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#4010 of 6957 Re: Problem with rear differential? [ardenwhite]
Dec 23, 2005 (8:18 am)
Has anyone had a similar problem? Was it an easy fix? Should I steer clear.
A grinding/moaning/groaning sound from the rear end while turning usually indicates a problem with the rear differential. Most times it's fixed by changing the fluid in the rear differential, although sometimes it takes a couple of changes to make the noise stop.
If changing the fluid eliminates the noise it means the fluid was old and needed to be changed, not that the new fluid was "hiding" the problem.
Unfortunately, only changing the fluid will let you know if it's just a fluid problem, or if the rear diff has been damaged. Use only Honda Dual Pump Fluid, as there are no substitutes.
On the bright side, I've only heard about a couple of 1st Gen CR-Vs (1997-2001) that actually had to have a rear differential replaced.
If you do buy the CR-V schedule changes of the rear differential fluid every 30,000 miles along with having the valves adjusted, both items that need to be done, but are missing from the maintenance schedules in the Owners Manual.
#4011 of 6957 Re: Problem with rear differential
Dec 23, 2005 (8:43 am)
Thanks so much for the reply. I really like the car but I don't want to buy something that is going to be problematic.
Is this likely going to be a long term problem?
#4012 of 6957 Re: Problem with rear differential [ardenwhite]
Dec 23, 2005 (10:07 am)
I really like the car but I don't want to buy something that is going to be problematic.
Not to be rude or anyting, but if you want a no problems car, buy new. When buying used, you are buying someone else's headache. Every used car on the market is for a reason.
#4013 of 6957 Re: Problem with rear differential [ardenwhite]
Dec 23, 2005 (11:01 am)
Is this likely going to be a long term problem?
Only in that the fluid needs to be changed more often than the maintenance interval listed in the Oweners Manual. If a fluid change eliminates the noise then you should be fine, as long as you continue to change the fluid every 30,000 miles or so.
Please understand that the rear differential in the CR-V is not a rear differential in the normal sense. It's actually a complex hydraulic mechanism that is the heart and soul of the Honda RT4WD system.
Read the Honda CR-V Owners FAQ message board for more information, specifically post #3 RT4WD Fluid Needs Replacing and #10 How Does RT4WD Work? for more information.
#4014 of 6957 Re: Problem with rear differential [ardenwhite]
Dec 23, 2005 (12:58 pm)
Thanks theracoon - I will definitely check those posts out.
To blueiedgod - Obviously I know that any used car is a potential for problems but it is one thing to buy not knowing there are problems and another to buy something with a problem that you've detected. Also, your comment that every used car is on the market for a "reason" incorrectly infers that every used car is being sold because it has a problem - many people sell their cars because they've outgrown them, are moving or just want something new and different. Unfortunately, used is all I can afford - I just have to make an informed decision. Thanks - I don't mean to be snarky - just wanted to respond.
#4015 of 6957 Re: Problem with rear differential? [ardenwhite]
Dec 23, 2005 (1:54 pm)
I've got a '99 CRV LX 2WD with 114K trouble free miles. Other than normal maintenance, two issues.
1) Driver's side door "actuator" (I think) is shot resulting in power locks not working, have to unluck with the key or pull up with my hand, not worth the dealer estimate of $400 to get it fixed.
2) Tranny is a bit "quirky", sometimes down shifting hard when accelerating after almost stopping. Dealer says it checks out fine.
#4016 of 6957 Honda CRV GPS
Dec 24, 2005 (2:58 pm)
Purchase of a Garmin C330 or close matches eliminates the problem of dash mount, sunlight and theft. Remove all of mount except portion attached to cable and the unit will just fit inside the storage unit under radio. There is also an access panel at rear of storage unit where cable can be fed to lighter or spliced to car electrical system. All you have to do to hide unit is close the existing door.
#4017 of 6957 Re: Can you Convert CR-V's Seats into a Bed [kapusta]
Dec 25, 2005 (8:29 am)
I spoke with my service manager a few weeks ago in regard to pulling out the back seat for an extended vacation. He said that in order to remove them, bolts that go clear thru the floor would have to be taken out from underneath the car and that it would not be practical. Could you describe the location of bolts to be removed. david59
#4018 of 6957 Strange windshield washer problem
Dec 26, 2005 (4:28 am)
This is a weird one. I can't fill the washer on my '02 CR-V.
The fluid will not enter the lower tank. I have removed the top tank there is no blockage, I have snaked the lower tank and found no problem there. Put everything back together and no change. I'm already bald so pulling out my hair is not an option. Somebody help!!!!
#4019 of 6957 2006 CRV back door indicator light
Dec 26, 2005 (8:42 am)
Happy holidays to all. I just purchased a 2006 CRV-EX and having had a 2000 EX I must say that I am impressed with the size and power of the newer models.
I have 2 questions:
1) I tried to turn inward the 2 sideview mirrors the other day and could not. (I did not want to force them).With the holidays and all I have not had a chance to contact the dealer but is it possible these miiors are not built to fold inward?
2) I am now going back to the dealer for a second time to fix a problem that came with the car.It seems that the rear door indicator light keeps flashing on my dashboard. The first time I took it back they made a minor adjustment but alas the problem keeps coming back. One of our nice readers suggested leaving a door open when closing the back door to decrease pressure in the cabin but that did not work. Would it be unreasonable for me to ask for another car if they cannot fix this annoying problem? What a shame too because the runs great otherwise.
Thanx and happy holidays to all