Steering Wheel vibration - 2005 CR-V LX 4WD

Discussion in 'CR-V' started by Alex, Jan 24, 2005.

  1. Alex

    Alex Guest

    We just got the 2005 CR-V LX 4WD. First day in it was back in the shop
    -- for tire balancing and alignment (steering wheel was shaking at
    55+mph and the car had a strong pull to the right).

    This was addressed, so there is no pull...

    Vibration, however, persists -- this one is not due tires being out of
    balance. It seems to be coming from the road feedback. It is most
    noticeable at 60+ mph (highway driving), to the point where ones hands
    get tired of feeling this constant hum.. The car also feels very
    jittery on the road -- almost to the point where it is too much work...

    We took an EX out for a test drive -- granted, it has leather steering
    wheels, different disks (alloy) and different tires. It holds the road
    a bit better (less "agitation"), but the humming from the steering
    wheel is still there.

    I am used to driving bigger SUVs and never had a problem with this much
    road noise. To me, a brand new car should be smooth... Tire pressure
    verified -- 32 psi on all tires. No dirt, fairly smooth pavements
    (figure, at 100 miles round trip per day, we cover all highway types).

    Is this something other people experienced? Is this worth investigating
    further with the dealer or is this just "the way it is?" Almost at the
    point of just returning the car and getting an Accord with traction

    Thank you in advance!!!
    Alex, Jan 24, 2005
  2. Alex

    twfsa Guest

    I think it's someting you are going to have to get used too.

    What were you doing when you test drove the car,( EX).. why did you not
    drive the model you bought?

    I think alot of people that test drive don't pay attention, there excited
    about the new ride, there fiddleing with the sound system, talking to there

    Let a couple of lbs of air out of the tires and see if there's a difference.

    Last option upgrade tires and steering wheel,some tire stores will sell you
    tires, if your not satified exchange them, if you go that route let some one
    at the tire store drive your car before buying a different set of tires. I
    think that after a month you won't notice the hum.

    twfsa, Jan 24, 2005
  3. Alex

    Alex Guest


    The test drive of the EX came after the test drive of the LX And the
    purchase of the LX -- to see if this is a problem inherent to the car
    line rather than to the specific vehicle.

    Since it persisted, this is when we came to the conclusion that it is
    something more globally spread.

    As for fiddling with the controls, we test drove the LX twice, for
    about 10 miles each time. Stereo was the last of our concerns, so no
    comment there...

    This is NOT something we are going to have to get used to, as it is
    clearly a problem, and getting used to is settling, which is not a

    While underinflating the tires might help some with the problem, the
    question is whether it is in the design of the vehicle, engine mount
    and the suspension that causes this to happen.
    Alex, Jan 25, 2005
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    R Thompson Guest

    No, this is not something you should 'get used to.' The dealer may have
    balanced the wheels/tires but that doesn't mean they're correct. Have them
    rotate them according to the owners manual and test drive. If problem goes
    away there is something with the previously front wheels at fault, if not,
    each wheel/tire assembly needs to be checked for lateral (side-to-side) and
    radial (egg-shaped) runout. If they pass that test, the hubs, driveshafts,
    and other steering/suspension parts need inspected. If the problem isn't
    fixed or the dealer is blowing you off, contact your state Attorney General,
    that will get a rapid response from Honda.
    R Thompson, Jan 25, 2005
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    Jason Guest

    I agree with the people that told you that this is a problem that you will
    have to get used to if you plan to keep the vehicle. If you place
    different tires on the car--after the tires on it are worn and need to be
    replaced--with tires that are NOT designed for off road use or as "snow
    tires"--the problem that you are having might go away or at least be
    reduced. I once lived in Virginia. During one winter, I placed snow tires
    on my my Chevy Nova. The tires made a loud buzzing noise and caused
    steering wheel vibration during high speeds. When the winter was over, I
    replaced the tires with regular tires and the buzzing noise and steering
    wheel vibration problems went away. Needless to say, I don't like snow
    Jason, Jan 25, 2005
  6. I just bought a 2005 Honda Accord LX and it has the very same problem.
    Steering wheel vibrates at 2000 rpm or about 60 mph. Brought it back to
    dealer and they said it had 2 bad tires. They replaced the 2 and balanced
    all tires. It still vibrates. Brought it back a 3rd time and was told the
    car runs exactly the same as other new 4-cyl Accords on their lot. Dealer
    agrees it vibrates; but says there is nothing 'wrong' with it, as it runs
    just like the others. Service manager at first blamed tires flat spotting
    due to cold weather, now blames the 4 cyl engine. I think it is a problem
    that Honda needs to address.
    I saw something on the internet about a service bulletin and will pursue
    Honda for resolution.
    Let me know how you make out. I've only had the car for a month, it has
    2500 miles or so.
    Christine2005, Feb 8, 2005
  7. Alex

    Alex Guest

    Likewise, if you discover anything in your communications with the
    dealer or in the service bulletins, please let me know as well.

    I will keep my eyes open as well...

    It should not be like that :)
    Alex, Feb 28, 2005
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    hunkman Guest

    Yet another example of poor Honda workmanship. The quality that Honda
    once had is gone now that they have to produce quantity. General
    Motors on the other hand is able to produce very high quality cars.
    Well, at least you don't have the trannie problem. I would NEVER BUY
    hunkman, Mar 3, 2005
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