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What are the most common issues on Gen 3 CRV and often overlooked maintenance items?

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My 2011 Honda CRV SE has about 72K miles so far and it's been trouble-free. Very happy with this SUV. :doublethumb:

I have been doing oil change, break fluid change, ATF (transmission fluid) change, break pad change, engine air filter, cabin air filter, and all those "commonly" known maintenance items. I'm curious about if there is any other maintenance items that I might have overlooked? Thoughts or comments?

Also, for Gen3 CRV, if it is well-maintained, what are some of the "common" problems (or maintenance cost) with Gen3 CRV due to the age or mileage? My goal is to keep this CRV until it reaches at least 200K miles. Thanks!
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Some maintenance is due at TIME as well as MILEAGE. Yours is running about equal, so you are in good shape! :applause:

Congrats on doing the brake fluid replacement...often overlooked.

Things that you might consider performing are a coolant drain, and a valvetrain adjustment.


Potential issues that I see on the Forums are: power lock actuators and worn A/C compressor clutches. These depend on usage of course...
Its a DIY for sure, not too difficult. A few hours, the first time.

Here's a vid (Element is the same engine as the V)

If you chicken out :Darn: allow 1 - 2 hours labor time at the shop of your choice.

You don't need to buy (or pay for) any parts or gaskets, just a few dabs of an OIL RESISTANT RTV/sealer for the corners of the valve cover gasket.

'Bent-Tip' feeler gauges make the job easier if you need to buy some.
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