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#1587 of 6957 1998 CR-V with Power Doors not unlocking
Aug 20, 2004 (9:49 am)
My wife's 1998 CRV's been having a problem with the power door locks making these clicking sounds for about 8 months now. When I spoke to Honda, they had said come in and for $200-$300 they will check and see what the problem may be... or since it's just clicking I can live with it.
Well this morning I decided borrow her car and found that the passenger side door lock would not open. After one of my errands I then had a problem getting in through the driver side. The remote (which i did use to open the hatch for testing) was working and I could hear the motor clicking but nothing happened.
If i try to put in the key and turn it.. i met a lot of resistance and would not bring up the plunger. After a couple of minutes, I realized if i turn the key and pull the latch the driver side door would open.. unfortunately this didn't work on the passenger side.
Does anyone have any suggestions on what could be wrong here or if there is at least a quick fix so that I can disable or get around the power door locks?
Aug 20, 2004 (10:51 am)
It sounds like the problem isn't with the power locks, it is with the lock mechanism.. Especially if it is hard to unlock with the key.. No expert, just a logician..
#1589 of 6957 Pull to right...
Aug 20, 2004 (11:34 am)
I haven't purchased my CR-V yet (probably within a week or so), but I wanted to address the drift or pull to the right issue...
We have an Odyysey that seemed to have that problem. We don't notice it much anymore (48k miles, with a different set of tires than the original). Just had the 45K service and had balance and alignment, no pulling, really (more in a minute), but still a shake at 75+MPH (which is not a ridiculous speed in a 70MPH zone).
You all probably already know this, but when *accelerating* in a front wheel drive car, you will *tend* to have some torque that may pull you right. If the car won't cruise flat and level in a straight line, though, I'd be annoyed and it's not "normal". They said with the Odyysey that there was... what? A five second rule? Ten seconds? If you are cruising straight and let go of the wheel, if you're not in the next lane in 5 seconds then it's "within spec."
I also agree with the guy who said to get it in writing... anytime you have a problem and they say it's normal, not just with this problem, anything that doesn't sound right to you... get it in writing.
After perusing all of these postings, FIRE BE DAMNED... I'll be looking for my new CR-V within a week or so and plan to keep reading this forum, so keep the posts coming.
#1590 of 6957 Re: Pull to right... [gfxguy]
Aug 20, 2004 (12:43 pm)
You all probably already know this, but when *accelerating* in a front wheel drive car, you will *tend* to have some torque that may pull you right.
It's called torque steer. And I've felt it in my 1st Gen CR-V, but only when accelerating VERY hard. After all, the CR-V has a pretty puny engine.
If the car won't cruise flat and level in a straight line, though, I'd be annoyed and it's not "normal".
The problem that some CR-Vs have is not a 5-10 second "drift" into the next lane, but that if you're driving along at a steady speed and release the wheel you're immediately headed into the ditch...not a drift at all. And while driving along at steady speed you have to hold pressure on the steering wheel to keep it from turning right.
That's not normal and it's not a feature; it's a problem.
Aug 20, 2004 (1:43 pm)
Yeah, there's a difference between "drifting" to the right, and "pulling" to the right.
The first gen CR-V had a common problem with PTTR (pull to the right) syndrome. The 2nd Gen CR-V doesn't seem to have the same infection rate, but we do see an outbreak from time to time.
#1592 of 6957 Re: ddpstc: oil/filter change [kizhe]
Aug 21, 2004 (9:53 am)
Thanks for the tips. I will follow your method the next oil change.
Aug 21, 2004 (1:08 pm)
Well, my '04 EX pulled to the right from day 1.. I've posted it on here quite a bit and complained to Honda only to be told that everything is in spec and no problems were noted.. I need to slightly tilt the wheel to the left to keep it going straight!!. Just very anoying especially when combined with the on again/off again dashboard rattle, poor ergonomiics, poor gas milage, deafening road noise..etc..etc..
To paraphrase a recent road test comment by a major magazine (really applied to the new civic LX).."Something new from Honda..a looser"!!!
#1594 of 6957 What magazine was that?
Aug 22, 2004 (8:55 am)
Our 2004 Civic LX has been flawless and I haven't heard anything like this before.
#1595 of 6957 "Something New From Honda
Aug 22, 2004 (10:27 am)
.. a looser"!!
I beleive it was car and driver. It was a comparison test with others in it's class. I owned an EX for years and it too was flawless .. much more so in every way when compared to my CRV.. Anyway ..seems the Civic rattled too much..mmm... low on power..noise..can't remember what else but check out C&D .. I beleive it was that magazine.. had to be late last year or early this year . personally, my Civic was one of the nicest cars to drive that I have owned. (and i have had new BMW, Volvos etc..)
#1596 of 6957 Car And Driver
Aug 22, 2004 (9:00 pm)
Personally, I think C&D has their favorites and they don't base those opinions on reliability - but on performance and initial quality perceptions. They love all the new turbo and H-6 Subarus for instance but rarely look at Honda Civics because the Honda is not known for putting its racing engines on the street (strike the S-series from that gross generalization). What they are most known for are reliable, high mileage cars. High mileage and high performance are usually not coupled together. So the Civic - if you want your 35 mpg is not a performance car. Likewise, there are few Porsches touting their MPG ratings. Anyway, I stopped reading C&D because of their bias and focus on racing and performance. I would take what they say with a grain of salt and read the entire article before taking quotes out of context.