CR-V headlight problem

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sharie

Orlando, FL

#1 Jan 14, 2009
In Dec.'05 the headlight on my "NEW" 2006 CR-V blew out within a day or two of purchase. I took it back to the dealer who replaced it with new one. I'm thinking, "bad omen." Now 36.5 months and 39,000 miles later, the headlight is out again (I think it's the other one, but am not certain). I'm thinking "faulty headlight" or electrical problem? Anyone else with this problem? I want the dealer to replace this one without charge since I think it should not happen so soon. Any ideas/suggestions?
blueheelatlive-c om

United States

#2 Jan 22, 2009
Sharie
My '06 CRV had a headlight die at about 28,000 miles. It may be normal wear. I can tell you that if when the bulb was replaced someone got oil or trash on the glass part of the bulb, that can cause them to blow. It's hard to reach the bulb mount so it's certainly possible. If the replaced one is still going, I'd say it was installed at the factory right after a chicken dinner. Just the natural oils on your skin will do it. You probably are getting pretty good mileage out of the 39,000 mile one that just died.
Let me know what you find out.
Thanks
Phil
Paul

Pittsburgh, PA

#3 Mar 7, 2009
I have a 2006 CR-V and go through low beam bulbs every 10 months. Dealer checked it out and said nothing was wrong. Any suggestions?

Thanks,
Paul
Carson

Austin, TX

#4 Mar 16, 2009
Wow I don't feel so bad. The headlamps on my 04 CRV just went out on March 15th.
PattyB

Albany, NY

#5 Mar 20, 2009
My 2003 CR-V had the passenger side headlamp replaced twice.(Can't remember the amount of time between - maybe a year and a half?) I asked if this was unusual, and of course they said not really. If it happens a third time I think I'll argue with them. I never had this happen on other cars I have owned - not the same lamp at least.
Oscar

Schaumburg, IL

#6 Mar 27, 2009
OK, this is definitely a quality issue.
My '05 CRV blew the left headlight about 2 years into it then just last week my right headlight went out but it's not the bulb or the fuse. It's probably bad wiring which is what I'm thinking the issue is with most CRV faulty headlamp issues.
Jim

Annandale, MN

#7 Mar 29, 2009
I'm on the third lamp for EACH SIDE in the last year. Seems I'm replacing one per month. Honda does not always deserve the high quality distinction.
Rosemary

Albany, OR

#8 Apr 17, 2009
I have a 2006 CRV and have replaced six headlights in 3 years, 45,000 miles. Both sides. Honda service said "normal wear and tear". No it is not. Then they said loose harness on passenger bulb. They had no answer for driver bulb. I told them if it happens again, which it will, I want two new headlight components installed at their cost. I need to look at my warranty. I am female and don't appreciate being lied to. THIS IS NOT NORMAL. I'm not an idiot.
sam2000pres

Davis, CA

#9 Apr 18, 2009
Low beams do not work, even with two new bulbs. Fuses are good, highs work fine.
Have replaced 4 bulbs in the last year or so. Seems excessive, as none of my other vehicles EVER needs bulbs...
Might this be a switch problem?
Thanks,
Dana

Danville, VA

#10 Aug 17, 2009
I keep losing my low beam headlights on my my 2003 Honda CRV and have had the switch replaced twice. The second repair was at no charge. I just lost them again last night--the third time since January.
Rosie

Albany, OR

#11 Aug 17, 2009
To all you fellow sufferers, I solved the headlight problem! I went through 7 headlights in 3 years. The service desk person was not helpful. I chronically logged all service visits and conversations. I wrote to the service manager who had never been informed of my problem!! I posted in this forum and I rated my dealer's service on Edwards.com (badly). I sent all that to the Service Manager and that is when I got their attention. It turned out to be a faulty wiring harness. No problems since. Too bad I had to throw a fit to get it fixed!
Allan

Ottawa, Canada

#12 Jan 12, 2010
I have a 2006 Honda CRV and both low beams failed at the same time. Suitation was, I was driving on a rural road (PEI Canada) at night when the road ahead went completely black. Not a nice feeling. I have contacted my Honda dealer and to no surprise, they have never heard of two low beams failing at the same time. I informed them to check the net, as this is not the first nor will it be the last where both low beams headlights fail at the same time. I also informed Transport Canada of the safety issue as I have no confidence in Honda Canada whatesoever.
Margi

Collegeville, PA

#13 Jan 30, 2010
I didnt know what to think about this but last night my headlight blew out again in my 05 CRV third time in the last year, each side, what is up with this. I have never had a car that the headlights every blew new or used. very strange
sharie wrote:
In Dec.'05 the headlight on my "NEW" 2006 CR-V blew out within a day or two of purchase. I took it back to the dealer who replaced it with new one. I'm thinking, "bad omen." Now 36.5 months and 39,000 miles later, the headlight is out again (I think it's the other one, but am not certain). I'm thinking "faulty headlight" or electrical problem? Anyone else with this problem? I want the dealer to replace this one without charge since I think it should not happen so soon. Any ideas/suggestions?
Earl

Windsor, Canada

#14 Feb 3, 2010
I have had three or four low beam failures on my '04 CR-V, the most recent today. Initially I thought it was either normal wear or condensation-induced due to the assembly having condensation.(The latter is due to the assembly vent being plugged with leaves, etc., so it's a good idea to check that.)

But with today's failure, I did a Google search and found numerous references to this problem. I work in Windsor, ON, but my home dealer is in Rochester, NY, so on my next trip home I will be having them look at the relays and all electrical contacts.
liner

Hicksville, NY

#15 Feb 4, 2010
Earl wrote:
I have had three or four low beam failures on my '04 CR-V, the most recent today. Initially I thought it was either normal wear or condensation-induced due to the assembly having condensation.(The latter is due to the assembly vent being plugged with leaves, etc., so it's a good idea to check that.)
But with today's failure, I did a Google search and found numerous references to this problem. I work in Windsor, ON, but my home dealer is in Rochester, NY, so on my next trip home I will be having them look at the relays and all electrical contacts.
Condensation inside the headlight assembly will shorten the life of a halogen bulb.
jcbsnsp

Washington, DC

#16 May 11, 2010
Regarding:
sam2000pres wrote:
Low beams do not work, even with two new bulbs. Fuses are good, highs work fine.
Have replaced 4 bulbs in the last year or so. Seems excessive, as none of my other vehicles EVER needs bulbs...
Might this be a switch problem?
Thanks,
On my 2004 cr-v both low beam headlights stopped working in Jan 2010. Dealer said bulbs OK. Wants $750.00 to fix. Problem lies in the multilead connector between the front of the headlight switch and the wire bundle that goes to the electrical box in engine compartment [where the relays to the headlights are]. The Multilead connector is inside the cabin, inside the plastic surround of the steering wheel. Anyone interested in a class-action lawsuit? jcbsnsp@gmail.com

Since: May 10

Washington, DC

#17 May 11, 2010
In regards to: Low beams do not work, even with two new bulbs. Fuses are good, highs work fine.
Have replaced 4 bulbs in the last year or so. Seems excessive, as none of my other vehicles EVER needs bulbs...
Might this be a switch problem? Thanks"
On my 2004 cr-v both low beam headlights stopped working in Jan 2010. Dealer said bulbs OK. Wants $750.00 to fix. From internet I found reference to "corrosion and burnt plastic" in connector. Problem lies in the multilead connector between the front of the headlight switch and the wire bundle that goes to the electrical box in engine compartment [where the relays to the headlights are]. Umpluging and reconnecting solved problem immediatelu. Lasted two weeks, redid the quick fix [I had not refastened the plastic surround] The Multilead connector is inside the cabin, inside the plastic surround of the steering wheel. Anyone interested in a class-action lawsuit? jcbsnsp@gmail.com

Since: May 10

Washington, DC

#18 May 11, 2010
In regards to: "Dana"]I keep losing my low beam headlights on my my 2003 Honda CRV and have had the switch replaced twice. The second repair was at no charge. I just lost them again last night--the third time since January."
On my 2004 cr-v both low beam headlights stopped working in Jan 2010. Dealer said bulbs OK. Wants $750.00 to fix. From internet I found reference to "corrosion and burnt plastic" in connector. Problem lies in the multilead connector between the front of the headlight switch and the wire bundle that goes to the electrical box in engine compartment [where the relays to the headlights are]. Umpluging and reconnecting solved problem immediatelu. Lasted two weeks, redid the quick fix [I had not refastened the plastic surround] The Multilead connector is inside the cabin, inside the plastic surround of the steering wheel. Anyone interested in a class-action lawsuit? jcbsnsp@gmail.com

Since: May 10

Washington, DC

#19 May 11, 2010
In regards to: "To all you fellow sufferers, I solved the headlight problem! I went through 7 headlights in 3 years. The service desk person was not helpful. I chronically logged all service visits and conversations. I wrote to the service manager who had never been informed of my problem!! I posted in this forum and I rated my dealer's service on Edwards.com (badly). I sent all that to the Service Manager and that is when I got their attention. It turned out to be a faulty wiring harness. No problems since. Too bad I had to throw a fit to get it fixed!"
On my 2004 cr-v both low beam headlights stopped working in Jan 2010. Dealer said bulbs OK. Wants $750.00 to fix. From internet I found reference to "corrosion and burnt plastic" in connector. Problem lies in the multilead connector between the front of the headlight switch and the wire bundle that goes to the electrical box in engine compartment [where the relays to the headlights are]. Umpluging and reconnecting seemed to solve this wiring harness problem immediately. Lasted two weeks, redid the quick fix [I had not refastened the plastic surround] The Multilead connector is inside the cabin, inside the plastic surround of the steering wheel. Anyone interested in a class-action lawsuit? jcbsnsp@gmail.com

Since: May 10

Washington, DC

#20 May 11, 2010
In regards to "I have a 2006 Honda CRV and both low beams failed at the same time. Suitation was, I was driving on a rural road (PEI Canada) at night when the road ahead went completely black. Not a nice feeling. I have contacted my Honda dealer and to no surprise, they have never heard of two low beams failing at the same time. I informed them to check the net, as this is not the first nor will it be the last where both low beams headlights fail at the same time. I also informed Transport Canada of the safety issue as I have no confidence in Honda Canada whatesoever."
On my 2004 cr-v both low beam headlights stopped working in Jan 2010. Dealer said bulbs OK. Wants $750.00 to fix. From internet I found reference to "corrosion and burnt plastic" in connector. Problem lies in the multilead connector between the front of the headlight switch and the wire bundle that goes to the electrical box in engine compartment [where the relays to the headlights are]. Umpluging and reconnecting seemed to solve this wiring harness problem immediately. Lasted two weeks, redid the quick fix [I had not refastened the plastic surround] The Multilead connector is inside the cabin, inside the plastic surround of the steering wheel. Anyone interested in a class-action lawsuit? jcbsnsp@gmail.com

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