2011 Honda Ridgeline Repair and Maintenance

A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your 2011 Honda Ridgeline

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2011 Honda Ridgeline Problems

Check Engine Light and Engine Takes too Long to Start

The Honda Ridgeline, from 2006-2014, commonly has problems with the EVAP canister vent solenoid. It stops responding to commands to open and close, and the following occurs:

  • Illumination of the check engine light
  • OBD trouble code P1457 is stored
  • Engine takes longer than usual to start
  • Fuel mileage decreases noticeably
  • The valve is located on the charcoal canister, and is meant to open and close upon command. It fails due to corrosion breaking one of two internal seals, which allows air to escape the system, signaling the OBD trouble code P1457.

    Correcting the problem can be done by replacing the vent valve, or, in some cases, cleaning and resealing the vent valve has been successful. You can get an estimate for this repair here.

    A worn, missing, or loose gas cap can cause the same issues.

    Check Engine Light for Running Rough and Difficulty Starting

    The exhaust recirculation valve (EGR) on the 2006-2014 Honda Ridgeline may fail, causing:

  • Illumination of the check engine light
  • OBD trouble codes P0401 and P1491
  • Illumination of the VTR-4 light
  • Rough idle
  • Reduced fuel economy
  • Engine vibrations
  • Hesitation or stalling
  • Long cranking before engine starts
  • Failure of state or federal smog tests
  • The EGR valve has open and closed positions, and opens or closes on command from the computer.

    Exhaust gases constantly pass through the valve when it is open, leaving carbon deposits on the valve. These carbon deposits may lead the the valve sticking in the open or closed position.

    To correct this issue, sometimes it is sufficient to clean the valve, but replacement is recommended in all cases.

    For further information on your vehicle's issue, try out our diagnostics tool here.

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    2011 Honda Ridgeline Questions

    Why do my stabilizer bars keep failing? (2 answers)

    I originally heard a knock in my front end, replaced the stabilizer bars with mooge (sp) bars because they were supposed to be the best. They only lasted a month! Brought the truck to the Honda dealer, they put on Honda stabilizer bars and could find nothing else wrong with the front end... Its o...

    REPLACED MY BATTERY AND NOW I NEED THE RADIO CODE. HOW DO I GET THE CODE. (1 answer)

    WENT TO HONDA.COM AND GAVE THE RADIO SERIAL # AND VIN NUMBER THEY EMAILED ME BACK 16 CODE NUMBERS AND ALL 5 DIGIT. IT NEEDS TO BE 4

    Has anyone experienced a slight shudder when accelerating in lower 2 gears? (1 answer)

    Truck has 45,000 miles. Just purchased from dealer. Traded in a 2006 Ridgeline I purchased new. Never experienced this in my previous Ridgeline. My guess is its something to do with the transmission. Fluid was a pint low. This is now corrected. Anyone have any thoughts on this anomoly?

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    2011 Honda Ridgeline Recalls

    Passenger Frontal Air Bag Inflator Ruptures On Deployment

    The passenger frontal air bag inflator may rupture on deployment, causing metal fragments to come through the air bag and injure occupants. Dealers will replace the passenger frontal air bag inflator free of charge to resolve the concern.

    Driver's Frontal Air Bag Inflator Ruptures And Sprays Metal Fragments

    The driver's frontal air bag inflator may be susceptible to moisture intrusion, which over time could cause the inflator to rupture. If this happens, it would spray metal fragments upon deployment. Dealers will replace the driver's frontal air bag inflator free of charge to resolve the concern.

    Spare Tire May Not Be the Correct Size

    The spare tire may not be the same size as what is indicated on the tire information label. This could lead to improper tire inflation, resulting in tire failure and increasing the risk of a crash. Dealers will replace the spare tire or the information label as necessary to correct this concern.

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