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Crashes / Fires:
1 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 1
Average Mileage:
10,772 miles

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2014 Honda CR-V engine problems

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2014 Honda CR-V Owner Comments (Page 1 of 3)

problem #54

Sep 252016


  • 24,786 miles


This is an entermentent issue. The starter moyer grinds after the engine has started. The TPMS light comes on intermentenly even if the tires are at the proper inflation pressure. Hope Honda does something about these issues.

- Littleton, CO, USA

problem #53

Feb 092016


  • 30,000 miles
Engine rattle at cold start in cold weather video of my issue: Https://

- Davidson, NC, USA

problem #52

Mar 012016


  • 16,001 miles
Starter sticks and doesn't disengage for a few seconds after engine turns and starts. As a result, starter solenoid gear grinds against flywheel teeth, causing damages to the teeth of solenoid and/or flywheel. This mechanical fault occurs every time after a vehicle is parked for a day or more. Weather (cold or hot) doesn't affect the defect.

- Independence Township, NJ, USA

problem #51

Dec 152015


  • 13,000 miles


My CR-V is 18 months old and since last Dec. Has the grinding sound when first started. The tire pressure signal lights up on occasion but when tire pressure is checked no tire is low. Took car to dealer and they said it could be fixed while under warranty. Hope so, but after seeing other complaints not so sure. Bought this car based on friends recommendations and Honda's reputation. Wish I had known about this website prior to purchase!

- Beaverton, OR, USA

problem #50

Jan 142015


  • 5,000 miles
Bought 2014 Honda CRV the engine start making the grinding noise on start up in cold weather. Brought it into the dealer and they said that it is know issue and Honda is working on it. Funny thing is I know other people who own the same model of crvs and they have no engine grind on start up. This is common in 2012-12014 and they have not had any issues. From what I read it sounds like Honda has been working on this issue since the 2012 model, and it's now 2016. II'm pretty sure I will trade in my CRV for a something else than a Honda.

- Minneapolis, MN, USA

problem #49

Mar 152015


  • 0 miles
The car engine cranks up like its already engaged even after sitting overnight or for a long period of time. I told the car dealer about it and he said the manufacturing knows, but was early last year. It's happening more often now. The vehicle is always parked, either at home or work on a flat surface. ( parking lot or driveway)

- Arlington, TX, USA

problem #48

Sep 202014


  • 4,430 miles


Grinding noise lasting a few seconds during ignition start up after car has been sitting overnight. Began when car was 6 months old. Happens almost daily when temps are below

- Springfield, IL, USA

problem #47

Jan 012015


  • miles
Grinding/sqeeking engine noise during initial startup on mostly cold days.

- Columbia, MD, USA

problem #46

Mar 032015


  • 35,000 miles
Have a problem with the grinding noise when started sometimes. Also have a problem with the driver's side window rubbing at times when it is raised or lowered. Wish the hood release was better located and marked.

- South Lyon, MI, USA

problem #45

Apr 012016


  • 54,600 miles
The car engine will grind when starting for the first time on a cold day. It does then start but in the past 12 months on three occasions it failed to start at all. The last time being April 1, 2016. Took it to mechanic and was told the battery is fine and could not find anything wrong, but it still grinds at start up. The best description is two pieces of metal grinding together. Lot of Honda owners are complaining about the exact same problem in particular on the web site below:

- Leonardtown, MD, USA

problem #44

Oct 012015


  • miles


On cold mornings, the car starts with a grinding noise from the engine for about a second or two.

- River Falls, WI, USA

problem #43

Mar 162016


  • 28,000 miles
Others have reported this. On starting when cold, a slight grinding noise from the engine. When will Honda either fix or compensate owners?

- Dayton, OH, USA

problem #42

Dec 082015


  • 26,000 miles
I bought my CRV in Oct 2013. For the second winter the continues to be a loud grinding noise on first start of the day. It must be in the 20S or lower for the noise. This winter I had the dealer verify the problem. Said it's the vtc actuator and Honda is working on it. Dealer agrees it is a defeat, but Honda has no fix in place. Apparently replacing the vtc actuator will not fix the problem. Honda has been aware of the problem for at least 2 years now. Still no word. I thinking Honda is just moving on and ignoring this problem.

- Virginia Beach, VA, USA

problem #41

Nov 262014


  • 2,000 miles
My elderly mother died in a fire in her 2014 Honda CR-V. there were no witnesses to the origin of the fire. The car was first seen when fully engulfed by flame, 10 to 20 minutes after my mother was seen getting into her car. Unknown if she let it idle before driving. She drove about 1200 feet. Her car was found in wet ivy at the side of the road. Her key was in her hand, and she was leaning towards the passenger side of the car, apparently trying to escape the fire. (because the car was on a hill, leaning towards the passenger side, flames from beneath the car were strongest on the driver side and would have blocked her exit. The passenger side was not completely burned.) it is improbable that the ivy ignited because it was late fall in the pacific northwest and the weather had been very wet for days. I believe that a fire ignited somewhere in the vehicle and this fire caused my mother to go off the road. An autopsy showed she died of smoke inhalation and burns. The car was in good condition with recent servicing. No signs of recent oil leakage in garage. We have located other 2012-2014 CR-V fires that began spontaneously. Some blamed on leaves trapped in vehicle, another on fluid leaks, including two on (NHTSA nos. 10654938 and 10546273). I retain the vehicle. ## VIN passed ## Honda CRV 2014 ##

- Seattle, WA, USA

problem #40

Feb 102016


  • 13,000 miles
Cold weather engine starts with rattle sound vtc actuator issue.

- Naperville, IL, USA

problem #39

Dec 302015


  • 28,000 miles
After stopped at a stop light when it turns green had no acceleration until pressing the gas pedal up and down twice. This has happen numerous times since then. It seems the engine stays at idle. Also have issues with the tps light going on for no reason and now a growling sound when the engine is cold and it is cold outside below 20 degrees when starting the vehicle. Manufacture not notified. These are issues that have been reported from other CR-V owners numerous times a recall should be issued get a before someone losses there life or causes other to loose theirs.

- Sycamore, IL, USA

problem #38

Nov 122015


  • 4,000 miles
Cold weather startup, grinding noise for a few seconds.

- Guilderland, NY, USA

problem #37

Feb 012014


  • 500 miles
Grinding sound at engine start up in cold weather. It happens every winter.

- Baytown, TX, USA

problem #36

Feb 102015


  • miles
Grinding sound at start up on cold mornings, probably faulty vtc actuator which Honda will or cannot fix. This grinding has to be doing some kind of damage that will be more serious later to my vehicle.

- Hampton, TN, USA

problem #35

Jan 252016


  • 25,500 miles
With cold starts (starting the engine first thing in the morning) there is a grinding rumble from under the front of the car that lasts a second or two. This has been happening since I bought the car, and the service dept has said not to worry about it. Yesterday, I took the car in to have it examined and repaired, and the Honda service manager confirmed that the noise was coming from a defective vtc actuator. He went on to say that Honda is continuing to produce the same defective actuator they have produced for the past 8 years and that the Honda corporation will not allow dealer service departments to replace them. "they're all faulty, so it wouldn't matter." This defect in a critical engine part must be addressed and the part replaced.

- Meadville, PA, USA

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