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  1. Repairing Honda CRV Blinking D (drive) Light (P0845)

    October 23, 2015 by Karl

    Blinking D Light

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    Many older model Hondas have an issue with a Blinking D (drive) Light. No check engine light comes on, but the blinking D is concerning, and the car struggles to shift at the proper times. For under $30 you can fix this problem with a few tools and a little know how.

    First watch the video:

    Here are the links for the parts needed to fix this problem:

    Used on each of the following vehicles:
    2002-2004 Honda CRV’s
    2003-2007 Honda Accord V6
    2005-2008 Honda Pilot
    2006-2008 Honda Ridgeline
    2005-2007 Honda Hybrid
    2004-2006 Acura TL
    2003-2006 Acura MX
    2005-2008 Acura RL
    2007-2009 Acura MDX
    2007-2009 Acura RDX

    Please verify part with manufacturer before purchase

    Used on each of the following vehicles:
    2005-2011 Honda CR-V
    2007-2008 Honda Element
    2006 Acura RSX
    2004-2008 Acura TSX

    Please verify part with manufacturer before purchase

  2. My Honda stalls for no reason!

    September 20, 2012 by Karl

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    Are you having trouble with your Honda stalling for no reason?  If so, this article may help.  We were having trouble with our 1997 Honda CRV stalling for no reason.  It happened infrequently enough to make it hard to figure out.  I chased the problem for about a month before I finally realized what was happening.  In the process, I replaced the fuel pump and the main relay before finding the root of the problem.  It turns out there is a recall on many 1997 to 2000 Honda Accords, Acuras, Civics, CRVs, Odysseys, and Preludes for this very reason.

    The problem is with a component of the ignition switch.  It’s a small wire with a switch device attached to it.  When most people think about replacing an ignition switch, they think big dollars, but it is a fairly simple repair.  It’s not actually the main part of the ignition switch where you insert your key that is the problem.

    My mistake was not to follow my own advice about checking for recall information.  If you have a late-model vehicle, it ALWAYS pays to do a quick search to determine if there are any recalls.  You can do a quick search on your Honda here.  It doesn’t cost a dime to check!  Just write down the Vehicle Identification Number from your dashboard (as seen through the windshield glass on the driver’s side), and enter it into the search window on the link above.

    Your local Honda dealer should repair this for free.  If they give you some run-around about it being out of warranty, or your VIN not being covered for this, don’t accept it.  Contact Honda corporate to get the problem resolved.  For some reason, a lot of the Honda dealers are trying to worm their way out of doing this recall.  It is a cheap part, and it takes about 30 minutes to install.  I don’t know what politics are involved on this one, but it’s not fair to the consumer on an issue that is a real danger if it happens on the highway.

    You can find more information about this here.