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Honda CR-V Shakes



  • I have a 2003 CR-V I've had it since it was new. I've always taken it to the dealer for all work needed to be done not always right on time but close. Three weeks ago I had to take it in for its 110k service. The first tune up and four wheel drive service. Because of a transfer at work I took it to a new to me dealer. They took the car in and dropped me off at work. I got the car back later that day and gave them about 600.00 dollars. I live about 50 miles from work, all highway. That night as soon as I started to get to highway speed 55 plus the car started shacking so bad I thought that I was loosing a wheel. I pulled over and checked all the wheels and they where all good. I went on home and returned the next day. Now Three weeks later I still have not received my car back and they finally told me last night that they can fix it for 1700.00 dollars. They told me that I have bad front axles,wheel bearings ,trans mount and axle seals. I'm not perfect but the car is well maintained. How does all of this go bad in eight hours while having regular service done? Back up a little, they called me the first day it was in for service and told me that they had to do something called burnishing to the clutches in the transfer case. I'm fair I will pay to have the car fixed. I'm also not stupid I would like someone to tell me how it just happens. I to was told that at first it was the wheels and tires on the car. Funny I work for the largest independant wheel and tire dealer in the world. So I took that set off and put on the factory set and the car responded the same way. The dealer also put on two other sets off of cars they have on the lot and it acted the same. My 01 Odyssey with 140k miles on her has never had bad drive shafts as well as my 93 Del Sol Si that had 120k own it. In family we have a total of eight Honda's from a few thousand to over 200k miles and none have ever had this problem. Sorry to vent, just want some one to give me a explination other than it is coincedence. Thats what American Honda told me today on the phone.
  • Nonsense.
    I've noticed in the past 2 years that the 'shimmy' in my CRV has gotten worse. Not the ASA certified mechanic at the Honda Dealers, the mechanics at the local independent dealers nor the back yard mechanics can tell me what the issue is with this car. I have had the front/rear aligned, the transmission fluid flushed twice, tires replaced twice and it's getting to the point that I'm ready to trade this POS in. It has a noticable shimmy just before shifting into gear and a hard jerk if you slow down then quickly accelerate in traffic.
    Any advice? Otherwise I'm giving up on her and trading her in.
    2007 Honda CRV EX-L
    105,000 miles all highway - long daily commutes with little sit in traffic time.
    No accidents
    Serviced regularly :confuse:
  • I ended up rebuilding the entire transmission in 2012, realigned the front end, new tires. Flash forward 20 months and this car has started vibrating/shimming again. Have I mentioned that I have replaced the timing chain, alternator, starter, and a/c pump? Very disappointed in this Honda product. So much so I'm going to go buy a 2015 Honda Odyssey. I'm into adventure and making mechanics rich.
  • denctdenct Posts: 3
    Sorry for commenting at such a late date, but I just completed quite a bit of work on my wife's 2005 CRV EX w/manual trans (118,000 miles). At first it was a shake/vibration while accelerating about 20-30 mph. I changed the drivers side front CV/axle with a rebuilt one, the problem improved. So, then I changed the left front C/V axle (rebuilt), that helped some, but didn't solve it. I also replaced the right rear axle w/a new aftermarket one. I then jacked the car up off all four tires and noticed that the right front tire was running out of round (15K on tires). I then suspected the tires to be part of the problem. So, I purchased four new tires. But the shake still didn't go away. The next thing was to replace all three motor mounts & the trans. mount. The front & rear mounts were noticeably worn/torn. After replacing them the car still had a shimmy. I then replaced both front axles with new & had a 95% improvement. Next I replaced rear differential damper & mount. OK NOW!
  • denctdenct Posts: 3
    I believe the shake/shimmy problem started with the front engine mount. This front mount, in my opinion, is inadequate, wimpy, and should be of a beefier design. The broken motor mount allowed the engine to move to much, which produced additional stress on the front axles and bent them. In addition to the axles, the tires began to run out of concentricity which made them wear "out of round" which also contributed to the shake/vibration problem. If your vehicle has a a vibration under acceleration issue, my advice is to start with replacing the motor mounts, then new front axles, then tires if needed. Good luck!
  • denctdenct Posts: 3
    One more thing, My vehicle is "All wheel drive"
  • I have a 2013 crv and its shakes vibration when the vehicle is stopped
    the dealer replaced a worn side engine mount not fixed
    any other ideas
  • dboltedbolte Posts: 2
    Wow! I have the same issue. I took my CRV in for a noise in the rear and they said it was a bad rear axel. So they replace them (with Aftermarket I found out today) and the when I picked up my car all the sudden there is this terrible vibration when I accelerate just like everyone here is explaining. As well as when I turn. I took it back to the dealer and said " there is something really wrong! This wasn't here before. I just had a noise" They test drove it and said Must have gotten a bad axel so they would re order both rear axels and try it. They did and I just go a call from them saying " the new axels did not fix it. They would have to order the OEM Axels from Honda . Because apparently there is an issue with aftermarket axels on CRV's." You would think since this seems to be a common thing by the looks of this thread.... that they would send out a memo or something and let their mechanics know this. Save us all a lot of headaches!!! Not to mention $$$$ Will keep you posted but it does seem we all Have the same problem and AFTERMARKET AXELS seem to be the problem. Shoud have my car back tomorrow. We will see if that fixed it. My shimmy only started AFTER they put in Aftermarket Axels so that really makes it the suspect, Unlike many others who tried all this other stuff first.
  • dboltedbolte Posts: 2
    But the way I have 240K+ Miles on my CRV :)
  • I'd check engine mounts and the driveshaft that connects the front wheels to the back wheels. My driveshaft had a rusted universal joint.
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