CR-V headlight problem

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#21
May 11, 2010
 
In regards to "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."
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
bambambels

Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands

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#22
Aug 27, 2010
 
Just got my 2010 CRV 2 days ago, but noticed just this night that my headlight intensity does not change even if I shift it to low beam. Pls help.
liner

Elmont, NY

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#23
Aug 27, 2010
 
bambambels wrote:
Just got my 2010 CRV 2 days ago, but noticed just this night that my headlight intensity does not change even if I shift it to low beam. Pls help.
Sure. Go back to the dealer.
John in Keystone

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#24
Sep 10, 2010
 

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My wife's 2003 has the same problem. Both low-beams quit together and it's not the fuse of bulbs. Honda service is the WORST. We'll never buy another Honda and my wife is the head-teller at a bank. She gets LOTS of opportunities to tell car-loan seekers all about her experiences with Honda service. (This is not our first problem with Honda). We don't get any satisfaction from Honda, but she's cost them over 80 sales in less than 2 years.
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#25
Nov 3, 2010
 
Have the same problems with my 2006 Honda CRV. A few months ago it was the low beam on the drivers side and just recently it was the low beam on the passenger. This is a very poor design for a headlight. The lightbulb fits in a base plate adapter wich connects to the wiring connector. Both times the problem has not been with the light bulb, but the connection between the bulb and base plate. By changing the bulb, you are really reseating the conection with the lightbulb and base connector and probably your old light bulb was still good.
Jan

Pittsburgh, PA

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#26
Nov 23, 2010
 
Paul wrote:
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
I have the same problem with my 2005 CRV. First lasted yr and a half, then 1 yr, then 10 mths now 6 mths. This time the bulb melted the socket.
I use non latex gloves to replace them, so nothing dirty or oily getting on bulbs. The first set was replaced at the honda dealer.
Jan

Pittsburgh, PA

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#27
Nov 23, 2010
 
Have the same problem with my 2005 CRV, first time they went out at about 20k, have replaced both sides yearly since, now it's getting to be every 6mths. This time somehting shorted and the socket is burnt.
I've never replaced this many bulbs in all the vehicles I've owned
Bill

Grand Rapids, MI

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#28
Nov 24, 2010
 
My wife's 2003 CRV has the same issue, both low beam headlights stopped but the high beams are fine. I checked the bulbs and they are ok. I will see what the Honda Dealer says on Friday. If the estimate comes in high, I have a idea that swapping the wiring at both headlights from the high beam to low beam, I may be able to fix it and just leave the headlights on "high beam" all of the time.
liner

Patchogue, NY

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#29
Nov 24, 2010
 
Bill wrote:
My wife's 2003 CRV has the same issue, both low beam headlights stopped but the high beams are fine. I checked the bulbs and they are ok. I will see what the Honda Dealer says on Friday. If the estimate comes in high, I have a idea that swapping the wiring at both headlights from the high beam to low beam, I may be able to fix it and just leave the headlights on "high beam" all of the time.
Don't think that'll work Bill. Sounds to me like a problem with the headlight switch.
Abigail

Birmingham, UK

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#30
Nov 24, 2010
 
A naked wire short circuited my 1997 honda crv low beam lights and completely lost all lights i.e. no dash lights, rear lights and headlights. I checked the 30Amp fuse in the hood and was blown. I replaced it and still no lights. What could be the problem.
Bill

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#31
Dec 4, 2010
 
liner wrote:
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Don't think that'll work Bill. Sounds to me like a problem with the headlight switch.
You were right, liner. The dealership replaced the headlight switch (the entire turn signal handle) for about $195 parts and labor. Not nearly as much as earlier postings had me thinking it may cost. Phew.
Brian B

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#32
Dec 16, 2010
 
Jim wrote:
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.
Same here! We've replaced 4 headlights in the last year and a half!
liner

Elmont, NY

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#33
Dec 16, 2010
 
Bill wrote:
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You were right, liner. The dealership replaced the headlight switch (the entire turn signal handle) for about $195 parts and labor. Not nearly as much as earlier postings had me thinking it may cost. Phew.
That wasn't bad, Bill. Glad it's fixed.
Bob B

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#34
Dec 16, 2010
 
The low beam headlights on my 2005 CRV have been replaced 8 times during the past 4 years, most recently yesterday. It seems that Honda does not want to acknowledge this problem and stand behind their product. I'm at point after buying three Hondas over the past 15 years to return to another company when I purchase my next car. This is a safety issue, along with an inconvenience, and an extra expense. I'm very disappointed with the Herb Chambers Dealership in Westborough, MA where I purchased my can and routinely have it serviced.
Jeremy

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#35
Feb 1, 2011
 
I have a 2006 CRV and have to replace a bulb ever month. I just had a bulb replaced this weekend and it's out again. When I took it to Honda they said there was nothing wrong. Claimed that someone must have gotten oil on the bulb. But it keeps happening, over and over. This last time, I had them tape up the grommet, thinking that maybe water was getting into the housing and shorting out the bulb. But it's out again.
liner

Elmont, NY

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#36
Feb 1, 2011
 
Jeremy wrote:
I have a 2006 CRV and have to replace a bulb ever month. I just had a bulb replaced this weekend and it's out again. When I took it to Honda they said there was nothing wrong. Claimed that someone must have gotten oil on the bulb. But it keeps happening, over and over. This last time, I had them tape up the grommet, thinking that maybe water was getting into the housing and shorting out the bulb. But it's out again.
There's got to be either a grounding problem or maybe a vibration/loose housing.
Tina

Fort White, FL

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#37
Feb 15, 2011
 
We have the same problem - 2003 Honda CRV, both headlights went out at the same time - does anyone know if there is a factory recall whereby Honda is repairing this problem? It seems logical since SO many people are having this problem. The story of being on a backroad in Canada seems a little scary to say the least. Thanks in advance for your response(s)
jred

Palestine, TX

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#38
Mar 8, 2011
 
It's the damn socket that they made the bulb plug into. A dealer told me today the sockets cause problems.
liner

Elmont, NY

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#39
Mar 9, 2011
 
jred wrote:
It's the damn socket that they made the bulb plug into. A dealer told me today the sockets cause problems.
Could very well be. A close look at the socket might tell what's wrong.
Mindy

United States

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#40
Mar 21, 2011
 
Found this thread the other night. In January 2011 my low beams failed and the dealer could not diagnose the problem-- I took my 2002 Honda CR-V in to get new bulbs ( one of which was less than a year old), and when that didn't solve the problem they kept it for a day to try to figure it out. Unfortunately, the lowbeams randomly started working again and so they gave it back with no answers. Happened again this week, and this time I dropped if off with printouts of what I had found here and elsewhere. It was indeed the switch and harness that needed replacing as a meltdown had occurred. Charge was $250.

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