Facelift Model Hello from Belgium

Discussion in '1st Generation (2004-2011)' started by FR-V.be, Tuesday 10th Feb, 2015.

  1. FR-V.be Junior Member ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

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    Hello everybody,
    I’m new to this forum so I would like to briefly introduce my self.
    I’m from Belgium and Honda / Japanese car enthusiast. I’ve previously owned a Prelude 5th Generation, Jazz and for a year now I’m an owner of a 2008 FR-V 2.2 diesel (120000km’s on the clock)l. I’m no mechanic but I try to do as much as I can myself, it’s a kind of hobby.
    As you will notice from my posts I’m not a native English speaker so if I make any mistakes, try to live with it :Smile:
    In the past year I’ve drove 20k km’s with FR-V and had the gearbox fluid replaced, fitted 4 new tyres(225/45/17) and changed the rear brake pads, new oil and oil filter, so no major costs but there are things that suggest that there are some major costs to be made in the near future.
    - my rear wheels look like this //-\\ and when I’ve replaced the tires I’ve noticed that the old ones were unevenly worn on the inside (had the new ones aligned and the result was = -2)
    - I’m not sure , but I think that my clutch is slipping in the 1st and 2nd gear since there is a hesitation in acceleration and once I shift gear the RPM drops significaly and then you have to wait for turbo to kick in again (even when shifting at 3500 – 4000 RPM)
    - sometimes my exhaust makes noise like a “tuned exhaust” and at that moment turbo won’t kick in before 3rd gear. I suspect (hope) that this has something to do with the “regeneration mode” of the DPF not sure yet but at the same time there is a rubbery smell coming from the rear right wheel (not from the tyres).
    - When driving on the highway (120km/h) and there is a longer bend, I get the “wobbly feeling” from the tail and it feels like it will break out any moment. My first thought was that the rear shocks should be replaced but it seems that I can only order these at the Honda dealer (which are 3x the price of the KYB ones on-line) because my car has xenon lights!!!!! Can somebody please confirm this since I have no experience with this. I’ve read on-line that there is a link between xenon lights and self-levelling suspension but I’m not sure that Honda FR-V has self-levelling suspension.
    Anyway if somebody has any tips on the above mentioned issues or would like to share their experience/opinion, please do so.
    Thank you in advance
    Kind regards,
     
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  2. Nels Moderator Staff Team

    Welcome to Honda Karma @FR-V.be :welcome:
    I don't know enough to help with your problems, but I'm sure there will be someone along soon that can help you.
     
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  3. SpeedyGee Administrator Staff Team

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    Hi, first welcome to Honda Karma.

    1) Wheel alignment, not sure what you mean by result was =-2. Was there negative camber on the rear wheels ?

    2) Your clutch and DMF maybe on the verge of needing replacement, unfortunately on the I-CDTI engines this is not cheap. You will need to get it changed by someone who is accustomed to changing clutches on Honda diesels as it requires specialists tools.

    3) Exhaust noise - Sounds like you may have a cracked exhaust manifold, search the site for information on cracked manifold.

    4) You should be able to get aftermarket shocks if the Honda shocks are too expensive. Your car doesn't have auto leveling suspension, if it has Honda fitted Xenon lights, then it's the lights that are self levelling not the car itself.
     
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  4. FR-V Valued Contributor ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆

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    Hi, my car is the same as yours but a 2006. It only has 51,000 miles (about 75,000 km) and the rear wheels have always leant in at the top. I had it checked on a Hunter machine some time ago and was told that it was slightly out at -1.55 but not adjustable, so not to worry. I just swap the tyres front to back about every 15,000 miles to even out the wear, as the fronts tend to wear the opposite edge. Confused my local Honda dealer at service time - they told me I must be running too low tyre pressures!
     
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  5. John Dickson Expert Advisor ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

    Hello @FR-V.be Welcome to HK :welcome:

    It is worth , as @SpeedyGee says to get the clutch replaced by either Honda dealer or someone who has experience working on ICTDI clutches as it causes lots of problems in future if the specialist tools weren't used. There is a specialist alignment tool required for starters.

    The rubbery smell from the rear wheel could be a binding rear brake calliper. Have a look in the search facility as quite a few people have done various brake upgrades, refurbishments and general maintenance and cleaning threads.

    Good luck with the work. There are many members who can give you in depth expert advice so please ask away. :sparta:

    Looking forward to seeing your FR-V and hearing more about it.
     
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  6. SpeedyGee Administrator Staff Team

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    Add your car to the club garage @FR-V.be it will help us to help you as we can then see the details of your car at the bottom of each of your posts.
     
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  7. FR-V.be Junior Member ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

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    Thank you all for the warm welcome and the swift replies!
     
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  8. FR-V.be Junior Member ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

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    Indeed, both sides showed negative camber, left side was – 1.9 and right side -2.1.
    I’ve asked around and it seems that it would take something like 2000-2500€ to replace complete clutch and DMF by official Honda garage. I was thinking to let a friend,(who’s a mechanic, do this for me but he’s no Honda mechanic (works for VAG) and I don’t think he has that special alignment tool. I really hope that it wouldn’t be necessary to replace the DMF.
    So I’ve done some reading as you’ve suggested and indeed some symptoms are familiar, like smell of exhaust fumes in the car, blowing noise when accelerating (I thought it was just a turbo whistle) so next weekend I’ll jack up the car and check if there is some nasty dirt on the manifold itself.
    I’ll call the Honda dealer to check if there is some kind of extended guarantee for this. Car has always been maintained (by the previous owner) at a Honda garage and service book was completely filled in otherwise it could get really expensive.

    As far as I’ve been told by the previous (first) owner all is original (accept the alloys) so the xenon lights as well. If I check online for the aftermarket shocks they all mention “not suitable for cars with xenon lights” so I thought that I needed some special ones. Next to that dealer said that only the original ones will fit! (I didn’t know that Honda makes shocks :Smile:
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    Since i've bought new tires 15000km ago, i'll keep an eye on the wear and switch front with rear if/when needed. Thank you for the usefull tip!
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    I've replaced the rear brakepads recently and haven't noticed any color change on the breaking disc but this morning i've spilled some water on the rear right disc and i got steam while on the left one this wasn't the case so, i'll have to check the callipper as you've suggested. I must mention that i had this issue before the change of the break pads. Since i still have old pads somewhere i'll check if there is uneven wear between the two sides.
     
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  9. SpeedyGee Administrator Staff Team

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    Just edited your post so that my quotes show better.

    I think those shocks that state they aren't compatible with Xenon equipped cars, must have the mounting slots missing for the headlight lever sensors that tell the car how much to level the headlights by.
     
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  10. FR-V.be Junior Member ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

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    Everywhere i search i get the following partnumber KYB 340035 and it's always the same remark i get. So i supose that i'll have to by those from the honda dealer. Do you know who manifactures "original" Honda shocks?
     
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  11. Bones126 Top Contributor ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

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    Hello and welcome, hope you get your issues sort at limited cost.
     
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  12. FR-V.be Junior Member ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

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