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: 99,240 (11,200–228,000)
Drive Trains affected: 2WD, 4WD, Automatic Transmission, Manual Transmission
15 model years affected: 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, more2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011
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2001 Honda CR-V - 4WD 147,000 mi,
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?
2010 Honda CR-V - 4WD 77,000 mi,
I am having the same problem recently. Is it safe to drive?
2004 Honda CR-V - 4WD 50,000 mi,
mainly when backing up or turning sharply; drives and runs great
2005 Honda CR-V - 4WD 112,578 mi,
groaning sound making right turns
2006 Honda CR-V - 4WD 125,000 mi,
HOWLING,LOW WHISTLING NOISE FROM LEFT REAR INTERMITANTLY
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
2006 Honda CR-V - 4WD 25,500 mi,
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.
2009 Honda CR-V - 4WD 78,000 mi,
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 complaints..now at LEAST I know what it is..
2011 Honda CR-V 35,000 mi,
My 2011 Honda CRV is doing the vibrating noise on sharp turns. Just spoke to Honda and they told me that will cost 4,500.00 to replace the entire deferential, not just the fluid, and that will not be covered by the warranty because I did not replace the fluid when is recommended (according to them, after first 15k miles then after every 25k) Never got any warning on my dashboard that something needed to be replaced, so how should I know. This is insane, I just bought this car.
2001 Honda CR-V - 4WD 175,000 mi,
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!
2000 Honda CR-V - Automatic Transmission 155,000 mi,
Same problem, only on sharp turns.
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!
2000 Honda CR-V - 4WD 75,000 mi,
groaning noise in sharp turns
2004 Honda CR-V 60,000 mi,
Grinding while turning. Changed rear diff fluid and it fixed the problem
2005 Honda CR-V - 4WD 85,000 mi,
Had Differential Fluid Replaced. Fine Now
2006 Honda CR-V - Automatic Transmission 50,000 mi,
A clicking noise during turns coming from the rear differential. Upgraded differential fluid to a new Honda spec
2009 Honda CR-V 131,721 mi,
Squealing sound coming from front driver side tire when turning right
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
2009 Honda CR-V - 4WD 72,000 mi,
Same as above
I am experiencing the same issue and will attempt the fix recommend here. Thanks for the other's posts.