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#6943 of 6957 Brake problems with long term storage
Sep 11, 2013 (8:55 am)
I have a 2011 AWD CRV with 15,000 miles. We started to spend 3 months in Florida for the winter and I left my CRV in the garage. My daughter has a Honda Fit that is crappy in the snow so she borrowed my CRV for storms. Being aware of rotor rust I asked her to be sure that when she returned it that the roads were dry to make sure the rotors would also be. I'm not sure how good she was with this but got a message from here that in the Spring the car was "making noises". I brought it to the dealer who told me that all the rotors were badly rusted and it cost me $450 to get them shaved. We also left a 2005 Nissan Altima in the garage which had no difficulty with the brakes.
The dealer said to have the car driven weekly to avoid this problem.
Has anyone else had a problem like this?
If I just leave the car in the garage should the rotors be OK if I make sure they are dry before storage? (I drove around for a while with light pressure on the brakes on a dry day to be sure).
If my daughter uses it for storms should we be OK if she actually does what I asked and make sure the rotors are dry when going back into the unheated garage?
If we just leave it in the garage for 3 months any experience as to how often, if ever, the car should be driven on a dry day to keep the brakes clean?
I don't want to spend $450 a year and make my rotors too thin.
#6944 of 6957 Re: Brake problems with long term storage [eenglish99]
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
Sep 11, 2013 (9:09 am)
That happens to my old Subaru, but I get the rust over the summer months when it mostly sits.
My mechanic just told me to drive it a bit more often.
I'd think that simply using the brakes would dry the discs enough.
Try the Stop here! Let's talk about brakes discussion too.
#6945 of 6957 Re: 2011 CRV rear end noise turning [eenglish99]
Sep 11, 2013 (9:25 am)
While this is just a guess concerning your 2011, my 2005 had this very same symptom. The noise was accompanied with a binding when turning. I had just bought the car used off lease..and I mean JUST bought it. For some reason never noticed on test drive but did take it to a steep gravel hill to test that the rear axle was kicking in on aggressive take off. Well FF to later that day at home and I feel and hear this binding So I'm pretty sure that my hill test caused the rear axle pump to engage and the mechanism was reluctant to release. Fortunately the cure was simply changing the rear dif oil with a litre of new stuff. Who wudda thunk? to this day I am amazed that the oil change solved to ailment. I do it every 12000 miles now cuz is so cheap to do. Technically though, shouldn't 'have' to until Honda says, which is what? Every 35k or something?
I have your brake issue too for the same reason, not driving enough. And once your 2011 gets a couple more years on it, be prepared for sticking pads and calipers. Hondas are notorious for that. One of their other weak areas. Being in FL you probably won't have as much an issue tho come to think of it..
#6946 of 6957 Re: 2011 CRV rear end noise turning [gimmestdtranny]
Sep 11, 2013 (10:05 am)
The CRV will never be in Florida so I am at the mercy of the Northeast elements with snow and salt (if my daughter drives it). We have another car in Florida, an 11 year old Highlander which has been pretty good except I had rear end problems so I wanted a 2WD CRV but needed to get an AWD because they don't ship many 2WD's to the Northeast.
#6947 of 6957 Re: 2011 CRV rear end noise turning [eenglish99]
Sep 11, 2013 (10:51 am)
eenglish99: This is an old and ongoing difficulty with CRVs. My 2005 CRV Owners Manual said to replace the Rear Differential fluid at 90,000 miles. Alas, the fluid broke down at 17,000 miles. I had the fluid replaced (DRAIN & FILL ONLY - NO FLUSHING) at 17,000 miles, again at 50,000 miles and 100,000 miles. I've experienced no additional problems thus far, and plan to replace the fluid at 150,000 miles unless the "groaning and grinding" sounds reappear sooner. Honda released Honda Service Bulletin 07-024, dated August 12, 2009 which explains this all-too-common problem and what your Honda Service Techs are supposed to do about it. If you Dealer/Stealer can't locate this 07-024, email me and I will send you a .pdf copy of it. My email is N4YICcomcast.net - Good luck with it all. Regards, Jack
#6948 of 6957 Nothing wrong with Honda brakes
Sep 11, 2013 (1:37 pm)
I've had a 1990 accord that went well over 120,000 miles before it needed a brake job and presently own a 2004 accord with 70,000+ miles and original brakes working fine. Invariably it's people who drive with a heavy foot, who hurry up to slow down whose brakes wear out prematurely. Of course, they deny they drive that way but needing to replace your brakes after only a few years tells a different story.
#6949 of 6957 Re: 2011 CRV rear end noise turning [mcdermott]
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
Sep 11, 2013 (3:20 pm)
You can find that TSB at BBBind.com for free (you do have to register). This link may even work (pdf file).
#6950 of 6957 09 CRV AWD- oil viscosity
Sep 25, 2013 (7:00 am)
Hello all! I have a question. Is it ok for me switch oil from 5w-30 to 5w-20 in the winter? It is thinner and lighter oil and easy to start in cold temp. Just my thought. Please let me know your inputs. Thanks
#6951 of 6957 Re: 2014 brand new LX windshield streaks [gimmestdtranny]
Sep 28, 2013 (9:33 am)
I didn't know windshields can be different. I'm replacing it through dealer so assume its the original Honda glass. Dealer doesn't have own glass department. Local glass specialists work with dealers. I can't tell if its a 3rd party inferior quality or original and if i ask i know service dept won't tell me the truth. Dealers always lie. My original glass has a bar code in lower left corner. That's all i can see. There's no extended warranty on after-install defects in case something fails after 3yrs/36,000mi due to installation.
My car has more scratches in plastic now then when i first bought it. Seems like air is too abrasive for this type of plastic. My E had much better quality scratch resistant interior and exterior plastic.
#6952 of 6957 Re: 2014 brand new LX windshield streaks [guest2011]
Oct 01, 2013 (5:38 am)
I definitely agree with you regarding the quality of the interior and exterior plastic of the CR-V. I have the 2012 CR-V. I have previously owned 1988 and 2000 Accords and the quality of the interior and exterior of both vehicles seem to have been better than my current CR-V. To hopefully help prolong the finish of my CR-V, I am waxing and applying protectant to the interior every 3 months which is something I should not have to do. But, I don't want to take any chances because I try to keep my vehicles for a minimum of 10-years and I like keeping the appearance looking like new.
To clean my windshield and windows, I purchased a better quality microfiber towel. It seems to help but I can't seem to get them looking as well as I would like. I will clean them in my garage but once I am in the sunlight, I can see all of the streaks that I hate to see. I now have just decided to live with it.