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Honda CR-V Maintenance and Repair

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  • oldcemoldcem Posts: 309
    Most of my CR-V's trips will be interstate driving - I'm using it for business travel primarily. I run the miles up fast - the 08 Aura I traded off had 43K on it. Seemed like I was changing the oil every month.

    Regards:
    OldCEM
  • circlewcirclew Posts: 8,396
    So far in interstate travel, 27 mpg can be maintained from my experience. Not bad but certainly not the best.

    Regards,
    OW
  • berriberri Posts: 4,254
    Are you talking AWD and 70-75mph? I can't do that much over 24.
  • circlewcirclew Posts: 8,396
    Yep, and no more than 70 mph and light on the gas. After it breaks in, you will see.

    Regards,
    OW
  • oldcemoldcem Posts: 309
    Mine's a 2WD - so there's hope that it might actually hit its 28 MPG highway number.

    Regards:
    OldCEM
  • blueiedgodblueiedgod Posts: 2,797
    Sorry posted in wrong section earlier:
    Hi guys, have CRV for a week now. Went on long drive, turned on heater, vents set to floor and face, noticed hot air blowing to floor and cold air blowing to face, it was very uncomfortable for me. Took to dealer, the service rep gave physics class and explains cold air comes down and hot air rises so it would "mix" well.

    Sounds logical. But I dont buy it, because it is very uncomfortable. The floor got very warm and hands and face was chill. Apparently its as designed and couple other customers complained. Am I one the very few that disagree with Honda's physics? Would really appreciate your thoughts.


    It has been like that on EVERY Honda I have owned, starting with 1985 Civic.

    I am pretty sure it is also covered in the OWNER's MANUAL.

    The logic is physiological. Warm feet will make a human feel warmer, however, a warm face will make a human sleepier.

    If you think the air coming from the "face" vents is too cold, select just "feet" and the wamer air will rise and warm the face, or select "feet/windshield" to deflect the cooler air before it reaches the face.

    Unless you wear glasses, having the "face" vents blow in your face will dry out your eyes pretty fast, and will make you feel tired.

    If you really think the air coming from the "face" vents is significantly cooler than the "feet" vents, there is a test Honda dealer can perform with 2 thermo couples. It is outlined in the Shop Manual.

    Good luck.
  • blueiedgodblueiedgod Posts: 2,797
    Thanks, OW, No pepboys in our state, but, Advance Auto's website indicates that they carry the Mobil. I like Castrol better, but, nobody here carries their synthetic yet in the 0W-20. I really like the CR-V - just hope its fuel economy improves. Which brand of oil filters do you use on yours?

    Regards:
    OldCEM


    I didn't know Honda switched from 5W-20 to 0W-20 on the CR-V, it used to be reserved for the Hybrids only.

    Chances are that Castrol does not have 0W-20 because most of Castrol Syntec sold in the US is not Synthetic oil, but rather highly purified dynasaurus oil. In order for an oil to pass the 0W-20 qualification it has to meet certain viscosity criteria, which fake synthetics can't pass.

    Castrol Syntec 0W-40 is the only true Group IV synthetic oil from Castrol in the US. It usually says "Made in Germany" on the package.

    Mobil 1 0W-20 has been aorund since year 2000, or so. They have recently repackaged it as "green" oil, since it is specified for most hybrids.
  • mark19mark19 Posts: 123
    I don't know what blueed is talking about, any honda I've ever had when you select floor and face, it's just directing the airflow where you want it to go regardless of temperature. So no it's not a special "feature" at all

    I agree with Mr. Shiftright, you need to either go to another dealership who knows what they're talking about and you need to check other CRV's.. That's not correct at all.

    The failure is probably in the hvac box, where the temperature blend door is, allowing the hot air to reach the floor vents, but not able to reach the vent/face air blend door.

    You should select between different modes and temps to see if you can hear the door moving, while you're in the footwell area, listening carefully. I bet you won't hear movement correctly when you select the face/floor mode.
  • The hottest air is blowing from the dealership. The only principles of physics you should consider are these: If there is a big difference in temperature between upper and lower vents, the system is malfunctioning; if the dealer insists it's simply a matter of physics, then you and your bodies become moving objects and change location to another shop.
    Hot air comes out of the upper vents of my '07 CR-V, my ancient Civic, my old Legend, and the two Accords I've owned. The air blows through what amounts to a radiator behind the dashboard and then splits as its goes through ducts to vents upper and lower.
    If there is more than a couple or few degrees difference then something is malfunctioning.
    Call Honda customer service in California and ask them if the dealer is right.
  • berriberri Posts: 4,254
    My CRV blows hot out of both vents. I seem to recall GM used to have a setting called bi-level years back that actually did blow cooler out of the dash vents. The concept was that with the sun beating on you it made sense to have the vents blow cooler up high and warmer down by your feet. As I recall, it actually worked pretty well.
  • oldcemoldcem Posts: 309
    Castrol's website indicates that they have a 0W-20 synthetic, but, nobody in my area carries it. I was a bit surprised when I popped the hood on the CR-V and the oil cap indicated 0W-20 as the oil to use. Guess I'll be using etiher the Mobil stuff, or, Honda's 0W-20 when oil change time rolls around. We've put 1400 miles on the CR-V since Black Friday.

    Regards:
    OldCEM
  • bigdadi118bigdadi118 Posts: 1,207
    What happens when raining, snowing, cloudy, overcast and at night?
  • bigdadi118bigdadi118 Posts: 1,207
    0W20 is used is simply for getting better EPA Mileage than using 10W30 which can be bought almost anywhere.

    Is there anything wrong by changing to 10W30? I don't think so. Will it void the warranty? Maybe and maybe not. To find out call Honda America HQ.But I don't think Honda will admit the first sentence I just said.
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 45,645
    The only thing you have to watch out for on some modern cars, if you use too heavy an oil in a very cold climate, is that it might interfere in the proper execution of variable valve timing.

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  • berriberri Posts: 4,254
    What happens when raining, snowing, cloudy, overcast and at night?

    You'd just use a different setting. Personally, I don't like heat vents blowing hot air on my face. The GM bi-level worked best when it was sunny, but bitter cold. You'd have the lower heat on high, but your upper body could get too warm from the hot heater setting and the sun heat build up in the window exposed parts of the car, so in those cases you'd choose this setting. I think it was just one of those casualties of cost cutting. like the old extra AC vents at the lower part of the dash.
  • dtstofdtstof Posts: 61
    I tried that on my 2007 and had warm air coming out both ways. I will try it again to verify.
  • bigdadi118bigdadi118 Posts: 1,207
    All the vents have outlet directional adjustment (up, down, left, right), so never the warm air will blow to your face if you don't want to ...
  • oldcemoldcem Posts: 309
    The manual for my 2010 shows the only acceptable weight of oil as 0w-20. I've also seen a couple of articles on the internet that indicate, on tight clearance engines like the Hondas, heavier weights of oil may not lubricate the rod and main bearings well. The proper functioning of the I-Vetec system is another concern. I'm going to stick with 0W-20 as Honda prescibes.

    Regards:
    OldCEM
  • I picked up my 2010 CR-V yesterday!!! I have been reading the manual and I feel a bit intimidated. I see that there is no schedule of maintenance based on miles......simply on computer prompts. I assume that most new cars operate this way, but it is foreign to me. I have always had the oil changed in my cars every 3500 miles or so. I drive a ton of miles so it equals out to an oil change every 6 weeks. I am confused as to how the computer calibrates the need for service. Is it on a mile sensor is does it actually calibrate how "good" the oil and other fluids are so that it alerts you at different mile intervals. If it is the latter, how effective is this system? Should I just go by miles or wait for the sensor?

    I have great mechanics that I have always brought my car to so I am not planning on bringing the car to a Honda dealership for routine maintenance. I assume that they will be used to these computers in new cars. Also, from the previous posts, I will be sure to tell them to use OW-20 oil .
  • circlewcirclew Posts: 8,396
    Always felt the same but now follow the computer-generated rec. for oil changes. I use M1 5W-20 on this 2008. So far, 2 oil changes and have 17K miles. The only other maintenance I've done is rotate the tires so far.

    Enjoy and best of luck!

    Regards,
    OW
  • steverstever Viva Las CrucesPosts: 41,576
    I'd wait for the sensor, but I got over the "every 3,000 miles" stuff a couple of decades ago. My intervals are 5 to 7,500 miles on my (non-Honda) rides. I don't drive many miles but I drive them forever.

    One thing that may interest you would be to get an oil analysis done. They cost about $25 and the lab should tell you how much useful life your oil has, and you can compare that to the oil indicator.

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  • I have a 2009 Honda CRV EX-L without navigation. I bought a Garmin GPS and was wondering what would be the best mount for the GPS ? I was leaning toward the Garmin friction dash mount that forms to the dash, however I am not sure it will fit or stay on the dash because it is not smooth. Does anyone have any experience with this ? Please advise.
  • I have a 17 incher on my 2010 CR-V and tried the bean bag on top of the dash but it raddled too much for my taste, so I used the included round adhesive disk that came with my Magellan and stuck it on the driver side door close to the front window (Opposite to the side view mirror) on the smooth part, and making sure it does not get hit when closing the door. This way its closer to the driver and does not get in the way of a clear front view.

    Hope I explained it well enough ;)
  • Whoops, I meant 7 inch not 17 :blush:
  • lzclzc Posts: 483
    A bean bag mount works well for a standard size GPS device. It's also easy to store out of sight when appropriate. Mine never moves and is silent.

    I guess some people get the suction cup method to work, but I've seen too many failures to have any confidence in it.
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 45,645
    I'm also not keen on the suction mount because it leaves a tell-tale mark on the windshield which tells thieves you have a removable GPS. I use a friction mount and that seems to be the best compromise for me.

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  • oldcemoldcem Posts: 309
    I've got a Garmin 255 equipped with the Garmin beanbag mount. It stays put on the top of my CR-V's dash just fine.

    Regards:
    OldCEM
  • In most cars I've owned, I find that when I've selected floor & dash vents, that hte floor vents are always a little hotter than hte air out of the dash vents. I believe this is because the length of the ducts are shorter to the floor vents, so the air is not cooeld off as much. I think the mix box may also bais warm air towards the floor. Most people's feet are colder than their upper body, so I think more warm air is intentionally directed that way. But again, it's probably mostly due to the length opf ducts.

    Try putting the fan on a lower setting and set the heat to about 1/4. You'll feel some warm air to the floor, but cool air to the dash vents. EVERY car I've ever owned si like this, so I assume it's intented ot be this way... and I don;t mind, because again, my feet get colder than my upper body when I have a coat on. Also the floor gets wet and benfits from warm air even in mild weather.
  • blueiedgodblueiedgod Posts: 2,797
    I don't know what blueed is talking about, any honda I've ever had when you select floor and face, it's just directing the airflow where you want it to go regardless of temperature. So no it's not a special "feature" at all

    I agree with Mr. Shiftright, you need to either go to another dealership who knows what they're talking about and you need to check other CRV's.. That's not correct at all.

    The failure is probably in the hvac box, where the temperature blend door is, allowing the hot air to reach the floor vents, but not able to reach the vent/face air blend door.

    You should select between different modes and temps to see if you can hear the door moving, while you're in the footwell area, listening carefully. I bet you won't hear movement correctly when you select the face/floor mode.


    Just because you don't feel it does not mean it is not there. Get a digital themometer with 2 thermocouples, or 2 decent digital thermometers, and verify for your self. Just make sure you set the temperature dial at less than "full blast heat"

    I am surprized the OWNER's MANUAL does not explain this.

    Another peculiarity with Honda HVAC system is that the side face vents will take allow some of the outside air in, even if the driver selected "recirc" and need to be closed manually to completely seal off the car from the outside.
  • blueiedgodblueiedgod Posts: 2,797
    My CRV blows hot out of both vents. I seem to recall GM used to have a setting called bi-level years back that actually did blow cooler out of the dash vents. The concept was that with the sun beating on you it made sense to have the vents blow cooler up high and warmer down by your feet. As I recall, it actually worked pretty well.

    If I am not mistaken, GM's Bi0:ev is the same as Honda's "face/feet"
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