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Honda CR-V Maintenance and Repair



  • Hello: About a month ago I was rear-ended and had the back door replaced by a body shop. Now the door open indicator and trunk light flicker when going over bumps. Rather than going back to the body shop I would like to replace the switch myself - I have seen the service bulletins addressing the issue. How hard is the switch to get to?
  • bdymentbdyment Posts: 573
    Perhaps the door needs adjusting. It may not be closing tightly enough and not making proper contact with the switch. Check this out before investigating the switch itself.
  • bigdadi118bigdadi118 Posts: 1,207
    I experienced timing belt broken and engine died right away. Did you check is that a belt or chain?
  • I was having the same problem. And I noticed that the screws in the door latch were loose. I could never get them to stay tight. I would have to tighten them about every 2 or 3 weeks.

    I had the CRV for 8 months and sold it last night - too many problems.
  • I waited... and waited until my 1st oil change - relying on the indicater, and trusting the dealership recommendation.
    When it was finally time for the oil change, I did not have it changed at the dealership, I had it done closer to home.

    Question: Is the indicator system/light still accurate at this point or would the dealer have changed it now that the factory-oil is gone?

    After years of 3000 miles then 5000 miles for each change - I am anxious!
  • circlewcirclew Posts: 8,642
    Make sure you reset the indicator to read 100% oil life. The indicator will then count down to the next oil change.

    The reset procedure is in the manual.

  • mark19mark19 Posts: 123
    Actually a couple owners with the oil life indicator never had it come on. They had gone about 10-12,000 miles until the dealer was called upon and found that the indicator was defective. lol Not that I'm trying to laugh too hard.

    But if you're anxious and don't want to wait, why should you have to? There is nothing or anyone holding a gun to your head forcing you to wait. You want to change your oil at 5000 miles, then change it.

    When did people become controlled by a computer? IT's JUST OIL PEOPLE! If it makes you happy, change it early! :)
  • I have not been able to remove the rear left and right head restraints..The center one has the button you press, the other two in the rear do not....I need to install new seat covers and have to remove the head restaints to accomplish...Has anyone an answer to my dilemma...
  • blueiedgodblueiedgod Posts: 2,798
    I have not been able to remove the rear left and right head restraints..The center one has the button you press, the other two in the rear do not....I need to install new seat covers and have to remove the head restaints to accomplish...Has anyone an answer to my dilemma...

    I think the bigger question is whether the seat covers are side air bag friendly. If the seat covers are not desined to accomodate the exploding side airbags, which are mounted on the side of the seatback, then you are just asking for trouble, big trouble!!!

    I don't have the 2010 OWNER's MANUAL, but, I highly doubt that it does not say how to remove the headrests. How else are you going to line up the seats for the bed feature?
  • steverstever Posts: 52,683
    Manual pic posted here.
  • Sorry to hear you had so many issues. Rather unusual for a Honda. All screws are tight and the door is closing tightly as well. When I jiggle the switch the light flickers. I have a new switch and will see what happens. An $8.00 experiment is not too bad.
  • I had the timing belt and water pump changed because of the 7 year recommendation for my 2000 CRV.Other belts were done also. I noticed today that when I slow down to 20mph that it feels like something is holding it back from slowing down almost like car is braking. No problem :( going from low acceleration to high but there is definetly something different about it when I reduce speed. Mechanic says bring it in tomorrow and he will test drive it. I know if he does he will see what I am talking about. I didn't notice it last week after I picked up car and next day, not till today. Any ideas what this could be?
  • blueiedgodblueiedgod Posts: 2,798
  • Well, it didn't do today. I took it in and he said that it takes time for the computer to reset or something like that. He said up to 500 miles sometimes. I don't know but not a problem today. He is AAA approved, been in business for over 30 years and has a good reputation so I will just wait and see. Thanks.
  • mark19mark19 Posts: 123
    Most modern cars, honda and toyota mostly have this. The transmission is "smart" in the sense that it learns how you drive and adapts. Usually even the engine computer will have a base setting it starts from when the battery is disconnected. It learns how you drive to optimize it's fuel delivery. The auto transmission is the same way. It usually takes about 200miles of driving for it to learn. 500 miles is being conservative. but yes, that is true it does learn. Give it some miles then see how it acts.. don't you just love computers? lol :shades:
  • Hi. Recently I've noticed a grinding noise when I press the accelerator usually when the car has been turned off for awhile. Also, the steering wheel shakes a bit when I make a sharp turn or reverse. I thought it was the wheel bearing or a cracked rotor because the car fell on the rotor when I was changing a tire once but I went to the dealership and they said the rotor looked fine. Also the grinding noise and the shaking I'm pretty sure happened before then. Any ideas or suggestions would be great. Thanks.
  • Hi,

    My 2008 CRV had been in a minor accident, and I need to get it repaired. I found the following website which lists recognized Honda body shops:

    To my surprise, the listing in my area do not include a single dealership (although I know of a couple of dealerships who have their own body shops).

    I am wondering if I am better off going to a dealership or one of the shops listed on this site. Any idea? TIA.
  • Just bought from Honda dealer. 61k miles. Found water in cylinder 1. Also water-not coolant- on spark plug. It goes back tomorrow under 60 day warranty. After reading these other CR-V nightmares, I'm ready to get rid of it for another Civic.
  • mark19mark19 Posts: 123
    finding a good body shop is always tough to do. Here's my experience with my Honda. I remember that I had a really bad body shop that was dealer owned repaint mine after an accident (debris on the road smashed up the front end). That paint ended up being chipped and falling off because they just painted OVER the old paint! Another time, one other dealer owned body shop who was replacing a windshield, didn't care to PAINT in the a-pillar, which caused the windshield to seperate! I took it to an independent shop and they fixed it correctly.

    I looked at the link you gave, and most of the ones it's recommending around me are kind of scary. Seemed more like MAACO-type lower quality places that rush you in, rush you out and well you can imagine those results!

    So my take? I don't think the dealer-owned bodyshops are that great at all. They are high-priced and the ones at least in my area do subpar work. Try and find a shop where Corvette owners go, because it's not easy painting fiberglass! I am not a GM supporter, just saying that most classic car people want custom paint jobs and they will not accept a cheap job. Those places are the ones that you could believe know how to match paint colors and do an excellent job.

    Ask the local Corvette club who some of the bodyshops they recommend are. You'd be surprised you probably never heard of them! :)
  • The light on the dashboard that shows if the rear lift window is down is on frequently even thought everything is closed. Any suggestions on how to correct this. Is there some connection that I can check. Everything seems tight. It is a 2000CRV, Thanks :(
  • blueiedgodblueiedgod Posts: 2,798
    The light on the dashboard that shows if the rear lift window is down is on frequently even thought everything is closed. Any suggestions on how to correct this. Is there some connection that I can check. Everything seems tight. It is a 2000CRV, Thanks

    There is a switch in the latch. It is either broken or corroded. Could be wires too.
  • I am looking to replace the tires on my daughter's 2007 Cr-v EX. My SAM'S club is out of stock, and cannot get them in for awhile. I found the Michelin Latitude tires on Discount Tire; they supposedly have access to them; I guess that I will need to check with my local dealer to make sure. Anyway, I noticed online that DT wants to sell me a $40.00 TPMS repair / replacement kit along with the tires and installations. Is replacing the TPMS parts this soon in the game (only 36k miles on the car)? Has anyone out there already done this? Thanks in advance.
  • Absolutely amazing, thanks for the info. I thought he was just shining me on. My experience with mechanics personally has not been bad but somewhere in the back of my mind I still tend to think they are cheating me because I am a woman. But then I knew more about cars than my husband which is why I has so many experiences with mechanics. :)
  • oldcemoldcem Posts: 309
    I've owned a 2010 CR-V for a couple of weeks now. The manual specifies 0W-20 oil to be used. As far as I know - I've only seen it available in full synthetic. Walmart doesn't even carry it here. I'm wondering how big a pain its going to be for me to find this stuff when I do my own oil changes??

  • circlewcirclew Posts: 8,642
    Good luck with your new CR-V...widh you maky miles of safe and happy driving!

    AutoZone and PepBoys carriy Mobile1 OW-20. No problem.

  • Sorry posted in wrong section earlier:
    Hi guys, have CRV for a week now. Went on long drive, turned on heater, vents set to floor and face, noticed hot air blowing to floor and cold air blowing to face, it was very uncomfortable for me. Took to dealer, the service rep gave physics class and explains cold air comes down and hot air rises so it would "mix" well.

    Sounds logical. But I dont buy it, because it is very uncomfortable. The floor got very warm and hands and face was chill. Apparently its as designed and couple other customers complained. Am I one the very few that disagree with Honda's physics? :mad: Would really appreciate your thoughts.
  • bigdadi118bigdadi118 Posts: 1,207
    Honda basically tells you to dress as (1) face-mask, (2) gloves, (3) heavy jackets AND (4) shorts, before getting into your HONDA.

    Physics 101 - design something in Common Sense or no customer.
  • oldcemoldcem Posts: 309
    Thanks, OW, No pepboys in our state, but, Advance Auto's website indicates that they carry the Mobil. I like Castrol better, but, nobody here carries their synthetic yet in the 0W-20. I really like the CR-V - just hope its fuel economy improves. Which brand of oil filters do you use on yours?

  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright Sonoma, CaliforniaPosts: 61,718
    I suppose that means it will start raining in your car when these two 'fronts' meet somewhere around the headrests? :P

    I would go to the dealers and test out a similar car on the parking lot. This does not sound right.

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  • circlewcirclew Posts: 8,642
    Well, the FE never improved. 20 -21 around town and up to 27 straight highway. Tank to tank I usually get 22 for my mix of driving.

    I use Fram but last change they had a discount on a Mobile1 filter so I went for it.

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