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Will the bigger tire fit in the spare location?
Thats a good question. I didn't bother buying a new tire for the spare, I can roll a short few miles at low speed with the slightly smaller one if I have to and I carry patch/plug kits to avoid that as much as possible.

Where there is a will there is always a way, whether that would mean making a custom bracket to hold the spare another inch or two higher is about all it should take if it doesn't clear the bumper. As long as there is about an inch of extra room under the current spare it will probably squeeze in?
 

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Hi! I enjoyed reading your post and wanted to share my own green CRV. I see green CRVs all the time but never have the chance to share with the owner or get their story. I call her The Grinch because she's green and has a big heart. It's a 98' with 224,000 miles.
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Problems include: Suspension noise (I want to figure this out before I jump the gun and buy new struts), sticky brakes (going to try changing the brake fluid soon), noisy second gear (maybe it's normal but I'm going to try changing out a quart of fluid), oil leak (stop leak stopped the leak), crappy paint (I'm going to sand it down and throw some clear coat on it unprofessionally), and (best for last) it used to frequently turn off while I was driving but I took care of it (ignition switch). When I bought it, she was overheating (thermostat) and couldn't turn (crappy power steering house had kinked).

I'm 20 and this is my first ever project car. I made every mistake possible and put it all on credit. It's funny that you were talking about CV axles because I saw my boots were ripped as well and decided to do the whole axle. 2 hours in I couldn't pull the old inner axle out and I'd stripped the lower ball joint beyond use and had to get the car towed. I did all of this in a car maintenance port at my apartment complex (used for light washing and maintenance, no overnight parking) and envy those with a garage. A garage is a very nice thing to have because if you're a fuck up like I am you can leave your car there overnight and take another crack at it in the morning. I actually tried driving the car with one axle just to park it in a space and I heard the worst sound I'd ever heard a transmission make. I thought it was done for but here we are 6 months later and I got this death trap to 90 MPH right before the pic was taken.

It all might sound pretty dumb but mistakes made are lessons learned. Good luck with your CRV!
 

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sticky brakes (going to try changing the brake fluid soon)
Change the brake fluid and remove the pads from the calipers and file off all the rust.

noisy second gear (maybe it's normal but I'm going to try changing out a quart of fluid),
Drain all of it, not just 1 quart. Do this 3 times, getting it to Interstate speeds and using reverse, in between each change. You'll need 3.x quarts per change.
 

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Change the brake fluid and remove the pads from the calipers and file off all the rust.

Drain all of it, not just 1 quart. Do this 3 times, getting it to Interstate speeds and using reverse, in between each change. You'll need 3.x quarts per change.
Before the CRV I had a 2011 Kia Soul, and I did like you said and swapped all the fluid out (just once though) and took a big trip the day after. Well halfway to Lake Meredith in the Texas panhandle (so in the middle of nowhere) the transmission starts slipping. I threw in a bottle of Lucas when I was able to get to a Walmart but it still did all the things a slipping transmission does including not going over 60, losing speed entirely, hard grind with reluctance between 3rd and 4th gear. I'll grant you that it was intermittent (intermittent enough that I still drove it to Denver and back) and that it wasn't doing that anymore by the time I sold it, but I'd rather not have to put this transmission through that as well. From what I understand my tranny did that because I removed the deposits by changing the fluid too quickly so that's why I was going with a quart.

As for the brakes I did replace the rotors and pads when I got it but I'll try cleaning them when I do the fluid.
 

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@TheGrinch welcome to the party, we should be able to keep our clunkers going with a little work! I bought a Chiltons and regular honda service manuals so if you need any info looked up let me know.

The suspension noise could be many things I had that too and in my case it turned out to be the sway bar end links. Pretty cheap replacements available on rock auto but they can be a PITA to remove the old ones 😁 good luck!
 

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Great guys at the local shop got my tires mounted. Took a fair number of weights to get some of them balanced but should be good enough for this buggy. I would hardly care at all except that we do live right off of a 70 MPH highway so it won't be uncommon to have this car up to a pretty good clip even for local errands. Some vibration at high speed is totally acceptable for this car, on our newer ones I am a lot pickier.

Just need to touch up some spots on the rim from mounting and installing weights with a little more paint and I can probably mount them up. Weather is pretty crazy here right now though so it might get put off a day or two, we'll see. We keep going from sunshine to snow to sunshine then rain, then snow, then sun again... spring in Minnesota.

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Nice looking tires!
 

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After about a month of letting the car function as a stationary storage bin, I finally took an hour to put in the new "clutch pressure control solenoid" to hopefully make it mobile again.

The little thing is kind of a pain to reach:


The new one has a small metal mesh screen built into the gasket that the old one did not have (old solenoid pictured here:)


I replaced the air filter with a $5 cheapie I got from walmart as the air box went back in, and even put a new nut on the oil pan stud that was mysteriously missing one on a corner that I noticed...



Why the oil pan would be missing a nut... I don't even want to know. This poor thing was clearly worked on by much bigger hacks than me before I got ahold of it.

Oh well, I went on a 15 mile test drive and although I will say it has fooled me before for up to 100 miles at a time... so far so good (knock on wood!)

The transmission shifts smooth, no error codes, and it even seems to be properly locking up the torque converter on the highway. Time (more miles, really) will tell if this holds as the solution to the main stalling issue I was having. I hope it will because I really need to drop off my primary daily driver to get some cosmetic bumper damaged fixed but I'll be kinda relying on this CRV while the other car is in the shop for who knows how many days.

My wife is really hoping it will stay running decently for a while too since its the only car we have with the convenient separate-opening hatch glass. We live near many lakes but the closest ones are still 1 mile away and we want to jam our paddle boards in the back to make the short trip to the water without using a trailer.

I still have a number of outstanding to-do items like new sway bar end links and I have to do something with the rear CV axles and their bad boots but hopefully I can get a few short local trips out of it first without the stalling/transmission issues. Fingers crossed!
 

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Well, the transmission is shifting fine and giving no issues that way still but I found out last night at about 11 PM and 10 miles from my house that my random issues are far from over.

We loaded up our paddle boards and met up with a friend at the lake, had a good paddle and then went back to the friend's house for some pizza and movie. All seemed good until we went to leave late at night... turn the key and it would fire up, and a second later it would die. Back to its old tricks again. After a few restarts it ran long enough to make it out of the driveway and about 200 yards down the road, stalled out. Another couple restarts, it ran enough to limp it home but had occasional gauge dropouts and near-stall conditions.

I'm not sure whether this points to the ignition switch itself (seems very jankety when you turn the key), or the ignition control module, or maybe a crankshaft position sensor, etc. I currently have no error codes for a crank sensor or anything else which makes me suspect the ignition switch or ICM but I'm not sure. Going to take a bunch more $$$ to keep trying more parts and see if we can get it to behave. In the meantime I guess its a storage unit again.

Its too bad because that separate-opening rear hatch glass is perfect for the purpose intended, easily chuck the boards back there and no cares about wet or sand when we go to leave.




 

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I'd like to see it if you ever make a spare tire bracket for your bigger tires! I'm curious what it will look like since you will have to make the tire clear the glass as well as the bumper.
 

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I'd like to see it if you ever make a spare tire bracket for your bigger tires! I'm curious what it will look like since you will have to make the tire clear the glass as well as the bumper.
I feel like the spare would probably squeeze on their without modification but I'm not certain of it. If I am ever rotating the tires or pulling one to do some brake work or similar I will zip the regular size spare off and give it a quick try for you.

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I ended up ordering an ignition "switch" (just the electronics part, not the whole lock cylinder assembly) for $30 so here's to hoping another fistful of dollars and a couple more hours of tinkering will lead to some increased reliability. I also sprung the $55 for a basic remote start kit with lock/hatch buttons on the fob. I received the car with nothing but a single all-metal key, I don't know if it ever had a remote fob for locking/unlocking the doors but if it ever did its long since ended up in a landfill or someone's junk drawer, so I will try to get that lock/unlock working to make it more convenient and then the remote start portion will be easy since I will have those wires in-hand anyways changing that ignition switch.

Remote start is pretty nice here in northern Minnesota when winter rolls around. In the cities they have laws against idling but the fact is you cannot drive anywhere until your windshield is clear, and if its fogged/iced up on the inside you have no choice but to wait for the defroster to do its work no matter how you feel about idling an engine and burning extra fossil fuels. I prefer to wait out the defrosting process from inside the house or office ;)
 

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During winter, beware of the outer tip of the passenger wiper blade. The defrost vent/s are poorly designed. Defrost heat doesn't do very much out there.
 

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Your car wouldn't have come with o remote because your car is a LX. The remote came with EX models and was a dealer option on the LX, but installation sometimes required a replacement power door lock computer.
 

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Thanks for the info guys! Much appreciated.

The replacement ignition switch assembly came Friday so I reached up and just unplugged the original one without removing it, and jammed the connectors of the new one in so I could test it out a little. I didn't have time to take the dash apart to actually install it, plus I am still waiting on the remote start kit in the mail and going to do those both at the same time.

I've made a couple short local trips so far without any issues, I just use the tip of the key to turn the switch assembly and start it up then I put the key in the lock cylinder to unlock the steering wheel 😁 It might stay that way through the 4th of july week, I have better things to do than wrestle with this like sitting out at the lake but before too long I'll get this new switch assembly properly installed with the remote start wires patched in.

 

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Good luck with the 4th festivities. They just shut ours down. Lakes closed, not boats, no swimming, no gathering. The 'Rona!"
 
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