2012 Honda Ridgeline Repair and Maintenance

A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your 2012 Honda Ridgeline

2012 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.

    Check Engine and D4 Lights Flashing

    The 2006-2014 Honda Ridgeline may develop issues with the automatic transmission.

    Rough shifting may occur, and the “D4” light and check engine may begin to blink. The check engine light will also illuminate, and OBD trouble codes P0700, P0730, P0740, P0780, P1768 and/or P1768 will be stored in the computer.

    If the transmission shifts roughly, the failure is very likely mechanical failure of the transmission. If the transmission performs normally, a faulty sensor, or dirty transmission fluid may be the case.

    In most cases, it is necessary to use professional diagnostic equipment to provide a diagnosis, and complete the repair.

    The longevity of the transmission is dependent on strict adherence to the manufacturer's recommendation for ATF replacement intervals and procedure.

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    2012 Honda Ridgeline Questions

    vtm-4 and check engine emission system light want go off (1 answer)

    after wiring a trailer and hooking it to my truck. it blew
    two 7.5 fuses. Then the check emission system and vtm-4 indicators lights came on Why want they go off. replace
    the 7.5 fuses, trailer lights are working properly

    Are there known issues with the brakes/rotors on Honda Ridgelines? (1 answer)

    I purchased a new 2012 Honda Ridgeline and I am the only driver. It has just under 30,000 miles and I was due for oil change so I also had the 30k service done. Before the service I started feeling a slight vibration when braking; like the front rotors might be slightly warped. The Honda dealer s...

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    2012 Honda Ridgeline Recalls

    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.

    The Airbag Status Indicator May Not Provide the Correct Airbag Status

    Honda is recalling certain Ridgeline vehicles because an incorrect passenger airbag status indicator may have been installed during vehicle assembly. Without the proper passenger airbag indicator, the driver and other vehicle occupants may not be informed or aware that the front passenger airbag is off and will not deploy in a crash, thereby potentially increasing the risk of injury to a front passenger seat occupant. Dealers will replace the passenger airbag indicator to correct this concern. The Honda recall number is S52.

    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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    2012 Honda Ridgeline Reviews

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    based on 1 customer reviews
    2007 Ridge update-almost at 200K miles and still love this thing - like the energizer bunny it just keeps going and going and going. Truck continues with little/no maintenance other than normal oil changes, belts and tires. Almost no rattles even after rear end at a stop light by Ford 500 (hit me doing 15 MPH, totaled the Ford and I drove away). Everything works!! Looks like 300K is my next tar...

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