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Honda Ridgeline Maintenance and Repair



  • the only problem I have had is the intermittent wipers not working.
  • :confuse: Bought a new 2007 Ridgeline Dec 5, 2007. From 20-45 mph when I travel at a constant speed, the left front has a rhythmic shush/tap/click that is audible when not drowned out by engine or fan noise. Sometimes the shush/tap/click is 2 or 3 in fast succession in the same rhythm as the single. It is most obvious when one is slowing down. I have checked the tire for a stone, nail, etc., but can't find anything.
    Does anyone have an ideas about what this might be? Should I be worried?
  • I have never heard this one, you should consult the service department. I have a honing type sound that comes out at very low speeds, below 10 mph, coming from under the truck but can never seem to produce the sound with the mechanic in the truck. It seems it is a bit different than your problem. Sounds like it could be the brakes, yikes. The mechanics should be able to hear a constant sound anyway, laki maika'i, mele kalikimaka
  • bolivarbolivar Posts: 2,316
    "Bought a new 2007 Ridgeline Dec 5, 2007... the left front has a rhythmic shush/tap/click that is audible ."

    It's just the normal breakdown of the dialithium crystals while being activated to warp you back from 2007 to Dec 14, 2006.
  • ramzey28ramzey28 Posts: 130
    I and I have found 3 others have a windshield creak sound, it sounds like in the middle, when you hit a sm /medium bump (and of coarse a large one). It's not the the visor or speaker cover (which others have had), I think my speaker cover does more of a squeak on washboard type roads (but i know that fix). Any ideas on the windshield creak noise.... I cant always have the radio turned up to drown it out. Dont get me wrong, its not a real loud creak but sure is annoying especially when its brand new and you paid all the $$$$
  • I don't think so. The dilithium breakdown is more of a crunching sound, like chewing ice, while this is a more slapping sound, like smacking yourself in the cheek with a dead fish.

    Actually, the problem I described was identified by the dealer's mechanic within a couple of hours -- noise from the CV joint/boot. They immediately ordered me a new left axle. (No joke.) My dealer is great--this is the fifth Honda we've purchased from them in Canandaigua, NY, and their service department is primo. By the way it was nice in 2007.

    One does not warp back from the future, by the way. It is more of a poof.
  • bolivarbolivar Posts: 2,316
    "this is a more slapping sound, like smacking yourself in the cheek with a dead fish."

    Nice to find someone with a sense of humor. Not many on here seem to have one.

    Glad to here your problem was found and is/will be fixed. My Ridgeline is a little over one year old, don't have much milage on it, but no problem to take back to the dealer. It does seem to getting a few rattles, one may be the speaker on the dash problem several are having.

    (Regarding the 'slap to the face with a fish' comment. This brought to mind the TV show of a few years back 'Due South', where Mountie Fraizer related that the scar on his face was caused by a schoolmate hitting him in the face with a dead otter...)
  • (Regarding the slap to the face with a fish . . . )

    I got the idea about slapping the face with a dead fish from a Monty Python sketch called, I think, the "Fish Slap Dance". I laughed out loud when I read your point about me traveling forward and backward in time, by the way!
  • shimmyshimmy Posts: 14
    I've had once a small limestone pebble stuck between brake pad and disk. Check it out.
  • shimmyshimmy Posts: 14
    Does anybody knows were to get nice aftermarket navigation/stereo system, the one which fits in to the dash? Don't like stickons very much.
  • shimmyshimmy Posts: 14
    I own a 2006 RTL and the tailgate does not lock. Tell me how do you do it?
  • shimmyshimmy Posts: 14
    It will get better, but'll newer be good.
  • bolivarbolivar Posts: 2,316
    The tailgate does not lock.

    The 'trunk' inside the bed does lock.
  • shimmyshimmy Posts: 14
    Apparently 'Skelley1' knows something we don't. May be they did come lockable in 2007?
  • bolivarbolivar Posts: 2,316
    Ooops, didn't understand exactly what you were replying to.

    I went to the Honda site for 2007 specifications.

    I see ' Lockable In-Bed Trunk™' and 'Dual-action tailgate', but nothing about lockable tailgate.
  • shimmyshimmy Posts: 14
    Check message #295.
  • toast3toast3 Posts: 2
    I drive my Ridgeline on grass roads and in fields on a regular basis. The design of the underbody picks up grass and litter which can smolder or catch fire. I had a close call with an engire fire last summer, but was close enough to a hose to put it out. I warned my Honda dealership in Charleston, SC as well as notified Honda. I got nowhere. Last week the engine did catch fire with only $2,000 of damage since the fire department arrived in time to prevent a total loss. My insurance is covering the loss, but I really don't want to take this truck off road again. Honda tough? Has anyone else had this problem or tried to contact Honda?

  • Much to my surprise, went out to our 2006 Ridgeline RTL today to find a large pool of water in the rear floorboard. Upon further investigation, the carpets and floors are completely soaked, front and back. Nothing was left open. I had noticed a very musty/moldy odor had appeared a few weeks ago. I guess this explains the problem. What should I do next, and what can I expect from the Honda dealer? Very upset.
  • shimmyshimmy Posts: 14
    I'm driving my RTL listening to the radio. Suddenly speaker in the front panel (near the windshield, passenger side),starts "farting";(for the wise guys >NO PASSENGERS IN THE CAR<). Not literaly, but sounds like it (like when you overload the base). I change radio station - same thing. Think "next day i will take the truck to the dealer", but in 10-15 minutes the problem disapeares and it sounds normal again. Happends twice allready. Does anybody have an idea?
  • beanctrbeanctr Posts: 99

    There have been reports with some Ridgelines having this problem, so your dealer should be able to help you resolve the issue. I believe there is a TSB on it. At any rate, once they find the source of the leak, I would insist that they replace your carpet. Good luck.
  • Shimmy,

    It may not be your speaker. I have the same problem with my radio, but only when it's in the AM position, so I think it's my radio that's presenting the problem. It happens most of the time, but only when there is a vibration (moving or bumps). Sometimes it does not happen at all. I'm planning on taking it in to the dealer at my next oil change to check it out. I'll let you know.
  • shimmyshimmy Posts: 14
    I've had same problem. Antenna plug was loose in the radio socket.
  • :confuse: Well, they diagnosed the problem as a bad left front axle. They replaced it, but the same noise keeps occurring as I described in my previous message (#311). I am driving the truck, and there seems to be no obvious problem,brakes, steering, driving all seem fine, but it is annoying as heck for a new vehicle and so much $$$. The dealer decided that I should just drive it until the noise goes away or the source of the noise becomes obvious. I tentatively said okay, but the more I think about it, the less happy I am with this "solution". I'm a pretty laid back guy, but can get angry if I need to. What would you do or recommend for me? Thanks. (A guy can go nuts thinking about this!)
  • user777user777 Posts: 3,341
    maybe, maybe not so FWIW:

    my Odyssey, some Pilots, some Accords, maybe even your truck has a strut tower where the welds may not be deburred sufficiently before assembly. following assembly, there is enough compliance for rattling and rubbing.

    i had a rhythmic tick tick in the right passenger front at about 30mph which the lead tech found immediately when driving my car.. there was a TSB for it for the Pilot, or perhaps it was the MDX. i cannot remember.

    anyhow, taking the strut out, deburring the welds, applying grease to the plate at the top and re-assembly made my Odyssey quiet again.

    it *might* be your issue.
  • Update on our 2006 Ridgeline with the saturated floor... dealer said they 'think they fixed the leak' and wanted to wait a few weeks for the carpet to dry out to see if the problem was solved. I insisted on new carpet now since it's butt cold outside and I don't want to deal with the moldy/musty smell inside. Dealer says it will take about 1 week for the new carpet to arrive. They don't even sound confident the problem is corrected. Should we contact Honda Customer Relations and see about getting them to buy the car back? I feel as if we have permanently damaged goods here. $34,000 truck and still under warranty. I think Honda needs to step up to the plate and issue a recall. Any ideas? At this point we really don't want to keep the car if this issue is likely to come again, especially when it might happen after the warranty has expired, and we'll be stuck with a lemon then. Anyone else with the same problem been able to get Honda to step up to the plate and take the car back?
  • bolivarbolivar Posts: 2,316
    Lots and lots of leaky 2006 Ridgelines in the first few months of production. I bought in Nov of 2005, truck built in Oct 2005 I think. The production line problems (bad welds) were supposed to have been fixed by then.

    The plate on the driver's door gives the month and year the truck was built. 2006 production started in what, Jan 2005? Anything built in the first 6 months or so may leak.

    Leaks were in the front windshield frame and int the rear side panel behind the rear door. The glass does not leak, the welds where panels are put together are not complete.

    Any Honda dealer knows about early month production having leaks. Lots and lots of carpet has been replaced.

    I know it's winter, but get a water hose and flood the truck for a long time on the side where the water came in. Why drive it and wait for a rain? I would not use a car wash, I would use a hose that puts out a lot of water. If you get more water inside, take it back to the dealer. If not, it's probably safe to get them to replace the carpet now.
  • shimmyshimmy Posts: 14
    My dealer says that Rear differential (or transfer case) fluid should be replaced every 10.(ten) thousand km. The job cost around $400. That,s a lot of money to maintain a single component in the truck so often. It cannot be true? Can it?
  • bolivarbolivar Posts: 2,316
    Read your manual.

    You will have a 'maintenance'code come up on the dash display when the computer thinks you need to change the rear differential.

    I think I've read that the first service usually comes up at about 15,000 miles, then the following will be at about 20 or 25,000 mile intervals.

    It will be an Alpha code and/or a numeric code.
    Read the manual.

    In general, most dealers will try to do maintenance sooner than necessary on many items. More money in their pocket.

    $400 seems very high. There is a drain plug and a fill plug. And it takes about a quart of fluid. Even knowing HOnda prices its fluid very high, this seems extremely excessive.

    I would use Honda differential fluid. If someone rather than a Honda dealer does service, I would use Honda diff fluid and trans fluid, probably even Honda Antifreeze. They 'compound' these fluid so they are somewhat unique, and I would not want to bet on a warranty problem tied back to not using these.

    Now, oil and oil filter - use any good, national brand.
  • gearhead1gearhead1 Posts: 408
    No, a rear diff VTM fluid change is right around the fifty dollar mark if I remember correctly, and it takes way more than a quart. My first VTM fluid change was at 15,000 miles, but I don't think you change it every 15,000 miles.
  • The real dif oil should be changes that often, your truck will tell you when it should be changed, I think the code is "A6" on the service reminder. They are however taking you for a ride at $400, Honda Windward charges $74 to change the real dif oil. It is also very easy to do yourself for around 15 bucks.
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