Guides FAQ & Faults

Discussion in '3rd Generation (2006-2012)' started by Ichiban, Monday 24th Dec, 2012.

  1. Ichiban Founder Staff Team

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    1. Fault: MIL illuminated with DTC P2646 or P2647. (Petrol Models only)
      Fix: Please carefully check the terminals at the VTEC Spool valve connector are not loose or bent and if these are okay then try swapping over a complete VTEC spool valve assembly from another car to see If this cures the fault.
    2. Fault: Battery goes flat for no apparent reason and may not ever show any current drain when checked, or the customer complains of a high-pitched buzzing from under the bonnet with the engine switched off. (Diesel models only, 2007 models only)
      Fix: Re-programme the ECM
    3. Fault: Intermittent loss of power with no DTC’s. (Diesel models only)
      Fix: This can be caused by several things; most noticeably EGR valves sticking open, but this fault can also be caused by a low coolant level, coolant leak or air in the cooling system causing excessive coolant temperatures. The ECM software has a built in safety feature whereby it will start to limit engine power if the coolant temperature exceeds approximately 118 degrees C, but f the coolant temperature continues to rise then the engine power will continue to be limited until eventually the engine will cut out to protect itself from damage.
    4. Fault: Random and/or intermittent misfires (Petrol models only)
      Fix: These symptoms and in most cased the cause has been traced to contaminated fuel, either with water or dirt. Remove the tank sender/fuel pump unit and inspect the fuel pump pick up (see below picture) and the fuel condition carefully as a first step.

      CRV petrol strainer pickup.
    5. Fault: Poor or no kickdown function for automatics (petrol models only)
      Fix: The car will not shift down to a lower gear when the accelerator pedal is depressed to the floor.The cabin floor insulating material is obstructing the throttle pedal travel. Please consult your local Honda dealer for this procedure.
    6. Fault: MIL illuminated with DTC P2004 recorded (Diesel models only).
      Fix: The Frequency Solenoid Valve has an intermittent internal vacuum leak,The manufacturing process for the Frequency Solenoid valve has been improved.
    7. Fault: Oil level sensor fault with DTC P250B retrieved. (Diesel models only, 2007 models only)
      Fix: Owners may report engine Mil lamp or Oil Level malfunction lamp illuminated. The battery may become discharged for no reason.A Software error misread detection of Oil via Level Sensor.The Software modified to prevent mis-detection
    8. Fault: Increased combustion noise which can be heard at light load around 2000 RPM. (Diesel models only)
      Fix: This is due to the changing fuel injection parameters at this speed. The fuel system uses "pilot injection" as a means of softening diesel knock noise. The pilot injection is a small injection before the main injection but due to the standard limitations of the fuel injection and electronic control system it is not possible to use pilot injection during all speed and load conditions. The increase in noise, which is present on all diesel engines, is when the pilot injection is switched off. This is a characteristic that some owners may notice more than other based on their individual driving style i.e. throttle position, gear choice etc. but should not be considered a defect.
    9. Fault: Excessive oil consumption on the 2.0 petrol engine
      Fix: Please refer to the TSB Engine fault Excessive Oil Consumption on Civic/CR-V NP4 Engine only
    10. Fault: I-DTEC CR-V with DPF warning lamp illuminated. (Permanently on or flashing)
      Fix: Please refer to this TSB i-DTEC RE6 ECU Software Update
    11. Fault: Fuel pump noise in the engine bay, two potential reason car refuelled after no fuel or a fuel filter has been changed.
      Fix: Please refer to this simple fix CR-V I-DTEC Diesel High Pressure Fuel Pump Noise


    1. Q: How do I change the Manual Transmission Fluid on my diesel CR-V?
      A: Please refer to this thread: 2007 CR-V How to change transmission fluid?


    1. Fault: Excessive engine noise into the cabin (Diesel models only).
      Fix: Check that the grommet that seals the steering rack to the bulkhead is fitted correctly.
    2. Fault: The centre rear parcel shelf drops down when folded up.
      Fix: The “hinge” for this shelf is naturally sprung down. Remove the upper shelf and fully fold over the middle shelf and leave it in this position whenever it is not in use and this will make the hinge set into this new position.
    3. Fault: Vibration through the vehicle at idle or light throttle. (Petrol models only)
      Fix: Noise or vibration occurs due to insufficient vertical distance between the exhaust hangers fitted to the body (A) and the rear exhaust box (B) as shown in the picture below.This causes the rubber mounting to be ‘squashed’ resulting in a little or no gap thus causing any vertical movement of the exhaust to be transmitted through the rubber exhaust hanger and into the body causing noise/vibration.

      The rear exhaust rubber mounting shown is in an un-loaded condition with the nominal gap of 2mm, this gap should ‘stretch’ to approximately 4mm when the weight of the exhaust is hanging on the rubber mount. The gap is designed to provide clearance and allow movement of the exhaust system.

      2nd gen CRV Cabin Vibration Noise AOCUK Wiki.JPG

      It may be necessary to adjust the Exhaust brackets on the rear silencer to achieve the optimum clearance on the rear silencer rubbers.The two
      hanger brackets on the rear silencer box has to be adjusted in the direction shown below.After you have adjusted the brackets, confirm that the clearance is correct as show below.

      2nd gen CRV Cabin Vibration Noise silencer AOCUK Wiki.JPG

      Picture 1 shows bad condition, no clearance on silencer mounting rubber. Abnormal noise/vibration may be present.
      Picture 2 shows good condition, correct clearance of silencer mounting rubber. This will eliminate the abnormal noise/vibration.

      This should be approximately 4mm and no less than 2mm for both silencer hanger rubbers.

      2nd gen CRV Cabin Vibration Noise silencer rubber AOCUK Wiki.JPG

      Revised part numbers to fix this noise issue
      90115-659-003 Nut, Self-Lock, 8MM (2 Per Vehicle)
      18229-SNA-A01 Gasket, EX. Flexible (1 Per Vehicle) Petrol
      18229-S7S-003 Gasket, EX. Flexible (1 Per Vehicle) Diesel
    4. Fault: Wind noise from door mirrors.
      Fix: The mirror positioning holes are set too low preventing the mirror from achieving a proper seal with the door sash.The location of the mirror positioning holes on subsequent CR-V was set to the correct position at production.

      2nd gen CRV Side View Mirror Noise AOCUK Wiki.JPG

      Remove the side view mirror using a rounded file you have to elongated them by a maximum of 3mm in an upwards direction. Once done protect the area with a touch up paint.Once the paint has dried re-install the mirror,when installing apply an upwards direction to the mirror to ensure that the seal achieves a proper seal with the
      door sash.
    5. Fault: Whilst changing gear the shift lever boot separates from the shift lever :tut: and falls down.
      Fix: The leather outer skin of the gearknob has excess material which is interfering with the clips that connect the gearknob to the lever boot locking ring.

      RE5 RE6 CRV AOCUK Shift Lever Boot Falls Down.

      Excess material in the area highlighted in the above photograph causes the locking ring to only achieve a “soft set” condition, see below.

      RE5 RE6 CRV AOCUK Shift Lever Boot Falls Down 2.

      Because the ring does not achieve a fully set condition it will gradually work loose and allow the boot to fall down.
      1. Lower the shift lever boot (A) to release the hooks (B) from the boot, then remove the shift :tut: (C).

        RE5 RE6 CRV AOCUK Shift Lever Boot Falls Down 3.
      2. Separate the locking ring from the gear :tut:.
      3. Using a sharp knife carefully trim off the excess leather at the base of the :tut:, see area below.

        RE5 RE6 CRV AOCUK Shift Lever Boot Falls Down 4.

        Trim excess material from this area.
      4. Refit the ring and ensure that it is fully set, see example below.

        RE5 RE6 CRV AOCUK Shift Lever Boot Falls Down 5.

        Lock Ring shown in fully set condition.
      5. Re-install the shift :tut: and attach the shift lever boot.
    6. Fault: CR-V Owners may notice the tailgate opening is slower in cold weather..
      Fix: The tailgate dampers are designed to start self assisting by the time that the tailgate has risen to a minimum level of 1400mm from the ground. The dampers are designed to work to a temerature of -5ºC. Lower than this temperature, the tailgate may require extra
      assistance to open. However the tailgate should not lower or drop by itself at any temperature.
    7. Fault: Power window faults, auto memory lost , drive windows does not respond. (Applies to all Honda models)
      1. Turn the ignition switch ON (II).
      2. Move the driver's or passenger's window all the way down by using the driver's window DOWN switch.
      3. Open the driver's or front passenger's door.
        NOTE: Step 4 -7 must be done within 5 seconds of each other.
      4. Turn the ignition switch OFF.
      5. Push and hold the driver's or passenger's window DOWN switch.
      6. Turn the ignition switch ON (II).
      7. Release the driver's window DOWN switch.
      8. Repeat Step 4 -7 three more times.
      9. Wait 1 second.
      10. Confirm that UP AUTO and DOWN AUTO do not work. If UP AUTO and DOWN work, go back to Step 1 .
      11. Move the driver's window all the way down by using the driver's window DOWN switch.
      12. Pull up and hold the driver's window UP switch until the window reaches the fully closed position, then continue to hold the switch for 1 second.
      13. Confirm that the power window control unit is reset by using the driver's window UP AUTO and DOWN AUTO functions. If the window still does not work in AUTO, repeat the procedure several times, paying close attention to the 5 second time limit between steps.
    8. Fault: Sunblinds sticking during operation.
      Fix: CR-V Front Sun Shade Blind Judders Or Sticks which results in noise.
    9. Fault: Tailgate surface corrosion seen on tailgate
      Fix: Please refer to this link Warranty Extension Honda CR-V Tailgate Surface Corrosion
    10. Fault: Unwanted noised form the roof lining and the sunroof sunshades.
      Fix: Please refer to this link Front Sun Shade Blind Judders Or Sticks which results in noise.


    1. 1) Fault: Safety Recall Light Switch Coupler Terminal Worn
      Fix: Please refer to this link Recall on CR-V Light Switch Coupler Terminal Worn
    2. Fault:
      1. Parking sensors give continuous tones or shows objects being detected on the dash display when there are actually no objects being detected.
      2. The volume of the front sensor beeper is too quiet.
      1. Check the connections at the sensor showing as detecting the object and then at the control unit as any bad connection or a faulty sensor will register as that sensor detecting an object all the time.
      2. This beeper is built into the gauge assembly and is not adjustable as it is meant to be used in conjunction with the display panel.
    3. Fault: Non Navi models owners of 2007 & 2008 CR-V can experience the radio preset stations lose their memory after switching from CD mode back to radio, the station name will still be displayed but the frequencies will have reverted back to those you get if the battery had been flat or disconnected.
      Fix: Visit your nearest dealer for a software fix which will resolve this issue.
    4. Fault: The Navigation system constantly returns to the “In Line Diag” screen, this usually occurs after a replacement unit has been swapped out.
      Fix: With the ignition switched on hold down the Menu, Map and Cancel keys for approximately 5 seconds, until the screen changes and shows “Select Diagnosis Items” screen. Hold down the “Map” button for 5-10 seconds until the screen now shows a “Complete” button. Select “Complete” and then select “Return”, the system may then re-boot. Restart the car and the system will now start up as normal.
    5. Q: How do I update my SD card Sat navigation equipped CR-V ES-T spec?
      A: Honda Sat Nav Page | NAVTEQ -CR-V - 2012 - Honda HDD Navigation System - Europe Clarion HDD Navigation Version 1 - | CR-V ES-T owners Manual

      View attachment Honda-HDD-Manual.pdf
    6. Q: I have lost my CR-V SD navigation system manual, where can I find one?
      A: View attachment CR-V Sat Nav Owners Manual.pdf
    7. Q: Which mobile phone are compatible with my CR-V ES-T navigation system?
      A: View attachment SD Navigation System Bluetooth Phone Compatability.pdf

    Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning

    1. Fault: Air Conditioning Compressor Failure
      Fix: Please refer to this TSB from Honda outlining the reason for the failure and long term fix CR-V Air Conditioning Compressor Failure
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