Groaning Noise on Turns Due to Differential Fluid Breakdown on Honda CR-V

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.

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Average mileage: 92,747 (11,200–228,000)
Drive Trains affected: 2WD, 4WD, Automatic Transmission, Manual Transmission
14 model years affected: 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, more2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010
97 people reported this problem
48 people shared problem details
2007 Honda CR-V- 4WD37,500
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
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2004 Honda CR-V- 4WD50,000
mainly when backing up or turning sharply; drives and runs great
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2005 Honda CR-V- 4WD112,578
groaning sound making right turns
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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?
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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.
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2006 Honda CR-V- 4WD71,000
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!
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2000 Honda CR-V- Automatic Transmission155,000
Same problem, only on sharp turns.
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2009 Honda CR-V- 4WD78,000
I have been complaining for a WHILE about this noise..specifically when making sharp turns and backing up.I even brought it to a honda dealer and told them about the noise and said it felt like the E brake or something..Oh course the sold me 400 dollars worth of brake pads..n told me the rear had a little time..Brought it into a second service station.n they told me honda didn't know what they were talking about my rotors in the rear were shot and I paid 260 dollars for rear brakes n rotors.. YUP two shops that drove it and I explained same noise grinding grumbling on corners and reverse...and now I'm almost a grand in and STILL have the problem..I'm almost AFRAID to let anyone change the fluid now..I don't even trust HONDA experts ! I'm glad I found these at LEAST I know what it is..
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2009 Honda CR-V- 4WD72,000
Same as above
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2001 Honda CR-V- 4WD175,000
Also noticed a sort of grinding noise when attempting to make sharper than 90 degree turns. Luckily it sounds like a cheap, quick fix-- working at a mechanic shop should clear the issue up fast! Thanks!
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2000 Honda CR-V- 4WD75,000
groaning noise in sharp turns
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2006 Honda CR-V- 4WD125,000
2005 Honda CR-V- 4WD85,000
Had Differential Fluid Replaced. Fine Now
2006 Honda CR-V- Automatic Transmission50,000
A clicking noise during turns coming from the rear differential. Upgraded differential fluid to a new Honda spec
Problem when turning right or left with the rear axle giving a griding noise n is it okay to remove the rear axle n drive safely
2003 Honda CR-V- 4WD
CR-V would groan when turning sharply at low speeds. change the diff fluid and it was fixed.
2003 Honda CR-V- 4WD
Groaning sound when making sharp left or right turns,changed fluid myself and works like new! Thanks
2003 Honda CR-V- Automatic Transmission157,850
Bought my CRV a few months ago.I've noticed a noise and a slight vibration when I make sharp turns, like when I pull into a parking spot.
2003 Honda CR-V- Automatic Transmission11,200
Vibrating noise when turning, what can be don to rectify it
2003 Honda CR-V- 4WD102,340
Groaning noise on turns to left. Dealer can't seem to come up with answer.
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