Owners have been complaining to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) about an oil issue with the Honda CR-V's turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine, and now Honda says it will soon release a fix for this problem. Honda representative Chris Martin told Car and Driver that the issue mostly affects 2017 and 2018 CR-V models driven in colder areas on short trips. There is no word on how many vehicles are affected, and Martin said Honda would not issue a safety recall for this problem because the company has not identified any impact on the vehicle's safety.
The problem, Martin said, has to do with certain circumstances that can cause the oil level to rise over time as the oil gets diluted with unburned gasoline. In the case of short trips taken in cold weather, the fuel does not burn out of the oil as the oil circulates through the combustion chamber, which leads to an increase in the oil level. NHTSA complaints from owners dating back to late 2017 refer to overfull oil reservoirs, abnormal gasoline smells, and gasoline leaking into the car's oil system.
According to Honda, the problem does not affect safe operation of the vehicle, and the automaker recommends that owners visit their dealer to have the vehicle inspected if they suspect that their CR-V is affected. A fix will be issued by dealers by mid-November and will be covered under the vehicle's warranty. Honda will also preemptively fix 2019 CR-V models before they go on sale, although it does not yet say what exactly the fix entails. In the meantime, Honda says that dealers may perform an oil change if the oil level remains high even after the vehicle is driven for longer periods of time.
The turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine is found in EX, EX-L, and Touring trim levels of the 2017 and 2018 CR-V with either front- or all-wheel drive; LX models with the 2.4-liter four-cylinder are not affected.
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