1997 Honda CRV Check engine light

Discussion in 'CR-V' started by mountainridge, Feb 3, 2007.

  1. I have a 1997 CRV and check engine light goes on and off. Have
    checked all fluids - gas cap etc - everything ok. One thing I notice
    is that when the light comes on, the engine appears to idle not at a
    steady rate - revs go up and down - and you can see it on the Tach
    needle. Am wondering if it needs new fuel filter - would appreciate
    any suggestions
    mountainridge, Feb 3, 2007
  2. mountainridge

    Tegger Guest

    wrote in @q2g2000cwa.googlegroups.com:

    Get the code read. There is a letter/4-number code behind that lamp.

    AutoZone, PartSource and many other places will read the code for free.
    Report that code here.

    Fluctuating idle can be anything from low coolant to a big air leak. Check
    your radiator's fluid level (when cold!).
    Tegger, Feb 3, 2007
  3. mountainridge

    motsco_ Guest


    It's nothing to do with the fuel filter. Get the code read at
    PartSource, and meantime, see that the coolant is full in the rad and
    full to the MAX mark of the reservoir. Air in the system of a '97 will
    cause the idle to go up and down. You should book yourself a valve
    adjustment too, and request they set it to the loose side of the specs.
    The owner's manual is incorrect about the interval.
    motsco_, Feb 3, 2007
  4. Many thanks for the prompt reply - unfortunately went ahead and
    changed the fuel filter and you are right. Am going to check rad
    coolant as you suggested - also book a valve adjustment job as it has
    206,000KM (130,000 miles)- on it with no valve slop. An interesting
    side note to the fluctuating idle speed of 900 - 1600 rpm's on the
    Tach is that as soon as the vehicle is put in drive - the fluctuations
    end and it even's out at a steady 900 rpm's
    mountainridge, Feb 4, 2007
  5. mountainridge

    Woody Guest

    Can you read? Throwing parts at problems like yours just waste money. HAVE
    THE CODES READ FROM THE COMPUTER. It will tell you what area to look at.
    AutoZone and other parts stores will read them for free. Bad fuel filters
    show up at higher speeds, not idle. They start restricting fuel flow at the
    higher end.
    Woody, Feb 5, 2007
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