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Honda CR-V Handling and Alignment

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  • Please call Honda Corporate and report this issue! The phone numbers and information are on Page 5.

    We need to get this fixed!!
  • bj02176bj02176 Posts: 115
    My 08 does not pull anywhere, left or right, wheel vibration at highway speeds is minimal, the best I have had in a long time with the many cars I have owned.

    At 10,000 mileage not to much to complain about. They manual seat adjustment does not hold, sinks to the bottom, just like my 2003 Accord. That's about it though.
  • I have just purchased an EX-L and the second day I returned it to the dealer stating that there was a vibration when you were at highway speeds (100km/60 mph). Thought it must be the OEM Bridgestone H/T tires. The dealer didn't -- two weeks later after constant griting of teeth I took it in again - but this time with new Michelins X-Ice tires freshly mounted on new rims. Dealer says he still cannot feel anything and that it is just the way it rides. Has offered me to Road Force Balance my original tires. I gave up a 9 year old Accord with 200,000 Km on it - it had a substantially smoother ride as does my 2004 Acura EL.

    I expected a bumpier ride but the vibration makes me want to park it for any long road trip.

    Is it me?
  • blueiedgodblueiedgod Posts: 2,797
    What's the tire pressure?
  • The dealer dropped the pressure in the original Bridgestone's from 32 to 30 psi - it had a minor impact if any - the new Michelins are 32 psi.
  • blueiedgodblueiedgod Posts: 2,797
    Usually, the vehicles are shipped at higher tire pressure to prevent flat spotting, which will result in more jittery ride. Some dealers are better than others at actually preparing the cars they sell.

    I would check if a drive shaft is bent, or a bearing is busted.
  • The night I drove it off the dealer lot, I noticed this on freeway. Then I searched the forum, and found the 2005 service bulletin and FAQ.

    Took the vehicle to the dealer and have the technician looked at it, local and freeway road test confirmed the problem. With freeway more obvious than local.

    The technician did all they can (check tire inflation and balance), now we don't notice the problem when driving local, and the drift is not as severe on freeway.

    But the problem still presents. What concerns me is that the technician says this happens quite often for CR-V. He road tested a brand new 09 CR-V, and it has the same problem. I hope Honda can do something about it, people pay good money on their CR-V, and the vehicle should not have big problem like this. If potential buyers know this problem beforehand, it definitely would affect the purchase decision.
  • dtstofdtstof Posts: 61
    I believe this is a coil spring issue. It seems like the spring doesn't sit correctly on the strut.
  • I'm considering buying a 2006 Honda CR-V with 48,940. When I test drove the car it pulled to the right. I thought it was something that was an easy fix, but when I Googled the problem it seems a lot of CR-V's pull to the right.

    Anyone here have that issue?
    Thank you.
  • Yes !!!! Honda has manufacture problems.
    I bouthg a CRV 2009 - O miles.
    2 week later the car started pulling to the rigth.
    We went to the dealer 4 times.
    They fix their computer - Nothing
    They make aligment - Nothing
    They changed tires - Nothing
    They test the air - Nothing
    They offered to tes a new crv and the same problem Happen!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Finally, after 6 hours of discution, they recognized the problem with CRV and we have to contact HONDA to solve the problem. The dealer can not do anything for us.
    We decide to put a sign in our car
    DO NOT BUY HONDA 2009 CRV
    (MANUF. PROBLEMS)
    OWNER OF THIS CAR.
    We hope it will help futures buyers.
    Sorry about my english. and thanks.
  • I thought that Honda had some similar problems with older models about pulling to one side. They found the springs were not seated properly on the struts.
  • About ready to pull the trigger on a new 2010 but test drove a 09 model first. No pull to the right or left noticed. Test drove another a few days later just to make sure it had enough power for my needs and again this second CR-V 09 model did not pull or I would have noticed. Drove it only 9 miles or so and part of that was on the highway.

    Have read a few Honda CR-V forums and this issue reported is not wide spread as the 2002 thru 2006 air compressor problems is. Me thinks its here and there on some of the vehicls....
  • I test drove 4 different CR-V's before buying a new '09. 3 different model years and a wide range of miles on the clock. Never noticed any pull to the right.

    Actually when cruising, I find it requires less steering input that our '08 Altima. The only time it veers right or left is due to the crown of the road.

    I'm guessing it's an assembly problem, defective part or a combination of the two that causes this problem on a very small number of models.
  • I had to go through the Better Business Bureau with the issue of the Honday CRV pulling to the right. I went through arbiration and I won my case. Honda had to pay me back for 8 car notes that I paid and they had to buy my car back. I went through hell with that issue. I now have a Mercedes GLK350!
  • We are thinking about buying another CR-V - we have an old 2000 model and want something newer and more up to date.

    My question is: How bad is the noise inside the cabin at highway speeds? As far as I am concerned this is a weak spot in my current CR-V; the cabin is just plain noisy when you get to highway speeds. How is the sound proofing in the newest generation?

    Thx
  • Newest 2010 has not been released yet and no data on noise. Give it a few more weeks and maybe some information will come out. Consumer Guide is set to test the 2010 soon.

    http://consumerguideauto.howstuffworks.com/2010-honda-cr-v.htm
  • How was in it in the 209 model, which will probably be largely similar to the 2010 model?
  • Difference from 09 and 10 model will be the HP but should ride about the same. My experience with both 09's was that the pick up was good but not great for highway on ramps and passing. For me this was expected. Turning, I have not heard any clunking noise as some have experienced in older models, and no pull what so ever when breaking.

    Wheel noise was pronounced on rough roads but on smoother roads it was about as noticeable as my 2008 Accord. Passing other vehicls and flooring it did produce a harsher engine noise but this too is expected in a 4 cyl vehicle.

    Ride was very much like a sedan unless you take corners to fast and must be careful.

    Will take a longer test ride with the 2010 model when they arrive some time in mid to late October.
  • kvtkvt Posts: 1
    I checked the alignment specs between 2008, 2009, 2010 crv models. The caster angle was increased from 1.5 to 3.0 between 08 and 09 models and then it was reduced to 2.5 in 2010 model. My interpretation of last reduction is that Honda admitted issues with steering. This caster change should reduce the efforts needed to steer the vehicle and as a side effect it might make PTTR issue less noticeable because it would require less efforts for driver to keep steering wheel turned slightly left to compensate drift caused by road camber.
  • What was the problem? My steering wheel shakes if I brake at 60mph and go faster than 70mph. I'm going to take it to the dealers in the morning.
  • blueiedgodblueiedgod Posts: 2,797
    What was the problem? My steering wheel shakes if I brake at 60mph and go faster than 70mph. I'm going to take it to the dealers in the morning.

    Shaking while braking is most likely a warped rotor. Warpeed rotors are often caused by improper toqueing of the lug nuts. Rotor resurfacing may help temporarily, but evnetual rotor replacement is needed, and paying close attention to lug nuts torque and sequence of application.

    Shaking at certain speeds is most likely caused by a lost balancing weight. Some times parking too close to curbs, or some car washes knock them loose. Wheel balancing is needed.

    Good luck.
  • I'm having the same issues with my 2008 CRV. I had my rotors, brakes and wheel alignment checked. They said everything is fine. I'm going to have to take it back to the dealer. It's frustrating that so many people have this issue and Honda does nothing to correct it.
  • blueiedgodblueiedgod Posts: 2,797
    I'm having the same issues with my 2008 CRV. I had my rotors, brakes and wheel alignment checked. They said everything is fine. I'm going to have to take it back to the dealer. It's frustrating that so many people have this issue and Honda does nothing to correct it.

    What's the tire pressure?
  • Purchased a 2010 EX-L and have driven it only the past 6 days. Thus far, no issues to report regarding pulling to the left or right when braking either on city streets or highway speeds.

    Road noise depends on the surface of the road itself. Some are smooth thus quit but some street surfaces are rough or course and the noise is more pronounced but tolerable.
  • lzclzc Posts: 483
    I didn't buy a 2006 model because of the high noise level. The 2007 model is significantly improved (which I bought) and I've read that additional improvements have been made since then. Still, it's SUV with inherently noisier tires and a poor drag coefficient number.

    Noise is pretty subjective. I find my CR-V acceptably quiet at freeway speeds on good quality roads. But it doesn't compare well to a mid-size passenger car if road quality is poor. Plus, it's short wheelbase can make for a choppy ride on some roads.

    Still, short of buying a Lexus, some compromises are necessary.
  • blueiedgodblueiedgod Posts: 2,797
    Since the CR-V is based on a Civic, the road noise should only be compared to a Civic sized vehicle.

    A lot of the road noise is dependant on the tires, but also the noise insulation. To save weight, CR-V has next to none. There are enthusiasts who have installed Dynamat and sound proofed the vehicle.

    Another option is to install a head unit radio from Honda Oddysey or Acura MDX, both of which have active noise cancelling technology. Think of noise cancelling headphones, but instead of wearing them on your head, the anti-noise is fed through the car speakers.

    Many of the luxury makes do this to minimize weight, but maintain the quietness of the cabin.
  • My 2008 Honda CRV has been doing the same thing since I bought it - they just keep telling me there's dirt on the rotors! Now it pulls slightly to the right when I'm driving. I figure they're wanting to wait until the warranty runs out and then tell me I have a major problem that's going to cost big bucks to fix! I'm taking it to a private person to check out to find out what's wrong with it and take it back to the dealer and tell them what needs to be fixed/replaced. I bought a 97 CRV and never had any problems with it - Oh, and they want to charge me $100 like every 10,000 miles because of the rear differential making noises - all they need to do is grease it - never had this problem with my 97 until it had over 100,000 miles on it! This one doesn't even have 30,000 on it yet!
  • blueiedgodblueiedgod Posts: 2,797
    edited April 2010
    My 2008 Honda CRV has been doing the same thing since I bought it - they just keep telling me there's dirt on the rotors! Now it pulls slightly to the right when I'm driving. I figure they're wanting to wait until the warranty runs out and then tell me I have a major problem that's going to cost big bucks to fix! I'm taking it to a private person to check out to find out what's wrong with it and take it back to the dealer and tell them what needs to be fixed/replaced. I bought a 97 CRV and never had any problems with it - Oh, and they want to charge me $100 like every 10,000 miles because of the rear differential making noises - all they need to do is grease it - never had this problem with my 97 until it had over 100,000 miles on it! This one doesn't even have 30,000 on it yet!

    1) If the problem was addressed during the warranty period and not fixed, it will be covered by the warranty when the vehicle is out of warranty. So, there is no reason for the dealer to wait for the warranty to expire. It is not like they do warranty repairs for free. They still get paid, by Honda corporate.

    2) Rear differential in 2005 and newsr CR-V's is more sensitive and a lot quicker to engage than the original CR-V differential. Even that one required fluid replacements at 60,000 miles as per the OWNER's MANUAL, not 100,000 miles. The new one requires fluid replacement based on the maintenance minder system or every 30,000 miles.

    If you don't perform maintenance as prescribed, don't be surprized if the vehicle does not last as long.

    If you don't want to pay the dealer or anyone else for the maintenance, learn how to do it your self. It is 19th century technology, so anyone who can operate a 20th or 21st century technology, should have the physical and mental capacity to repair 19th century technology.
  • 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.
  • I have an '09 CR-V...it has been 13 months and I've had 6 alignments....my car still pulls to the right and this issue has never been resolved. I asked Honda to look at something else that could be affecting the pull..a bigger picture..but all they tell me is basically it is my fault, my driving and the crown of the road. Obviously there is a bigger issue than the alignment. I try to bring it to another shop for a second opinion, their conclusion was that there was a recall for the camber on CR-V's has anyone heard this?
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