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Honda generally makes great vehicles, but even the best cars are imperfect human-made machines. Take, for example, the troublesome 2018 Honda CRV. According to the National Traffic Highway Safety Administration (NHTSA) website, the main problem areas for this SUV are the engine, fuel system, and electrical system.
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Many modern engines – including those found in the 2018 CR-V – are direct injected. What this means is fuel is squirted directly into the combustion chambers, instead of into the intake manifold. While this design improves gas mileage, it can also lead to problems, such as fuel entering the engine oil. Because the fuel is shot right into the cylinder, it’s more likely to wash past the piston rings and into the oil pan.
Honda CR-V owners are all too familiar with this problem. What they find is that fuel ends up in the oil, creating an overfull level and obnoxious odor.
On the NHTSA website, one owner from Jamestown, NY, complains, “Just bought a new 2018 CRV EXL. I’ve had it less than two weeks and put 600 miles on it. There was a smell of gas in the cabin when my wife and child were driving in town. When they got home, I realized it was from gas getting into the oil. When the dipstick was checked, a strong smell of gas was noticeable, and the oil level read high on the dipstick.”
Another says on the Kelly Blue Book website, “Wow….Major oil dilution is occurring. No, I don’t take short trips, 15-mile highway commute. Honda said they are looking into it but wouldn’t do anything else. I said they had a major recall in China for the same reason and had offered extended warranties. The reply was, they are studying the problem. Ok, study Honda…but the fact is anyone whom has a quart of gas in their oil is having their engine compromised. I don’t think any study is necessary on that fact. So dragging your feet is not being upfront or valuing your customers.”
More than one lawsuit has been filed against Honda because of the problem.But so far, the automaker has not issued a recall in North America, though it did recall 350,000 vehicles in China. To fix vehicles abroad, dealers have been instructed to reprogram the SUV’s onboard computer, the engine control module.
Honda’s advice to U.S. consumers? Avoid cold climates and short trips, as these (normal) driving habits can exacerbate the issue. Customers are also told the problem won’t affect the longevity of their engine. But since fuel doesn’t have the same lubricating characteristics as oil, that statement is dead wrong.
JUST BOUGHT A NEW 2018 CRV EXL I’VE HAD IT LESS THAN 2 WEEKS AND PUT 600 MILES ON IT, THERE WAS A SMELL OF GAS IN THE CABIN WHEN MY WIFE AND CHILD WERE DRIVING IN TOWN. WHEN THEY GOT HOME I REALIZED IT WAS FROM GAS GETTING INTO THE OIL. WHEN THE OIL DIPSTICK WAS CHECKED A STRONG SMELL OF GAS WAS NOTICEABLE AND THE OIL LEVEL READ HIGH ON THE DIPSTICK. TOOK IT TO HONDA THE NEXT BUSINESS DAY AND THEY CONFIRMED WHAT WAS HAPPENING. HONDA DEALER CONTACTED HONDA TECH SUPPORT FOR ASSISTANCE WITH THE ISSUE, 5 DAYS LATER DEALER CALLED AND SAID CAR WAS READY FOR PICK UP. ONCE THERE DEALER SAID THERE IS NO CURRENT FIX FOR THE CAR AND HONDA WAS WORKING ON A TSB TO FIX THE ISSUE. THEY DID CHANGE THE OIL, BUT AFTER DRIVING IT FOR A FEW DAYS I ALREADY SMELL GAS IN THE OIL AGAIN. THIS IS NOT ACCEPTABLE. THE DEALERS HANDS ARE TIED WITH NO FIX AVAILABLE, I CALLED HONDA CUSTOMER CARE AND OPENED A CASE WITH THEM. CASE MANAGER HAS YET TO CONTACT ME WITH ANY NEWS. I FEEL THIS IS A MAJOR SAFETY HAZARD NOT ONLY FROM SMELLING GAS IN THE CABIN, BUT ALSO FROM GAS IN THE OIL AND POTENTIAL FIRE HAZARD IF THE GAS OIL LEVEL BECOMES TO DILUTED.
AT ABOUT 810 MILES ON ODOMETER, I CHECKED THE ENGINE OIL AND IT SMELLED LIKE GASOLINE. I BROUGHT THE CAR TO DEALER 2 TIMES AND LEFT CAR THERE FOR 3 DAYS THE SECOND TIME. SERVICE MANAGER SAID THAT THIS GAS SMELL IS NORMAL IN THE ENGINE OIL. I ALSO NOTICED OIL IS TURNING BLACK AND THE LEVEL IS RISING (DUE TO GASOLINE ENTERING THE CRANKCASE. DEALER DROVE IT ABOUT 200 MILES AND WHEN I GOT CAR HOME, THE SMELL OF GASOLINE IN OIL WAS WORSE AND THE OIL LEVEL WAS ABOVE THE FULL MARK (DUE TO GASOLINE ENTERING INTO ENGINE OIL. THIS POSES A VERY DANGEROUS THREAT OF AN ACCIDENT BECAUSE THE ENGINE COULD SEIZE OR THE GASOLINE IN OIL COULD START A FIRE. I CALLED HONDA AND THEY SAID THAT THIS IS NORMAL.
2018 HONDA CRV-EX – STRONG GASOLINE SMELL IN OIL – TOTAL MILEAGE 1600. TOOK CRV TO DEALER TODAY TO CHECK GAS SMELL IN OIL. TECH CONFIRMED STRONG GAS SMELL IN OIL AND VERY BLACK AND RUNNY (THIN WATERY LIKE). THE TECH INDICATED THAT THIS WAS NOT HIS FIRST LIKE EXPERIENCE WITH THE NEW CRV – HE SAID HE’D EXPERIENCED OTHER ONES. THEY CHANGED THE OIL AND FILTER WITH FULL SYNTHETIC OIL. I REQUESTED AND RECEIVED A SAMPLE OF MY OLD OIL ALONG WITH DOCUMENTATION. THE SERVICE MANAGER INDICATED THAT HE HADN’T HEARD ANYTHING ABOUT THIS PROBLEM. ANYWAY, WE WILL CHANGE OUR OIL VERY OFTEN UNTIL THIS ISSUE IS HOPEFULLY, SAFELY RESOLVED. WE’RE VERY CONCERNED ABOUT THE “FUEL IN OIL” ISSUE.
Once only found on high-end cars, advanced driver assistance technologies are now offered on moderately priced vehicles, like the CR-V. The Honda Sensing suite is Honda’s name for its bundle of such features. Functions such as collision mitigation braking, road departure warning, and adaptive cruise control are included in the package.
The Honda Sensing suite depends on a lot of high-tech sensors and computers, which can, unfortunately, go awry. When this happens, an alarming array of warning lights illuminate the dash, and in some cases, certain safety functions may not work.
On the NHTSA website, an owner from Dayton, OH, complains, “Driving down the highway when all dash warning lights concerning the Honda Sensing system came on with malfunction warnings. Pulled over to the side of the highway and restarted the motor and the warnings went off.”
Another from Springboro, OH, states, “Honda Sensing Problem with amber warning light on dash. The system all locked up while on I75 on the way home from work. When I exited at the light, I turned the car off, and it cleared the error message. Cruise control was not engaged.”
Much like the oil-in-gas problem, Honda has not issued a recall or service bulletin for the Sensing suite concern. Instead, the car company chooses to leave owners driving substandard, potentially dangerous vehicles.
WHILE ON VACATION, I HAD MY 2018 HONDA, CRV-EXL PARKED FOR NEARLY 2 WEEKS. ON OUR RETURN, I ATTEMPTED TO START THE VEHICLE. IT WOULD NOT START AS THE NEW BATTERY WAS COMPLETELY DRAINED AND DEAD. LUCKILY I HAD A CHARGER AND CHARGED THE VEHICLE FOR 2 HOURS. I WAS THEN ABLE TO START THE VEHICLE AND IDLE IT. DURING IDLE THE DISPLAY INDICATED PROBLEMS IN ALL OPERABLE FUNCTIONS. DURING A 45 MIN DRIVE THE SYSTEM MUST HAVE RESET ITSELF AND THE VEHICLE OPERATED NORMALLY, THIS CONDITION REPEATED ITSELF ABOUT 1 MONTH LATER WITH THE SAME PROBLEMS. I AM SCHEDULE TO HAVE AN ELECTRICAL SYSTEM CHECK OF THE CRV SOON AT THE DEALERSHIP WHERE THE VEHICLE WAS PURCHASED. I HOPE THEY DISCIVER THE SOURCE OF THE PROBLEM.
LEFT HOUSE TO FIND ALL THE WINDOWS DOWN AND THE SUN ROOF PARTIALLY OPENED. THE KEY FOB WAS ON THE DRESSER IN THE HOUSE. CAR WAS PARKED OUTSIDE.
DRIVING DOWN THE HIGHWAY WHEN ALL DASH WARNING LIGHTS CONCERNING THE HONDA SENSING SYSTEM CAME ON WITH MALFUNCTION WARNINGS, PULLED TO THE SIDE OF THE HIGHWAY AND TURNED THE MOTOR OFF, THEN RESTARTED THE MOTOR AND THE WARNINGS WENT OFF. TOOK THE CAR TO THE DEALER AND THEY CHECKED THE COMPUTER FOR CODES, THERE WERE NONE. MY QUESTION, IS THIS CAR SAFE TO DRIVE AND IS HONDA MOTOR COMPANY WORKING ON THIS ISSUE. WHEN LOOKING AT THE HONDA FORUMS ONLINE IT APPEARS THAT THIS IS A PROBLEM WITH ALOT OF THE 2017 AND 2018 CRV’S. I DON’T LIKE PULLING TO THE SIDE OF THE HIGHWAY TRYING TO GET THE COMPUTER TO REBOOT. MY HONDA SERVICE PERSON SAID THAT WE WOULD MONITOR THE PROBLEM BEFORE MY NEXT OIL CHANGE THAT I’D DUE IN OCTOBER 2018. AGAIN, I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW IF HONDA MOTOR IS AWARE OF AN ISSUE THAT IS POTENTIALLY A VERY DANGEROUS SITUATION FOR A FAMILY TO BE PUT IN.
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