Common 1st Gen Honda CR-V Problems (1999 to 2001)

Different models have different problems they typically run into. In this article and video, we cover the most common problems with the 1st gen Honda CR-V, years 1999 to 2001. Learn the common issues, causes and fixes of the 1st generation of Honda CR-Vs with these expert tips.

Top 5 Problems with the 1st Generation Honda CR-V, Years 1999 to 2001

1A Auto mechanic standing before a 1st gen Honda CR-V and reviewing the top 5 problems with model years 1999 to 2001

1. Airbag Recall

Signs of an Airbag Recall

  • SRS light on the dashboard is on

Causes of Problems with the Airbag in the 1999 to 2001 Honda CR-V

The SRS light, which is the light that turns on when there’s an issue with the airbag system, is known to turn on from a bad inflator on the driver side airbag assembly.

How to Fix the Airbag

If you have this problem, bring your CR-V to a Honda dealership for the recall. You can call beforehand with your VIN number to see if this problem has been fixed before.

2. Intake Valve Clearance Issues

Signs of Issues with the Intake Valves Clearance

  • Less engine power
  • Check engine light for a code related to an engine misfire
  • Poor gas mileage

Causes of Problems with Intake Valves on the 1st Gen Honda CR-V

The internal engine valves sit underneath the valve cover. There are intake valves that draw in air and exhaust valves that let exhaust out, but it’s common for these parts on the 1st gen Honda CR-V to need adjusting.

How to Fix Intake Valve Clearance

Fixing engine valves

You’ll need a feeler gauge and basic tools to do this repair. We also recommend replacing the valve cover gasket during this. Remove the valve cover and inspect the valves for damage. Then adjust the valves according to the manufacturer procedure and specifications.

3. Ignition Coil Failure

Signs of Bad Ignition Coils

  • No-start condition
  • Check engine light for a code related to an engine misfire

Causes of Defective Ignition Coils

Ignition coil on a 1st gen 1999 to 2001 Honda CR-V
Ignition coil on a 1st gen 1999 to 2001 Honda CR-V

The ignition coil sends energy to the distributor cap, which then picks a spark plug wire and sends energy along it. This will go to the spark plug so it can ignite the fuel and air mixture in the engine and make it work.

With the heat cycles of the engine (i.e. engine is warmed up when running and cool when not), the ignition coils internal components wear out over time. The plastic can also wear and crack, which can let moisture in.

How to Fix Failed Ignition Coils

Tune ups can prevent this problem or help you catch problems with it. You’ll find the coil located on the passenger side of the engine behind the distributor cap.

4. Idle Air Control (IAC) Valve Failure

Signs of a Bad IAC Valve

  • Check engine light
  • Engine idle that feels high and low
  • Engine cranks but won’t start
  • Engine stalling while driving

Causes of Problems with the IAC Valve in the 1999 to 2001 Honda CR-V

IAC valve on a 1st gen 1999 to 2001 Honda CR-V
IAC valve on a 1st gen 1999 to 2001 Honda CR-V

The IAC valve controls the airflow into the engine when the engine is idling. It can have trouble operating if there’s carbon build-up on the valve.

How to Fix a Defective IAC Valve

The IAC valve is located along the air intake system next to the throttle body at the backside. Remove the IAC valve and check for carbon build-up. Clean any off carbon with carbon cleaner. If that doesn’t fix the problem, replace the IAC valve.

5. High Oil Consumption

Signs of Excessive Oil Consumption

  • No engine leaks but low oil level
  • Blue smoke out of the exhaust

Causes of Problems with Oil Consumption on the 1st gen Honda CR-V

Oil may travel past one or more piston rings. If it does, it’ll burn in the combustion chamber and send blue smoke out of the exhaust pipe.

How to Fix High Oil Consumption

This is a detailed job that requires removing a lot of engine parts to access the piston rings.

Changing the engine oil at the recommended intervals can help prevent this problem. The new and cleaner oil will help keep the engine seals and pistons rings protected and in good condition.

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