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#6880 of 6957 Re: 2004 CR-V Slow Engine Cranking [tompar]
Nov 22, 2012 (7:31 am)
I have this same issue with mine and it has way fewer miles than yours. New battery seems to make no difference. I was going to suggest to you to replace your neg and positive wires and terminals but sounds like you did the one, but the positive going to the starter is more important as it is a longer run and because of proximity, prone to current-robbing erosion.
Your post has helped me with a theory on this problem. I think there are three things that compound into a weakness. The battery is too small with minimum CCA's. The wires are too light a gauge, especially for the length run. The starter motor may be too light in design also..all 3 things indicators of cost-cutting. Along with Ford's paint, transmissions, head gaskets etc and Mazda's rust rust rust, GM's no right to still be in business etc, I will not be buying another Honda. Naturally I have other reasons too for leaving Honda behind (like their denial for poor life-span A/C and auto trans, I am also very unimpressed with the brakes. They are too small, and very prone to corrosion and piston binding which doesn't let the pads wear down evenly which shortens their already short life. And the newer Honda's are even cheaper than our generation. I think we got the last of any Honda generation worth buying.
Anyway, if the weather holds, I hope to remove my starter and confirm connections, going to use a heavier gauge on the positive to the battery. Also plan to maybe split the starter if it looks like it will bolt back together without issue, and confirm brushes are in good shape and touching armature evenly, lube the shaft ends and also the throw-out gear shaft.
In the meantime, if you are not into maybe doing all that, when starting, at least make sure your lights, rear defogger and fan (and heated seats if you have them) are all off. That helps, as does a battery warmer and block heater if you live in a really cold region.
#6881 of 6957 Re: 2004 CR-V Slow Engine Cranking [tompar]
Nov 25, 2012 (6:36 am)
Based on input received, I'm thinking my problem may be a failing starter. Can someone post info on a previous starter replacement cost? I see some dealer costs of $800-850. Yes, Im sure it's a good starter and they know what they are doing but that cost is crazy. My local indy place says $350-400. I'm going to also check a local indy shop (Natick, MA) that deals extensively with Honda's to see their cost. Would feel better with them as I'm sure they have do many of them over the years. Don't care if it's a re-manufactured starter. Get me another 3-4 years and from current 170K miles up to 250K and I will be happy
Nov 25, 2012 (12:55 pm)
I have an 04, now with about 140K. I think I put a starter in about 110K - although in that case I could tell the starter was going - I made an appointment when I noticed slow cranking and the next day it stopped so I needed it towed!
Anyway, I think I spent about 400 at a local shop and it seems fine.
The problem I have is probably what you are implying here. I do a lot of my work at the dealership - the higher prices are worth it and I have a good dealer. I would not mind paying 800 dollars if I knew I was going to get the use out of it - Frankly, I am looking to trade in about 30-50K miles (or keep as a beater) maybe 1-2 years and I hate to spend too much. So after about 100K or so, I do some things outside of dealers, just because I don't want to pay higher prices - even though the quality is probably a little better.
#6883 of 6957 Re: Diagram of passger front door 
Nov 25, 2012 (2:32 pm)
Were you able to fix your latch problem? I have same problem w/ my 97 CR-V - can't open door (drivers) from inside! I had been lowering window and reaching out (pain in the crumpet) but now my window is starting to stick!! I thought it was the actuator from posts in forum but i don't know. I think your message is only one like my problem so far!! any info on what problem is and how you fixed it would be greatly appreciated. I cannot afford to have dealer fix unfortunately. thanks
#6884 of 6957 Re: 2004 CR-V Slow Engine Cranking [tompar]
Dec 24, 2012 (5:58 am)
Resolution: Starter was bad. Tested and was pulling far more current than it should have. After contacting 2 Honda dealers, they did not have Honda remanufactured starters. New one installed was $1100 at dealer #1 and $1300 dealer #2. I ended up having my local garage, who I trust, install a remanufactured one. He spoke highly of the Remy rebuilt starters and said he would put one in his own car if it was up to him. Got that from another indy garage as well. Cost complete was $530. He could have got a new Honda starter for $800 so the installed price would have been $1000. Worse case, I can install 2 of the rebuilts for the cost of 1 new Honda starter.
#6885 of 6957 Your Personal experience with 2006 Honda CR-V automatic transmission Plz ?
Dec 27, 2012 (10:15 pm)
Hello guys ,
I dare request the valuable support of some connoisseurs in automatic transmission especially the Honda CR-V model year 2006 , I live in Algeria where 99% of cars are stick shift ,which means that in case of breakdown; fixing an automatic transmission here is a closed book to most mechanics , finding the right mechanic nationwide to fix an automatic driven car is like gold dust , at a pinch those who can afford it order and replace either a new automatic or manual gear box from France but wait 6 months or 12 months to set it up !
To which end , I am eager to buy my neighbor's Honda Cr-v year 2006 which shows 50.000 miles only .
See , this is gonna be a high stake deal although for I am positive Honda engine is a very sturdy & reliable as I own a civic since 6 years and no troubles at all aside from replacing brake pads , battery , tires , I am rather worried to death about the lifetime of the automatic transmission albeit I am rigorous with oil change...
Bottom line , I am craving to break my saving box to have have this neat gray CR-V and plan to keep it until 200 k miles yet people around me say I am going to throw my money down the drain or sign my own death contract , to make matters worse Honda left Algeria since 4 years now .
Thus , your feedback ladies & Gents would be very welcome and decisive as I am on the fence right now .
Much appreciated .
Adel TOUHAMI ,
Annaba / ALGERIA .
tel : +213 661 260 574
#6886 of 6957 Re: Your Personal experience with 2006 Honda CR-V automatic transmission Plz ? [adelair1]
Dec 28, 2012 (5:03 am)
You have nothing to worry about. As long as you change the transmission fluid every 15,000 miles the car will not likely to have problems. I have a 2006 automatic and have no problems with the transmission. Do have the valves adjusted every 30,000 miles as Hondas tend to have valve problems.
#6887 of 6957 Re: noise on starting [theriver]
Dec 28, 2012 (6:29 am)
I have the same problem. It happens when the ignition key is not turned fast enough. To eliminate the problem just turn the key quickly to start the engine and you wont have any more sizzling sound. This is not an uncommon problem with the CRVs.
#6888 of 6957 Re: Your Personal experience with 2006 Honda CR-V automatic transmission Plz ? [californiagal]
Dec 28, 2012 (10:51 am)
Thanks Miss. California , your message is a sight for sore eyes as the CR-v's automatic gear box is not as black as it is some guys painted it here .
I'm just gonna shell out all of my savings to buy it and hopefully It end up as a white elephant .
#6889 of 6957 Re: Your Personal experience with 2006 Honda CR-V automatic transmission Plz ? [adelair1]
Dec 28, 2012 (11:12 am)
I am not an expert on auto trans, but as a general rule to check out first, try these things first.
- have owner drive you around. This will tell you some of their habits. You should avoid it if their common practice is to shift into reverse while still rolling forward or vice versa, very bad
- also avoid if their practice is to apply throttle right after shifting into gear before the gear has actually engaged..i.e. throttling it to speed up its engagement into gear..very bad
- on the drive, look for harshness of shifting...does it shift hard (abruptly, jerky or even make loud clunk or thump noises) when upshifting or downshifting through the gears in common city driving.
- when you get back, check the levels and smell the tran fluid from the fill hole. It should not smell burnt.
- Put some on some white paper..should not have a darkish red tint, should still be bright or vivid colouring (I say this assuming Honda's fluid is red when new) I have never owned a Honda automatic.
- ask to see the replaced records and dates and jive the odometer with said dates and $ spent for service. Honda's are VERY fussy in using THEIR own fluids. (as opposed to aftermarket, even if the aftermkt contr says it is ok to use).
I usally don't pay much heed to that last one, but i DO with Honda cars. And with my own CRV ( a stick tho) although I do not buy their engine crankcase oil.
Last thing...Honda DID have a lot of trouble with their auto trans in both Odessy (never remember the spelling on their minivan, but this doesn't look right) and Civics. Not sure about the CRV but they are sorta known to not have the best auto trans out there.