really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 1
Average Mileage:
11,126 miles

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2014 Honda CR-V engine problems

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

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problem #16

Feb 242015


  • 26,500 miles


Every morning with temperatures under 20 deg F, there is a grinding noise upon start up, noise varies in duration between 1-2 seconds.

- Leesburg, VA, USA

problem #15

Nov 152014

CR-V 4-cyl

  • miles
On 3 or 4 occasions, when it is cold, that when the car is first started, the engine makes a grinding noise. It only lasts for a second or two and when I restart the car, it doesn't reoccur. It also doesn't happen every time that it is cold. I was going to mention it the next time we took the car in for service. I've read that other owners have experienced the same problem and I share their concern that this could be damaging the engine so I wanted to add my report.

- Clovis, CA, USA

problem #14

Sep 242014

CR-V 4-cyl

  • 9,000 miles
First thing in the morning on cold days, sometimes a grinding sound occurs when starting the engine that lasts about a second. It doesn't happen every cold morning, but it happens fairly regularly on cold mornings. I see that many people have complained about this problem and Honda has not developed a solution. This problem needs to be fixed to ensure no damage is occurring to the engine.

- Vacaville, CA, USA

problem #13

Nov 182014

CR-V 4-cyl

  • 1,508 miles


I live in Minnesota where the temperature gets extremely cold. I noticed my engine was making a loud audible grinding noise for about 2 seconds during cold weather start ups. I see more than one write up on this concerning this exact noise. I brought the vehicle to a Honda dealer who told me the noise is: "normal but not normal". he said Honda is aware of the problem but is not doing anything about it. It is something to do with the vtc actuator when it gets cold. He showed me an email from Honda that specifically says to quit replacing vtc actuators because it is not helping fix the problem. It's an engineering problem with the vtc actuator so replacing it with an identical unit will not help.. he then proceeded to tell me that it is not hurting my car in any way, shape, or form. After several more days of loud grinding noises each morning; I spoke with Honda customer service over twitter. Honda repeated what the service tech told me that they are aware of the problem with the vtc actuator but are currently doing nothing about it. They said, "we are aware of the concern and are looking to see what we could do to reduce it". I then asked them to explain what exactly in the vtc actuator is making the noise. I was told, "I apologize but information on what is making the noise is not available"... not kidding. They also said, "the noise doesn't affect the driveability or reliability of the vehicle. We apologize but currently there are no repairs for this." I am suppose to believe that this is not hurting my vehicle, but they refuse to tell me what is causing the noise in the vtc actuator? it sounds like they are crunching the numbers to see if a recall would be more cost effective then repairing the cars of us cold weather drivers when the time comes and our engines fail. I'm concerned about metal shavings getting into the oil/engine causing failure.

- Minneapolis, MN, USA

problem #12

Jan 052015

CR-V 4-cyl

  • miles
During cold winter months there is a grinding noise for about 2 seconds when first starting the vehicle, even in garage. Taking to Honda dealer this week. Looking at all similar complaints online, I am not expecting much to be done. Seems Honda is aware of this problem on crvs but can't diagnose"?????"!!!!

- New Providence, NJ, USA

problem #11

Dec 012014

CR-V 4-cyl

  • 6,000 miles
During cold winter months in Michigan, there is a grinding noise for about 2 seconds when first starting the vehicle. Took it to Honda dealer and they contacted american Honda who told them that this was a "normal problem" with Cr-vs apparently due to the oil pump not functioning properly. American Honda was contacted and was told that they are aware of this problem but have not indicated any solution.

- Lansing, MI, USA

problem #10

Sep 012014


  • 25,000 miles


The engine does not respond (intermittently) to the throttle. This makes for a very dicey situation when turning across oncoming traffic or accelerating from a full stop, e.g., a traffic signal. To overcome the problem, you have to quickly let up on the accelerator pedal and just as quickly apply pressure to the pedal to get the engine to respond. During these episodes the engine is just idling. I took the car to a dealership which performed diagnostics. The answer was the typical one that you receive from a dealership: 'we couldn't duplicate the problem". from postings on the internet, this has been a problem for years with Honda vehicles. In fact a dealership service writer told me that his brother has a Honda which has had the same problem almost from the day he purchased it. I'm not just imagining this. The problem appears to be the throttle body relay or the throttle body itself which would be very expensive to replace. This isn't just my imagination at work. It has the potential to create a deadly situation. Thanks.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #9

Jan 142015

CR-V 4-cyl

  • 7,915 miles
On cold days I hear grinding noise when I start my car, few second noise then its fine. I noticed it started in December when the cold weather hits Texas. It does not happen daily only on cold days as car sits in driveway. Some days it will be cold and it will be fine and other days another cold day and it will happen for a few seconds. My car has slightly over 8000 miles. I find this too soon to have any issues. I took it to local Honda dealership January 16 where car sat over night to duplicate the sound and the car did not make that noise. The weather was in the 40's and noise could not be heard. My car was still at dealership on January 19 and again no sound was heard from certified Honda tech. I opened up Honda care ticket for a solution and a push from them to replace the vtc actuator. The tech played dumb and said I was the first owner to have this compliant and therefore could not pin point the problem and could not fix something he did not know what it could be. I took my car from them after sitting there since Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday Jan 19. Honda care did not push the issue to the dealership so I am considering trading in my car. I cannot be held accountable for a faulty Honda problem. Now I the consumer have been duped by this ignorance and letting this known issue just sit around and get bigger with consumers.

- Spring, TX, USA

problem #8

Aug 052014

CR-V 4-cyl

  • 6,000 miles
September 2014, 2014 Honda CRV with ~6K miles started making a loud rattling noise upon first turning ignition switch over. It continued randomly upon starting for only 1-2 seconds & stops. As the weather got colder, it happened more often. Took my car to the dealer on 10/15/14 & made them keep the car overnight to replicate problem. Problem was duplicated & determined to be variable timing control (vtc) actuator; car was under warranty & fixed. December 2014 w/ ~13K miles same issue resurfaced. Contacted dealership 01/14/15, had them pull up 10/15/14 repair work to reference stated same issue is going on. I was told, "... you will need to speak w/ our service manager xxxx as the mfg'R is aware this is a problem w/ thousands of cars like yours & they are choosing to not do any further repair work for this problem bc it will continue to happen if repaired & they don't know how to fix it...". I was then transferred to service mgr & left voicemail. 01/14/15 no response from svc mgr, to speak w/ him again; this time I was not allowed to leave a voicemail & svc tech took my info & said she would put it on a post-it note on xxxx's computer to have him give me a call back. This is a known problem w/ Honda's going back to 2008 inclusive of tsb published doc's which dealers dismiss unless consumers brings them up, of which dealers play dumb to not knowing what the car owners are talking about. The problem is not fixable, only temporarily derailed until repair becomes necessary again. The mfg'R is forbidden to fix the car until they work on a suitable 'counter' measure. Faulty vtc actuator affects engine timing, fuel efficiency, electrical, mechanical, and batter life of vehicle, potential causing electrical fires which can be deadly..

- Bloomington, MN, USA

problem #7

Nov 012014

CR-V 4-cyl

  • miles
When starting first thing in the morning on very cold days, there is a grinding noise for a second or two. Happens also if it is sitting outside for several hours in cold weather. I see other complaints about this and am taking it to dealership to see whether it can be fixed. My car only has 6,500 miles on it and should not be having issues like this. This is happening on my second CR-V as well which has about 9,000 miles on it.

- Lansing, MI, USA

problem #6

Aug 022014


  • 14,000 miles


1. 2014 power train -rear passenger wheel jumping/skipping on acceleration. Dealer brought a loaner, took car and replaced rear differential..seems ok since....had 2013 CRV w/front passenger side axle jumping..traded back after 9 months 2. 2014 engine- grinding sound on start up. Recorded sound on video and mechanic identified as vtc actuator but said Honda has no fix. Said no harm will occur w/repetition...had 2013 CRV w/same problem in addition to front axle issues..as noted above traded back after 9 months.

- Huntersville, NC, USA

problem #5

Sep 052014


  • 100 miles
Car hesitates randomly from dead stop. Starts off at about 2 mph and does not accelerate until 5 to 10 seconds even though you are pressing on gas pedal. Honda has no explanation for the random occurrence. This has happened to me at least 20 times. Does not show up on computer diagnostics. Replaced 2014 CR-V after 10 weeks with 2015 CR-V. 2015 model has different issues. No more Honda!!! took a big financial hit on replacing a 2014 CR-V after 10 weeks with a 2015 CR-V. car too dangerous to drive.

- Hoffman Estates, IL, USA

problem #4

Nov 152014


  • 6,500 miles
During cold weather (winter) when vehicle is started first time in the morning there is a one time grinding noise. This is the 2nd Honda CRV that we own that makes this same noise. When I perform a google search I find similar complaints from many Honda CRV owners from multiple years of manufacture of the Honda CRV. The dealer has indicated that this noise issue is caused by the variable timing control valve (vtc) and that Honda is working on a permanent solution. Honda has been aware of noise issue and supposedly working on a solution for at least 2 model years yet no permanent solution to issue has been provided at this time. Honda is currently manufacturing and selling CRV's to consumers with a known engine defect and should be made to extend the engine warranty until this issue is corrected.

- Apple Valley, MN, USA

problem #3

Oct 152014

CR-V 4-cyl

  • 9,500 miles
Apply brakes for normal stop, ease off throttle pedal. When road is clear, release brakes, apply pressure to throttle pedal. No response. Add pressure - no response. Add more pressure and full speed ahead. The sudden acceleration puts you hard against the seat, with sudden reaction needed to avoid an accident with the car ahead of you going the same way. Entering a freeway could be fun!!! this is a frequent occurance, at almost every stop and proceed. From what I hear about air bags in some cars, the sudden acceleration may be a cause of air bag release which would complicate the problem.

- Mitchell, SD, USA

problem #2

Aug 212014


  • 250 miles
Vehicle hesitates when accelerating from stop. This has happened several times when pulling into or across traffic. The hesitation is momentary but could be very dangerous.

- Concord, NC, USA

problem #1

Dec 242013

CR-V 4-cyl

  • 7,500 miles
I bought at 2014 CRV end of Sept/Oct of 2013. Upon the first snow fall I drove the vehicle and had immediate problems. The car was not getting any traction, it was sliding around going down hills and upon trying to drive up hills it would stop without even trying to go up. It would stop and wheels would spin, the rear end spun to the side and I could not get anywhere. The amber AWD lights came on and flashed, combination of both scenarios. I finally got it into the dealership as the problem got worse. The rear differential has been deemed defective (overheating issue to point of almost glowing and fluid overheated). The other problem I have had is that if the car was put into 1st or 2nd gear to aid slowing down on a hill, even from a stopped position, it would not respond. The car sped up going down the hill in first gear to approximately 40mph even with the brake on, which would not engage and the anti-lock brakes were engaging and not even trying to stop the vehicle. The car behaved the same even if on flat ground that had even a dusting of snow or even a little gravel. The dealership gave me a courtesy 2014 same year as mine, it drove much better and much safer than mine performed after the first 2 days. I feel the car has more issues than just the differential and is a major safety hazard as the last 1-2 weeks the car has had no control in anything other than dry roads. It has almost wrecked more than once due to these issues. This vehicle is 3.5 months old and had under 10,000 miles on it and all of this has gone wrong since the beginning.

- Bremen, OH, USA

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