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Hello,
Had a very bad experience and close call - has anyone had a similar experience?

Driving in the left hand lane of the highway at 65 mph. The CRV starts to shake and starts to slow down and stop. I barely got it across 3 lanes of and the traffic and very narrowly avoided a collision. Very frightening and dangerous experience.

Every warning light on the dash was starting. I shut it down, restarted, and they were still flashing. I'm assuming this is limp mode? - I could not go above a few mph and would not change up in gear. I restarted it again and this time it would not move at all - all warnings still flashing.

I had to have it towed to the dealership.

Edit - added video showing error messages. If you watch to end you can see where i had to pull over - not a good place to have to wait for a tow.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NkfbrihsAr8



Has anyone had a similar experience? Hope it does not happen to anyone else - terrifying when the car dies in the left lane of the highway.

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Never had any issues prior to this - at least nothing with battery, power etc. Never use the parking brake which ahd a parasitic draw I think for some.

It does have the same oil dilution issue that seems endemic, and had 'The Fix' that didn't fix it.
 

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Yes, thank you, that is my video.

I will ask about TSB 18-147 - looks to be a faulty ECU replacement

I had TSB 18-114 performed - 'The Fix' - replaced A/C unit, software upgrade, oil change etc - didn't work for the oil issue.
 

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Yes, thank you, that is my video.

I will ask about TSB 18-147 - looks to be a faulty ECU replacement

I had TSB 18-114 performed - 'The Fix' - replaced A/C unit, software upgrade, oil change etc - didn't work for the oil issue.
If the "fix" did not work for your oil issue then fuel will continue to accumulate on your oil pan leading to what you encountered on the road. TMK the only thing you can do is monitor your oil level and change it before it gets too high, a PITA.
 

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idk if we can say it enough times, but an OBD2 reader is a great item to have in your vehicle

Also any time you think you may have an engine issue, check your oil.

These are basics of owning any vehicle.
 

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Has anyone had a similar experience? Hope it does not happen to anyone else - terrifying when the car dies in the left lane of the highway.
Apparently so. A 2018 owner in Iowa stalled on a highway as well and posted to the NHTSA:

I was driving our 2018 honda cr-v 1.5l suv (with 4200 miles odometer) on march 2 on iowa state highway 92 going approximate 62mph and were 25 miles from home when the vehicle stalled and lost engine power unexpectedly and we had to go to the shoulder of the highway to get out of traffic coming behind us on the road. the vehicle would not accelerate to more than 6mph and the engine light was flashing when any effort to accelerate was made. we called honda roadside assistance and were told it would be a 4 hour wait for a tow. the outside temperature that day was 16 degrees f. it was 3 hours before a tow service arrived. our vehicle was towed to smart honda in des moines, iowa which was the closest honda dealer. the service department suspected the oil dilution problem and did an oil change that day. we were asked to keep our vehicle at smart honda until they could complete the service required. we were not given a loaner vehicle to use while the cr-v was at the dealer. we bought this vehicle in july 2018. we did not receive any info from honda corporation until january 2019 when we got a letter about a software update due to drivability concerns. due to severe weather in iowa, we were not able to schedule a service appointment and there was no emergency urgency in the letter we received. we are hugely disappointed and upset about this issue and consider it extremely unsafe to have a vehicle that can stall at anytime and anyplace. a safety recall on this engine should be issued before someone is killed with a stalled engine occurring completely at random.
https://www.nhtsa.gov/vehicle/2018/HONDA/CR-V/SUV/FWD
 

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idk if we can say it enough times, but an OBD2 reader is a great item to have in your vehicle

Also any time you think you may have an engine issue, check your oil.

These are basics of owning any vehicle.
OBD2 wouldn't be much use in this case. Have a look at where it failed - from 37 seconds on in my video. Not the place to be playing mechanic - had to jump the guard rail with the kids for safety.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NkfbrihsAr8


And yes, I check oil levels all the time given the known issues with this car.
 

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Apparently so. A 2018 owner in Iowa stalled on a highway as well and posted to the NHTSA:

I was driving our 2018 honda cr-v 1.5l suv (with 4200 miles odometer) on march 2 on iowa state highway 92 going approximate 62mph and were 25 miles from home when the vehicle stalled and lost engine power unexpectedly and we had to go to the shoulder of the highway to get out of traffic coming behind us on the road. the vehicle would not accelerate to more than 6mph and the engine light was flashing when any effort to accelerate was made. we called honda roadside assistance and were told it would be a 4 hour wait for a tow. the outside temperature that day was 16 degrees f. it was 3 hours before a tow service arrived. our vehicle was towed to smart honda in des moines, iowa which was the closest honda dealer. the service department suspected the oil dilution problem and did an oil change that day. we were asked to keep our vehicle at smart honda until they could complete the service required. we were not given a loaner vehicle to use while the cr-v was at the dealer. we bought this vehicle in july 2018. we did not receive any info from honda corporation until january 2019 when we got a letter about a software update due to drivability concerns. due to severe weather in iowa, we were not able to schedule a service appointment and there was no emergency urgency in the letter we received. we are hugely disappointed and upset about this issue and consider it extremely unsafe to have a vehicle that can stall at anytime and anyplace. a safety recall on this engine should be issued before someone is killed with a stalled engine occurring completely at random.
https://www.nhtsa.gov/vehicle/2018/HONDA/CR-V/SUV/FWD
Thanks for posting this - looks like mine is not a unique situation.


I hope the PCM replacement the dealer is proposing is unrelated to the oil dilution issue. If it is related, I am dumping the CRV - life is too short. I can't stress how scary it is when your car dies on a busy highway in sleet/snow with your family on board, and you have to get across two lanes as it coasts to a stop - hope no one else ever experiences this.
 

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OBD2 wouldn't be much use in this case. Have a look at where it failed - from 37 seconds on in my video. Not the place to be playing mechanic - had to jump the guard rail with the kids for safety.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NkfbrihsAr8


And yes, I check oil levels all the time given the known issues with this car.
Well they are less than $15 on Amazon and can be read from a phone via bluetooth. So yeah it would have been hella handy in that situation. You would have had a CEL code to read and give as supporting data to the dealership. Mine remains plugged in all the time.

It also helps in cases like this where "my car stalled" is about all the information we get.
 

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Certainly file an NHTSA report; anybody can do so. Sudden power loss is one of the things they have been known to issue recalls for. (Technically, they are usually "voluntary recalls" issued by the manufacturer, but that really means "voluntold recalls", because no automaker wants the NHTSA to issue a recall on their behalf.)
 

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Definitely a scary sounding situation. Maybe I've been lucky, but I've never had a vehicle shut down on me while driving and needed to have it towed to a dealer.

Hopefully they fix the problem by replacing the PCM (Power-train Control Module) and this doesn't happen again to you.
 
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