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Honda CR-V Maintenance and Repair



  • circlewcirclew Posts: 8,355
    edited October 2010
    I bought Kumho Road Venture APT (KL51) in 245/70 R17 and they are good tires for $580 for all 4. They rate 88% of the best (#7 /58) on TireRack survey for All Season SUV tires. (The tire mech. was worried they wouldnt fit but no problem at all.)

    Far better than the stock BS's and the handing is excellent with the added 1/2 inch Sect. width.

    600 UTOG, TempA,Trac.A

  • I think Michelin has another promotion this fall. They send a $70 prepaid debit card to you when you purchase 4 tires. Sort of like a rebate but without actually getting a check.
  • Dealer eventually identified the problem after several times test-driving the car with Chasis ear on. It was the losen engine mount that produced the noise. Dealer tighened all the bolts and the noise eventually went away. All together, we went to dealer for warranty service about this problem for 12 times. Honda's quality control is really an issue now. Thank you guys for the sugeestions and time.

    By the way, the car was assembled in Japan.
  • madams1madams1 Posts: 101
    Just discovered an oil leak. The vehicle has a bit over 100K miles. Checked the oil and is 3/4 quart low. Not sure if all of the oil used since last oil change is leak or just usage. I am 2,500 miles and 4 months into last oil change. I started at the top and discovered a leak from one of 3 color coded bolts(yellow) located just below the battery. I followed the leak down the frame and under the front side of the vehicle. I am wondering what is up with these color coded bolts and what is under these bolts. Plan to monitor the oil level until next oil change unless it is constant oil loss. Then I plan to take to the shop I go to that specializes in Honda/Acura.

    If anyone knows what is under these color coded bolts, I would like to know. Any thoughts appreciated. I am hoping this is not the front oil seal as I have heard that is quite a bit of money.
  • zeenzeen Posts: 391
    I replaced the passenger side headlight bulb. For the driver's side, you must remove the fuse box but there is a metal bracket that remains that holds the fuse box that severely limits access to the bulb. Does anyone have any advice on how to do this? Must I unbolt the bracket and related items as well?
  • vanaticvanatic Posts: 2
    edited December 2010
    I am about to purchase a 2004 CRV with 47xxx miles. I know that it is not eligible for Honda Care since it is beyond 36k. I am looking for recommendations for reputable third-party extended warranty companies. Dealer is offering 4yr/60k Platinum coverage from Fidelity Warranty Services ( for $2450, my credit union recommends Route 66 Warranty (, I will be getting a quote from them in the morning. Anyone who has had a good experience with either of these companies or have another to recommend, please let me know. Many thanks in advance!
  • jimbresjimbres Posts: 2,025
    You'll find that most people around here aren't big fans of 3rd-party plans. If I were in your shoes, I'd stick the $2450 into the bank. (Interest rates are bound to go up soon.) If you don't think that's enough to cover future repairs, add another $100/month.

    I've owned Hondas since '74 & I've never had one that would have made the purchase of an EW worthwhile.
  • kyfdxkyfdx Posts: 27,704
    I bought a 7yr/100K Honda Care extended warranty for my '02 CR-V. (or was it 6yr/100K?). I believe I paid right around $1000.

    No matter... sold it after 6.5 years and 106K miles... without ever making a claim.

    Wish I still had that $1000....

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  • zeenzeen Posts: 391
    I will answer my own question for future reference. Dismounting the fuse box makes the job easier. You don't have to remove the metal bracket but it's a very tricky tight squeeze to remove the old bulb and insert the new one.
    Reattaching the clip that holds the bulb is very difficult as you really can't see the slot. It's trial and error. You are supposed to put a special grease on the bulb contacts before attaching the harness
  • crkyolfrtcrkyolfrt Posts: 2,345
    Sounds like it would be harder still to not get any dirt or oil on your fingers on the bulb while installing it, when you can't see or feel what you are doing. The slightest debris creates a hot spot and will cause new bulb to fail prematurely.
  • lzclzc Posts: 483
    Odds are the dealer makes more profit off the extended warranty than it does selling the car. Still, a large repair bill scares some people, so the peace of mind the warranty brings may be worth it.

    $2450 is a lot of money, though. How many repairs are likely to cost more than that? The A/C comes to mind. But I think the highest amount I've seen quoted is in the $3k range, and Honda's seems to be splitting the cost on that if the mileage is below 100k and one has evidence of regular service.

    What else? The engine seems to be bullet proof.
  • just purchased a 2011 Honda CR-V and have noticed when approaching 55-60mph, the front end shakes. Anyone have this problem or any recommendations to get rid of this problem? Maybe different tires than the factory installed ones?
  • crkyolfrtcrkyolfrt Posts: 2,345
    Don't know your location, but check for ice and snow stuck to inside or outside of wheel rims. Most common around this time of year if you are in snow country. If not that, then start with having the wheels balanced front and rear. The dealer should do this for free.
  • I have a 2008 CRV, AWD 4 cyl, about 20k miles. I've noticed for a couple months that there is a vibrating/grumbling noise only when I accelerate. It doesn't matter how fast I'm going, and it seems to be worst when it's cold out. After about 15-20 minutes of driving seems to improve. Any ideas? thanks.
  • circlewcirclew Posts: 8,355
    If you have the stock tires, they are probably close to 2/3 of their life. Did you rotate the tires at 5K intervals?

  • This is an old thread but I thought I might just as well contribute my recent experience...

    I don't think timing chains are forever. My 2003 CRV with 75000 km just had an "engine light" problem; was found to be due to "valve timing is off" and 'replaced chain and sprockets'. Not an inexpensive fix but the light has gone out...
  • kyfdxkyfdx Posts: 27,704
    Well... I think they are designed to last the life of the vehicle.. I don't think anyone would change one, unless it broke (or slipped)..

    Sort of like an automatic transmission... It's supposed to last the life of the vehicle, but that doesn't mean it will...

    The last chain I had to replace was on a '70 Ford Galaxie, so what do I know? ;)

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  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 44,422
    Unless that chain was making a racket like hell's bells, I think that repair was probably not the problem. If the chain jumped time, your car would run very very badly.


  • Any chance I may have a timing issue? I get a rough idle when cold and goes away when I put into gear. Haven't seen a misfire code set but will check again. '02 with 81K miles. Plugs have been replaced with OEM within the last 10K miles along with air filters.
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