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Old 06-27-2016, 09:08 PM   #1
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Honda CRV Flat Tow Question.

We flat tow a 2014 Honda CRV and the manual says to replace transmission fluid every 2 years or 30 thousand miles which ever comes first. We only tow a couple times a year and the most miles we tow round trip so far is about 800 miles. Twice a year. For you CVR owners are you changing your tranny fluids?

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Old 06-27-2016, 09:11 PM   #2
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Have you read your owners manual, I don't think CRVs after around 2005 are recommended to flat tow..

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Has to be AWD, and can't tow 2015 cause they went CVT
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Old 06-27-2016, 09:34 PM   #4
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Ours is a 2014...last year flat towable.
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Old 06-28-2016, 10:54 AM   #5
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Mine is due next oil change, dealer said to do it and will be $450 for all service. It's been 3 years.

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Old 06-28-2016, 01:21 PM   #6
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We towed a 2012 CRV for many miles. Owner manual told us what to do. Every thing was fine.
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Old 06-28-2016, 01:33 PM   #7
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Cr-v towing

We tow a 2008 CR-V and change the oil every 2 years. Except now, it was recalled for airbags. Has been setting at the dealer since early Mar.
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Old 06-28-2016, 01:38 PM   #8
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I personally go by mileage. If years were the overriding factor, the RV would get changed way more often and nobody would be happy. If you don't have 30K, I'd two cents. And your towing sounds to be the least of your worries...towed our 2012 CR-V AWD across the country twice last issues. I do start it up and run it thru the gears half way through the driving day if we're making a long pull.
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Old 06-28-2016, 01:59 PM   #9
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My 09 Element (same drivetrain as a CRV)tranny fluid change was just like an oil change without the filter. Pull the plug, drain and fill. I paid the Honda dealer 84.95 because I thought the pan had to be dropped and filter changed. Self help next time, but it does have to be done periodically.
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Old 06-28-2016, 02:02 PM   #10
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Regarding towing Honda CRV 2014

We bought a new Honda CRV in 2014. We chose the front wheel (2-wheel drive) option. Honda said the 2-wheel drive option can be towed (all four wheels on the ground). The 4-wheel option cannot be towed.

Effective with the Honda CRV 2015 model, neither the two-wheel nor 4-wheel drive option cars can be towed. We talked with Honda maintenance about this. Apparently, the drive system was changed. This make 4-wheels on the ground towing no longer possible. If you're thinking about a 2015 or 2016 model, I suggest that you talk with Honda maintenance about this issue.

For previous Honda cars that we owned, maintenance would put a sticker on the front windshield indicating mileage total when normal servicing would be due. Maintenance has not done this for the CRV 2014 model since "mileage" is not the measure for indicating service due.

Beginning with the CRV 2014 model, you can click the "button" on the dashboard to see the "% of oil" remaining. Maintenance recommends having periodic service done when the "% of oil" indicator reaches about 15%. This is the point at which Honda recommends periodic maintenance be done.

I talked with Honda maintenance at Honda of the Desert (Palm Springs, CA.) about towing the car and when transmission fluid should be changed. Honda of the Desert has an outstanding maintenance department.

The "rule of thumb" is to change transmission fluid about every 30,000 miles. Alternatively, when monitoring the dashboard, when the "% of oil" indicator drops to about 15%, maintenance said that a light will display on the dash board screen indicating a code number. If the code number is "3," this indicates that the transmission fluid needs to be changed.

We are very careful when we tow our CRV 2014 car. We follow Honda's requirements for setting the car up for towing. So far, everything was worked beautifully.

I hope this information helps you. If you have any specific questions, please contact your Honda maintenance department.

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