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Honda CR-V Maintenance and Repair

Karen_SKaren_S Posts: 5,095
edited December 2013 in Honda
What problems have you experienced with your CRV? Please share any solutions!

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  • coolnikcoolnik Posts: 5
    When I take a U-Turn or a steep left or right turn I hear a noise from the rear wheels of the car. I got it checked at it was the brakes touching the wheels, the guy fixed it temporarily, but the problem keeps coming back after some driving. Has anyone else had this problem? I will try and get it checked at my dealership sometime soon, just wanted to check here before I did.

    Thanks for any suggestions/comments
    '99 CRV
  • mikefm58mikefm58 Posts: 2,882
    I've got a 1999 CRV LX with auto., 44000 miles, have not had one problem, never been back to the dealer for anything whatsoever, except normal maintenance.
  • varmitvarmit Posts: 1,125
    I have a problem. My dealer doesn't know who I am! I have to get the routine maintenance done at their shop, otherwise they'd have no idea that I'm one of their customers.

    99 EX
  • tomp711tomp711 Posts: 13
    It's been an annoying problem since I got it (2000 EX, 5-spd)and I even had to file Lemon Law paperwork before it was "fixed". It was okay for about 5K miles but has slowly been developing a stronger pull again. I need to contact the dealer again . . . NOT looking forward to it. First Honda and it's a dissapoint in this respect.
  • varmitvarmit Posts: 1,125
    Tomp711 - I think we may have discussed this before, but what you are experiencing is known as the dreaded PTTR (Pull To The Right). I can't recall what you've tried so far, so forgive me if this is redundant.

    Some owners have corrected PTTR by having their tires rotated. Others have replaced the upper and lower control arms. Many have found that their dealer was out to lunch when Honda taught proper alignment specs.

    Here's a pic. It may be too big for this format. If so, try this link.

    Oh, and I'll also recommend that you find out how they "fixed" it the first time.

  • barnonebarnone Posts: 118
    my 2001 EX also pulls to the right. gonna go to
    the dealer this afternoon appointment. i hope
    they could fix it before my long trip tomorrow.
  • jwaughjwaugh Posts: 4
    We have just bought a CRV 2001 auto. Cruise control has mind of it's own works great 98% of time but once in awhile will kick down then refuses to release keeps rpm up ie @ about 70MPH will hold rpms at 5000 or so. Accelerating and letting off manually does not release cruise need to shut switch off. Had it back to dealer when picked up told I hah main switch off(expletive). Noone called to clarify?? Any similar experiences.
  • varmitvarmit Posts: 1,125
    Could be the grade logic transmission at work. Were you going up hill during the times when it held a low gear?
  • jwaughjwaugh Posts: 4
    Yes but that does not account for why it would not release, once it was past the need for more power and lower gear.
  • varmitvarmit Posts: 1,125
    It's tough for me to say if this is normal behavior for the grade logic transmission because I have the 5 speed. If your CR-V refuses to upshift only when the cruise control is on, then you have a problem. I'd take it back to the dealer and have them take a look. However, if you are driving the same hills without the cruise and it does the same thing, then this is just a quirk of the GL transmission.
  • bobgordonbobgordon Posts: 156
    even on the slightest grade, the transmission senses this and will down-shift, raising the RPM to compensate for the extra load. It happens to me too, you wonder if she's going to blow! Sometimes you are better off letting up on the gas and waiting for it to shift back into gear. The system sometimes won't release it even if you get past the the load, or grade. It's the nature of the "V" beast. Sounds like a common concern.
  • jwaughjwaugh Posts: 4
    Bobgordon and varmint. The downshift is not the problem it is the releasing after the downshift is no longer reguired. Mine does not hunt and usually does not downshift until it is required by the grade. Everything works as it should until the the need for more RPMs is long gone. I have left it to see how long it will hlod the RPM and it does it until I manually turn of the Cruise speeding up using the accelerator and then backing off does not aloow it to release. I have not been back to the dealer as it does not do it very often and I am waiting to see if something will simply quit working the will know where the problem is.
  • varmitvarmit Posts: 1,125
    This is what I would recommend. Find a hill where you are able to repeat the problem. Set the cruise and drive up (making note of how the engine and transmission react). Then drive the same hill, at the same speed, but this time do not use the cruise control. You may have to do this a few times to be sure that you are maintaining a constant speed. If the car holds the same gear and repeats the behavior, then you have a problem with the transmission. If it does not repeat the behavior, then you should have the cruise control looked at.

    I encourage you to do this as the cruise control does not in any way regulate rpms. That is the job of the on-board computer. Check this link for more info about cruise control in general. It references early model CR-V's, but maybe you'll recognize something helpful.

  • dudkadudka Posts: 451
    i have noticed that too. when i climb a hill while cruise is engaged, the tranny downshifts and then when i have already climbed to the top it still hold the gear until i have been drving on the level ground for at least a minute, and when decending a hill while cruise is on, the tranny downshifts again to slow me down
  • Just bought a new CR-V. But when I about to drive off the lot, I checked the engine and it was full of dusts and spider webs. Isn't the dealer should clean and make it look new upon delivery? I want to do it myself but I think dealers have some special tools and compounds to clean the engine area. Would anybody know about this process and what kind of washer they use? Thanks.
  • barnonebarnone Posts: 118
    what MY is your cr-v? how long has it been sitting
    in the dealer's lot/garage/basement?
  • It's manuf date was 01/2001 and I suppose its been on the lot for a while...
  • varmitvarmit Posts: 1,125
    Take it back and have them detail it for you. The car is supposed to be prepped for delivery. That includes a certain amount of cleaning. Typically, they wouldn't need to clean the engine bay, but this obviously isn't a typical situation. It's a relatively easy job for them, so be nice and make them see it as a way to make a happy customer into an even happier one.
  • dudkadudka Posts: 451
    spider web in the engine bay, i hope you got a good deal on it. if it has been sitting there since february, i would question why no one bought it. i bought mine in june and it was made on may 17th (or 15th) of this year. i basically took it off the boat.
  • theracoontheracoon Posts: 666
    I've got a 99 CRV and accidentally broke off the knob that you would lift up to fold the back seat down. Anyone know how to get the remaining piece off and where to find a replacement?

    The one on top of the seat back next to the head rest that you pull up to flip the seat back forward?

    It screws on, so use a pair of needle nosed pliers to grab the remaining piece to unscrew it. Get the part from your local Honda dealer. They knob only runs about $3.50. Ordering it online doesn't make sense because you'd have to pay for shipping.

    Good luck.
  • I love Honda's, and bought my 2000 CR-V a little over a year ago after driving my 90 Civic into the ground! A week after I bought the car though, it started stalling on me. I took it in to the dealer and they found it was a bad igniter and replaced it. Now, over a year later, while driving home from a business trip, the car stalled out on me on the interstate! 50 miles from home. This time it was the Ignition Coil. The dealer said that while the screws where tight, you could spin the wire around. They could not tell me how this could have happened. They say that maybe when the work was done with the igniter it was done poorly, but why did it take a year for the problem to show up? They fixed that and sent me on my way. 10 miles later, the engine light went on. Now they say its the catalitic converter (SP?) which was contaminated with gas during the problem mentioned above. They say the car is fine and I could drive it another 10 years with the engine light on like that, but I am having them replace the c-converter none the less. Is this a sign that I am going to have problems with this car forever??? I am in disbelief at this point, because I truly believe that Honda makes a great car, but what the heck! I can't have a car that dies on me on the interstate! Anyone have a similar experience?
  • varmitvarmit Posts: 1,125
    Sounds like your car is fine. It's your dealer that needs replacing. The first problem seems to have led to a not-so-funny comedy of errors on the behalf of the mechanics. If the dealer is telling you that their staff messed up your catalitic, then they should be paying for it.
  • barnonebarnone Posts: 118
    does honda come with a 3r/36kmi waranty? and
    all honda dealers are mandated to perform those
    if and when required?

    so go to a dealer which could solve your problem
    and tell us who the dealer is so we would avoid
    them :)
  • jq2000jq2000 Posts: 4
    Can anybody tell me how to change the distribution rotor for my 1997 CRV? I could not figure out how to remove the old one from the distributor.
  • crashton6crashton6 Posts: 245
    If It's like all the other Honda's I've had, then it's got a set screw holding the darn thing on.
  • jq2000jq2000 Posts: 4
    Yes, there is a screw but I could not access it as there is a dust cover above it and I do not know how to remove that plastic black cover above the screw.

  • not only does my car pull toward right - it now vibrates when fully stopped at the light, i can feel it from the driver seat... can anything else be affected by the bad alignment?
  • Hi Folks,
    I recently bought a 2001 CRV LX but without
    keyless entry. It costs an extra $350(?)from
    the dealership. I've seen handa
    selling it for $66 (apparently, the receiver in
    the car is factory-installed in all CRVs). All
    you need is to buy the transmitter and program it.
    Is this true? I wonder how one CRV will be uniquely unlocked by a generic transmitter. Thanks
    for any help!! - Robert
  • mikefm58mikefm58 Posts: 2,882
    I picked up a remote on ebay for $15.00 and programmed it, piece of cake. If you can't find one on ebay, then buy the one for $66.00 and program it yourself, it's very easy.
  • rsav1rsav1 Posts: 3
    I have a CRV that lately has developed a strange whining noise from the right front tire.
    My honda dealer says that this is a characteristic of the vehicle.
    An independent mechanic said that it is a wheel bearing problem.
    Has anyone else had any problems with a whining noise or wheel bearings?
    Please post a reponse or email me privately at
    [email protected]
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