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pretty bad
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
5,225 miles

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2002 Honda CR-V brakes problems

brakes problem

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2002 Honda CR-V Owner Comments

problem #4

Jun 062006

CR-V 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


I purchased a "certified Honda" vehicle, a 2002 Honda CRV in June 2005. I was told that the brakes, both front & rear passed Pennsylvania inspection but did not pass Honda's certified inspection so they were replaced to make the vehicle a "certified Honda". (they were replaced on 6/1/05) I have had the vehicle for 1 year, took it for inspection on 6/12/06 to find out that the rear brakes are down to a 1/B or far below passing - completely gone! I have driven the vehicle under 7000 in the year that I have owned it. I called the original (and only other owner) of the vehicle. He told me that he had the same problem when the vehicle was under 1 year old. He was told that Honda knew that there is some kind of defect in the design that causes the rear brakes to wear extremely fast in the 2002 & 2003 crvs, especially in the northern states because of our winters. He was told that the brakes need to be greased to help prevent this- something I was not told when I purchased the vehicle. When I asked the service mgr at the Honda dealer about this, he said they suggest it be done every 7500 miles. I have not even driven 7000 miles on the car. If Honda is aware of this problem with the rear brakes, why hasn't there been a recall"? are they waiting for the brakes to fail and kill someone before they do something?"

- Erie, PA, USA

problem #3

May 072004

CR-V 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 13,000 miles
I own a 2002 Honda CR-V which has a disk brake defect. All 4 disk brake calipers are developing corrosion inside of the pistions. The dealer replaced the rear pads and rotors because they had worn and frozen to the wear indicators after 13,000 miles. They stated that they were "insufficiently lubricated" from the factory and added more grease to take care of the binding condition. The front ones are now showing the same signs of failure after 15,000 miles. Is there a way to persue that the dealer replace all 4 brake calipers due to the corrosion defect? my concern is that the pistons inside of the calipers are rusting through and may fail, causing accident/injury.

- Sagamore Hills, OH, USA

problem #2

Jul 172004

CR-V 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 7,500 miles
A few months after buying the CR-V I have noticed a strange clacking noise around the front wheels mainly when slowly bumping into speed-bumps or during some sudden low-speed braking. I have reported the strange sound twice to Honda service personnel during maintenance service visits and they have told me that the sound is characteristic to this model without attempting to troubleshoot the issue or file it into the car service report.

- Aventura, FL, USA

problem #1

Nov 052003

(reported on)

CR-V 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 400 miles
When applying pressure to the brake pedal a "clanking" noise is heard. Dealer has to replace the clips that hold the brake pads in place. Approximately two months after purchasing the vehicle consumer heard and felt a loud clunk noise in the brakes. Dealership advised this was a "normal characteristic" of the brakes. Now a year and a half later, they state there is a "fix" for the problem. Now they use clips to hold the caliper pads in place to keep them from moving. Consumer questioned if this was normal why is there fix for it.

- Lake Worth, FL, USA

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