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Old 02-22-2012, 10:44 PM   #1
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My CRV Died

I have a 2011 CRV EXL with Navi. From Las Vegas NV to Quartzsite AZ the battery went dead. Only about 4 hours. I have pulled it further and longer and never had the battery die before. Anyone else had this happen?? I'm considering disconnecting the negative battery cable, anyone done this??
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Old 02-22-2012, 11:38 PM   #2
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I have a 2011 CRV EXL with Navi. From Las Vegas NV to Quartzsite AZ the battery went dead. Only about 4 hours. I have pulled it further and longer and never had the battery die before. Anyone else had this happen?? I'm considering disconnecting the negative battery cable, anyone done this??
I havent towed mine that far yet and havent had a battery issue yet but i will tell you if you disconnect the battery you will have to reset the radio code everytime
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Old 02-22-2012, 11:43 PM   #3
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I thought there was a fuse to pull on a CRV with NAV so you wouldn't drain the battery. The NAV stays powered with the ignition switch. Look in your owners manual.
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Old 02-23-2012, 12:03 AM   #4
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We installed a diode isolated charge line to our CRV battery and never have a problem. Air Force 1 brake system.
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Old 02-23-2012, 10:26 AM   #5
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I thought there was a fuse to pull on a CRV with NAV so you wouldn't drain the battery. The NAV stays powered with the ignition switch. Look in your owners manual.
Yep, there is a fuse to pull, but Honda didn't give it a lot of thought as to where they located it. Really need to be limber to get it. Heading to Yuma today, only 80 miles so I think I'll leave the battery connected for now.

As far as resetting the radio, that would be a cake walk compared to finding someone to jump start the CRV. Maybe I'll just go buy one of those Jump Starters at Sears or Harbor Freight. 900 Amps should do it. Then at least I'll have one for anyone else who could need a jump.
There is also a battery disconnect switch, maybe that would be the least expensive.
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Old 02-23-2012, 10:40 AM   #6
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[QUOTE Maybe I'll just go buy one of those Jump Starters at Sears or Harbor Freight. 900 Amps should do it. Then at least I'll have one for anyone else who could need a jump.][/QUOTE]

We use one of those to power the Brake Buddy we use for auxiliary brake on our 07 CRV. One thing you may want to check is the battery. Our 07 (with NAV) never went battery dead even when we used the car battery to power the BB, and then when the car was about a year or so old it suddenly had a dead battery after 5 hours towing. The battery was replaced (under warranty).
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Old 02-23-2012, 10:50 AM   #7
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We pull a 2011 CRV and have never had a battery problem. If towing multiply days, the manual says to pull fuse #34.
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The battery on my CRV has died a few times when towing. I now start the CRV every couple of hours or so. On the occasions when the battery did die I disconnected the CRV from the RV in a location that allowed me to put the RV battery bank close to the CRV and used jumper cables to start the CRV. I also started carrying a small battery charger so I can charge the battery over night, if need be.
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Excuse me for asking, I don't tow a CRV, I take it the battery is going down because you have to leave the ignition on for some reason? Is it to release the steering interlock? Have you tried to cycle the key on, then back to off, and leave the key in the ignition. Most Asian imports after about 2008 work this way. You don't have to have the ignition on to release the steering, just cycling it to on then off and leaving the key in the ignition keeps the steering released.
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Yep, there is a fuse to pull, but Honda didn't give it a lot of thought as to where they located it. Really need to be limber to get it. Heading to Yuma today, only 80 miles so I think I'll leave the battery connected for now.

As far as resetting the radio, that would be a cake walk compared to finding someone to jump start the CRV. Maybe I'll just go buy one of those Jump Starters at Sears or Harbor Freight. 900 Amps should do it. Then at least I'll have one for anyone else who could need a jump.
There is also a battery disconnect switch, maybe that would be the least expensive.
It may be worth while to see if this Autofuse will help. It located at Towdaddy.com.
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I would also recommend a Toad Charge for your toad, which should provide a continuous charge to the toad battery while driving.
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Today I installed the RV Fuse Switch to eliminate the battery drain on my 2009 CRV while towing. I'm not very mechanical and I'm old and arthritic and even I was able to do it!The toughest part is getting the dash panels off to get access to the fuse block under the dash. They give good directions on what to do and have an on line video that shows the step by step install.Once you get the wiring harness leads from the switch connected to the fuse block, the rest is pretty easy.
The advantage of this switch is that it kills the power to the radio and Navigation system, yet it keeps the memory of the radio and Nav. system "alive" so you don't have to reset everything when the fuse is deactivated. Simply flip the switch for normal driving, and flip it off to tow. When towing, all battery drain is eliminated except a small amount that is residual to keep the memories in radio and Nav. system alive.
Harness is available from RV-Parts Plus.com. The owner is great with phone tech support on any issues that you run into while installing. This solved my problem and I'm happy guy!
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sgtjoe...I'm curious if the battery was fully charged when you left on the trip.

Also do all the cells have water on them?

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And last have you ever checked it with a hydrometer?

It's possible your battery is going bad.
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sgtjoe...I'm curious if the battery was fully charged when you left on the trip.

Also do all the cells have water on them?

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And last have you ever checked it with a hydrometer?

It's possible your battery is going bad.
Good thought, even though I bought this new in mid Nov it could be a bad battery.
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