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Old 06-17-2012, 02:00 PM   #15
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Honda uses a power steering speed sensor. It can tell when the power steering needs more assist (such as low speed parking maneuvers)

Perhaps the low battery has something to do with this not working properly???
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Old 06-17-2012, 03:05 PM   #16
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Honda uses a power steering speed sensor. It can tell when the power steering needs more assist (such as low speed parking maneuvers)

Perhaps the low battery has something to do with this not working properly???
Thank you so much. You are the only one who gave us insight into the problem.
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Old 06-17-2012, 04:40 PM   #17
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I asked my service manager about that. Will the wheels still turn if there is no power? He said he didn't know. It sounds like they will - listening to the number of people here on the form that had dead batteries when they stopped for the day - ie. the wheels must have still turned or they would have complained about scuffed tires.
I will see but I have made a fuse switch just in case..
I wont know for about 1 month.
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Old 06-17-2012, 05:25 PM   #18
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I asked my service manager about that. Will the wheels still turn if there is no power? He said he didn't know. It sounds like they will - listening to the number of people here on the form that had dead batteries when they stopped for the day - ie. the wheels must have still turned or they would have complained about scuffed tires.
I will see but I have made a fuse switch just in case..
I wont know for about 1 month.
Yes, the wheels turn while being towed. It's when we unhook, charge the battery and then try to drive it. It only happens till we give it gas and then it unlocks.
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Thats a relief. Thanks for the feedback.
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Just to update. Honda customer service gave our problem to a mediator since the local Honda dealer would not return out call. Today they did and the car is going in tomorrow and will be left for a full checkup. The customer service department could not believe that they never did any diagnostic testing. The service manager said that even if the battery checked out ok it could have a bad cell, so they will keep it for a full day and give it a good physical. Amazing how things get done when you go to the higher ups. Will keep you posted. Want to thank everyone for all your input.
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Just wanted everyone to know what we found out. The drain on the battery is 2.3 amp draw which drops to 130 milliamps when radio fuse is pulled. Did computer tests and simulated towing and found that the scan code came that the control unit power supply voltage was low caused by low battery and that caused the problem with steering. Was advised not to hook up 12 volt direct to the battery. We will install a fuse switch.
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We are having the exact same problems (battery is dead after every tow, no matter how far and steering locks up when battery is first charged). We have taken the 2012 Honda into the dealer once and they could not find anything wrong. This week we took both the motorhome and the car (in tow) to General RV and after two hours they could not find anything wrong with either. I don't necessary agree with pulling the ACC fuse either, because the owner's manual on page 236 says if you tow more than 8 hours in one day remove the 7.5 Amp accessory radio fuse. In our case, we never towed more than 6 hours and as little at 90 minutes. Could you share with me the process you took to report the problems to corporate and who your point of contact is?
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We are having the exact same problems (battery is dead after every tow, no matter how far and steering locks up when battery is first charged). We have taken the 2012 Honda into the dealer once and they could not find anything wrong. This week we took both the motorhome and the car (in tow) to General RV and after two hours they could not find anything wrong with either. I don't necessary agree with pulling the ACC fuse either, because the owner's manual on page 236 says if you tow more than 8 hours in one day remove the 7.5 Amp accessory radio fuse. In our case, we never towed more than 6 hours and as little at 90 minutes. Could you share with me the process you took to report the problems to corporate and who your point of contact is?
We called the 800 number which is customer service and talk to whoever answers. The number is 800-999-1009. Be sure and have the name and number of the Honda dealer that told you nothing was wrong. They will contact them and in turn they should call you back. If you would like to talk to my husband, I will give you my phone number via private email. roaming.nana_4@yahoo.com. We have ordered a switch that will turn off the fuse, without having to pull it. Hubby can give you all that info if you call.
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Are the vehicles with battery problems equiped with the nav package? We do not have the nav pack and have had no problems towing all day...longer than the time specified in the manual.
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Are the vehicles with battery problems equiped with the nav package? We do not have the nav pack and have had no problems towing all day...longer than the time specified in the manual.
No, we do not have the nav. You may be one of the lucky ones.
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Don't understand it. We got our CRV because friends have an 04. It has 90k on it driving and another 90k being towed, never a problem.
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Don't understand it. We got our CRV because friends have an 04. It has 90k on it driving and another 90k being towed, never a problem.
We towed a 2000 Honda crv for 5 years and a 2005 pilot for 5 years with no problems. It's only the ones from2007 and up
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We towed a 2000 Honda crv for 5 years and a 2005 pilot for 5 years with no problems. It's only the ones from2007 and up
Some '05 Pilots could be towed, some couldn't. We went through that when Honda told us to quit towing our '05 Ody. In fact they called me on a Friday morning and I had it hooked up ready to go.
Later, during negotiations for a buy back I asked about trading for the '05 Pilot and was told it also was not towable four down and a few go out with wrong info in the owners manual.
The did end up paying us $2,200 and we got a dolly.
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