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Honda CR-V Maintenance and Repair

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  • Honda messed up the OWNER's MANUAL and listed the valve adjustment period wrong.

    So, when should you have the valves adjusted?
  • In 5th gear, at 65 MPH my 2003 CR-V rpms are at 3300. This seems high to me, becasue with my 3 speed AT civic the rpms are only at 2400 at 65mph.

    The dealer says this is OK as that is the way Honda setup the gear ratio with the manual tranmissions.

    Is this really OK? It seems like it would decrease gas milage and put more wear-n-tear on the engine. An extra 900 rpms will a lot more wear on the engine over time :-(

    Shifting from 4th to 5th gear lowers the rpm very little, why would Honda do that, why not just make 5th gear a higher ratio. When my civic [non-permissible content removed] to the last gear you see the rpms drop quite a bit.

    Why didn't Honda just make 5th gear like an overdive??
  • stevedebistevedebi LAPosts: 3,788
    I ran about 2950 at 80 MPH on my 2003. The MT actually has higher RPMs than the AT.
  • blueiedgodblueiedgod Posts: 2,803
    So, when should you have the valves adjusted?

    Every 30,000 miles, just like every other B-series powered Honda. Dealers usually know and will insist that valves are adjusted at 30,000 mile intervals. It usually runs $100 to have the dealer perform this service. Rear differential should be drained and refilled at 30,000 mile intervals as well.

    This was pure marketing sham on Honda's part to lower the cost of ownership. Shame, Shame. On the bright side, Honda knows about it and will cover most of the expenses associated with the lack of service.
  • blueiedgodblueiedgod Posts: 2,803
    Shifting from 4th to 5th gear lowers the rpm very little, why would Honda do that, why not just make 5th gear a higher ratio. When my civic [non-permissible content removed] to the last gear you see the rpms drop quite a bit.

    Why didn't Honda just make 5th gear like an overdive??


    Because people complained that cruise control would not maintain speed in 5th gear. So, by lowering the 5th gear ratio, the combination of higher RPM and shorter gearing produces more power to overcome hills and inclines to maintain speed.

    What year Civic has 3 speed auto?

    Mine revs around 3500 RPM at 80 mph, around 2700 RPM at 65 mph, all in 5th. I have a 2005 EX manual. Which is still better than the Civic Si (2002) which reved at 4000 RPM at 80 mph.

    On the bright side, the transmission retained the spacer reserved for the 6th gear. Some have replaced the spacer with the 6th gear from TSX/Civic Si/RSX and now have 6th gear. :)
  • stevedebistevedebi LAPosts: 3,788
    "So, when should you have the valves adjusted?

    Every 30,000 miles, just like every other B-series powered Honda. Dealers usually know and will insist that valves are adjusted at 30,000 mile intervals."

    For a 2003 CR-V, the Honda owners website lists the valve inspection at 110,000 miles. I went through every interval on the severe schedule until I found this entry.

    The CR-V is a K-series motor, not B-series.
  • Asking for some advice. My wife's '06 CR-V has 7,500 miles on it. Even though the manual lists oil-change / tire rotation intervals of 10,000 miles I am planning to do it now.
    When I called in for an appointment, the service rep is telling me that I need to have the rear differential fluid changed now or I risk it making noise and causing damage to it. When I asked if it was recommended by Honda in the owners manual they said no, but that Honda does recommend it at 7,500 miles for the first change then 15,000 miles thereafter. I checked the owners manual and it if specs every 90,000 miles.
    I'm guessing the dealer is just trying to hustle extra money out of me, and I'm more than a little angry about it. Just wondering if my anger is warrented. Thanks! :mad:
  • stevedebistevedebi LAPosts: 3,788
    "I'm guessing the dealer is just trying to hustle extra money out of me, and I'm more than a little angry about it. Just wondering if my anger is warrented. Thanks!"

    Yup, he is taking you for a ride. Tell them you want to stick with the maintenance schedule as presented by the automobile. The computer will tell you when maintenance is due.

    Or ask them to show you and official Honda maintenance schedule (there isn't one - the owner is expected to follow the maintenance minder).

    Oh, yeah, and find yourself a different Honda dealer.

    You can go to the following link, which is the Honda Owners site. They will have the maintenance schedule.

    Official Honda Owners Website
  • blueiedgod had said: "...the transmission retained the spacer reserved for the 6th gear. Some have replaced the spacer with the 6th gear... & now have 6th gear"

    Does this mean I could replace the spacer and add a 6th gear on my 2003 CR-V?
  • Thanks for the reply. I don't know what to do about the dealership. I started with the one where we purchased the vehicle because of the 3 different grades of engine oil they proposed. The "regular" oil is only good to 3500 miles according to them.
    No honest dealers in my area it appears (Southeast MA, RI)
  • mikefm58mikefm58 Posts: 2,882
    The "regular" oil is only good to 3500 miles according to them

    I believe there are special additives in the original oil that are needed for the break in period that shouldn't be taken out early. Others here may know more details than I. Wow, you really need to go elsewhere. I'd also call Honda regional and complain about them.
  • sky23213sky23213 Posts: 296
    Yup, he is taking you for a ride. Tell them you want to stick with the maintenance schedule as presented by the automobile. The computer will tell you when maintenance is due.

    I agree on the ride, but not sure that '06s have the maintenance minder as in the '07. I apologize if I'm wrong, but I think the '06 is just like the '05. And as mentioned a few times before, the dual pump fluid DOES break down much sooner than 90K, that's why it's a good idea to do it at about 30K, unless the fluid is no good sooner (mine did at 17K). And some dealers will do it at no charge, as a good will/warranty issue if the noise appears.
    Still, I second the opinion on changing the dealer - every 15K is a bit excessive.

    P.S. Well, there is a maintenance minder, in a way, for the dual pump fluid - noise from the rear diff is a pretty good one saying "Do it now!" ;)
  • re:SRS light.fighting with Honda now..had to replace "pretn buckle set"..because of drivers seat belt buckle sensor failure..Honda's Warranty coverage states..HONDA WILL REPAIR OR REPLACE ANY HONDA SEAT BELT COMPONENT THAT FAILS TO FUNCTION PROPERLY DURING NORMAL USE..sensor part of seat belt assembly but they say not covered???????
  • www.ahm-ownerlink.com/Maintenance/maint_faqs.asp#oilfirst

    This is the link to read what Honda says about your first oil change.

    "WHY SHOULD I WAIT TO CHANGE THE OIL THE FIRST TIME?"

    "Your Honda engine was delivered with an oil that is specially formulated for new engines that have not yet developed their "natural" wear patterns and may contain minute particles from the manufacturing process.

    "American Honda strongly recommends this special oil be left in the engine long enough for these wear patterns to develop, usually until the first maintenance interval specified in your Owner's Manual, based on your specific driving conditions."

    For my 2005 CR-V, that was 10,000 miles, and thats when I performed the first oil change, switching to 5W20 Mobil-1 synthetic.

    Were I you, I would show this to the Dealer and ask them to present me with an official text from Honda stating that Honda now has a different position on the issue of first oil change intervals.

    Dealer service personnel have rather thick skins and I doubt you will embarrass anyone there. But perhaps they might be somewhat more reluctant to attempt conning you in the future.

    Cheers,

    Jack
  • plim77plim77 Posts: 46
    He may not have the intention of 'taking you for a ride.' Rather, the tech could have been uneducated or have a different opinion than Honda of America.

    Some things to remember:
    The sales department and the service department are not the same. They are under different cost centers and have different managers. Often, the two don't get along. So, a great experience in sales does not mean you'll get the same in service. When a salesperson tells you something, it's probably out of the car manuel (what he's been taught to say). When a tech says something, often it's his own opinion. Talk to another tech at the same dealership, and you'll get a different one.

    On the 2006 CR-V, the oil change schedule is 5,000 miles for severe, 10,000 for normal. Your tech may have been confused w/previous generations or other models, which have the 3750/7000 oil change schedule. Or, he could simply believe in changing the oil every 3,000. Techs also seemed to have a problem when Honda switched to 5w20. Many of the service departments continued to use and recommend 10w30 because 5w20 seemed so thin.

    Unfortunately, the maintainence schedule is only an estimate. What will actually happen can be very different. I had to have my diff fluid changed at 22,000 miles, despite Honda's recommendation of 90k. It was free, but they said only because it was under 30k. (Where the tech got that standard from, I don't know for sure, but in most cars, it is 30k.)
  • sky23213sky23213 Posts: 296
    Regarding the ride, I was referring to the suggested short interval for the dual pump fluid replacement, as I believe that's what was the poster was commenting:

    ...the service rep is telling me that I need to have the rear differential fluid changed now or I risk it making noise and causing damage to it. When I asked if it was recommended by Honda in the owners manual they said no, but that Honda does recommend it at 7,500 miles for the first change then 15,000 miles thereafter. I checked the owners manual and it if specs every 90,000 miles.

    As far as oil, I guess we all are pretty much on the same page.
  • Hi i have a 1997 CR-V with 150000km on the clock. I bought it as a japanese import here in the UK nd apart from it having a split radiator header it has been great however recently after running out of fuel a warning light now illuminates. it looks like a pic of a silencer with heat coming of the top. What does this mean?
  • I have a 02 CrV and normally when you press the remote lock button twice the car beeps indicating that all is locked and the alarm is armed. The beep has just ceased to happen. I have checked all the doors and hatch and all are closed tight. The doors all lock, but why did the beep cease to beep?

    Thanks for any insight...
  • user777user777 Posts: 3,341
    was the beep from the horn? maybe the wire to the horn has fallen off. try honking your horn from the steering wheel... you want to make sure that is still working. if it isn't you know you have to track down that problem.

    the other thing that comes to mind... it could be a relay or security module or wire/wiring harness problem...

    is this the honda alarm system?
    if so the installation instructions from H+A Accessories for the '02 option may provide a starting point for sleuthing loose wires / wiring harnesses:
    http://www.handaaccessories.com/crv/02CRVSECURITY.pdf
  • I have a two year old 05 CR-V. I put on 10K miles every year so I just followed the honda schedule to change oil/filter once a year. The first oil/filter changed was done at local honda dealer a year ago. This time, I was planning to do it myself.
    However, after I located the oil filter, I found it has several dent marks on it (possibly made by plier wrench) and it is somewhat deformed. I suspect that person at the dealership failed to remove the original filter and just drained and filled the oil without telling me anything.
    What do you guys think? Or is it possible that they use plier wrench to tighten the new filter?
    Thanks!
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