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#5617 of 6957 Burning smell and rear trailing bushings
Oct 30, 2007 (12:01 pm)
My 2001 Honda CR-V LX FWD has about 65,000 miles.
1. Whenever I get home from work (12 miles of driving one-way with freeway and local), I can sense a burning smell after I step out of my car. I cannot sense this burning smell inside my car, and I have never sensed this burning smell before. The burning smell does not smell like burning rubber, rotten eggs, old gym locker room, etc. I cannot tell what kind of burn is that. I haven't brought my car to the dealer for this problem yet. Any idea what's wrong with the burning smell?
2. In my last visit to dealer, they told me that both sides of the rear trailing bushings had some cracks on them and recommended to replace them for $660. I haven't noticed any vibration or noise from my car.
a) If I do NOT replace the cracked bushings, will the cracks on bushings cause any permanent, serious problems to my car in the future?
b) For $660 to replace both the rear trailing arm bushings, is it a rip-off?
#5618 of 6957 Re: warranty and wheel alignment help [thomasf]
Oct 30, 2007 (5:47 pm)
The dealer would not cover an alignment, if it didn't see any symptoms caused by an out of aligned vehicle.
#5619 of 6957 What oil weight can I change to ?
Oct 31, 2007 (10:37 pm)
I live in northern California , in the East (San Francisco) Bay Area -- weather wise it gets to lowest to 30 and highest up to 105 ...only rains, never snows....
...I have an 07 CRV EX AWD and would like to ask 2 questions...
1)the manual states to use 5W-20 Motor Oil....Can I use Mobil 1 5W-30 Synthetic Oil or should I stick with the recommended weight of 5W-20?
2)Are there any other brands of Synthetic Oil others have used and are fond of?
Thanks in advanced
#5620 of 6957 Vibration Problem B/W 45 and 55 MPH
Nov 01, 2007 (5:17 am)
My 2006 CRV vibrates between 45 mph and 55 mph for the first 1 mile or so from a cold start. It is more pronounced during a cold weather. Once last January I thought I had a flat tire and had to pull over to check. Change in RPM has no affect. I can feel some vibration at higher speed but not as much.
I suspected the tires and replaced each tire with the spare one at a time, but no change.
I bought it last November and has 9,000 miles now.
I hate to take the car to a dealer just for this problem unless I really have to since I'll most likely have to leave the car overnight.
BTW, probably not related to this, but I cannot get better than 23.5 m/g no matter how I drive (city/highway combined)
Any help will be appreciated.
#5621 of 6957 Re: What oil weight can I change to ? [chivas1]
Nov 01, 2007 (6:53 am)
My impression was the automakers lowered the recommended oil viscosity in newer cars primarily because of a slight gain in gas mileage. But others have told me that tighter engine tolerances now make the better flowing 20w oil the better choice.
I'm doubtful that 5w-30 oil in mild California weather would make much of a difference. But, I guess, the question should be "Why not follow Honda's recommendation?" What's the gain here? Is the slight cost difference worth the risk?
#5622 of 6957 Re: Vibration Problem B/W 45 and 55 MPH [chester07]
Nov 02, 2007 (4:39 am)
Check the Rear Differential. The Dealers know about this problem. Manual says to change fluid afer 90K Km but I had to change after 27K Km in Canada and this Web page is full of people with 2006 / 2007 CRVs with the same problem. Honda is keeping this quiet and only fixing when brought to their attention. I think they should completely redesign and do a recall. For that reason, I will not keep my current 2006 CRV on lease after it is over the lease.
#5623 of 6957 2007 CR-V--When to schedule first oil change
Nov 02, 2007 (7:26 am)
Purchased a 2007 CR-V in June. Today (11/2/07) it has 7200 miles and it's oil life is 30 percent. Do I need to change the oil now or can I wait until maintenance "wrench lite" minder comes on? Thanks.
#5624 of 6957 Re: Vibration Problem B/W 45 and 55 MPH [cdamech]
Nov 02, 2007 (9:13 am)
I'm aware of problems associated with the rear differential, but I noticed my problem within several days of driving with only about 100 miles.
BTW, the tires are BFGoodrich Traction T/A Specs.
I'm thinking of swapping four tires with my wife's 00 Oddy which has the same zise wheels and tire - any thought on this?
#5625 of 6957 Re: What oil weight can I change to ? [lzc]
Nov 02, 2007 (9:19 am)
I noticed this topic since it was posted while I posted my vibration problem:
Is there a way to make sure the oil change shop put 5W20 not 5W30?
And If 5W30 was put (by mistake or cheating), will it be just a matter of lower gas mile or will there be a mechanical problem?
I live in Chicago area.
#5626 of 6957 Re: What oil weight can I change to ? [chester07]
Nov 03, 2007 (7:34 am)
>>Is there a way to make sure the oil change shop put 5W20 not 5W30?
Short sending the oil to a test lab, I doubt it. Are Chicago area oil change shops known to be dishonest? (Just joking)
Personally, I wouldn't worry about it. I still think the change was mostly to capture a slight gain on the EPA mileage test.