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Honda CR-V Rear Differential Problem?

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  • My first honda car (CIVIC),I was the 7th owner (13 years old),well maintained. No problem with transmission. I have the 4th one (ODY) at present. HONDA IS A PRACTICAL CHOICE!
  • No, no, no
    See postings around 228 and on. Dig up the Service Bulletin. This is a Honda defect/problem, not yours! :lemon:
  • lzclzc Posts: 483
    If you've never had the differential serviced in 126,000 miles, consider yourself lucky it didn't fail earlier. While CR-V differentials have had some problems they shouldn't have, the fluids need to be changed periodically.
  • mickdmickd Posts: 9
    my 07 needed the fluid changed at around 30K. Honda paid for it. Now I get it changed each summer before I go on long road trip. Works out to around 30K in between changes. Costs $65. Well worth the peace of mind
  • blueiedgodblueiedgod Posts: 2,797
    my 2005 cr-v has 126,500 mi. and the rear differential started making noise. the dealer said it would be 4000 dollars for a replacement.can i get one at a salvage yard? will it have the same problem down the road?this one has never been serviced.

    Before you go on and replace the differential, replace the fluid 3 times with short drives in between with Honda DPF II and see if it fixes the problem. You have nothing to lose, but stand a chance to fix the problem your negligence has caused.

    Also, the 2005 and on differentials are different from the previous years. They may physically fit, but the reaciton time is a lot shorter on 2005 and up differentials.

    The differential fluid needs to be replaced every 30,000 miles with Honda DPF or DPF II, only.

    Automatic transmission fluid needs to be replaced at same intervals with Honda ATF Z-1, only.

    Power steering fluid needs to be replaced with Honda PSF, only.

    Brake fluid needs to be replaced every 3 years regardless of mileage. You can use generic, but Honda DOT 3 fluid is preferred.

    Good luck with the vehicle.
  • Hi everyone...I am in the process of purchasing a 2010 CR-V LX in the North NJ area and all the dealers claim they can not locate one for me. I originally wanted an all wheel drive or a 4WD vechicle but now I am second guessing a Honda 4WD after reading this post about the differential problems. Would you not purchase the 4WD because of this? It is even harder to find a FWD in my area. Thanks!
  • kyfdxkyfdx Posts: 31,067
    You can't find front wheel drive CRVs in New Jersey because everyone wants the 4WD... You should want it, too.. for traction.. and, for resale..

    Keep up with the maintenance, and your chances of total failure are remote..

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  • Thanks for your reply "kyfdx". I believe others post I should change the fluid every 15k? Does this fall under Honda's 3yr warranty/maintence?
  • kyfdxkyfdx Posts: 31,067
    Unless there is something new.... Hondas don't offer free maintenance..

    So, unless your vehicle exhibits a warrantied problem, Honda isn't going to pay for it..

    I put 106K on a CR-V, and never had a problem with the rear diff-- Just did regularly scheduled dealer maintenance.

    In general, the CR-V has proven to be a very reliable vehicle.. Your chances of getting a problematic one are remote.

    regards,
    kyfdx

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  • Cargal,

    I just bought a 2010 CR-V LX 4WD in NJ. I had no trouble getting the car. As a matter of fact, I had my choice of colors and was able to get exactly what I wanted. Perhaps you can check out other dealers in the middle and western parts of the state. I definitely wanted a 4WD because of the snow etc..

    I had a first generation CR-V years ago and had no trouble with the rear differential. I am hoping that the 2010 model will be as reliable.
  • Hi Baydrive,

    May I ask you where and when you purchased your 2010 CRV? I live in Somerset County and I have checked with the Bridgewater dealer(had not even 1), North Plainfield(would have to find one), and lastly Planet Honda in Union and they are searching for one. No one has the LX model but the loaded EX-L seems plentiful. I also would like the polished metal metallic if possible and was told it is the most limited b/c this color was just added this year and seems to be most popular. At this point it seems I will be lucky to even get any color! Does anyone here know if Honda changed or extended their financing offer from the $239 deal. I thought maybe they may go back to the $199 deal they were running this past year.
    Thanks!
  • blueiedgodblueiedgod Posts: 2,797
    I believe others post I should change the fluid every 15k? Does this fall under Honda's 3yr warranty/maintence?

    The car will tel lyou when you should change the lfuid with the new maintenance minder system.

    Generally, it will happen every other or every 3rd oil change. It is no different that changing oil, which seems to be OK with most people, but for some odd reason, people buck at idea that other fluids need to be replaced.

    I assume these people still change underwear if not daily, at least on a regular basis, or do they assume that underwear is a "lifetime" item as well?
  • I Don't know what the special offers that Honda has on the CR-V right now but I looked at current inventory and it appears that Madison Honda and Rt 23 Honda have some LX 4WD models (at least they list a few). I got my CR-V from Clinton Honda. They did not have any LX 4WD on their lot but they were able to locate a number of them and I got my choice of colors (even had the polished metal metallic at that time). They got the car in 3 days.

    Have you tried going on all the web sites of Honda Dealers in the area? They usually have their inventory posted online..

    Good Luck!
  • steverstever Viva Las CrucesPosts: 41,885
    Edmunds has a View Inventory tool too that'll let you seach within x miles of your zip code.

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  • Thanks Baydrive. I have been on every local Honda dealer website's inventory and when I get to the dealer they say "ohh...sorry..but we don't keep it updated", so I don't even bother checking any longer. It's funny..this Saturday night I thought I had negociated a deal and they were going to find me a car by Tuesday the 4th and they also never follow up. I can't believe that a customer walks into a dealer says they need a car same day, is pre-qualified and I furnish them with my completed loan appl. along with my already assigned Honda finance number and then they say
    "I wish I could sell you a car but I don't have any and no other dealer will give theirs up"! I think I am going to have to choose a different car like the GMC Terrain which I prefer the look better but they can't offer me decent leasing. I am heading out 1 more time this Sat.& will let you know if someone has a car to sell me. LOL
  • blueiedgodblueiedgod Posts: 2,797
    I am heading out 1 more time this Sat.& will let you know if someone has a car to sell me. LOL

    Is there a specific set up or color combination you are looking for?
  • kksrskksrs Posts: 1
    I took my CRV in to Honda on 11/20/09 to have a high pitched whining noise heard at speeds over 45mph. A Maintenance tech rode in the car w/me and as I was pulling out of the service area, making a u turn, the tech said the car had a "judder" and that they would need to burnish the rear end. This shaking was something I had complained about for 3 years to no avail. They did the rear end and I also had them service the car since I was close to needing it. The next day, when I was backing out of my drive way, there was a dragging, grinding noise coming from the rear. It only occured a couple of times and I have narrowed it down to occuring only when I have put on the parking brake when parked in driveway. (Yes I do release the brake before driving away). The gas mileage in town has dropped from 19-20mpg to 13-14 mpg and the dealership states they can't find anything wrong. Any ideas???
  • almattialmatti Posts: 164
    Are we required to HONDA ONLY Engine Oils or can you use any synthetics on the market? I've got 22k on my 2007, chnaged the oil only once. That's scary to me - but it's based on the Car's recommendation in the manual. Honda Oil is some sort of marvel oil??
  • blueiedgodblueiedgod Posts: 2,797
    Are we required to HONDA ONLY Engine Oils or can you use any synthetics on the market? I've got 22k on my 2007, chnaged the oil only once. That's scary to me - but it's based on the Car's recommendation in the manual. Honda Oil is some sort of marvel oil??

    You can use any brand of engine oil as long as falls within the spec for your engine.

    ATF, DPF, and PS fluids are Honda or Showa only. Since Showa does not sell retail in the US, you are limited to buying it from Honda.

    Coolant and brake fluids have comparable aftermarket, but the cost savings are minimal over using Honda branded fluids.
  • Ok so im soo confused. Do I need to change the rear differential fluid every 30k for a 2006 CRV LX 2WD?

    Thanks
  • blueiedgodblueiedgod Posts: 2,797
    Ok so im soo confused. Do I need to change the rear differential fluid every 30k for a 2006 CRV LX 2WD?

    Thanks


    Why would you have a rear differential in a FWD vehicle?

    Bend down behind your Cr-V and look through the middle. If there is a giant hole in the middle of the rear suspension, then you don't have a rear differential and you don't need to change the differential fluid.

    If you see a "pumpkin" in there, then you got a heck of a deal on an AWD CR-V, but only paid FWD price, but you will have to change the fluid every 30,000 miles.
  • oh ok. so the rear differential problem is only for the awd/4x4 ?

    see i told u i was all confused. Im looking to buy a 2006 crv so thats why i was asking hehehe. oh btw is 13800 a fair price for a 2006 crv lx with 42377 miles?

    thanks for all of your help
  • blueiedgodblueiedgod Posts: 2,797
    Below is the national Black book info. you make the conclusion based on how "clean" or "average" the vehicle is.

    VIN: JHLRD6856
    UVC: 2006360086
    VIN + UVC: JHLRD6856086
    MSRP: $20,395
    Finance Advance: $12,900
    Model#: RD6856EW
    Price Incl: AT AC
    Mileage Cat: B
    Weight: 3,318
    Wheelbase: 103.3
    Base HP: 156 @ 5900
    Taxable HP: 18.8
    Tire Size: 215/65R16
    Drive Train: FWD
    Transmission: A
    Fuel Type: Gas
    Cylinders: 4


    Black Book Retail as of 02/08/2010

    Extra Clean Clean Average Rough
    Base $16,550 $14,925 $12,875 $11,125
    Options $0 $0 $0 $0
    Mileage ($350) $0 $275 $0
    Total $16,200 $14,925 $13,150 $11,125

    Black Book Trade-In as of 02/08/2010

    Clean Average Rough
    Base $12,600 $10,975 $8,550
    Options $0 $0 $0
    Mileage $0 $275 $0
    Total $12,600 $11,250 $8,550
  • booger53booger53 Posts: 2
    edited February 2010
    2005crv ex awd, 66,600
    A/c crashed last week, took to dealer, while there had them look at rear differential, they replaced fluid and so far seems to be fixed. started groaning approx. 55,000miles. Thought it may be due to new tires, so had the 4 wheel alignment done at local shop. Also had been pulling to the right since we have owned it. Discovered here that it was a problem with the front damper system. Showed dealer a copy of an internal service bulletin (4/2005), still refused to repair, out of warranty.
  • sheastersheaster Posts: 6
    I have under 9K miles on my 2009 CR-V. Lately I have noticed a metal on metal grinding noise intermittently on the underside of the driver's side - wheel area. Rough roads seem to trigger the noise. Also, when the vehicle is cold, while in reverse, there is a grinding sound that appears to originate in the rear, center, underside of the car. Since I am planning a 1500 mile trip in a few weeks, I am getting nervous about taking this car. I don't the like the CR-V nearly as much as the 2006 Civic I have. If I didn't live in a bad, snowy climate, I'd get rid of it. Disappointing mileage and not nearly as good in the snow as the Forerster I used to own.
  • iangusiangus Posts: 2
    I went to tameron honda in hoover and they said i had a noise in the rear differential. Thay told me that they were well aware of this problem and that they would repair the problem for an estimated price of 4500.00,I checked at benardi parts online and a differential from them is 1200.00 that means that tamaron would be getting 3300.00 labor cost. How sick is that!Come on guys give me a brake.and by the way i am a machanic so i know what it takes to change this differential. Thank you.
  • blueiedgodblueiedgod Posts: 2,797
    I went to tameron honda in hoover and they said i had a noise in the rear differential. Thay told me that they were well aware of this problem and that they would repair the problem for an estimated price of 4500.00,I checked at benardi parts online and a differential from them is 1200.00 that means that tamaron would be getting 3300.00 labor cost. How sick is that!Come on guys give me a brake.and by the way i am a machanic so i know what it takes to change this differential. Thank you.

    So, why not change it your self? What woudl you charge to change a differential on someone's car?

    I still think you shold replace the DPF, as stated in the TSB and see if it helps. Chances are it will.
  • fightfairfightfair Posts: 2
    Please, please ,please, everyone who has had this type of problem file a complaint at this link. https://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/ivoq/ See this website and fill out a complaint. It is about time Honda stands behind there cars again. Tell everyone you know with this type of problem. Enough is enough. We don't need a class action. We need enough voices to force Honda to honor their word or suffer the same consequences as Toyota has. It will take all of us to get some action taken. This is not the first time Crv's have had different information in the owner's manual from what the service bulletin says. Look up valve issues and adjustment schedules. They have done this before and gotten away with it. Not this time.
  • motoguy128motoguy128 Posts: 146
    That is pretty steep. Even at a very high $100/hr shop rate, that's still 33 hours. I can't imagine it taking 1 guy 4 days or even 2 mechanics 2 full days to complete this job. Sounds like its' about twice the price I'd expect in labor.

    Unless they are using a 100% mark-up on the honda part so it's $2400 for the diff and $2100 in labor.
  • PLEASE TELL EVERYONE WITH NOISE FROM THE READ OF THEIR HONDA CR-V TO DO THE FOLLWOING;
    1. WRITE A SHORT LETTER TO CORPORATE HONDA DESCRIBING THE PROBLEM -
    2. HAVE THE LETTER NOTORIZED AND SEND CERTIFIED MAIL SIGNATURE CARD REQURED AND SEND IT TO American Honda Motor Co., Inc.
    Honda Automobile Customer Service
    1919 Torrance Boulevard
    Mail Stop: 500 - 2N - 7D
    Torrance, CA 90501-2746
    3. FILE A COMPLAINT AT https://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/ivoq/
    I JUST DID AND I AM ALSO CALLING THE LEMON LAW LAWYER. THERE ARE A TON OF THEM ON THE INTERNET.
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