Honda CRV 2002-2006 Common Problems

Here is part two of potentially a four or five part article on the CRV and common problems they have. Below are some links where you can find information on the other generations of the CRV.
First Generation 1997-2001
Third Generation 2006-2011
Vehicle Review Video (Third Generation)
Our previous blog post covered the first generation of the Honda CRV and the things to watch out for if considering to buy one. We had the inside scoop on Hondas after our newest employee (at the time of writing) came straight from the halls of Honda Technician Glory. In this one, we look at the second generation. Overall these are very good cars and we do recommend them. However no vehicle is perfect so here is a list of things to keep an eye on with the second generation.
1.The most common problem with this model is actually caused by owner neglect. Failure to routinely get the oil and filter replaced in these engines causes a conglomerate of issues. The Vtech system is the first to suffer due to a lack of oil pressure, the check engine light can come on, but not always (don’t rely on the engine light as a reliable source to determine if the fault is present or not).
vtech solinoid failureOnce this happens the Vtech solenoids fail, the oil pressure switches fail. Its not uncommon for this to result in timing chain damage and the VTC actuator failure. The long and the short of it is a few hundred dollars saved on oil changes now costs thousands of dollars. Whilst these repairs can be done with the motor in the car, its quicker and easier to drop the motor and box onto the floor.
If your looking to buy this model CRV second-hand make sure it has been regularly serviced.
CRV banging noise when i brake2. Most common thing to watch for is the front most bush in the front lower control arms. Nearly every single one that comes into the shop needs new ones. Again recommend genuine only as the replacement for these. If you leave these too long they eventually split through and will effect wheel alignment, tyre wear, tyre grip, breaking and handling. As well as making a horrible noise when braking and hard acceleration.
3.They are common for rear wheel bearing failure. The helicopter noise you hear is not normal.
4. The front engine mount is ultra common for splitting.
5. Driveshaft/CV joint fault. When this happens the fault feels like a vibration through the body of the car. Its rather harsh and can leave some mechanics stumped as to what fixes it. Once again, genuine parts are advised. We have experienced this in the past and replaced it with aftermarket shafts to have the fault return within a few days. Genuine parts for this repair and the fault disappears. The price for genuine shafts will result in one of your kids forfeiting university.

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