A groaning noise from the rear differential heard while going through turns can be caused by differential fluid break down. Servicing the rear differential will generally correct this concern.
Car Problem Reports
Honda CR-V Groaning Noise on Turns Due to Differential Fluid Breakdown
Honda CR-V Problem
Drive Trains Affected: 4WD, Automatic Transmission, Manual Transmission
Average Mileage: 91,857 mi (14,000 mi - 228,000 mi)
Visitor, 2007 Honda CR-V, 4WD, 37,500 mi
noise from rear of car when turning in a tight circle e.g. small round about.
I have spoken to several "experienced" Honda mechanics and been advised that there is a breather pipe where water can enter into the oil. the solution is removing oil, flushing and replacing oil. Have not yet had the done, Quoted £95 to £120
Visitor, 2004 Honda CR-V, 4WD, 50,000 mi
mainly when backing up or turning sharply; drives and runs great
Visitor, 2006 Honda CR-V, 4WD, 71,000 mi
Same problem, Rear shudders while make tight turns. My mechanic told me it was do to inside turn tire having to rotate less than the outside turn tire while making turns. That's what the rear differential is for.
Will try changing differential fluid as suggested here. Thanks!
When making turns I hear the groaning noise. I took it to a mechanic and said he changed it but I still have the noise. What should I do?
Grinding sound during slow left turn. Especially in pking lots.
Go on YouTube or Google for written instructions to see how the fluid change is really an in-the-driveway, DIY job if your handy + $25 for 2 quarts (us) of Honda Trans Fluid at your local mechanic $75 labor.
1. Drain fluid
2. Replace fluid w/ fresh
3. Drive in tight circles for 10 minutes or run for 20 minutes on a lift.
4. Drain fluid
5. Replace with fresh fluid.
Visitor, 2000 Honda CR-V, Automatic Transmission, 155,000 mi
Same problem, only on sharp turns.
Visitor, 2000 Honda CR-V, 4WD, 75,000 mi
groaning noise in sharp turns
Visitor, 2005 Honda CR-V, 4WD, 112,578 mi
groaning sound making right turns
Rear differential fluid needs change
Visitor, 2001 Honda CR-V, Automatic Transmission, 77,000 mi
Groaning Noise on Turning Steering Wheels