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Honda CR-V Maintenance and Repair



  • blueiedgodblueiedgod Posts: 2,798
    Does this work in the same way with CRV's up to 2006? Anyone?

    Yup, worked on the 2005 CR-V, which is the same as 2006.
  • blueiedgodblueiedgod Posts: 2,798
    Can't help you with the seatbelt chime, other than getting a spare buckle and plugging it into the seatbelt latch.

    But, with the windshield wipers, Subaru, is one of the few that offers heated wiper parking area. It has heating wires similar to the ones on the rear window.

    But, I learned while living in Japan, is that if you lift the wipers before leaving the vehicle outside. This prevents the wipers from freezing to the windshield.
  • crkyolfrtcrkyolfrt Posts: 2,345
    edited August 2010

    Re the other, yes I do lift the wipers. I even do it in the summer so they don't sit and bake hard on the hot glass. Until a small bird started using them as a lookout perch and cra**ing all over my hood. And talk about a load, from such a small bird! It should be ashamed..

    Was sitting in a Tucson the other day and noticed that the GLS model had a heated wiper area in the WS. Great idea but...Dodge minivans started doing that years ago.
    Does raise the price of a new WS a fair bit though, which...statistically will increase your insurance premiums too. Never a free ride in this world.

    I actually find defrost ability on the CRV left a bit wanting. It does not heat the area of the WS low enough to keep the ice and snow cleared from the wiper sweep. Depending on conditions, it starts to jam the sweep return area on every stroke, and that can't be good for the wiper motor or linkage. It is a design flaw that combined with certain others, reminds me that even Hondas are FAR from perfect. I have owned TON of vehicles from all over the world. At times I wonder how they became as successful as they seem to be.

    But I have to say, and so should others...when they blindly play ignorant about known long standing issues and don't step up to help loyal customers, they will feel the pain later IF WE ALL STAND TOGETHER and be diligent. I did this with Ford back in 1988 and I have boycotted them ever since. They have missed out on selling me numerous new cars and even a 110000 dollar heavy truck for their abuse of the common "little guy" buyer. I warned them I would. And I have been true to my word. Their loss the abusive idiots.
  • nayaknayak Posts: 16
    edited August 2010
    My Bridgestone @#%* Dueler H/T tires (OEM) have finally become bald at about 31K on my 2008 CRV.

    What tires do you all recommend? Tirerack recommends Yokohoma Parada spec-x (is it the same as avid?) - looks like these have to bought online and shipped. I would just like to go to a shop (costco, sears, etc.) and get these installed. Costco choices are somewhat limited though.
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright Sonoma, CaliforniaPosts: 57,595
    edited August 2010
    Also Costco doesn't do alignment, which you will certainly want to do with new tires. Did you read the user reviews on Tirerack?

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  • terryp1terryp1 Posts: 55
    Last year for our '07 we went to Costco for the Michelin Latitude Tour. We love them.
    Not cheap, but really good ride etc.
    And I really like the Costco way with hand-tightened lugs, tires inflated with nitrogen, jeez, the guy who did our tires had the Honda "H" in the center of each wheel lined up perfectly the same front and back -- despite the fact that eventually they change alignment because of wheels turning at different rates at times.
  • crkyolfrtcrkyolfrt Posts: 2,345
    Check into low rolling resistant tires too if you do a lot of miles. They may be a slight premium, but will save up to 4.5% in gas. And likely provide a bit softer ride due to the same reasons they offer less rolling resistance.
  • I ordered from Tire Rack and they have special offers for places, like NTB, where you can have your tires shipped to them and then they will put your tires on for $12 each. I also have a 2008 CRV and my stock tires, Duellers, sucked. I had to change my tires at 32k miles. Right now i have Kumodo (sp?) tires on and they are good but I find that they slip when you accelerate in the rain. Seems to be very hard to find reasonably priced good tires now days. I might have to take out a loan in order to purchase the top of the line tires LOL.
  • nayaknayak Posts: 16
    An update -

    After reviews at Tirerack, and visits to Costco, Sears, and other tire locations, have zeroed in on a choice between 2 tires available at Costco: Bridgestone Dueler Alenza (yes! that Bridgestone again) and Michelin Latitude Tour.

    These particular Bridgestone tires are rated quite highly on Tirerack (though not on Best Sellers list) and have sufficient number of inputs (very positive) from other Honda owners, have 65k warranty, and are on a $70 off coupon at Costco. The Michelin tires are about $230 more expensive (ouch) at Costco, have same level of warranty, and reviews are just outstanding. Some other tires at Tirerack may be on the Best Sellers list in Tirerack for CRV but some do not have the same load rating (< 102T as wanted by CRV) and/or have much fewer data inputs from Honda owners. Above 2 tires at Tirerack, after accounting for additional cost of shipping and install, come close in pricing but not less enough for me to not to go to Costco. Costco puts in Nitrogen and road side warranty comes standard (besides being a Costco nut).

    Bridgestone is available right now; Michelin may need 3-5 days for availability but I can wait that much. Intend to drive the vehicle for about another 5 years atleast, currently do about 15k/year mostly on highway, do not care much about noise but gas mileage and handling important in that order. I wish Michelin was on the sale that the Bridgestone is currently at - it does come on sale at Costco 3-4 times a year but just not right now. Have to purchase tires by the end of the month otherwise will fail inspection.

    Do you believe the Michelin will be worth the price difference?

  • nayaknayak Posts: 16
    Sorry that second para was actually 4 separate paragraphs - they all got combined into one single one - not sure what happended.
  • steverstever Posts: 52,683
    edited August 2010
    Hard to say with computers. For the next time, remember that you can edit your post for 30 minutes after posting.
  • cyniccynic Posts: 58
    We have Michelin latitudes on our 2008 CRV and they are really good, I can't comment about the longevity yet, we had them for about a year and 15k, but the traction is great in winter (we live in Minnesota).
  • nayaknayak Posts: 16
    Ok - just went ahead and picked the Bridgestone Alenza for replacement at Costco. Unfortunately - while the Costco tech was working on one of the replacement tires, the valve shaft portion of the TPMS sensor fractured and completely separated. It was not in stock so it could not be replaced, but will be ordered and will have to go in again to Costco to get it installed. I hope Costco will not ask me to pay for it, and am not sure how much they cost. Will know that tomorrow when the costco tech calls back.
  • nayaknayak Posts: 16
    Steve, I did try editing a couple of times, copy/pasted line by line, and it still did not help. I think it may be because I have to use IE 6 (which is old) for compatibility issues with other software on my m/c.
  • I ended up putting the Michelin Harmony on my '02. Even though Tirerack cited noise issues, I haven't had any problems. So far have about 800 miles on them and handling is great. Don't know about winter traction yet but expect to be good as well. Unfortunately most of the tires I have had wear out at about 30K, even with alignments and rotations.
  • The driver-side rear door lock on my 2005 CR-V will not consistently lock/unlock using the remote key fob. Sometimes it does work. This leads me to think the inside mechanism may need to be lubricated. Has anyone else had this problem. If so, how did you repair it? It seems that taking the rear door inside panel loose and lubricating the mechanism should not be too difficult, but I have never done it before. I'm afraid to even ask for a quote from the local Dealer, and any advise will be appreciated.
  • berriberri Posts: 7,741
    I ended up putting the Michelin Harmony on my '02

    You'll be quite pleased with their winter traction and their tread life. We've got 4 years and 45K on ours and they are still great tires.
  • berriberri Posts: 7,741
    The driver-side rear door lock on my 2005 CR-V will not consistently lock/unlock

    Been there, its the actuator.
  • Thanks for your response. Have you replaced an actuator and, if so, please advise the total cost?
  • danielj6danielj6 Posts: 285
    My son and his wife have a '07 CRV with 27.500 highway miles on the odometer. Today, while the vehicle was being serviced, dealer said that at next service appt. tires will need replacement. Is this common for the model brand????
  • berriberri Posts: 7,741
    I used a private mechanic that specializes in Honda and it was around $175. I expect a dealer more around $250. IIRC the part is a tad shy of $150.
  • berriberri Posts: 7,741
    If you've got OEM Bridgestone, probably.
  • I replaced the driver door lock actuator today on my '04 CR-V. Total cost from autozone was $83 and change shipped to my door. This job took me about 3 hours and wasn't easy. Lot's of sites that show how to do it but none of them were descriptive in how to get the old actuator removed and the new installed. I was successful however and now the doors all lock/unlock as advertised with the remote. Was worth the hassle though considering the labor I saved.
  • Thanks for your informative response. I finally called the local Honda Dealer and inquired. They also suspect it is most likely a bad actuator. Unfortunately, they estimate something North of $300.00 to install a replacement actuator. Well, I immediately decided I could learn to live happily with what I have, and I will.
  • therivertheriver Posts: 70
    edited August 2010
    I know we could a whole thread (?) on tires, but I was looking at CR and they mentioned Hankook H727. Seems like they get excellent reviews on line, but honestly have never heard of the company. I currently have Yoko AVID and am tired of them - noise is too much (and they are worn anyway).

    I live in Boston area so definitely need something with some winter grip.

    I have also checked on some of the other tires mentioned, but the Hankook seems to have decent all around traction.

    The car is an 04 with about 105K
  • kyfdxkyfdx Posts: 64,725
    I recomment Nokian WR..

    Great winter traction.. Dry road performance is as good or better than most all-seasons...

    Downsides: Pricy.. thin dealer network (though maybe better in the NorthEast)..


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  • jesmedjesmed Posts: 1
    I live in Boston area too and last year got a new set of Dunlop SP60's which I'm very happy with. Although they are listed as "All Season" tires, they have a blocky tread that gives great snow traction. They ate through last year's big snows as well as dedicated "snow tires", but you can leave them on year round. Blocky tread design may make them somewhat noisier than treads with smooth ribs, but I'm willing to make that trade for great winter traction. Best resource for comparing tires is Tire Rack's "Survey" tab. They'll show you actual customer survey results for each tire category. Dunlop SP60 got best snow traction rating in the "Passenger All Season" category, and ranked 5th overall out of 26 tires in the category. Also, very reasonably priced.
  • danielj6danielj6 Posts: 285
    They've got Continentals
  • therivertheriver Posts: 70
    thanks for all the help on tires, still reviewing, On another matter, my headlight lenses are all foggy, scratched etc. just from normal wear and tear. Has anyone ever done some sort of cleaning or treatment to make them clear (or less unclear) again?
  • kyfdxkyfdx Posts: 64,725
    I think Meguiars has a plastic polish, especially for that purpose... It's a common problem on late '90s BMWs...

    No experience with it, though..


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