2014 Honda CR-V engine problems: grinding noise on startup

Grinding Noise On Startup

2014 Honda CR-V (Page 1 of 2)

This problem may be covered under warranty. Ask your Honda dealer.

CarComplaints.com Notes: The 2014 Honda CR-V has a trend of engine hesitation when accelerating.

Honda has tried to fix this delayed acceleration with a software update, but many owners report it didn't fix the problem.

This defect trend is not quite bad enough yet for us to slap on the "Beware of the Clunker" seal. But it's a concern & definitely something to keep in mind for a test drive.

5.8

fairly significant
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
20,250 miles
Total Complaints:
28 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (23 reports)
  2. replace vtc actuator (4 reports)
  3. synthetic oil (1 reports)
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2014 Honda CR-V Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #28

Mar 112020

CR-V EX L 2.4L Ivtec

  • Automatic transmission
  • 79,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Completely enraged. In my opinion honda should be taken to court. How can they create an engine that is complete junk and not be held accountable. Bought my cr v and noticed when I start it it rattle told it will cost upward of 1600$ to fix which is b.s. honda should be paying for all these defective actuator fixes.. But instead they hide away their problem. To anyone out there I would highly recommend staying away from a honda vehicle because the way I see it they are a lame excuse of of a manufacturer and people are under the impression honda is good... Maybe old hondas but todays honda is overpriced and doesnt give you quality one bit. Time to bite the bullet and lose money and trade this pos in for an American car like for and chevrolet.

- Zach T., Wausau, Wisconsin, US

problem #27

Dec 202019

CR-V LX 2.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 33,460 miles

Shortly after purchasing a low-mileage 2014 CR-V, noticed a 2 second grinding noise at cold startup (below 40F). After research, found that the Honda 2.4L engine (in most models that have this engine) have this issue, with it being reported back in 2008. Honda has issued a TBS for this year of CR-V (TSB 16-012), but those that get this fix realize a re-occurrence of the problem. I have been back and forth between American Honda and the local dealership with little success to a real solution. I refuse to pay roughly $800 for the TSB when the issue will resurface at some point. Additionally, there is cause to suspect that continued cold start grinding eventually damages the timing chain. Step up Honda and resolve this problem for your valued customers! This is my 4th Honda, and probably my last as it stands...

- raven09, Tehachapi, US

problem #26

Nov 012018

CR-V EXL 2.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 30,000 miles

Grinding noise when starting the CR-v after long periods of time (Around 8 hours). Honda wants customer to cover most of the cost. Honda also claims that this noise is a nuisance, and wont affect the engine, but it wont give this in writing. Lot of people have mentioned this has caused engine failures.

- Andy P., Ashburn, US

problem #25

Jul 032016

CR-V EX 2.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 28,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

My wife and I have been reporting this problem to the local service center for years. First they couldn't "reproduce the sound" . Then when they did reproduce it in 2016 we were told there was nothing they could do about it and that all Hondas make that noise on occasion. There is apparently a TSB for the issue and an updated/fixed VTC actuator, but Honda customer service just told us that they wouldn't fix the issue and that we would have to pay for the repair.

I talked to two different people at Honda customer service, and was given several reasons for Honda refusing to cover it.

1. We were first told that since we bought the car in 2015 used (with 3200 or so miles from Carmax) it wasn't eligible for the repair. Apparently, even though it was still under factory warranty when we bought it, it was not "certified used"? Doesn't make much sense to me, it was still under factory warranty.

2. This was the next reason we were given. When the dealer reproduced the grinding noise in 2016 (still under warranty) the service tech told us that it was "operating normally" and that all Hondas made this grinding noise, which was the line that they were towing at the time until the improved VTC part was released in 2017. This is according to the customer service person at Honda, YMMV. I get the feeling that their answer is always "No" and that they just throw out reasons until the customer goes away.

3. Even though they weren't fixing the issue in 2016 (According to Honda Customer Service) and have the part to solve the problem now (again according to Honda CS), because the technician said that the startup noise was "normal" in 2016, they can refuse to pay for the installation of the corrected part now. this circular logic is mind boggling.

My family has owned a lot of Hondas in our lives: This CRV, an Acura ILX, an Acura RSX, a Honda civic, etc. I had always thought that the Brand stood for quality. Hondas were all my parents would buy. Apparently, I was incorrect in my assumptions about this brand.

This is an admitted problem with multiple models and multiple years and Honda refuses to step up and own the issue and stand by the product and perform the TSB.

Our family is growing and we need to move up in size. We are shopping the Honda Odyssey and the Toyota Sienna for additional seats and space. I guess we'll be buying a Toyota!

sigh... Thanks for nothing, Honda.

- Matthew K., Baltimore, MD, US

problem #24

Dec 242014

CR-V LX 2.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 12,427 miles

At cold weather engine makes grinding noise at start-up (metal to metal) .

- Eugene S., Winnipeg, MB, Canada

problem #23

Dec 212015

CR-V LX 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 18,500 miles

Upon cold start the engine/starter makes a grinding noise.

- Joseph C., Fairfield, CT, US

problem #22

Dec 072017

CR-V LX 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 13,500 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

go to web site below and complain

https://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/VehicleComplaint/thankyou

- Patrick R., Newfoundland, US

problem #21

Dec 112014

CR-V LX

  • Automatic transmission
  • 5,600 miles

Starter grinds on cold weather occasionally and this can't be good for the engine. I'm concerned it will result in a major repair.

- Joseph C., Greensboro, US

problem #20

Nov 102017

CR-V

  • Automatic transmission
  • 24,855 miles

Grinding noise (metal to metal like) at first start up, lasting up to 2 seconds. For a newer car, this is unacceptable, and embarrassing. This 2014 CRV is full of problems, won't be buying another one again. Honda is known for reliability, but not anymore, with this lemon full of headaches.

- cloudyonline, Winnipeg, MB, Canada

problem #19

Nov 112017

CR-V EXL

  • Automatic transmission
  • 44,000 miles

I just purchased a used 2014 Honda CRV ExL. There were no start up noises until the temperatures outside dropped. Now the engine makes that grinding noise, very short period of time...only noticed in the morning.

- lynnprice, Randallstown, US

problem #18

Jul 032017

CR-V EX 2.4L Litre

  • Automatic transmission
  • 38,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

EVERY TIME FROM PAST 4 MONTHS AT COLD START ENGINE MAKES GRINDING NOISE FOR 2 SECONDS. IT WONT HAPPEN WITHIN 30 MINUTES, BUT EVEN AT 1 HOUR GAP IT MAKES SAME GRINDING NOISE. DON'T KNOW WHAT IS THE FIX. ONE DEALER TOLD HONDA IS AWARE OF THE PROBLEM AND THEY DON'T HAVE FIX YET...

REALLY THINKING OF TRADING IT FOR A BETTER SUV

- Vinayak R., Rochester Hils, US

problem #17

Apr 172017

CR-V EX-L 2.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 42,500 miles

I bought a used CRV 2014 EX-L on April 12,2017 Certified Pre-Owned and discovered this noise 3 days after. Doing my research on-line, I found the CRVOWNERS CLUB online and found the Service Bulletin 16-012 to replace the VTC Actuator. This SB is dated Feb 23,2017. IF this car is 'Certified', why was the SB not applied to the car before I bought it? I am bringing the car in today to get this actuator replaced.

Update from Apr 23, 2017: My dealer replaced the VTC Actuator. If you don't hear from me again in this forum, then I have no recurring problems with it. I have to say my dealer was very accomodation and fixed it the next day.

- Ernie M., Wheaton, US

problem #16

Feb 242017

CR-V EX V4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 18,000 miles

We took the car in during the first winter we bought the car because of a grinding noise during startup. The dealer could not recreate the problem so they were unable to fix it. The next winter, it happened again only this time the problem was on record with other CR-Vs so it was fixed. We were told it was a defective valve. This winter it's happening again.

The dealer is telling us again that they were unable to recreate the problem and Honda will not fix it unless the issue can be recreated and verified. Also, no codes came up on the diagnostics when the car was tested. This was at Castle Honda in Morton Grove Illinois. What dealership refuses to fix a known problem just because it can't be recreated in 50 degree weather ? I can't manufacture sub zero temperatures any more than this dealership can fix cars.

- dktakata, Arlington Heights, US

problem #15

Jan 122017

CR-V LX V4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 7,700 miles

My 2014 Honda CRV started making a grinding sound for a few seconds right after starting. Starts right up. It just started doing this a month ago. I'm in Los Angeles so cold weather here is low forties. Not having other problems. The car only has 7000 to 8000 miles on it. This is an intermittent problem. I haven't bought it to a mechanic or the dealer yet. The dealership is kinda sleazy so I avoid them and get my oil changed at a shop with more integrity. I thought might be a simple thing like an adjustment to the starting mechanism. I know nothing about cars. After doing some research online I am getting concerned that this could cause/indicate serious problems.

- Joh S., Los Angeles, US

problem #14

Jun 072016

(reported on)

CR-V

  • Automatic transmission
  • 750 miles

My 2014 Crv has an annoying grinding noise on start up. It started a few months after I bought the car. Brought it back to dealer twice and they said its a cold start problem and can't do anything about it. That didn't sit right w me. I told them if my engine breaks in the future I didn't want to be responsible for the repairs no matter if the warranty was up. They said they would document it and keep it on file and they gave me a copy of it. I hope Honda fixes this problem soon before something serious happens with this problem.

- Theresa K., Moscow, PA, US

problem #13

May 052016

CR-V LX V4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 23,000 miles

Have a problem with the grinding noise when cold started today is 5/17/2016 bring the crv to dealer waitin g for a phone call.

- Jose M., St James, US

problem #12

Apr 042016

CR-V V4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 28,500 miles

Sometimes when I start the car, usually when its cold, I get a grinding noise that last for a couple seconds. It seems there are a lot of complaints about this same noise and Honda has not come up with a solution or recall.

- Jessica D., Saugus, MA, US

problem #11

Jan 032016

CR-V EX 2.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 27,500 miles

I have had Honda reliable vehicles for the last 20 years. I am surprised Honda Motor Co., did not identify and rectify this problem at the design stage.

- thondenvelil, Dubuque, IA, US

problem #10

Mar 122015

CR-V EXL-NAV 2.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 3,458 miles

Grinding metallic noise on start. Loud noise sounding like a major problem in engine - grinding lasts 2 seconds or so.

- virginian, Arlington, Va, US

problem #9

Sep 012015

CR-V EXL

  • Automatic transmission
  • 19,000 miles

I bought my 2014 CRV brand new and it has given me more problems than the used cars I have owned. Now it has started with a grinding noise when I start the car. I read the other posts and seems like Honda has not come up with a solution. This is the first and last Honda that I will ever own

- Jyoti N., Seattle , WA, US

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