
    I just bought an 09 EXL and I've noticed that the drivers seat isn't that comfortable.
    If I sit with my rump all the way back, its ok. But if you scouch an inch or 2 forward, it feels like im siting on a hard lump. Seems like I sink into a depression also. Very annoying. Has anyone else have this trouble on thier leather seats?
  • blueiedgodblueiedgod Posts: 2,803
    I need to replace timing belt and water pump on my 1999 CR-V. I am not familiar with this task other than bits and pieces told to me by a helpful mechanic. I've also bought 3 belts (alternator, etc.) since it makes sense to replace these too. Also, do I need to replace the tensioner and do I need some kind of yellow glue for some engine seals? Is there a free website that has step by step instructions on how to do this?
    Lou


    Since you stand saving $600 on labor y doing it your self, may I suggest purchasing the official Honda manual from Helm Corporation. Also, since you already are there, might as well replace the water pump. Even though it is not worn out, it will save you time by not having to replace it 50,000 miles later.
  • bigdadi118bigdadi118 Posts: 1,207
    I have the uncomfortable driver seat in my 08 Pilot also.

    Always feel a pressure point on my right hip pocket area. It still same even I changed the sitting cushioning underneath the fabric with the OEM Honda one ordered online from www.bernadiparts.com. Paid another $100 the auto upholstery guy to do replacement.

    I brought it to the dealer and got the usual reply: "nothing wrong with the seat", "that's how it comes with". What a waste of time.

    Now my only solution is put an extra sheep skin cover (bought at Costco) on top the driver seat to minimize the un-comfort. Seat is a simple thing and Honda can't make it work right, yuck.
  • tomk17tomk17 Posts: 135
    The clunk was the rear sway bar bushings which I suspected. I could bang on the sway bar in back and simulate the noise. The dealer has learned that they should (and did) replace the connecting links (small 1/4" links that run vertically from the sway bar up to some other suspension part) at the same time or the sound gets even worse. For $235 it's done. Since I rarely spend any moneu on the CRV was well worth it.

    Also had them mount some Pirelli P4 tire that I purchased on-line and do a 4 wheel alignment. Runs / rides great. Paid only $64 for the upsized 215-70-15 tires.
  • kcall2kcall2 Posts: 18
    Easy diagnosis/cure. Both you and extell1 have too big a wad of cash in your hip pocket. Send the extra to me - or alternately get an older BMW hobby car.

    Problem solved! ;)
  • trp182trp182 Posts: 1
    Hi....I had the same issue......heard it the following day after purchase. Drove me crazy. My son is a gm mechanic and he offered to fix it for me but I was concerned it would void my warranty. The first time I brought it in they " adjusted and lubed the sunroof" track. Noise went away for a few days. Now bear in mind what they do and what they tell you they did may be two different things. The mechanic may get paid to "adjust" the sunroof" but normally do not get paid to put dynomat or foam in the headliner to stop the rattle. Brought it back a few weeks later and made the service guy drive the car with me in it to show him the rattle. Don't know what they "really" did but it has been gone for over 5 months now. I think they put extra foam pieces when the sunroof metal bracket pieces are but I can't be sure. Now I get a little hum in my drivers door once in a while. I think I will either leave it alone or let my son fix it. Since I only hear it once every couple of weeks it does not bother me that much. But that vibration/rattle right over your head by the sunroof that was making me HATE my brand new car. I think the crvs in general have a lot of squeaks and rattles. The loaner car they gave me had its own different squeaks and rattles going. I had a Dodge Aries K Car(don't laugh my 1st car and I had over 160,000 miles on it when it was totalled, Chevy Beretta, and Nissan Sentra. All of those cars were super quiet so I was surprised how noisy the Honda is. And yes I realize it is an SUV, I have been in other SUV's that are much quieter. But I do otherwise love my CRV. I would buy it again.So in short.........I know your post is a few months old..........Honda should be able to fix it.
  • smith133smith133 Posts: 1
    A few years ago, the rear door/hatch sensor light was coming on, even though it was closed securely. Mentioned to (very good) dealer at check up and they said fixed but it wasn't. Now, out of warranty, it is constant - which would not be a huge issue except that the remote lock won't work because it thinks the rear hatch is open! Grrrr. And worse, now the key sticks going in. Had I known this would be a 3-6x per day aggravation, i would have taken care of it under warranty instead of letting it slide. Is this expensive/tough to fix? They thought they had it years ago and didn't. Thoughts? Thanks!
  • ordean59ordean59 Posts: 1
    I bought my 2008 CRV in October of 08. The front driver seat is very poorly made. I feel the cross member on my butt. The dealer checked out the seat and reported to me that it is normal. Where can I get a better after market seat that will fit? :mad:
  • steverstever YooperlandPosts: 40,451
    Check with an auto upholstery shop. They could probably rebuild the seat to fit you better.

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  • bigdadi118bigdadi118 Posts: 1,207
    I know what you mean because my 08 Pilot driver seat also a pain in my butt at right pocket area, the place of middle seat joining the right lip.
  • jkahemelejkahemele Posts: 1
    I have a 1995 honda CRV, it vibrates once approaching 30km/h. the vibration ceases once the speed goes above that. what might be the reason? i have done wheel balancing and change tryes but the sitution has not improved.
  • srizvi1srizvi1 Posts: 233
    I'm replying to the post I made back on March 25, 2009, almost 10,000 miles ago when my dad's CR-V was at almost 53,000 miles. I wrote out what was recommended by the Dealer for 45k and 60k services. circlew and blueiedgod replied and ultimately, it seemed the main things were to rotate the tires and do the oil change and let Firestone inspect the rest for $20. I think the definite to-get-dones were the air filter and the cabin air filter. I questioned the 45k brake flush because I dealt w/ that much later in my 2004 Honda Accord, but I Was looking on Edmunds.com's maintenance schedule (http://www.edmunds.com/maintenance/select.html) and it said to do that at 45k too. That makes me think it should get done, but the other things like Spark plugs, valve clearance, and I think a few other things, I'm going to just ignore the dealer on.

    The good thing is that w/ my tires changed at 57,650 miles (See my post here in the Honda CR-V Tires Wheels and Sensors thread), rotation doesn't need to be done anymore either.

    If anyone has any other thoughts, please chime in, otherwise, I'll start doing the services between a Honda dealer and Firestone over the next few days. The parts I'm looking to purchase are honda brake fluid, honda air filter, honda cabin air filter and Honda Oil (I'm not doing synthetic in this car). I'm planning on trying and getting the price matched from the dealer to http://www.handa-accessories.com/ (I've gotten this done before). Just need to figure out how many quarts of oil I need.

    I thought I'd list out the items to check out from the Edmunds.com maintenance schedule too to help make this post and my last post a one-stop summary of what to do w/ a similar CR-V around this mileage:

    Replace Air filter
    Inspect Brake lines, hoses & connections
    Inspect Brakes
    Replace Cabin air filter
    Inspect boots & seals
    Inspect/adjust Drive belt(s)
    Change Engine oil
    Inspect Exhaust system
    Inspect Fluid levels
    Inspect Fuel lines & hoses
    Lubricate Hinges, locks & latches
    Check operation Lights & accessories
    Replace Oil filter
    Inspect/adjust Parking brake
    Inspect Steering
    Inspect Suspension
    Inspect Tie rod ends, steering gearbox & boots
    Rotate Wheels & tires

    (I've put Rotate Wheels and Tires in italics because I'm ignoring that right now w/ the recent tire change)
  • blueiedgodblueiedgod Posts: 2,803
    A few years ago, the rear door/hatch sensor light was coming on, even though it was closed securely. Mentioned to (very good) dealer at check up and they said fixed but it wasn't. Now, out of warranty, it is constant - which would not be a huge issue except that the remote lock won't work because it thinks the rear hatch is open! Grrrr. And worse, now the key sticks going in. Had I known this would be a 3-6x per day aggravation, i would have taken care of it under warranty instead of letting it slide. Is this expensive/tough to fix? They thought they had it years ago and didn't. Thoughts? Thanks!

    I had a simila rissue, and it turned out to be loose bolts hoding the rear door lock. Open the door and look at the lock. There are 3 or 4 phillips bolts. If you have not lost them, yet, tighten them. It should fix the light problem.
  • blueiedgodblueiedgod Posts: 2,803
    I have a 1995 honda CRV, it vibrates once approaching 30km/h. the vibration ceases once the speed goes above that. what might be the reason? i have done wheel balancing and change tryes but the sitution has not improved.

    I am pretty sure that 1995 honda CR-V is non-existant. I believe it first appeared in 1996 in Japan, and then as 1997 model in the US.

    If the wheels have been balanced properly, check for bent rims, torn CV-joint, or bent driveshaft.
  • srizvi1srizvi1 Posts: 233
    Brake fluid should be completly replaced and bled every 3 years regardless of mileage.

    I'm thinking that's why at the 45k service by both the dealer and edmunds.com it is suggested to deal with the brake fluid. My father's 2007 CR-V is now past 62,500+ miles, but just a little over 2 years old. so I'm thinking I can ignore this for another year?
  • My Honda Dealer/Stealer wants circa $33.00 for a pair of paper cabin filters for my 2005 Honda CR-V, and another outlandish amount to install them. Of course I buy them on eBay for circa $12.00 per pair, and install them myself in five minutes. I've purchased and have on hand about eight pairs ot these filters for future use.

    Still, I'm wondering the consequence of simply removing the cabin filters from the vehicle. I mean, if I did remove them, would I die, become incapacitated in some horrible manner, have to cope with the occasional vicious fly, bug, or man-eating mosquito inside my vehicle, or what?

    Vehicle manufacturers have a tendency to insist that we simply must not do without these filters, and of course they make a very handsome profit selling us these paper things. Nonetheless, we older folks have lived and drove for many miles, many years, without paper filters in our vehicles. Thus, I'm inclined to think that simply removing the cabin filters entirely would not prove detrimental in the least.

    Thoughts pro and con are invited.
  • lzclzc Posts: 483
    Well, it would be hard to argue that removing the cabin filter will shorten your life, particularly for someone past a certain age. But I just changed my cabin filter. Did I want to breath the stuff I saw trapped on the filter? No thank you.

    Bottom line, the filter isn't expensive (if bought smart), nor does it take more than a few minutes to change. That seems like a small price to pay to breath cleaner air.
  • extech2extech2 Posts: 120
    We had cars without cabin air filters for the last 90 years or longer and no one died from the lack of this device. It's like going for a walk without a gas mask. I'm willing to bet $ 100 that one could prepare two identical cars, one with a new filter and another without, and 10 out of 10 people couldn't tell the difference. I think it's a gimmick right there with the engine flush and the power steering flush.
  • I completely agree with extech2 on this one.... ;)
  • lzclzc Posts: 483
    I wouldn't doubt one bit that most people might not tell the difference between the two cars. But that's not the same as saying there is no difference. And I doubt if taking out your home furnace filter will kill anyone, either.

    As for being the same as going for a walk without a mask, I'll agree with you when I take my walks at 75 mph!
  • steverstever YooperlandPosts: 40,451
    Some people buy filter media from Ace Hardware and cut and fold it to fit the space where the OEM filter lives. Just a kludge but lots cheaper than most replacement filters.

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