2013 Honda CR-V electrical NHTSA complaints: Electrical System

NHTSA — Electrical System Problems

2013 Honda CR-V (Page 1 of 2)


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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
39,167 miles

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2013 Honda CR-V electrical problems

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2013 Honda CR-V Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #28

Dec 042018


  • miles


The ABS module stopped functioning for brakes and airbags. The dealership currently has the car and does not know why it malfunctioned. Their explanation is that the ABS module went bad and it is not drivable because the brakes might lock and possibly set off the airbags. I am concerned this may effect other vehicles as it is a costly fix. The bill is currently $2,400 and they are unsure if that will fix the problem, or if it will cost more money to figure out the issue.

- Freehold, NJ, USA

problem #27

May 012018


  • miles
Engine rattles at early morning start up, Honda aware of vtc actuator default and needs to open a recall cases to all CRV made between 2012-2014

- Torrance, CA, USA

problem #26

May 172018


  • 150,000 miles
This is a problem with several things in the car at different intervals.the stability control warning light came "vsr indicator", the check engine light, the electric steering indicator "eps" lights came on at the same time while driving. I did not notice any problems with steering. When I got to my destination and restarted the car all the indicator lights were off. The cruise control would not work when I first started the car. After I pull over and stop and restart the car the cruise would start working. When first start the car in the morning the radio would be on but no sound. It works when I restart the car. When I first start the car all the radio station presets get reset to "0" sometimes. I have never seen the radio presets at "0" on any car. Today the stability light and steering wheel light is on and the cruise control will work for about 5 minutes. When I restart the cruise control will work again.

- Glendale Heights, IL, USA

problem #25

Mar 282018


  • 78,000 miles


Upon light acceleration on a city street my car vibrates quite strongly and feels as though the car is going to stall. This issue seems to only happen at low speeds (10-35mph). I have contacted the local Honda dealer with my VIN# and they deny any issue with the vehicle. After further investigation I have found numerous reports online about this very same issue and how Honda is unwilling to address or fix the issue. I hope Honda issue a recall soon because this amount of vibration makes me feel as if there is a lot of mechanical wear happening with every acceleration and that the car could fail at any moment.

- Painesville, OH, USA

problem #24

Mar 142016


  • 19,000 miles
I have hum installed. I keep getting "issues with battery". your car may not start due to loss of charge in battery. I am disabled and cannot afford for this to happen out of the clear blue. Thank you I really have no idea of when this ocurred, but did have new battery installed for $ $169 at dealership and still getting warning from hum.

- Harrison, TN, USA

problem #23

Dec 262017


  • 121,000 miles
Defective door locking systems in 2013 Honda CR-V vehicle. We have had to replace 3 door lock actuators on our 2013 CR-V and now have had a 4th door lock actuator go bad. We have spoken with american Honda, and they informed us that the actuator is not defective. Well, if it is not defective, then why is it not working? we asked to speak to a manager, and were informed that the manager would tell us the same thing. We have spoken with other Honda owners of different vehicles, and they are also experiencing door lock actuator problems with their vehicles, whether it be a CR-V, Accord, civic, etc. My previous 2008 Honda civic had to have 12 door lock actuators replaced. I've spoken with a couple of the Honda service techs, and they laughed when I told them about the door actuator problem. One tech said they replaced them quite often. This is a defective product and a class action lawsuit needs to be started to remedy this known problem. There was a class action suit against Honda for 2007-2011 Honda CR-V's which Honda settled. Sincerely, tom counavelis

- Raleigh, NC, USA

problem #22

Oct 302017


  • 68,451 miles


Drivers door lock makes a loud, grinding sound when the door is locked. Unable to lock the vehicle. Door lock actuator replaced, lasted one day, problem came back. Rear left door lock does not open or close using the remote. It must be manually opened or closed.

- Bronx, NY, USA

problem #21

Oct 182016


  • 64,855 miles
Loud, grinding sound upon starting the vehicle, after sitting overnight.

- Bronx, NY, USA

problem #20

Oct 192016


  • 64,855 miles
Judder, akin to driving on the rumble strips alongside a highway. Happens when slowly accelerating between 20-30 mph. Purchased the vehicle in 10/2016.

- Bronx, NY, USA

problem #19

Oct 172016


  • 49,000 miles
Wiring harness was chewed by rodents.expense was $1350. Dealer said it was not covered under warranty. Sold me rodent tape for the other wires that were not replaced.

- Lilliwaup, WA, USA

problem #18

May 292017


  • miles


Battery issue, it die with out no risen, the the triple aaa test [ charging system test] no problem.it happen so many times.what can I do?

- Gardena, CA, USA

problem #17

Apr 102017


  • 26,500 miles
Car would not start at home. Unsure how it made it home. Found battery had leaked and completely corroded through copper wire braid used on positive battery cable instead of a proper battery post clamp. Lost all connectivity to starter. Corrosion infiltrated wire to starter. Internet search shows numerous Honda customers with different models dating back to 2002 or so with same problem. Dealer price of wiring harness at $800 plus labor and battery at approx. $117. Add possible towing charges, total cost to fix = $1,000 - $2,000. 1) battery should last more than 3-4 years 2) use of wire braid instead of proper battery post clamp is design flaw appears no recall has been issued. Honda website has no facility to register complaints online. Customer service page for that purpose did not work.

- Shawnee, KS, USA

problem #16

Oct 032016


  • 88,500 miles
Door locks locking/unlocking while driving. Also, passenger front door won't lock either with key fob or manually.

- St. Augustine, FL, USA

problem #15

Sep 032016


  • 57,329 miles
I went out Saturday morning started the car and the steering malfunction light was on and I had no power steering (eps). I called the dealer they said they couldn't help until Tuesday (Monday holiday) so it isn't fixed yet.

- Crestview, FL, USA

problem #14

Aug 092016


  • 94,000 miles
On my 4th battery, they keep dying leaving us stranded. Software was updated by dealer there is a internal Honda memo how to resolve but it did not work. No current drain they checked. Just today with a 15 month old battery it died and yet again the battery needed to be replaced. Only solution is to replace battery each year. Bad design my loyalty to Honda is fading fast.

- West Chester, PA, USA

problem #13

Jan 282016


  • 33,836 miles
My car had less than 34,000 and I went to start it and it was totally dead. It would not take a jump, I had to had it towed and it turned out it had a dead cell and I had to replace the battery. The last car I had the battery was over 10 years old. This car is over 3 years so there was no warranty on it. Just feel this should be checked into.

- Norwich, CT, USA

problem #12

Sep 112015


  • 18,223 miles
We purchased a 2013 Honda CRV and wound up returning the vehicle that day with only 20 minutes of driving the car. We were on the freeway, my husband was behind us in our other car. I was driving about 55 miles per hour when the gas pedal basically lost power. It felt as if the resistance behind the pedal just disappeared (accelerator hesitancy also happened at a left turn going 5 mph). At that moment the car lost power...several seconds later, the pedal resumed its normal feel and power resumed...it did this 3 times. Right at the first time it did this, I heard a triple click (sounded like the clicks you get when the car does not turn on after battery drain). So, click, click, click, loss of power, power, loss of power, power, loss of power, power. I immediately got into the right lane thinking the car was going to die on me and expecting to have to pull to the side of the freeway. My husband watched the whole thing in our truck so he had a good view. He saw 3 expulsions of bluish exhaust come out of the exhaust pipe and saw the car slow down at each of the power loss events. This is a safety issue and it is happening no only to this car, but the forester and rav4 and others. Service was so reliant on their computer read out, which said nothing was wrong, that we did not have faith they would investigate the problem and find a solution. So we cancelled the sale. It is ashame that the nhts has only required mat changes as recalls. This is obviously a computer programming error in which the car computer (which now controls the gas pedal rather than an actual line going to it) is telling the car to slow down. And the fact that the computer does not record a problem likely is further evidence of a computer malfunction. The auto industry and our own government watchdog is making our roads less safe. This issue is rampant. Car mats, really people?

- Sisters, OR, USA

problem #11

Mar 152015


  • 28,000 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Honda CR-V. while the vehicle was stopped, the contact noticed a hanging wire and the all wheel drive continuously illuminated. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the cover for the axle was hanging and the electronic all wheel drive sensor cracked and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired, but the failure recurred. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 28,000. The VIN was not available.

- Dingmans, PA, USA

problem #10

Jul 162015

CR-V 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 25,000 miles
The rear liftgate and rear passenger door failed to open when I used the remote to unlock the vehicle. The rear liftgate did open after the third try with the remote key fob. The passenger side rear door will not open by either the exterior or interior door handle. I engaged and disengaged the rear seat child lock several times and attempted to open the door, the door still will not open. Updated 09/15/15

- O Fallon, MO, USA

problem #9

Jan 012014

CR-V 4-cyl

  • 18,000 miles
Battery was going dead periodically. Thought I was leaving a light on or door open. Told the Honda dealer to check the battery while it was under warranty. They never checked it. Didnt even put that I asked to check it. Out of warranty battery went dead. Did a check at autozone they said it was the altenator. Changed altenator still the same problem. Voltage regulator. The volts only stay up when I keep the headlights on. ( more to this story about my bad dealership experience but don't want to get into it)

- Durham, NC, USA

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