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1997 Honda CR-V Problems

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Most Common 1997 Honda CR-V Problems

The AC compressor may seize resulting in loss of cold air from the AC vents. Often when the compressor fails in the fashion, debris is spread through out the entire air conditioning system resultin...
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.
The front brake rotors can warp and cause a vibration when braking. The rotors will need to be machined or in cases where they are worn to thin, replaced to correct this issue.
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2 Known 1997 Honda CR-V Brakes Problems

The front brake rotors can warp and cause a vibration when braking. The rotors will need to be machined or in cases where they are worn to thin, replaced to correct this issue.
A faulty brake master cylinder reservoir filter can cause the brake system indicator to illuminate after a cold start and then go off. Replacement of the reservoir filter will commonly fix this p...

4 Known 1997 Honda CR-V Drive Train Problems

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.
Some vehicles with an automatic transmission can have an issue with a harsh shift from first to second gear. Honda has released a service bulletin suggesting to flush the transmission using Honda A...
Use of incorrect oil in the rear differential on AWD models will cause a "chattering" sound and vibration on turns. Use only Honda-approved differential oil.

1 Known 1997 Honda CR-V Electrical & Lights Problem

The 1997-2002 Honda CR-V, both 2WD and AWD models, has a known issue with alternator failure at high mileage, which causes: Battery warning light while driving Loss of electrical/battery power ...

6 Known 1997 Honda CR-V Engine Problems

The engine valves can prematurely fail. The cylinder head will need to be replaced due to wear in the area where the valves seal. Intake or exhaust valve failure may illuminate the Check Engine Lig...
The 1997-2002 Honda CR-V, both 2WD and AWD versions, commonly leak coolant from the radiator due to normal operation. The leak starts small, but may cause: Coolant puddling under vehicle Engine o...
The 1997-2002 Honda CR-V, two and four-wheel drive models has a known issue with engine oil leaking from the ignition distributor shaft seal. Leakage from the shaft seal coats the electrical compo...

1 Known 1997 Honda CR-V Exhaust & Emissions Problem

A worn speed sensor drive gear can cause a surge when using cruise control and illuminate the Check Engine light. Transmission replacement will be needed.

4 Known 1997 Honda CR-V Heating & Air Conditioning Problems

The AC compressor may seize resulting in loss of cold air from the AC vents. Often when the compressor fails in the fashion, debris is spread through out the entire air conditioning system resultin...
The AC evaporator can develop a refrigerant leak. The AC system will not blow cold air if this happens.
The AC idler pulley can fail causing a growling noise from the engine. A new idler pulley will be needed.

0 Known 1997 Honda CR-V Maintenance Problems

3 Known 1997 Honda CR-V Miscellaneous Problems

On certain models a faulty windshield wiper motor can cause the wipers not to turn off or not park properly. The wiper motor needs to be replaced to address this issue.
A leaking cowl (at the base of the windshield) can leak water into the vehicle's cabin. The cowl has to be resealed to stop the leak.
The rear hatch can pinch the window weatherstrip and cause a water leak. A new weatherstrip will be needed.

2 Known 1997 Honda CR-V Suspension & Steering Problems

The rear trailing arm bushings tend to crack and break requiring replacement of the bushings.
A clunking noise heard from the front suspension may be caused by the flange bolts for the upper control arm.

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Known 1997 Honda CR-V Problems & Complaints

Some vehicles with an automatic transmission can have an issue with a harsh shift from first to second gear. Honda has released a service bulletin suggesting to flush the transmission using Honda A...
The AC compressor may seize resulting in loss of cold air from the AC vents. Often when the compressor fails in the fashion, debris is spread through out the entire air conditioning system resultin...
The engine valves can prematurely fail. The cylinder head will need to be replaced due to wear in the area where the valves seal. Intake or exhaust valve failure may illuminate the Check Engine Lig...
On certain models a faulty windshield wiper motor can cause the wipers not to turn off or not park properly. The wiper motor needs to be replaced to address this issue.
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.
A clunking noise heard from the front suspension may be caused by the flange bolts for the upper control arm.
The rear trailing arm bushings tend to crack and break requiring replacement of the bushings.
A leaking cowl (at the base of the windshield) can leak water into the vehicle's cabin. The cowl has to be resealed to stop the leak.
The AC idler pulley can fail causing a growling noise from the engine. A new idler pulley will be needed.
A worn speed sensor drive gear can cause a surge when using cruise control and illuminate the Check Engine light. Transmission replacement will be needed.
The front brake rotors can warp and cause a vibration when braking. The rotors will need to be machined or in cases where they are worn to thin, replaced to correct this issue.
Use of incorrect oil in the rear differential on AWD models will cause a "chattering" sound and vibration on turns. Use only Honda-approved differential oil.
The 1997-2002 Honda CR-V, both 2WD and AWD versions, commonly leak coolant from the radiator due to normal operation. The leak starts small, but may cause: Coolant puddling under vehicle Engine o...
The AC evaporator can develop a refrigerant leak. The AC system will not blow cold air if this happens.
The 1997-2002 Honda CR-V engine oil pressure sensor is known to leak from normal operation. More information about the oil pressure sensor here. To correct the leak, the sensor must be inspected,...
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