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Hey guys,

I'm new here and I'm also a new CRV owner. Long story short, my very ill father has purchased me a CRV from his friend. Now normally I would have checked the car over but now its purchased i intend to keep it, both for me as a memento and my father to make him happy.
It's a black 2000 2 litre auto, i believe an ES @ 80k miles.

i have noticed a few problems and have been doing my research.

It has a moaning round tight corners from the rear. Through research I believe its the rear diff and next weekend I've booked it for having the rear diff oil changed! (well a friend is coming over to help)

There is a clunking from the front when i go over bumps. Again through research i think this is the sway bar?? do i replace bushes or the bar?

The rear lights may be an issue. The reverse light is at the bottom of the bumper and seems to be a fog light there too? I cant find the switch to turn on the fog light. im worried that it may be the main light down there as the whole bumper doesnt light up, even the reverse light! Ive done a swap of the bulbs in the rear bumper but the reverse light still light up :(

Finally when in reverse i have a grinding noise. It doesnt seem to effect the reverse it may be me but it sort of feels like a clutch sliping? the car does reverse at pace!

If you guys could give any advice it would be appreciated, im hoping on keeping this car for as long as i can afford too!
 

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Do the rear diff fluid change exactly like this http://www.crvownersclub.com/forums/showthread.php?t=6585. You will just have to trust us that it is the best way. After you have been around here for awhile you will say, Duh!:D

Some more info related to various front end clunks, http://www.crvownersclub.com/forums/showthread.php?t=5213

Not too sure about the rear lights, but that trans problem I would try a fluid change (3 times) using DW-1 honda ATF of course. "lika dis" http://www.crvownersclub.com/forums/showthread.php?t=2533

Best of luck, and best of health to your Dad.:) My dad once gave me a 58 Edsel!!!
 

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I don't get the 3 times tranny fluid change

Do the rear diff fluid change exactly like this http://www.crvownersclub.com/forums/showthread.php?t=6585. You will just have to trust us that it is the best way. After you have been around here for awhile you will say, Duh!:D

Some more info related to various front end clunks, http://www.crvownersclub.com/forums/showthread.php?t=5213

Not too sure about the rear lights, but that trans problem I would try a fluid change (3 times) using DW-1 honda ATF of course. "lika dis" http://www.crvownersclub.com/forums/showthread.php?t=2533

Best of luck, and best of health to your Dad.:) My dad once gave me a 58 Edsel!!!
I don't get the three times tranny fluid change. Personally, I just drop the drive shaft from the transfer case (4 bolts), drain the tranny, then crack the transfer case off the tranny, (3 or 4 bolts - can't remember) and you get probably another quart of ATF out, at least. It's a bit messy, but no big deal.

Am I just crazy?
 

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I don't get the three times tranny fluid change. Personally, I just drop the drive shaft from the transfer case (4 bolts), drain the tranny, then crack the transfer case off the tranny, (3 or 4 bolts - can't remember) and you get probably another quart of ATF out, at least. It's a bit messy, but no big deal.

Am I just crazy?
There is also the fluid sitting in the convertor that a single drain and fill isn't going to get out.
 

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I don't get the three times tranny fluid change. Personally, I just drop the drive shaft from the transfer case (4 bolts), drain the tranny, then crack the transfer case off the tranny, (3 or 4 bolts - can't remember) and you get probably another quart of ATF out, at least. It's a bit messy, but no big deal.

Am I just crazy?
What lizzurd said. I also think that in some cases of neglect to change, the sudden input of the full amount of new fluid could loosen up enough debris to plug up some of the fine passages. Just my 2 $ worth:eek:
 

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Previous Hondas

When I was much younger I had beater Hondas - I had an 81 Accord Coupe / Hatchback, and a similar year Accord Sedan with the cool light green metallic - I beat those things to death and I don't remember changing any of the fluids and they just ran and ran. I let a friend borrow the sedan and the thermostat went out. The temp was floored at "H", but he figured he'd "try to make it home" and blew the head gasket. I couldn't afford to fix it. I still hate him for that!

I guess in buying the CR-V I thought it was just as bulletproof. I bought mine with 182k and since it was full of dents and there's lots of scratches on the inside plastics and headliner I figured the previous owners were using it to haul lumber and didn't maintain it very well.

Still, the Honda mechanic replaced the timing belt and road tested it and said it shifted fine and there were no other problems with the car. Funny - he said it was the original timing belt and it lasted 14 years and 182k miles!!!

I've since changed every fluid in the car, and so I guess for the tranny fluid I'll try the "change it three times" next time to avoid the sludge. I guess it can't hurt.
 
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