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Honda CR-V Maintenance and Repair



  • ibuenoibueno Posts: 1
    I have a 2005 CRV with 23K miles on it. I bought it new in January 2005. A few months ago, we began noticing an intermitent smell when running the A/C.:

    .Settings did not see to matter that much.
    . It does not do it in the mornings.
    . It does it after running the car for a while and then making a stop for about 20 minutes or so, as of when going shopping, to a restaurant, etc.
    . When you start the AC again, it may be a couple of minutes and the smell starts, and stays there for not long, it eventually clears ( time varies, but usually a minute or two).
    . When this fist began, the smell was not too strong, but lately it is so strong, that it actually makes you turn it off, and it is kind of nauseating, like a very sweet/chemical type of smell.

    I've had it to the dealer about 4 times for the same problem. They have not been able to reproduce it, as all they do is let the car run with the A/C on.
    First I was told to replace the A/C filter. I did it myself (and saved a bundle) and of course did not help the problem.
    Then I was told the Engine needed cleaning as they saw/smelled some rat/squirrell dropings. Well, my CRV is garaged at home and at work and my house is about 5 years old and free of mice and that did not make sense, but I wanted the engine clean anyway.
    That did not do it, I took it in again.
    Now they tell me that unless they can reproduce it, they can not fix it. They tell me to bring it in when it is doing it, which is impossible since It goes away after a minute or two. They had the mechanic take it home, but I doubt he drove it the way we normally do (with the few stops to go in and out of places).

    So now the car has gone out of warranty as of a few days ago. Any suggestions?

    Thanks!!! :confuse:
  • Our 02 CR-V has smelled like burning rubber since new. Apparently the "lean burn system" causes the exhaust system to burn extremely hot. There are reports of Honda exhaust pipes glowing red at night on freeways. We have over 140K Km. on ours and other than an annoying smell on arrival at our destination, no burning or exhaust system problems. We have to have our exhaust emissions tested every two years in Ontario Canada and has surpassed all requirements. You might want to have yours tested to ensure there isn't something causing an overheated catalytic converter.
  • user777user777 Posts: 3,341
    are there four identical tires on the vehicle?
  • blueiedgodblueiedgod Posts: 2,803
    My 06 CRV has been having one problem and I'm not sure what's wrong. When I have been driving my daughter to day-care each day (about 10 miles) when I get her out of the rear passenger side I notice a smell of burning rubber. This has been the only time I notice the smell. It is only on that side not on the drivers side. It seems to be coming from the rear wheel area. Just guessing but maybe a siezed rear brake? I do live in Minnesota so salt is definitely an issue and I do have 26,000 miles on the car. Any ideas?

    I get that smell too. Originally I thought it was from the exhaust, as the Civic Si used to smell this way too, and it does not have AWD. But, now, I am not 100% sure.

    The smells seems to go away if I rotate tires more often. The 2/32 difference in thread depth activated AWD unit on the 2005 CR-V. I plan on rotating tires twice as ofen now, at 5,000 miles, and see if the smell comes back.
  • phisherphisher Posts: 175
    Thanks for the follow-up. Always appreciate your expert opinion I'm planning on getting new tires in the next week so I will let you know if that takes care of the smell. :)
  • corvo3corvo3 Posts: 3
    Thanks - the anti-lock braking system was the first thing the manager of the dealership mentioned but they ruled it out. This noise is from the front of the vehicle.

    Our rear differential needed new fluid after about 17K miles, making these gear tooth noises on sharp turns. Did you experience this as well?

  • Yes they are, i am also experiencing the rubbing sound that others are experiencing with the rear differential problems. Maybe they are connected?
  • sky23213sky23213 Posts: 296
    The AWD engaged thus the smell makes most sense to me. But I rotate the tires every 6k - 7K (Discount Tire freebie), so I haven't noticed.
    What tires are you getting?
  • user777user777 Posts: 3,341
    i believe the new recommended interval for servicing the rear differential fluid is on the order of 15K miles.
  • chufnchufn Posts: 1
    I just bought a used 2000 Honda CRV. There was something spilled on the back seats.I have tried cleaning them but it keeps seeping back up through the fabric.And it has a bad smell.Well,I thought if I could take out the seat bottom I could maybe clean it better.I am sure it can`t get eny worse.I am not sure how to get the seat out.I pulled of a velcro panel on the bottom of the seat and there are 2 large bolts .If I take out these bolts will I be able to get them back on? Or any other ideas????
    Cindy H.
  • jpurdyjpurdy Posts: 1
    I have had my 04 cr-v in at the dealership 2 times this week for the exact same thing (because they didn't find the problem the first time).

    I talked to the service manager (who drives one as well) and he advised me that there is a vent at the rear right of the vehicle. It is for the differential and the drive train. Aparently when it gets cold/damp or very warm, pressure builds up in those areas and this is where the gasses are vented. It smells just like burning rubber. He said every CR-v will do it as well as many other Honda models. It is perfectly normal and nothing to worry about.

    I just hope he is right.
  • phisherphisher Posts: 175
    I'm now leaning towards the michelin just because of the $60 rebate. I'll probably go with the hydroedge like you or the MX4 but will double check for the reviews. Anything is better than the Dullers that came on it.
  • gmoney2gmoney2 Posts: 31
    Our rear differential needed new fluid after about 17K miles, making these gear tooth noises on sharp turns. Did you experience this as well?

    My CRV has about 18k miles on it, and I haven't experienced the problem with the rear diff yet (and hopefully won't)...although, I know a lot of people in this forum have.
  • hello can u help me i have a 53reg crv and its just started making a wirring nosie on tick over and when driving the noise increases with more revs
  • blueiedgodblueiedgod Posts: 2,803
    hello can u help me i have a 53reg crv and its just started making a wirring nosie on tick over and when driving the noise increases with more revs

  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 38,931
    Something about a new registration scheme that was introduced in 2003 in England. I forget if it made it easier to import cars or reduced prices across the board or what. So I'm guessing that Lambypie's CR-V is 5 years old or newer.
  • blueiedgodblueiedgod Posts: 2,803
    Thank you for the explanation.
  • Does the 2002 crv have a timing belt or chain? dealer said i should change it at 90,000 miles i thought it was a chain. Does anyone know the recomended change of belt or chain thanks Mark
  • Chain..

    2001 and older have belts..

    You usually change the chain when it breaks.. :surprise:

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