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Most Common 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...
Worn door lock tumblers can cause the door lock to be sticky or not work at all. The lock has to be removed and the tumblers need to be replaced for 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.
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3 Known 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...
On certain models with rear disc brakes, a grinding noise can be caused by corrosion between the rear brake caliper bracket and the brake pad retainers. Cleaning and lubricating the caliper bracke...

5 Known 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.

3 Known Honda CR-V Electrical & Lights Problems

A maladjusted tailgate or tailgate switch can cause the rear tailgate light on the dash to flicker when driving. Adjusting the door and or switch will address this concern.
Honda issued a recall of 1998 and 1999 models to inspect and repair the wiring harness under the dash and install a piece of tubing to protect the harness. Various electrical issues can develop if ...
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 ...

8 Known 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...
On certain models the water pump bearing can go bad and cause a growl type noise from the front of the engine.
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...

9 Known Honda CR-V Exhaust & Emissions Problems

A binding fuel filler cap can cause the Check Engine Light to illuminate. Our technicians tell us this can be caused by a problem with the fuel filler neck which may require replacement.
A sticking intake manifold runner solenoid can cause the Check Engine light (MIL) to illuminate. Replacing the solenoid will repair the issue.
On certain models a faulty fuel tank pressure sensor (FTP) can cause the Check Engine Light to illuminate. The FTP sensor will generally require replacement to repair this condition.

4 Known 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.

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7 Known Honda CR-V Miscellaneous Problems

Worn door lock tumblers can cause the door lock to be sticky or not work at all. The lock has to be removed and the tumblers need to be replaced for this issue.
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.

3 Known 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.
On certain models the damper spring rubber comes loose and can cause a click noise. The damper springs need to be replaced to for this concern.

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Known Honda CR-V Problems & Complaints

On certain models with rear disc brakes, a grinding noise can be caused by corrosion between the rear brake caliper bracket and the brake pad retainers. Cleaning and lubricating the caliper bracke...
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.
Certain models cause the Check Engine light (MIL) to illuminate due to the computer misinterpreting the coolant sensor data. A software update from Honda will repair this issue.
The air/fuel sensor, located in the exhaust system, may be damaged by moisture in the exhaust resulting in illumination of the Check Engine Light. Replacing the damaged air/fuel sensor and updating...
A faulty transmission range switch can cause a no start condition and  Check Engine light (MIL) illumination. Transmission removal is not needed to replace the transmission range switch.
A sticking variable valve timing valve can cause the Check Engine light (MIL) to illuminate. A software update from Honda will fix this issue.
Certain models can misinterpret air fuel sensor data and cause the Check Engine Light to illuminate. A software update from Honda will fix this issue.
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.
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.
A faulty computer in the Supplemental Restraint System (SRS) can cause a false "Side Airbag Off" light to illuminate. The SRS computer will need to be replaced for this issue.
Honda issued a recall of 1998 and 1999 models to inspect and repair the wiring harness under the dash and install a piece of tubing to protect the harness. Various electrical issues can develop if ...
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