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How to Troubleshoot the Electrical System in a Honda CR-V

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The CR-V is Honda's answer to the small SUV market. With better fuel economy than most SUVs, the CR-V also brings Honda's well-known reliability, which includes the electrical system. Still, it's a good idea to be prepared by getting to know your electrical system.

Step 1

Beware of voltage variations that may affect your electrical system components or day-to-day driveability of your Honda. The variations can alter computerized controls.

Step 2

Ask about a free service test the next time you pass one of the chain auto parts stores. This is a higher level of testing than voltmeter testing. You can also invest in an auto electrical technician if you want a more complete testing of your electrical system.

Step 3

Find out if you have a Bosch REMAN starter SR0445X if you're experiencing problems with your starter. A one-way clutch installed for smoother starts actually hangs up the ignition lock cylinder assembly, which overheats the starter and drains the battery. If you have this problem, you must replace the entire lock cylinder, electrical switch unit and steering lock.

Step 4

Keep battery, connections and battery cover vents clean. Corrosion that builds up on your battery can make life difficult for your starter. Clogged battery vents can lead to a build up dangerous gases. Fix any loose connections to for a quick fix to electrical problems.

Step 5

Take your SUV in with all remotes if the security system doesn't work. A bug in the system causes the control unit to change modes. A certified repair person must replace the security control unit and microphone behind the lower dashboard cover on the driver side and reprogram your CR-V security remotes.

Contact Honda with your VIN number if you own a 2005 HONDA CR-V to see if your vehicle is one with a faulty passenger position detection system side sensor. If so, the air bag may deploy when a passenger is out of position, leading to injury. If your car falls in that category, your dealer should replace the passenger seat back pad that holds the position detection system sensor.

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