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Honda CR-V Maintenance and Repair



  • steverstever Posts: 52,683
    Check out the Edmunds Car Maintenance Guide for what it should cost in your zip code.
  • OK so that tool gave me a total of $135.68.

    Guess we have to shop around. Would be nice if the estimator tool gave links to garages.
  • steverstever Posts: 52,683
    Good idea, going to pass that along.

    Meanwhile we have a link for Local Repair Shops and Click and Clack have a mechanic's file over at
  • vpalvpal Posts: 2
    Can someone tell me what is the Fluid change intervals for Honda CRV. I have been doing the following:
    Oil change - every 5k miles
    Rear Diff fluid - 15k
    Transmission fluid - 30k
    Brake fluid - ?
    Power steering - ?
    Tire rotation - 5k
    Alignment - 10k

    Please let me know if above is appropriate or I need change or add anything? I live in Charlotte which has Normal driving conditions. Please let me know any more regular maintainace I need to do. Thanks!
  • kyfdxkyfdx Posts: 91,876
    I don't have the factory numbers, but one thing I wouldn't do is pay for an alignment every 10K miles.... Unless your car is exhibiting some symptom of needing it...

    I drove my 2002 model CR-V for over 100K miles.... and, never had it aligned.. If it ain't broke, don't fix it...

    Most manufacturers suggest changing brake fluid every two years..

    Power steering fluid? I've never changed it, unless there was a repair to the steering rack..

    The rest of your intervals seem fine... I know they've had problems with the rear diff on CR-Vs in the past... but, not sure I'd change that every 15K, either... unless it exhibited symptoms of a problem.. But, as noted above, I don't know the factory specified interval.


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  • blueiedgodblueiedgod Posts: 2,798
    I believe for 2007 and up, you have to follow the maintenance minder, not a pre-set schedule.

    Oil change - every 5k miles
    Rear Diff fluid - 15k
    Transmission fluid - 30k
    Brake fluid - 3 years, regardless of mileage
    Power steering - depends, Honda does not specify, but I change every year along with ATF (wife's CR-V) and MTF (my CR-V), and differential fluid
    Tire rotation - 5k
    Alignment - 10k
  • Not sure if this is overkill - on my '02 a flush would be changing the fluid (3 qts.) and driving for a short time. Do this 3 times. What has been working for me is to do a simple change about every year or sooner. The shift improvement is noticeable. Very easy to do - one drain plug on the bottom of the case. Use only Honda fluid or you will end up having to do a flush anyway.
  • lreeves1lreeves1 Posts: 1
    i put the code machine on it and it came back with two codes p0420 catalyst something and code P1456 Manufacacter control Auxillery emmisions control, the past several months every now and then it would be going down the road and just die??? now it wont crank!! Could someone just tell me what it is and what i need to do to fix it???? Please
  • fussycrvownerfussycrvowner Posts: 179
    edited March 2012
    I'm not sure if this is the correct discussion for A/C questions but worth a shot. Last weekend I took my '02 to a local Midas shop to have an exhaust noise looked at. BIG MISTAKE. While they sealed and fixed the original problem, the idiots let all of the freon out of my system. The reason I know this is that before I took it in I had working AC. It didn't work when I got the car back and I found the low pressure fitting wet with oil and leak dye. I know the system holds around 17-18 ounces and I don't want to overcharge. So far I put in 12 ounces and it blows cool but not quite. Is using the gauge on the can sufficient or do I need to take it in for a complete evacuate/recharge with a measured amount replaced? :mad:
  • My car is 2009 Honda CR-V. The warranty is just over.

    Last week, I found this car has the steeling wheel shakes sometime. Basically the shaking happens when the speed is going to around 75 miles. But it is not always shaking at that speed.

    The shaking is not really hard. And it is almost stopping if I use two hands with strength.

    I am just wondering whether someone has any comment. I appreciate it.
  • georgew1georgew1 Posts: 31
    Have you tires balanced and you will eliminate the shimmy.
  • tnweberstnwebers Posts: 1
    We bought the car new. The same dealer has done all major maintenance and most routine oil changes, and all periodic normal service work. Last week, all spark plugs/wires were replaced (we have 175,000+ miles) and oil changed by dealer. My husband (who is the primary driver) had to make a business trip to Atlanta, GA and while in stop-n-go traffic, the car overheated. He turned off A/C, turned on heater, and the gauge went back to normal range. This was a first occurance(overheating) and has not recurred since. Today (exactly one week after having spark plug service and oil changed), I took the car to the dealer expecting to hear the thermostat needed replacing. The report I got dropped my chin to the floor - the water pump was leaking, the head gasket was leaking, and the engine needed to be replaced!!! WHAT???? I asked if they were certain they were talking about our car and they confirmed. Folks, we have had no issues other than the one overheating episode last week --- no oil leaks, no water leaks, no noise, no nothing! Is it possible that the entire engine/head gasket/water pump all need replacing with no symptoms?? HELP!
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright Sonoma, CaliforniaPosts: 61,442
    Sounds rather dramatic--the dealer I mean. Even if the head gasket were bad, I don't see why the entire engine would need replacing.

    It would be good for you to know how they exactly diagnosed the bad head gasket. If they can't explain it, they didn't do it.

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  • srizvi1srizvi1 Posts: 239
    edited May 2012
    Haven't posted in here in a while. For a while I was good about posting service updates for our 2007 CR-V AWD EX-L. My last detailed post was Feb 2010 when the car was at 73,390 miles (the post I'm replying to). The car is now at 132k miles. Again, it was bought new in Spring 2007.

    I'm not sure of everything that's been done with it since then. I know the oil changes were done pretty regularly whenever the maintenance minder went off. Usually at the dealer. I think the oil changes were usually accompanied by the 19th pt inspection.

    Last year, I Tried to do the oil change my self once but couldn't do it. But the dealer said he will only charge $10 for the oil change if I bring the oil and filter.

    We try to do the Tire Rotation and balance as often as we can. When we replaced the tires, we mounted them at Walmart and got free lifetime rotation and balance. Last time this was done was in September, need to do this soon.

    In 9/2011, when the vehicle was at 116k miles, we changed the Air and Cabin Air filter on our own.

    In 11/2011, my brother and I did the brake fluid change on our own. I think this is supposed to be every 3 years regardless of mileage. We were over a year late on this and the car was something between 120k-121k.

    Looking through Edmunds, browsing over the the past 80k of inspections, here's what I think we should be looking at:

    -Brake Fluid Flush/Replace(mentioned this above)

    130k (and every 10k up until here)
    -Replace oil(at 30% according to the maintenance minder, don't need to worry about this now. Plus instead of doing just the oil change and not the filter change, I like to just do both in one shot.
    -tire rotation (I mentioned this above)
    Lubricate Hinges, locks & latches

    -Change Automatic transmission fluid
    -Flush/Replace Coolant

    120k (and every 60k prior)
    -Inspect/adjust Drive belt(s)

    120k miles (and every 30k miles prior):
    -Replace Air filter and Cabin air filter I mentioned what's up with the air and cabin air filter earlier.

    120k (and every 20k miles prior)
    -Replace Engine Oil filter I mentioned what's up with the engine oil and filter above
    -Inspect Brakes
    -Inspect Brake lines, hoses & connections
    -Inspect boots & seals Drive axles
    -Inspect Exhaust system
    -Inspect Fluid levels
    -Inspect Fuel lines & hoses
    -Check operation Lights & accessories
    -Inspect/adjust Parking brake
    -Inspect Steering
    -Inspect Suspension
    -Inspect Tie rod ends, steering gearbox & boots

    110k miles
    -Replace Spark Plugs (Anyone know any good spark plugs?)
    -Inspect Valve Clearance

    Rear Differential Fluid - This was actually done at 73k. I made a post on it here.

    Any thoughts on everything I'll have them focus on?

    I also have a few other issues which aren't related to Scheduled Maintenance:

    1) The A/C still isn't working. I posted about that a while ago over here. The dealer fixed something. That wasn't the problem. Then they looked at it again and said the part needed was the "CONTROL MODULE, ENGINE (REWRITABLE)" (Part NO.: 37820-RZA-A77). I googled and the cheapest I found it was from for $362: - - tml

    But before I get the part, I want to have it confirmed.

    2) A loud noise is under my car when the car is in drive but held in place by the brakes. It's like a loud rattle. I think I bothered something when I went over a dip.

    3) Tire Life - we've had our Bridgestone Dueler H/L Alenza 225/65 R17 tires since June 2009 when the car was at 57k miles. They've been great. I'm wondering how much life they may have left though. We've tried to rotate them regularly.

    4) The little yellow exclamation mark is on which I Think means that there's an issue with tire pressure. But I think the tire pressure is fine so I'm thinking there could be a problem here.
  • srizvi1srizvi1 Posts: 239
    My service person at the dealer is saying if I bring my own parts, the cost breakdown would be as follows:

    Transmission Fluid service: $43 (4 quarts needed, one drain washer plug)
    Coolant Replacement: $56 (1 bottle needed)

    Spark Plugs Replacement and Valve Clearance: 2.5 hrs x $109 = $272.50 (Spark Plugs and Valve Cover gasket needed).
    Drive Belt (he's saying at this point, it should just be replaced, not just inspected and adjusted): 1hr of service @ $109 (Serpentine belt needed).

    I took a print out from of all the maintenance items needed for the 2007 CR-V and their prices to the Parts department of this Honda dealer.

    I got them to match handa's prices for the:
    - transmission fluid @ $6.18 a quart and got 4 of them along with the drain plug washer
    - Coolant @ $14.43 (got 2 of the gallon containers, keeping 1 for later, and actually already have 1).
    - Air Filter @ $19.98 (don't need this now but will later.

    Couldn't get them to match the price to handa for the cabin air filter but it makes sense because handa has an Aftermarket Pollen Filter not an OEM. Theirs is $12.45, The dealer went down to $25 for their OEM one. I just grabbed it.

    Anyways, total was $100ish for everything.

    Tomorrow I'll get just the Coolant and the Transmission fluid taken care of. And in this visit, they'll check out all the non-service items issues that I have - the A/C, tire sensor, tires, and the loud noise.

    I'll research the spark plugs and see what's good. handa has the NGK Laser Iridium Spark plug at $14.49 each and 4 are required. I'm not sure if that's the one that Honda Dealer would have and if they do, if they would match this price (Assuming it's the cheapest).

    Then next time get the spark plugs and valve clearance taken care of. I'm not sure what I'm going to do about the valve cover gasket because I don't see that available from Handa.

    But Handa does have the Serpentine Belt at $43.85. I may push that for an even later visit. split up all these major maintenance items a bit.

    Also in my next visit my oil change should be do. I'd like to start using Mobil 1 Synthetic Oil from now on. I wonder then how far I can push the oil. I'm thinking it'll be at least 10k miles in between oil changes.
  • ndmike88ndmike88 Posts: 155
    Just took our 2012 CR-V in for it's first oil change at the dealer. I was charged $38.18. Is this the going price for an oil change at a Honda dealer?
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright Sonoma, CaliforniaPosts: 61,442
    Sounds like a great deal, actually.

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  • steverstever Posts: 52,683
    edited June 2012
    Ten bucks cheaper than what the Edmunds Car Maintenance Guide says it would cost.

    Let me guess - they didn't rotate your tires?
  • ndmike88ndmike88 Posts: 155
    You're right. Just an oil change. Only had 4000 miles. Leaving for vacation on Friday..wanted the oil changed before we left.
  • steverstever Posts: 52,683
    edited June 2012
    4,000 miles?

    Honda says the oil is good for 10,000 miles. They used to make a big deal about not changing the initial factory "break in" oil early too.

    You could have saved yourself $30 and the engine would be just fine.

    Of course, most dealers won't tell you that.

    Enjoy the road trip!
  • ndmike88ndmike88 Posts: 155
    I did it for peace of mind.....old school I guess.
  • steverstever Posts: 52,683
    edited June 2012
    I doubt that you're any older than me and I quit dumping good oil down the drain back in the 80s. Okay, 90s. :shades:
  • ndmike88ndmike88 Posts: 155
    Born in 1954......your turn
  • steverstever Posts: 52,683
    1952 - big 6-0 this year. :shades:
  • ndmike88ndmike88 Posts: 155
    Hope you have 60 more in good health. :)
  • steverstever Posts: 52,683
    Thanks (I think, lol). My knees creak like they are due for a lube job.

    On another note, setting aside money to handle warranty claims is an indicator of how reliable a car is. Guess what company does especially well in that regard?

    At Honda, things have never been better, as warranty costs continue to drop (Warranty Week)

    Not much comfort if you have to come to this problems discussion to post, but chances are you won't have too much company.
  • tricia77tricia77 Posts: 6
    Hi. I just purchased my 07 honda CR-V slightly over a month ago. While on a trip to the doctor (65 miles away from home roughly) I lost part of my car! It was during a wind storm (I live in NM) so when I went to search for it to no avail I could not find it. So my question is what is this "part" called. it is the plastic bumper style piece on the bottom of the doors (in my case the drivers side door piece is what RIPPED right off) Yup ripped right off ... ALL of the clip pieces except like 3 are still in the door) The Honda dealer gave me a price on it and I misplaced the paper and I was going to see if I couldn't find the part cheaper here online.
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright Sonoma, CaliforniaPosts: 61,442
    Left side rocker panel trim?

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  • tricia77tricia77 Posts: 6
    panel/molding yep thats it THANKS!
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