The old calipers on the CR-V were looking a bit ragged, poking their scaly selves through the alloy wheels. It’s not a good look to have everything cleaned up, yet have something so obviously out of place. Answer? Caliper paint. I looked through several systems until I saw that POR15 had a caliper paint, which… Continue reading Moar Horsepowerz! Moar fasterz! (Or, how to paint your calipers…)
Category: CR-V (2007-2009) 3rd Generation
I hate tire shopping…
I like tire shopping! It’s when I have to make the decision on which tire to buy that things get rough, and then worrying about the cost and the installation (and also the alignment, given my recent issues) adds more angst to the process. And I’m not an angsty person. Except when I’m not fed… Continue reading I hate tire shopping…
Bad alignment is bad.
A year or two ago, while the world was locked down, I had replaced the rear upper control arms in my road trip CR-V with adjustable units, so that camber could be adjusted. To prevent wearing out the tires, I decided to get an alignment prior to the Rocky Mountain Breakdown rally. After the Lemons… Continue reading Bad alignment is bad.
Fail, fail again…
Here we go again. “This will be a quick job,” he says. “It’s only three nuts and a bolt,” he says. “This only needs a few tools,” he says. Ball joint Hell. These 3rd-generation CR-Vs have, allegedly, the easiest ball joints to replace. Rather than have the joint pressed into the steering knuckle, these ball… Continue reading Fail, fail again…
Here we go again…O2 sensor
Just over a year ago, the blue CR-V gave us fits. Turns out the VTEC solenoid screen was being blocked. A new screen and an oil change fixed it. The MIL (malfunction indicator light) came on again, but this time… Sensor 1 is the upstream O2 sensor. I’ll be inspecting the wiring for rodent damage… Continue reading Here we go again…O2 sensor
What kind of bike rack can I use on my CR-V, and how many bikes can I haul?
This is a companion piece to the trailer hitch ratings post I made a few days ago. Given that the CR-V has a rear-opening hatch, choices in racks are limited. In the past, before I owned a CR-V, the bike rack I owned was sold by Trek, and would strap to your trunk lid. The… Continue reading What kind of bike rack can I use on my CR-V, and how many bikes can I haul?
Trailer hitch ratings and classes for the Honda CR-V explained.
A question that comes up often is what the capacity of the hitch on the CR-V is rated at. Honda’s OEM hitch is a Class I hitch. I installed a Class III hitch on mine, to get the 2-inch receiver. But what does that mean in terms of capacity? Think of it this way–regardless of… Continue reading Trailer hitch ratings and classes for the Honda CR-V explained.
Throttle response controller. Was it worth the cost?
I have been looking at getting one of those throttle response controllers. One, called Pedal Commander, is $300. Felt that was way too expensive for what it offered, and have no need to want to control it on my phone over Bluetooth. Another, Roar Pedal, is more basic, but again seemed pricey at $160. Looking… Continue reading Throttle response controller. Was it worth the cost?
Is your AC blowing warm? Your CR-V may have this issue.
As I found out the hard way on a road trip, where temperatures were in the mid 90s, the AC compressors in the third-generation CR-Vs have a very common failure. The compressor itself doesn’t fail, but there is an electric clutch actuator coil that burns out, which prevents the clutch from engaging. One other symptom… Continue reading Is your AC blowing warm? Your CR-V may have this issue.
“Check Fuel Cap” — It may not be your fuel cap!
A common issue in the third generation CR-V is the “Check Fuel Cap” error message in the gauge cluster. The common reaction is to assume it’s a defective fuel cap, then rush out to buy a new one and replace it. Only to find that the error message still won’t go away. In many cases,… Continue reading “Check Fuel Cap” — It may not be your fuel cap!