Wiring Problems of Honda CR-V - part 1

Honda CR-V owners have reported 42 problems related to wiring (under the electrical system category).

car image   Wiring problem of the 2006 Honda CR-V 1
Failure Date: 09/21/2014

The contact owns a 2006 Honda Cr-v. While driving various speeds, the contact smelled smoke emitting from the vehicle. The contact merged the vehicle to the shoulder of the road and exited her children from the vehicle. Suddenly, the cargo area of the vehicle engulfed in flames. A police and fire report were filed and there were no injuries reported. The fire department stated that the failure was related to faulty wiring in the passenger side panel. It was not yet determined if the vehicle was destroyed. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The VIN was unavailable. The failure mileage was 89,000.

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car image   Wiring problem of the 2003 Honda CR-V 2
Failure Date: 04/22/2014

Driving kids to school in early morning both headlights simultaneously burned out at same time leaving only parking lights for illumination. Drove in dark back home. Later discovered high beams to be functional. Was searching online for fix and ran across many people who had same problem and complained of burnt wiring. I removed steering column cover and found no burnt wires at any connection. Checked bulbs and indeed they were both burned out. Seems odd both lights burned out at exactly the same time??.

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car image   Wiring problem of the 2004 Honda CR-V 3
Failure Date: 02/18/2013

Update to July/2013 complaint regarding srs light coming on permanently. 9/11/13 srs light came on permanently again. Dtc 15-2 code. The Honda dealer replaced the srs control unit on 10/1/13. Mileage 114,126. I have the old srs control unit in my possession. 10/21/13 srs light come on permanently again. 11/4/13 Honda dealer reset the srs light. Dtc codes were different than the dtc 15-2. Mileage 114,925. No charge by dealer. 11/24/13 srs light came on permanently again. Honda dealer diagnosed problem as a short in one of the wiring harnesses triggering the dtc 15-2 code. Dealer reset the srs light. No charge for 4 hours of work. Dealer would not give me any paperwork on service visit. Mileage approximately 115,437 at time of visit. The dealer tech suggested I clear the code with a code reader until it would no longer clear rather than blindly replacing at this time the 4 wiring harnesses to locate the short. The consumer also stated the head lights burned out prematurely, and he had to replace them several times. Updated 01/29/14.

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car image   Wiring problem of the 2006 Honda CR-V 4
Failure Date: 05/21/2012

2006 Honda crv, great car , passenger side low beam burns out every frequently (5 - 7 weeks) I see many similar complaints on the internet. (wiring harness is mentioned) I believe 2002 crv's are currently under recall for this same issue.

car image   Wiring problem of the 2004 Honda CR-V 5
Failure Date: 04/02/2012

For the last 3 years we have had three (3) main issues with this vehicle, 1) air bag srs light has been on, 2) the front passenger window will not roll down and 3) the air conditioning system has not operated. From the begining I have checked on recalls/ campaigns for these items and the only recall we received for this vehicle VIN # was the air bag recall (btw we took it in for the recal and the srs light is still on). When you look on Honda's website to check for recalls no other issues come up with my VIN#, yet if you look the vehicle up by the model and year, a whole list of "campaigns" come up under this vehicle. My vehcile has had the same problems as the said make and models for years. I filed a complaint with Honda America (case # 04205532) this morning and spoke with "serinity" of the product concern section of Honda America and basiclly she is telling me because my particilar vehcile was manufactured in japan (VIN # starting with a "j") that no recalls apply to me. But yet I am having the same issues with my vehicle of the same model and year. Honda basically has stated that they cannot offer any help on this matter. Please note, there are other safety "campaigns" that I never got notices, such as wiring harnessess. I took my vehicle into a non-dealer mechanic for air-conditioning services and they stated to me 2 + years ago that this vehicle is known to have a major defect in the ac clutch on the ac pump was designed too close to the engine and thus heats up and shatters into many pieces and flows though the whole ac system thus requiring that the whole ac system is required to be replaced (Honda service bulletin # 12-072). Honda has issued a campaign increasing the ac system warranty to 10 years/ 100,000 miles, but again this does not apply to my vehicle, yet I have the same exact issues on my vehicle. Please help on this matter.

car image   Wiring problem of the 2004 Honda CR-V 6
Failure Date: 03/26/2012

I was going to drive to work this morning at 6:30am and my headlights would not turn on. My high beams worked fine but my normal lights did not. I had noticed a burning odor a few days prior through my vents. I took the car to my mechanic this morning and the headlight problem was due to an electrical malfunction and the wires had been melted that are associated with the headlights. Thankfully I had not been driving at night time when this problem occurred. I had to get a kit to replace the wiring. This ended up being an expensive repair.

car image   Wiring problem of the 2006 Honda CR-V 7
Failure Date: 11/23/2011

The contact owned a 2006 Honda Cr-v. The contact stated that the vehicle was parked and shut off for approximately one hour when the front driver's door caught on fire. The fire department appeared on the scene to extinguish the fire. The fire department also stated that the fire was due to faulty wiring within the door panel. The contact also stated that prior to the failure, he left the front driver's window down slightly during rainy conditions. The vehicle was destroyed and towed to an insurance facility. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and stated that the vehicle was not included in the recall associated with NHTSA campaign id number 11v456000 (electrical system). The failure and current mileages were 80,000. The VIN was unavailable. Updated 12/19/11.

car image   Wiring problem of the 2004 Honda CR-V 8
Failure Date: 11/09/2011

While driving at night my low beams stopped working and I could smell smoke. It was very dangerous to just all of the sudden have your lights go out. I couldn't see and others couldn't see me. I turned off the light switch, and the smoke smell dissipated. My high beams still worked. I got online after the incident and realized that I was not alone with this exact type of problem. The problem has been isolated by several other Cr-v owners as an electrical problem involving the wiring harness that plugs into the headlight/turn signal switch. In addition, I found an article stating that the NHTSA has opened an investigation of this problem (NHTSA recall campaign number ea11012) . A call to a Honda dealership resulted in a very expensive quote to replace the whole harness (several hundreds of dollars). I feel that this particular problem is a safety hazard, and that Honda should issue a recall to fix the problem. Updated 12/19/11.

car image   Wiring problem of the 2005 Honda CR-V 9
Failure Date: 10/25/2011

The low beam headlights on my 2005 Cr-v have been replaced 6 times over the past 7 months. Sometimes the passenger side, sometimes the drivers side, and one time both headlights went out at night. There has been a recall of this exact problem with 2002-2004 Cr-v due to a faulty wiring harness, but not with any later models yet. I have informed Honda of this problem and they have no resolution at this time.

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car image   Wiring problem of the 2003 Honda CR-V 10
Failure Date: 10/23/2011

The contact owns a 2003 Honda Cr-v. The contact was driving 55 mph when the low beam headlights failed without any warning. The vehicle was taken to a local mechanic who diagnosed that the wiring harness had burned. As a result, the wiring harness would need to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure who did not offer any assistance since the vehicle was not included in any recalls. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 120,000. The consumer stated the headlights went out while driving. The vehicle was taken to a repair shop where they discovered a wire had overheated and melted the harness inside the steering wheel.

car image   Wiring problem of the 2002 Honda CR-V 11
Failure Date: 10/15/2011

The low beams stopped working while driving and the plastic wire harness connector that plugs into the headlight switch started smoking and burned up. The headlight switch I can get through Honda but I can't find the plastic wiring harness connector. It is not safe when your low beams both go out when driving cause the wire for the low beams burns up in the connector for no reason. Updated 11/25/11 updated 11/30/11.

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car image   Wiring problem of the 2004 Honda CR-V 12
Failure Date: 09/15/2011

The low-beam headlight switch fails repeatedly. When I replaced it, I noticed what appears to be heat damage on the wiring harness connector. I have replaced the combination low-beam/high-beam/turn signal unit 3 times in the last 7 months.

car image   Wiring problem of the 2002 Honda CR-V 13
Failure Date: 08/01/2011

On 8/1/2011, while driving our 2002 Honda crv, I noticed a strange smell. When darkness fell, I realized that the low beams on my vehicle were not working, through the high beams and every other light on the vehicle worked. This has happened twice before - once in November of 2009, and once in March of 2010. When it happened previously, I first checked the bulbs and fuses. They were all fine. I then researched the issue on the internet, and looked into a wiring harness behind the steering wheel. I found a wiring harness that contained some corrosion between connectors that had melted somewhat. I scraped off the corrosion and applied some dielectric to inhibit future corrosion, and the lights came back on. I spoke with the service attendants at my local Honda dealership (with pictures that I took of the offending harness), and after checking their computers, they told me that there was nothing on record regarding the issue. I have not yet made the (obviously temporary) repair for the most recent occurrence of this issue. I'm thinking that I may take it to the dealership service to see if they can come up with a more permanent solution.

car image   Wiring problem of the 2002 Honda CR-V 14
Failure Date: 08/01/2011

The contact owns a 2002 Honda Cr-v. The contact stated that the low beam headlights would intermittently fail. The contact also stated that the steering column would become hot during the failure and she could smell a burning odor. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer and the contact was informed that the wiring for the headlight switch was burned. The vehicle was being repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was unknown. Updated 12/20/11 the dealer found the headlight bulb burned out and the wiring at the light switch was burnt and the connector was damaged. Updated 12/23/11.

car image   Wiring problem of the 2004 Honda CR-V 15
Failure Date: 07/13/2011

While driving both dim headlights went out. I pulled over and realized the bright head lights did work while the dims no longer worked. After replacing both bulbs and realizing they still did not work. I investigated the issue and after visually inspecting the wiring harness that plugs into the combination switch (blinker/headlight control) there is obvious signs of heat damage and electrical corrosion.

car image   Wiring problem of the 2005 Honda CR-V 16
Failure Date: 07/09/2011

For the last four years, I have had to replace headlight bulbs due to unexplained failure. I have needed to replace bulbs anywhere from one to six months. I would like my vehicle to be recalled for electrical system:wiring:interior/under dash exterior lighting:headlights exterior lighting:headlights:high/low beam dimmer switch exterior lighting:headlights:switch.

car image   Wiring problem of the 2002 Honda CR-V 17
Failure Date: 06/08/2011

My wife and I own an 02 Honda Cr-v that has headlight failure problems. I have researched online and found that there is an issue noted at different forums concerning the steering column electrical connection at the dimmer/turn signal switch. Our headlights failed during normal use in June of 2011. I took my steering column cover off and looked at the electrical connection to the dimmer/turn signal switch and found it to be partially melted. I cleaned the connections and reinstalled the connector. The repair lasted only temporary (2 months) and then the lights failed again. I have determined that the replacement of the wiring connector is the only complete repair, but since I have heard there is an investigation, I wanted to acknowledge that my 02 Honda suffers this problem of a faulty wiring connector from the manufacturer at the dimmer/turn signal switch. Updated 09/07/bf.

car image   Wiring problem of the 2004 Honda CR-V 18
Failure Date: 06/01/2011

Both headlights (low beam) went out simultaneously due to an overheated connection between the headlight switch assembly and wiring harness (plug). Updated 12/12/11.

car image   Wiring problem of the 2004 Honda CR-V 19
Failure Date: 05/22/2011

Both low beam headlights failed simultaneously. Subsequently repaired at a Honda dealer. Repair required a new hi/lo beam switch and connector/wiring harness. I requested old parts and upon inspeciton, one of the metal connector pins (male and female) was discolored (black) due to heating with some distortion and discoloration of the connector block due to heating. Attached wire also discolored due to heating.

car image   Wiring problem of the 2004 Honda CR-V 20
Failure Date: 05/11/2011

Both lowbeam headlights both stopped working at the same time. I replaced both bulbs but they still did not work. No fuses had burnt out, so started to research. After checking online, I opened the plastic casing to the steering column, and found that the switch had burned and the plastic melted. This is obviously defective wiring on the part of Honda, otherwise the fuse for the headlights would have burned out before the switch could have. I find this to be a very important safety issue as this is the primary vehicle for my wife and infant son. Updated 12/12/11 updated 12/13/11.

car image   Wiring problem of the 2003 Honda CR-V 21
Failure Date: 04/15/2011

Headlight switch and wiring harness damaged by overheating/melting on 2003 Honda crv,.

car image   Wiring problem of the 2003 Honda CR-V 22
Failure Date: 02/28/2011

Both low beam headlamps go out. Hi-beam lamps still work. The problem is the contacts on the dimmer switch corrode; there have also been reports of scorched connectors - meaning the possibility of fire. To access the switch you have to remove the steering column cover and then locate the dimmer/turn signal wiring harness. Most consumers would not know how nor be able to do this. This is extremely dangerous. It has been reported many times on internet blogs.

car image   Wiring problem of the 2005 Honda CR-V 23
Failure Date: 02/15/2011

My Honda Cr-v has had the headlights go out approximately 8 times in the last 18 months. They usually go out one at a time, but this past weekend, they both went out simultaneously. Honda says this is a recall for 2002 to 2004 Cr-v for a wiring issue on the low beam headlights, but 2005 is not included. I believe there is defective wiring in my headlight system and should be covered by a recall.

car image   Wiring problem of the 2007 Honda CR-V 24
Failure Date: 05/15/2010

When checking washer fluid, I noticed the fluid was not visible, so I added the proper fluid. As nothing happened, I looked under car, & the washer solution was running out on the concrete floor, as I poured it into jug. Upon further examination, I found pieces of the tubing that had been chewed on, and in some areas, chewed completely through. One of these areas I was able to access via a plastic door, about 12 inches wide, by about 2 inches in height, located under the hood, in the center of the firewall, just below the windshield wipers. I found pieces of tubing in this area, also. Looking further, I found insulation that mice had moved from an unknown area, to make their nest. With some difficulty, I finally received a call from a Honda rep, in California. After about 25 minutes of discussion, in a peaceful manner, I was not offered any solution to the mice problem, as I was trying to get Honda to help me determine where the point of entry was located at, in the car body, that would allow mice to gain entry. As a former auto mechanic, & a structure aircraft mechanic, I planned to make the repair myself. (the insulation movement could be affecting the a/c & heating systems, also). Later, I found both of the wires to the left clearance light had been chewed completely through, wire & all. I later read on a web site, that the wiring insulation was made out of recycled food material, such as the husks from corn, or pods from mature dried beans!! I consider the windshield washer problem a safety hazard, for sure. Other mfg of asian cars could be using food grade wiring. If the mice can't be stopped, they could totally destroy these newer type cars, looking for shelter, with a built-in food supply. This should be considered a fire hazard, also, in my opinion, due to causing a short-circuit in the wiring systems.

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car image   Wiring problem of the 2006 Honda CR-V 25
Failure Date: 03/23/2010

On March 16, 2010, the main power window controls (located on drivers door), began having problems. I could no longer close the front right window from this control. I was able to open the front right window and was able to open and close the three remaining power windows. The power window switch on the front passenger door did work (to open and close that window). On March 23, 2010, I turned on the ignition for my crv as I got ready to go to work. I noticed an intense burning smell (of plastic) and was able to trace it to the driver's door within several minutes. I turned off my vehicle and tried to examine the door further. Smoke came out of the openings (like the speaker cover) of the door panel. I noticed that the control switch for the front right window was now sticking. I pulled out the power window fuse from the engine fuse box and took my vehicle to my mechanic. Upon disassembling the front driver side door, the mechanic was able to examine the wiring inside the door and all looked normal (no sign of burns). They took out the main power window control switch and disassembled that and found clear burn marks underneath one switch and on the motherboard attached to it. They will be installing a brand new switch tomorrow that was ordered from Honda. Until the switch is replaced, I do not have control of the power locks from the inside, opening or closing the windows, or adjusting the rear view mirrors. I do have the original switch available for review of the damage. While I did not see flames, I do believe that there was a small fire inside the power window switch and had the car run any longer, the smoke and fire would have spread and could have led to more serious consequences if I had been driving (and not parked) when this occurred.