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Honda Ridgeline Maintenance and Repair

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  • I live in Central PA where it does get cold at times. My rear window does not frost up on the inside or the outside. On the few occasions that I get into the truck with passengers with very wet clothes on, just setting the defrost mode takes care of any condensation on the windows, including the back windows, very quickly. The HVAC airflow in the Ridgeline is designed to clear the back window with just the defrost setting. Mine does the job just fine.
  • It may be the tweeter covers. Just pop them off and put a little bit of double sided stickey tape on the underside of the cover. (Ya, I learned about that too on www.ridgelineownersclub.com) I haven't had that problem on my Ridgeline but I have heard that others have eliminated some squeaks from their tweeter covers with a little tape.
    Hope that helps. :)
  • It is on the lower square sticker on the drivers door jamb, closest to the ground.
    Shhhhhhhh!
  • aspesisteveaspesisteve Posts: 833
    has anyone installed or seen a bed cover for the Ridgeline that rolls in and out?

    is it weather proof?

    thanks
  • lyndaglyndag Posts: 7
    Go to www.ridgelineownersclub.com and there is a thread on the Retrax cover in the forum discussions. Most people seem pretty happy with this cover.
  • bertie2bertie2 Posts: 3
    Want to buy Ridgeline. I am a finish carpenter. Often have to carry lumber of 14+ feet. Does anyone know of any cross bar "trac" systems that would work with the sloping sides of the Ridgeline?
  • gearhead1gearhead1 Posts: 408
    Often have to carry lumber of 14+ feet.

    If you have to do this often, I would think a separate trailer might be a better idea. It would also be more secure. Just an idea.
  • aspesisteveaspesisteve Posts: 833
    bertie,
    I'm in the same boat and wondered the same thing.

    one set up I saw which might work is something that plugs into the trailer hitch and extends upwards to the height of the cab. You would secure things like baseboard to it and the roof rails. This isn't for heavy framing type lumber but would support base, crown and casing.

    I don't know who sells it, but you could figure it out on the net I'm sure.
  • tonkatruktonkatruk Posts: 11
    Double standards when it comes to quality vehicles in North America, just another case of where domestics aren't scrutenized fairly...

    After reports of Odysseys, CR-Vs and Elements catching fire due to poorly located oil filters near the exhaust, a member at Blue Oval News checked out the NHTSA website. And sure enough, two 2006 Honda Ridgelines have been documented for catching fire.

    From NHTSA's WebSite...

    Quote:
    Make: HONDA
    Model: RIDGELINE
    Type: TRUCK
    Year: 2006
    Complaint Number: 10146750
    Summary:
    FIRE IN ENGINE BAY OF NEW HONDA RIDGELINE, DEBRIS CAUGHT BETWEEN EXHAUST AND CATALYTIC CONVERTER. MAJOR DAMAGE. BOUGHT 2ND. RIDGELINE. 2 MINOR EPISODES OF BURNING SMELL WHILE USING ON DIRT ROADS. THIS IS NOT A COINCIDENCE! *JB

    Make: HONDA
    Model: RIDGELINE
    Type: TRUCK
    Year: 2006
    Complaint Number: 10144782
    Summary:

    WE GOT OUR RIDGELINE ON MARCH 12 A FEW DAYS THAT THEY HAD BEEN OUT, ONLY THE SECOND THAT THE DUVAL HONDA HAD SOLD. AND WE HAVE DONE NOTHING BUT LOVE THAT TRUCK. ON FRIDAY 11/25/05 ON MY WAY TO WORK, I AHD BEEN DRIVING ABOUT 5-8 MINTUES AND THEN I SMELT SOMETHING A LITTLE STRANGE.........COMING OUT OF THE AC VENT. I TURNED THE HEATER OFF......THE SMELL OF SMOKE STARTED TO GET HEAVIER AND HEAVIER. I LOOKED INTO THE VENT AND NOTICED THAT THERE WAS SMOKE AND FIRE BILLOWING INSIDE.....NOT SURE WHERE IT WAS COMING FROM...I GOT OUT OF THE TRUCK, CALLED FIRE/RESCUE, AND BEGAN TO GET MOST OF THE BELONGINGS THAT I COULD. THE TRUCK WAS FULLY INVOLVED BY TIME FIRE/RESCUE ARRIVED ON SCENE. I MUST SAY THAT, BACK IN SEPTMBER I NOTICED THAT THE RADIO WHICH IS STILL STOCK WAS WIRED INCORRECTLY, I MENTIONED IT THE LAST TIME THAT I TOOK THE BABY IN FOR SERVICING. THEY SAID THAT THEY WOULD HAVE TO TAKE THE DASH OUT AND HAVE IT RE-WIRED THE CORRECT WAY. AND THAT IT WOULD BE AN ALL DAY AFFAIR, I HAVENT HAD THE TIME TO HAVE THAT DONE, AND MY DEALER DOESNT OFFER LOANER CARS. AM I SAYING THAT THIS IS THE REASON THAT THIS HAPPENED? I AM NOT SURE. AS ANYONE HAD ANYTHING SIMULAR?? *NM

    My question is...when is Honda going to do something about this? Ford got reamed in the F-series recall due to 150 or so trucks that caught fire from 1994-2003 models due to a faulty cruise control switch, but now Honda has approximately 50 or so fires (maybe more that I haven't read about) since 2003 and not a peep has been made. No recalls, few reports by the media, and no responsibility taken by Honda Motor.

    If this was any domestic automaker, the outrage would reverberate throughout every publication in the nation. Instead, Hondas fires have fallen upon deaf ears, and the vehicle that earned two Truck of the Year awards is literally on fire.

    The F-series fires were due to a defective switch by a Ford supplier; the Honda fires are due to poor design by Honda. Honda knows about this, but refuses to do anything besides blame the dealerships and mechanics. With Acura sales in the proverbial dumpster, criticism and slowing sales of the Accord Hybrid, and the overpriced and undercapable (and now fire-prone) Honda Ridgeline, I can't help but think that Honda is starting to slip up. The only thing propping Honda up right now is the '06 Civic...everything else is either leveling out or losing sales, according to the February 06 figures.
  • bolivarbolivar Posts: 2,316
    The Honda fires I have heard about were caused by someone changing the oil filter, the rubber seal from the old filter remained on the adapter, and a new filter (with a seal) screwed on. Thus, an oil filter with a double seal was then on the car.

    Driving then led to a massive oil leak from the double seals not actually 'sealing'. The leaking oil gets to very hot metal - exhaust manifold, cat converter, etc and catches on fire.

    Did you have an oil change just before your fire?

    If so, the grease monkey, err.... oil change technician, probably caused your Honda to burn up.
  • lavkalavka Posts: 1
    Domestic manufacturers are putting their cars together with all foreign parts so whats the difference?
  • tonkatruktonkatruk Posts: 11
    Domestic manufacturers contribute to the socio/economic growth of our country, not merely pay the workers and take everything home (Japan/Korea). The average American has not done there homework in regards to the impact that has on our economy. Furthermore, can you imagine 1.5 million people losing their pensions and healthcare and the additional drain that will put on the American economy as if it isn't drained already? While the Japanese take the profits from us and deploy them into the Japanese tax base it is bolstering their economy at the expense of our own. Their taxes go to support their social healthcare system while we sit and watch our system crumble. Do you think the Japanese, Koreans, or Germans slander their own manufacturing base the way Americans do? The answer is no, because they have a thing called an "allegiance" to supporting their own national good. If the world were on a true and level playing (trading) field this could be viewed differently, as it stands it is far from it.
  • jazonjazon Posts: 9
    the CRV has had fire problems for several years, its been in the news a lot. Honda tried to stop the fires with training but new fires are still showing up on the Government web page.

    The fire problem with the CRV is the location of the oil filter to the exhaust system. its too close. a terrible design.

    The Ridgeline might have a similar but differnt design flaw going on.

    Because the Ridgeline isn't a true truck, it has a front wheel drive powertrain configuration with the engine and transmission all crammed up in the engine compartment. The Ridgeline is basically the Honda Odysey platform, not a real truck platform. It makes sense that debris could get stuck in their while off roading and catching on fire.

    Honda has zero experience with trucks or off-roading and it shows up in a lot of the problems the Ridgeline has been having.
  • jazonjazon Posts: 9
    Does anyone else on here have the stalling problem with the Ridgeline? If so, has the dealer been able to fix the stalling yet?
  • gearhead1gearhead1 Posts: 408
    Because the Ridgeline isn't a true truck, it has a front wheel drive powertrain configuration with the engine and transmission all crammed up in the engine compartment. The Ridgeline is basically the Honda Odysey platform, not a real truck platform.

    No not really. More than 90% of the Ridgeline is new and unique to the Ridgeline.

    It makes sense that debris could get stuck in their while off roading and catching on fire.

    News Flash: catylitic converters get hot and will cause a fire with dry brush, but are less likely with the RL because of the way they are placed.

    Honda has zero experience with trucks or off-roading and it shows up in a lot of the problems the Ridgeline has been having.

    Honda is a leader in off road racing with their ATVs and motorcycles. They know plenty. They are also racing the Ridgeline off road in the stock class using the stock 4x4 drive train. The engineer (Gary Flint) that designed the Ridgeline has plenty of truck design experience. You don't really seem that informed or do you always have to be spoon fed this way.

    Whoops, look at this. This must be a pic showing Honda with no off road experience.

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  • bertie2bertie2 Posts: 3
    Thanks for idea about trailer. Had considered that. But, I am an apartment dweller so have limited parking options. Think it is the best way to go, so will work on the parking issue.
  • bertie2bertie2 Posts: 3
    Considered trailer hitch adaption. But ruled it out because, as you said it wouldn't be any good for framing lumber. I also thought it would be a hassel for accessing the truck bed.
  • jazonjazon Posts: 9
    I think part of the problem Honda is having with the Ridgeline stems from the fact its from a car based platform.

    A transverse mounted engine and a transverse mounted minivan transmisson is not the ideal set up for towing or off-roading.

    The problem Edmunds had with their Ridgeline suspension didn't happen with the Tacoma, because the Toyota uses a truck platform and truck suspension and not something based on the Sienna or Camry. Honda chose to use struts like they use on the Odyssey / Accord I'm sure to save costs.

    Toyota and Nissan have been building trucks for decades and have learned a few things along the way. If Honda had built a truck before they probably would not be having all the embarrassing problems they are experiencing with the Ridgeline.

    Its sort of funny that even the car market is moving back to rear wheel drive (Chrysler 300, Magnum, Cadillac, G35, all Lexus) and Honda delivers a "truck" that has a transverse mounted engine.
  • aspesisteveaspesisteve Posts: 833
    can you imagine what the quality of the "big" three would be like without the competition/domination that has come from Japan? You'd be driving the same crap that my dad drove.

    Honda, imo, does a better job of providing secure employment here in the US than GM. Do you really care about the fat cat execs at the top making their bonuses while they lay off thousands?
  • once_for_allonce_for_all Posts: 1,640
    A transverse mounted engine and a transverse mounted minivan transmisson is not the ideal set up for towing or off-roading.

    Look, how the engine is mounted, etc., has little to do with towing and off-roading.

    Weight distribution is the key issue, and which wheels are the "driven wheels", and if AWD, how is the power apportioned? Granted, where the engine is located does affect weight distribution, but that's why the engineers get the big bucks.

    John
  • tonkatruktonkatruk Posts: 11
    Good God man, your really impressing me! What car company hasn't the cash (other than Yugo) to put on a promotional vehicle like this, especially one with so many American dollars flowing back to mother Japan??? I'd put any Chevy beater 4x4 or Ford and put it up against some revamped front wheel drive wanna-be Hruck.
  • tonkatruktonkatruk Posts: 11
    Just the type of response I would expect out of the west coast liberals, so I'm not suprised. Just remember that "our" American tax base comes from all 50 states, our problems are "our" problems. The economy woes may not have hit your turf yet but they've certainly settled into the mid-west, eyes are beginning to open. If you think Rick Wagoner is making too much money, why aren't you bitching about the several hundred CEO's in America making over 10 times his inflated take home? Bye the way, the CEO of Honda, Koki Hirashima makes 3.4 million a year but receives $39 milion in additional compensation through various forms of Japanese diversified perks. This guy is making far more than old Rick and he's putting out some pretty troublesome products but has this loyalist American bashing base behind him, supporting the "what is wrong here" ideology I'm trying to bring into light here.
  • vix4vix4 Posts: 52
    I have to differ with you about there being no difference between a transverse (front wheel drive) powertrain layout and a rear wheel drive configuration. There is a huge difference and the latter is the overwhealming choice of truck manufacturers the world over. Honda only had the minivan platform to start with do to cost cutting so the Ridgeline is hampered by its lowly roots.

    The fact that the Ridgeline can not accomodate a transfer case with a low gear is proof of the severely compromised design when you start with a front wheel drive layout.
  • aspesisteveaspesisteve Posts: 833
    what's more american?
    a Honda built in Alabama or a Chevy built in Mexico?

    While Honda sales grow in numbers, their workers here in the US are able to cash a paycheck, pay taxes and consume without fear of losing their job the next day.
    GM employees are getting laid off because of poor leadership, short sightedness and inferior product.

    Honda, Toyota, even BMW and Mercedes will provide a better economic base for the American worker than GM. GM is toast.

    If GM made a decent product they wouldn't be in such bad shape. Don't ask me to give them a hand out and pay for an inferior product - it's not the American way IMO
  • gearhead1gearhead1 Posts: 408
    I agree, GM is finished, but we'll be watching them in their death throws for awhile. It doesn't matter what money goes back to Japan as long as Americans are employed, can produce a quality product and can consume here in the US.

    I will support the American worker by buying from Honda, a company that is supporting them.
  • tcasboytcasboy Posts: 214
    You guys arguing about the buy Americn thing and the RL bashers on here are really ruining what could be an interesting thread.

    Thanks a lot.

    TB
  • aspesisteveaspesisteve Posts: 833
    Allright tcasboy,

    you're right,
    what's up with the Ridgeline?

    I took my GM bashing over to the GM board where it belongs.
  • 5553543255535432 Posts: 150
    Bye the way, the CEO of Honda, Koki Hirashima makes 3.4 million a year but receives $39 milion in additional compensation through various forms of Japanese diversified perks.
    ------------

    Link please, otherwise your statements are nothing but fabrication, coz I read that Toyota exectives s are getting less than GM's. Haven't read anything from Honda.

    By the way, I' will post the link showing how Toyota honchos are taking lower take home pays over GM once I find it out, otherwise take my words as fabrication of facts too.
  • wwestwwest Posts: 10,706
    Well, yes, and NO!

    If the engine were mounted longitudinally the transmission weight would be more centered, less forward weight bias. Additionally with a transverse mounted engine the Transaxle must be less "beefey" in order to fit cross-wise along with the engine.

    But all that aside I do not understand why the Ridgeline doesn't come with the SH-AWD driveline system. Seems rather stupid of Honda to me.
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