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

Honda CR-V Problem
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Model Years Affected: 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010

Drive Trains Affected: 2WD, 4WD, Automatic Transmission, Manual Transmission

Average Mileage: 92,370 mi (11,200 mi - 228,000 mi)


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.

  • , , 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

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  • , , 4WD, 50,000 mi

    mainly when backing up or turning sharply; drives and runs great

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  • , , 4WD, 112,578 mi

    groaning sound making right turns

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  • , , 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?

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  • , , 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.

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  • , , 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!

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  • , , Automatic Transmission, 155,000 mi

    Same problem, only on sharp turns.

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  • , , 4WD, 72,000 mi

    Same as above

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  • , , 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!

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  • , , 4WD, 75,000 mi

    groaning noise in sharp turns

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