1999 CR-V Cylinder Head Problems

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Rodj in San Diego

Tacoma, WA

#1 Jul 25, 2006
I had a valve job completed on my 1999 CRV at an independent mechanic, instead of paying the dealership $3500 to replace new. Unfortunately, it has not run right since the valve job. I keep taking it back to the mechanic who did the valve job, but they seem to be unable to get it right.
The dealership is now saying that you can not machine cylinder heads on this year CR-V because of the tight tolerances required.
Does anyone have experience with this?
Andrew Claus

Denver, CO

#2 Aug 23, 2006
Rodj;

I sympathize. My 99 CRV just burnt a valve and I got a $4000 quote from the dealer to replace the head. The valve seat receded, apparently valve lash was too tight and I didn't catch it. They say a valve job is not possible, and I believe them now. I was thinking of replacing the head myself with a new head, if I can find one. A little research shows the tight valve clearance problem is not uncommon for this engine, but Honda is not accepting any liability past warrantee. That's my experience. Sorry, no help, just misery in company.
Mark

Denver, CO

#3 Sep 3, 2006
The truth is that the 1999 CRV has too soft of valve seats...a manufacturer's defect. Honda knows about this. I had mine replaced at 60K miles by the dealer. The dealer covered half the cost when they should have paid for the whole thing since they already had a mechanic's notice out on this defect. This is Honda's dirtly little secret...so remachining your existing head is wasting your money.
Gene-England

UK

#4 Sep 13, 2006
i have a crv 1999 that knocks terribly on starting - until the oil arrives. I've chqanged oil and filter but to no avail, anybody any ideas?
scott southern cali usa

AOL

#5 Sep 18, 2006
well my fathers 99 crv has the check engine light with a rough idle. Its the valves , im going to contact american honda to see what they say wish me luck.
Richie

Sayreville, NJ

#6 Sep 23, 2006
Andrew Claus wrote:
Rodj;
I sympathize. My 99 CRV just burnt a valve and I got a $4000 quote from the dealer to replace the head. The valve seat receded, apparently valve lash was too tight and I didn't catch it. They say a valve job is not possible, and I believe them now. I was thinking of replacing the head myself with a new head, if I can find one. A little research shows the tight valve clearance problem is not uncommon for this engine, but Honda is not accepting any liability past warrantee. That's my experience. Sorry, no help, just misery in company.
I had a burnt valve @ 100k, I did the job myself.It cost about $300 & a few evenings after work. I replaced 2 exhaust valves (after market)& set the gap on the max side of the acceptable range. Its got 170 k on it now & runs great with no codes. The engine is very easy to work on.
Good luck
Brock

Syracuse, NY

#7 Sep 24, 2006
My first time on this site. We have a '99 CRV-5spd, had a huge power loss and rough idle. Checked the compression-60 psi on #4. Took the head off and 1 exhaust valve had a huge hole in it-burnt. Have gone aftermarket for a head re-build.They said that they had a problem with the valve guids. Am in the process of re-installing it now. The CRV has 273,000km on it(@165k miles).I will keep my fingers crossed that all will be OK again.
John

Rowland Heights, CA

#8 Oct 19, 2006
Welcome to an evergrowing club of car owners. I am hoping that there will be a class action law suit and we could at least get some reinbursment. It cost me $1,500 at my mechanic in Orange County, but my engin has run well after repairs. Honda knows there's a defective engine problem, but doesn't want to admit it. Maybe we should become squeeky wheels and see if we can get some greese.
Rodj in San Diego wrote:
I had a valve job completed on my 1999 CRV at an independent mechanic, instead of paying the dealership $3500 to replace new. Unfortunately, it has not run right since the valve job. I keep taking it back to the mechanic who did the valve job, but they seem to be unable to get it right.
The dealership is now saying that you can not machine cylinder heads on this year CR-V because of the tight tolerances required.
Does anyone have experience with this?
Ginger in California

Culver City, CA

#9 Oct 23, 2006
My husband and I just bought a 99 Cr-V with 113,000 miles on it and no record of the valves being replaced. Does anyone know of any preventative maintenance that we could do so that we don't have to fork over several more thousand dollars or do you just have to wait 'til it breaks. My sympathy to all who have found this problem as part of their car. Thanks for the input.
Raj

Winnipeg, Canada

#10 Oct 27, 2006
My first time on this site. I am planning to buy a Honda CR-V 1999 from a private dealer. It has 100,000Km on it. After reading comments from this forum, I am not sure to go ahead and buy this. Can anyone advice me on this?
Martyn in California

Santa Rosa, CA

#11 Nov 1, 2006
We have a 1999 CRV which is (just about) still running after heroic attempts at readjusting the valves by our local mechanic. Who knows how long it will last. To Ginger, the best advice is to get the valves adjusted NOW, and every ten thousand miles or so. If they haven't already tightened beyond recovery the engine should last a long time...
Surase Narura

Thailand

#12 Nov 2, 2006
Raj wrote:
My first time on this site. I am planning to buy a Honda CR-V 1999 from a private dealer. It has 100,000Km on it. After reading comments from this forum, I am not sure to go ahead and buy this. Can anyone advice me on this?
Go buy a new car. Second handed car with that huge mileage is too much for you. Considering the maintenance for the unseen and unbeknown problems to come, go ahead to buy a new one. Used cars are for the experienced car users.

Surase Narura
Mike O

Mclean, VA

#13 Nov 2, 2006
This is the worst news I could have possibly found this morning. I googled cr-v forums to see what type of air induction is recommended - yesterday I picked up my 1999 CR-V with 65K. I do have a 3 month/4000 mile warranty and will get the valves checked by a friend of mine who works in auto repair. Hopefully he can recommend the heads need replacement and I can get it done under warranty. My questions are that if I get the heads replaced - will I not have to worry about this problem again? Are the new heads manufactured to eliminate the defect? Also, where can I get the new cylinder heads that will eliminate the problem.
Steve

AOL

#14 Nov 11, 2006
WE have baby'd and pampered our 99 crv, since we bought it new. Yesterday, the engine light started flashing and we experienced power lose. New spark plugs did not help. I fear we are about to get ripped off big time by a Honda dealer for God knows what type of repairs....any advice would be nice...Steve...
Jason Haught

Portsmouth, NH

#15 Nov 15, 2006
GET YOUR VALVES ADJUSTED EVERY 30,000 LIKE IT SAYS IN THE OWNERS MANUAL AND YOU SHOULDN'T HAVE A PROBLEM OOP SORRY ABOUT THE CAPS
James Dyer

United States

#16 Nov 22, 2006
I own a 1999 Honda CR-V with 84000 miles. I have not had any engine problems as yet. I take mine in for ALL scheduled maintenance. The dealer told,me that if you have your valves adjusted every 30000 miles you will be fine. I think that some people forget that these are solid lifters and not hydrolic, so they don't adjust themselves like on some cars.
Bob

AOL

#17 Nov 25, 2006
We too just bought a 1999 Honda CRV, 91,000 miles. We felt that this was a great investment as we had just sold a Honda Accord with 300,000 miles on the original engine. We read Consumer Reports,(above average reliability rating)We did an online search for repairs/wrecks/damage and nothing appeared. After having the Honda 2 months the check engine light came on, driving to the dealership the light began flashing and engine was having difficulty running. The mechanic at the dealership called to let us know we needed a new Head at a cost of 2,800. plus labor =$4,100. plus tax. OUCH! We need to unite, and contact the Honda company and media to let their secret out before anyone else becomes a loser. Anyone that has an idea how to do this let me know and I am with you. Bob
Elicia

San Diego, CA

#18 Dec 5, 2006
My 99 CRV had the same....flashing engine light...problems with idle...less than 65,000 miles on it and it is a Honda right?? Whats the deal! I brought it into mechanic, tune up adjusted valves...no help. Said I need more tests.....

HELP!
Criss Recking Vehicle

Grand Rapids, MI

#19 Dec 6, 2006
I have 116,000 miles on my 1999 CR-V and to date its been the best car/suv I have ever owned.
Reading about this engine valve make me wonder if I need to trade it in soon.
But on the same note I have all the regular mait done and so far so good. I know its expensive to go to the dealer but the shade tree mechanics do not have the information or tools to do the job right the first time and then you get a mess.
wissam

Beirut, Lebanon

#20 Dec 8, 2006
just bought a new 99 crv
and i just need a user guide or manual if anyone have it
thanks for your cooperation
if available plz mail me at wsaba@balamand.edu.lb or wiwi_sb@hotmail.com

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