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Honda CR-V Maintenance and Repair



  • I just imported a CRV from U.S to Canada and need to enable the daytime running lights. Any ideas on how to do this without spending a fortune?
    Thanks a million!!
    J. Stevens
  • Thanks for your feedback. I did end up purchasing the Goodyear Assurance Triple Treds. I did considerable research online from a number of tire sites and these appeared to score high across the board. I have had them on a day or so, so I will report back once I have some time on them. I was able to get them from a local tire chain here in CT for a very reasonable cost.

    We have Nokians on our Accord and these Goodyear's are a very good facsimile (less $$ too).
  • What model CR-V do you have with the pttr - EX, LX, or SE? As I've been reading this and other forums, it seems like more of a problem with EX. Anyone else know about this?
  • jriesjries Posts: 1
    I have a 2000 Honda CR-V that when driving on the highway at about 70 mph is running at 3200 rpm. Sometimes though it drops down to 2800 rom and runs much smoother and more quite and with better gas mileage. Somtimes while driving it shifts back and forth between the 3200 and 2800 rpm. From what I have read it sounds like a torque converter problem but the dealer says that it is in spec to run at the higher rpm and that the shifting between the two is because I was going up a hill. Well it was shifting while driving in northern Indiana and Ohio and it's pretty flat up there. Any one familiar with a problem like this or with Torque converter operations?
  • isellhondasisellhondas Issaquah WashingtonPosts: 19,551
    I can tell you are a good driver who is easy on brakes!

    I doubt you will need rear shoes. They seem to last almost forever on Hondas with rear drums.
  • I have an 05 EX with about 3500 miles and I have the same creaking in the left rear suspension when starting out, stopping, and turing left. I also have a gravel driveway although it is not very long and is not rutted. I've had my car in to the dealer twice to fix it and they only take some grit out of the springs and lube it which masks the sound for a couple of days, (or maybe I just think it does - placebo effect) then it comes back. It creaks more when I haven't driven the car for a while and on cold mornings. I took it back to the dealer for the third time today, and they put a stethescope gizmo on the suspension and decided to order me a new rear shock for the left side. We'll see if this works. Did you ever find out what caused your creaking suspension? Thanks!
  • mippermipper Posts: 2
    hi everyone...i am soo happy i read these boards and realized i am not alone!!! In July I bought a 2005 crv ex and the drivers seat hurts my lower back and at times my legs tingle....i have never experienced this before with any car (i just got rid of an 8yr old civic with 150k miles on it) and did not notice this during the test drive ( i really wish i had!!!) is very frustrating since i have tried every seat adjustment i can think actually feels as though the lumbar support is too much ( i wish it could be adjusted)... the seat i feel is very hard and was thinking it is pressing on my siatic nerve.....i was thinking about going to honda and seeing if the leather seats would be more comfortable ...has anyone tried that???...if that is no good i will have to get another car eventhough i like everything else about the car....this is my first SUV i am wondering if it is a suv thing or a crv problem.....thanks for being there just reading that other people have similar experiences has made me feel better

    good luck too all
  • Hi Everyone,

    I am new to this forum and thats because I have only recently started considering buying a CRV. The source of my confusion is a Feb 2005 registered CRV. The previous owner has done around 15,000 miles in 4 1/2 months betwen March and August 05 i.e. 3,125 miles per month. I like the car bcause it has all the options such as leather seats, cruise control etc and some extra exterior trim such as side steps, rear spoiler, additional plastic mouldings over tires etc. The problem is that when I took the car for a test drive, I encountered a problem which has ben discused several times on this forum i,e, rubbing noise and vibration in the rear while taking a full turn. The Honda Dealer has changed the rear differential oil and on the next drive the symptome were gone. I am still confused though since according to what I have read on this forum, this is a problem that should appear after 30 k to 50k miles. My concrn is that the high milage and the occurance of this problem, point to the fact that the car might have been abused by the previous owner. Am I buying a lemon? :confuse: Any views will be welcome.
  • 70-80% of the stopping power is in the front of any braking system. But with AWD the rears do work a little more. My FWD GM car had the rears only half worn at 100k. So you likely have nothing to worry about. I now have an AWD Vibe same as a Matrix. I expect similar wear as you on the CRV.
  • I was considering the purchase of a 2006 EX model, however, after reading these postings I'm reconsidering. Is the PTTR & A/C idle problems prevelent in "most" of these cars or is it a small issue in only a few? Thanks.
  • mikefm58mikefm58 Posts: 2,882
    If those were issues in "most"cars, it would be all over the news, big time. IMO the issues have happenned in a small percentage. Though none of that matters if you happen to be one in the small percentage. If I were in the market for a small SUV, the CRV would be at the top of my list, regardless of these issues.
  • theracoontheracoon Posts: 666
    I agree with mikefm58. Only a small number of CR-Vs have the problems.
  • isellhondasisellhondas Issaquah WashingtonPosts: 19,551
    I can't think of a way to "abuse" a car that would cause those symptoms. I do know the guys in our shop who work on them reccomend changing the dual pump fluid a lot more often than the book suggests to do.

    Our 2003 EX CRV has 18,000 miles and I'll probably get that fluid changed the next time I get my oil changed.
  • isellhondasisellhondas Issaquah WashingtonPosts: 19,551
    It has to be remembered that these forums attract people with problems like a magnet. I have yet to feel a CRV pull to the right and I've only heard about the A/C compressors in these forums.
  • The a/c compressor on my 2002 seized at 43,000 miles. The a/c clutch flew off the vehicle as I was driving to the dealer to have it looked at. Estimated repair was $2800. It took some (okay, a lot of) persistence, but Honda covered the repair 100%. I have all my service on 2 Hondas done at the dealer and have been a customer of theirs for 9 years--I think that helped.
  • "... these forums attract people with problems like a magnet."

    That's good, right? I mean, this is the Problems & Solutions forum for CR-Vs, right?
  • coleboycoleboy Posts: 13
    I have an '05 EX that I bought in November '04. Yesterday I discovered that 3 of the bulbs in my headlights are out. Two on one side and one on the other. I have never had headlights burn out so early! Has anyone else had this problem?
  • theracoontheracoon Posts: 666
    "... these forums attract people with problems like a magnet."

    That's good, right? I mean, this is the Problems & Solutions forum for CR-Vs, right?

    I think isellhondas was commenting on the number of complaints you can find on these message boards. The volume of complaints is not a realistic measure of how reliable the CR-V really is, since the people who post are the ones with a problem.

    The people who have no problems with their CR-Vs do not post. Honda is selling over 100,000 CR-Vs a year in the US. Compare that number to the number of complaints.

  • isellhondasisellhondas Issaquah WashingtonPosts: 19,551
    I hear of problems in these forums that I've never heard of before and I am in a position where I hear a lot.

    Any make and model can have isolated problems. A failed a/c compressor now and then is going to happen. Stil, it's pretty rare. That was my point.

    Sometimes things get over amplified in these forums.
  • isellhondasisellhondas Issaquah WashingtonPosts: 19,551
    Look everywhere in your car for a credit card sized card with your radio code.

    did you buy your CRV new? If so, your dealer may have the code in their computer. Worst case the radio will have to get pulled out so the dealer can call Honda with the serial number to get the code.

    I happen to think codes are just nothing but a big pain!
  • suvshopper4suvshopper4 Posts: 1,110
    On the flip side, a lot of people may have problems who never come to these forums.

    Apparently, a signicant number of posters here have had AC compressor problems.
    Same with PTTR.

    Are we just seeing the tip of the iceberg here?
  • theracoontheracoon Posts: 666
    Are we just seeing the tip of the iceberg here?

    My belief is that have been far more PTTR reports than A/C compressor failures. And I firmly believe that only a few percent of CR-Vs have the PTTR problem.That's still a large number, for if even 1% of the CR-Vs have PTTR that means there are 10,000+ CR-Vs that have had the problem (it was a problem with the 1st Gen CR-Vs, too).

    I'm actually more worried about the A/C problem, as it has the potential to be far more widespread as the 2nd Gen CR-Vs age.

  • kyfdxkyfdx Posts: 63,177
    Ditto... especially since I have an '02 CR-V with 53K miles...

    PTTR is a tricky issue... Some people describe torque steer and call it PTTR.. Some people describe normal drifting from road crown and call it PTTR.. Some people actually describe PTTR!!

    But, your A/C compressor blowing up? Pretty hard to mistake that for something else... It sort of reminds me of the bad automatic transmissions of a few years ago.... I wouldn't discount the number of complaints in this forum... You usually don't see compressor problems on cars with 40K-60K miles.. To start seeing multiple complaints of the same exact problem on 3-4 year old cars makes me nervous..

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  • My '04 runs straight and true. No PTTR - I've experienced that only once, with my daughter's Escort, after a botched alignment, and it was obvious to me immediately that something was seriously wrong.

    But the law of averages hasn't been kind to my CR-V and me. The numbers are very, very small, but I'm one of the CR-V owners whose back can't take the CR-V seats. I've found a position - lower back planted just so, left leg in one set position - so I can ride/drive for about 45 minutes at a time.

    And the numbers are very small, but I'm one of the CR-V owners who experienced having their CR-V get a double-gasket and oil leak with the first oil change.

    The chances of me having yet another serious problem should be extremely small, but then again, I've beaten the odds a couple of times already. The A/C problem is a concern.
  • epm1epm1 Posts: 32
    I understand most of the people on this forum have a problem thats why we are here. But I think we represent the tip of the iceberg considering the majority of folks still do not use computers, even fewer use it to research problems and even fewer find this forum and then go to the trouble to sign up so they can post. It was the lack of answers and service by Honda that "drove" me here. Two independent shops that only work on Honda's and a dealer shop mechanic indicated they are seeing an unusual larger amount of failures in the CR-V compressors. However they were honest enough to advise me to go to American Honda and ask them to cover it even though their shop would not get the business. That was much better service than the Honda dealer who wanted me to pay $3000. and go away. Air conditioner compressor should wear out- not suddenly come apart in little pieces.
  • I agree! I was shocked to have pieces falling off my CR-V at 43,000 miles! A compressor wearing out is a few hundred dollars in repairs...a compressor breaking up and contaminating the system with shards of metal is several thousand....not to mention the safety factor of pieces of a vehicle flying off and bouncing around in traffic. That just shouldn't happen.
  • isellhondasisellhondas Issaquah WashingtonPosts: 19,551
    Except...a lot of people who never noticed a PTTR "problem" with their CRV's suddenly notice this PTTR after reading these forums.

    They wonder..." does mine do this?"

    Then they drive down the street, take their hands off the wheel and when their CRV slowly drifts the the right, they assume they are affected too.

    A few years ago, some very vocal people were complaining about their sunroofs squeaking on Accord Coupes. The next day, I was driving in a confined area with my radio off, and sure enough, mine squeaked! - BAD!

    I too, had this dreadful problem!

    An application of lubricant every six months was the cure.
  • isellhondasisellhondas Issaquah WashingtonPosts: 19,551
    "That just shouldn't happen".

    I agree and I hope the cases are isolated.
  • I agree with any make/model having isolated problems...but I think the AC compressor is more of a "Honda" problem. Consider my 2003 CRV also had the AC compressor replaced (around 40,000 km.)--leaking refrigerant through body. But...while my 2003 CRV was in for some other/more warranty work, while in the "shuttle" back to work, there was a person with an 2002 Element--he was on his 2nd AC compressor.

    I'm starting to think Honda is no different than any other vehicle--as it isn't as "perfect" as I had thought. Chrysler didn't want to admit they had a problem with tranny's, so I guess at least my AC won't leave me stranded. :)
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