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Honda Ridgeline Maintenance and Repair



  • the only problem I have had is the intermittent wipers not working.
  • :confuse: Bought a new 2007 Ridgeline Dec 5, 2007. From 20-45 mph when I travel at a constant speed, the left front has a rhythmic shush/tap/click that is audible when not drowned out by engine or fan noise. Sometimes the shush/tap/click is 2 or 3 in fast succession in the same rhythm as the single. It is most obvious when one is slowing down. I have checked the tire for a stone, nail, etc., but can't find anything.
    Does anyone have an ideas about what this might be? Should I be worried?
  • I have never heard this one, you should consult the service department. I have a honing type sound that comes out at very low speeds, below 10 mph, coming from under the truck but can never seem to produce the sound with the mechanic in the truck. It seems it is a bit different than your problem. Sounds like it could be the brakes, yikes. The mechanics should be able to hear a constant sound anyway, laki maika'i, mele kalikimaka
  • bolivarbolivar Posts: 2,316
    "Bought a new 2007 Ridgeline Dec 5, 2007... the left front has a rhythmic shush/tap/click that is audible ."

    It's just the normal breakdown of the dialithium crystals while being activated to warp you back from 2007 to Dec 14, 2006.
  • ramzey28ramzey28 Posts: 130
    I and I have found 3 others have a windshield creak sound, it sounds like in the middle, when you hit a sm /medium bump (and of coarse a large one). It's not the the visor or speaker cover (which others have had), I think my speaker cover does more of a squeak on washboard type roads (but i know that fix). Any ideas on the windshield creak noise.... I cant always have the radio turned up to drown it out. Dont get me wrong, its not a real loud creak but sure is annoying especially when its brand new and you paid all the $$$$
  • I don't think so. The dilithium breakdown is more of a crunching sound, like chewing ice, while this is a more slapping sound, like smacking yourself in the cheek with a dead fish.

    Actually, the problem I described was identified by the dealer's mechanic within a couple of hours -- noise from the CV joint/boot. They immediately ordered me a new left axle. (No joke.) My dealer is great--this is the fifth Honda we've purchased from them in Canandaigua, NY, and their service department is primo. By the way it was nice in 2007.

    One does not warp back from the future, by the way. It is more of a poof.
  • bolivarbolivar Posts: 2,316
    "this is a more slapping sound, like smacking yourself in the cheek with a dead fish."

    Nice to find someone with a sense of humor. Not many on here seem to have one.

    Glad to here your problem was found and is/will be fixed. My Ridgeline is a little over one year old, don't have much milage on it, but no problem to take back to the dealer. It does seem to getting a few rattles, one may be the speaker on the dash problem several are having.

    (Regarding the 'slap to the face with a fish' comment. This brought to mind the TV show of a few years back 'Due South', where Mountie Fraizer related that the scar on his face was caused by a schoolmate hitting him in the face with a dead otter...)
  • (Regarding the slap to the face with a fish . . . )

    I got the idea about slapping the face with a dead fish from a Monty Python sketch called, I think, the "Fish Slap Dance". I laughed out loud when I read your point about me traveling forward and backward in time, by the way!
  • shimmyshimmy Posts: 14
    I've had once a small limestone pebble stuck between brake pad and disk. Check it out.
  • shimmyshimmy Posts: 14
    Does anybody knows were to get nice aftermarket navigation/stereo system, the one which fits in to the dash? Don't like stickons very much.
  • shimmyshimmy Posts: 14
    I own a 2006 RTL and the tailgate does not lock. Tell me how do you do it?
  • shimmyshimmy Posts: 14
    It will get better, but'll newer be good.
  • bolivarbolivar Posts: 2,316
    The tailgate does not lock.

    The 'trunk' inside the bed does lock.
  • shimmyshimmy Posts: 14
    Apparently 'Skelley1' knows something we don't. May be they did come lockable in 2007?
  • bolivarbolivar Posts: 2,316
    Ooops, didn't understand exactly what you were replying to.

    I went to the Honda site for 2007 specifications.

    I see ' Lockable In-Bed Trunk™' and 'Dual-action tailgate', but nothing about lockable tailgate.
  • shimmyshimmy Posts: 14
    Check message #295.
  • toast3toast3 Posts: 2
    I drive my Ridgeline on grass roads and in fields on a regular basis. The design of the underbody picks up grass and litter which can smolder or catch fire. I had a close call with an engire fire last summer, but was close enough to a hose to put it out. I warned my Honda dealership in Charleston, SC as well as notified Honda. I got nowhere. Last week the engine did catch fire with only $2,000 of damage since the fire department arrived in time to prevent a total loss. My insurance is covering the loss, but I really don't want to take this truck off road again. Honda tough? Has anyone else had this problem or tried to contact Honda?

  • Much to my surprise, went out to our 2006 Ridgeline RTL today to find a large pool of water in the rear floorboard. Upon further investigation, the carpets and floors are completely soaked, front and back. Nothing was left open. I had noticed a very musty/moldy odor had appeared a few weeks ago. I guess this explains the problem. What should I do next, and what can I expect from the Honda dealer? Very upset.
  • shimmyshimmy Posts: 14
    I'm driving my RTL listening to the radio. Suddenly speaker in the front panel (near the windshield, passenger side),starts "farting";(for the wise guys >NO PASSENGERS IN THE CAR<). Not literaly, but sounds like it (like when you overload the base). I change radio station - same thing. Think "next day i will take the truck to the dealer", but in 10-15 minutes the problem disapeares and it sounds normal again. Happends twice allready. Does anybody have an idea?
  • beanctrbeanctr Posts: 99

    There have been reports with some Ridgelines having this problem, so your dealer should be able to help you resolve the issue. I believe there is a TSB on it. At any rate, once they find the source of the leak, I would insist that they replace your carpet. Good luck.
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