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#390 of 481 More on Honda Ridgeline Leaks
Apr 01, 2008 (2:06 pm)
I have been reading through some of the posts on the Ridgeline leaks that some people have been experiencing. I sure feel their pain, as I have just got one myself.
Sorry for all the following detail, but I am sure there are a few people that would like to see what I went through to fix it - especially if their problem looks similar.
My RL is a 2007 and I noticed four weeks ago that I had wet carpets on the passenger side front and a little less wet on the passenger side rear. I was getting pools of water in the front right side of the carpet. I sucked it up with a wet vac cleaner and left it a little less wet. Did the same with the back. Went off to Vegas for a week (not in truck), came back to find pools of water again in the front passenger side. I was hesistant to take it to my dealer as I don't particularly like them and their way of doing business.
So a buddy came over and we took a longh look at it and tried to prove the problem via logic. The truck was facing downhill and slanted to the right - thus all the water on the right side and mostly at the front. However, the rear was very much less wet than the front. I reckon the leak was at the back and running to the front, hence the pooling at the front and not at the back. We looked in the truck bed and saw water standing in the right front corner as it always has done and also in my Tundra for the past 7 years. So I didn't think that was a problem. But as there was a front panel to the truck bed, I decided to take it off and look behind it. Took a bit of getting off but as soon as it was off we found the problem.
For those of you who have not taken that panel off, behind it are two vent type housings with rubber flaps designed to close under pressure from water and/or air. But the right one was soaking wet. Aha, I thought to myself...and looking further I saw a faint water line from some loose debris - this waterline was ABOVE the lower part of the vent. It looked very much like the water had RISEN up behind the panel and seeped into the vent housing. Then rotted part of the sound-proofing insulation, and run down under the carpet in the back and down through to the front to collect in a pool.
Why was it not draining away though? There was no obvious reason, but I did notice that Honda have a series of drain holes along the front of the bottom of the panel lip but nothing at all at the sides and corners. Does Honda believe that everyone parks straight, level and flat all the time?
So, I drilled a series of holes and extended them from the standard holes round the corners. This should now let water out no matter where it is. I threw a bottle of water down the offending corner and there was not much drainage there. I reverted to an air line and rammed that pretty much everywhere I could see. Out came a lot of debris - stuff like general dirt, but more importantly, a ton of pine needles which had been blocking the travel and exit path of the water in the truck bed. I threw another bottle of water in there and it came out very quickly and drainage was back to normal.
Everything went back together OK and took about 2 hours in total. However, the panel did a good job of scratching the truck bed.
So far after a few nights rain, no further leaking or collecting of water. But it does need some time to dry out properly before I can truly say I fixed it. I am pretty sure I did though.
Greetings from Mount Rainier Country.
#391 of 481 Serpentine Belt
Apr 26, 2008 (10:46 am)
Anyone know how the serpentine belt goes back on the honda ridgeline? Mine came off and I can't find a schematic. If you know where I can find the schematic it would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
#392 of 481 Re: Radio/speakers problem. [wildbean626]
May 01, 2008 (12:49 pm)
i have an 06 and had mine in twice. the static comes and goes and its driving me crazy i'm gonna take it in one more time and if they can't fix it i guess i'll call hq and complain
#393 of 481 Vtm-4 and engine light
Jul 21, 2008 (6:01 pm)
Hello, I am new to this forum. I have a 2007 ridgeline. Often when I start it up the engine light comes on (the one that looks like an engine). When I put it in reverse the vtm-4 light also comes on and they both stay on. Then when I start it next time the engine light stays on but not the vtm-4 light. The engine light will stay on fro a few days then finally go out. Then a few days later it does it all over again. Anyone else have this problem.
#394 of 481 Re: Vtm-4 and engine light [ljc2tall]
Jul 22, 2008 (11:37 am)
You need to have a Honda place 'pull the codes'. The computer is turning this light on because some sensor is receiving values outside its correct boundaries.
Wild, wild guess would be something in the transmission.
Does the 'D' display, the little light that indicates your are in drive 'flash' when you are driving? On many Hondas, if the D flashes, the computer is indicating there is a transmission problem.
#395 of 481 Re: Vtm-4 and engine light [ljc2tall]
Jul 22, 2008 (11:38 am)
Plus, for a 2007, if you are under 36,000 miles, this Ridgeline is still under warranty. If so, why don't you have it at a dealer?
#396 of 481 Re: Vtm-4 and engine light [bolivar]
Jul 22, 2008 (5:16 pm)
It only has 11000 miles on it. The last time I was at the dealer they told me that they might not be able to pull up the code. So I should bring it in when the lights are on. Well this morning both lights were on ,this afternoon only the engine light was on. Tonight neither light was on. All so the dealer is 50 plus miles away and I can not just run up there anytime. Iwas wondering if anyone else was having this problem. On my last Honda (crv) I had a similar problem and it was a bad sensor in the fuel tank.
Thank you for your replies,
#397 of 481 Re: Vtm-4 and engine light [ljc2tall]
Jul 23, 2008 (12:52 am)
It's under warranty. Take it to the dealer and tell them to fix it.
Not being able to pull 'recent' codes is BS. Codes are stored in 'history' until several start/stop cycles have passed. Some codes will stay in history for long periods.
#398 of 481 VSA/ IMMOBILIZER/BATTERY
Nov 22, 2008 (9:43 am)
Had a weird situation yesterday (21 Nov 08). Driving my 06 RL and all was okay, made several stops at stores and started right up. Oops VSA light came on, stopped, turned off engine and restared it, light did not come back on. Went to store (wife went in) and I stayed in truck to read manual for the VSA light.
Ready to leave and go home....oh, oh...truck would not start, acted like a dead battery, checked all connections under hood, ok, no corrosion, battery water ok, no indications that it should be dead. Called Honda dealership, said it was probably the immobilizer. Per the manual it acted like the symptoms there too.
Would not start and finally went dead, lost nav and FX radio codes...etc. Son in law insisted on giving me a jump, hooked up for just a sec, it started like nothing was wrong and started later last night and this morning...no indication of dead/weak battery. Anyone else have this happen to them or similiar situation.
#399 of 481 Rust PLEASE check your Ridgeline inside of doors carefully
Dec 05, 2008 (10:45 am)
I have a 2006 Ridgeline I live in the Southeast coast in Daytona Beach FL and have bad rust all around the door seals. The local rep blames ME for this and says I live in an area prone to this. I am furious and Honda North America will not assist me. I had it repaired by Honda in 2007 and it came back 6 weeks later. Please check your truck you have to look closely at the door around the seals and weld joints.