2016 Honda CRV Engine Problems

By Max Anthony •  Updated: 06/19/21 •  3 min read

The Honda CRV is one of the most popular crossover vehicles out there. However, its reputation has been stained by several recurring engine problems. Some of these are common to all 2016 CRV drivers, while others bother a select few. Let’s take a look at some 2016 Honda CRV Engine Problems.

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2016 Honda CRV Engine Problems

2016 Honda CRV Engine Problems
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Powertrain Vibrations

The 2015-16 CRV models have been plagued with vibration and noise. Most drivers claim that the engine vibrates a lot more when you’re about to stop the car. One driver, for example, said that the issue occurred at about 600RPM. 

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Others say that the vibrations are more severe when the car is in park or neutral. One of the 2016 Honda CRV Engine Problems is the rough idle that the car has. Some drivers say that their CRV vibrates more after it has been stopped for a couple of seconds. 

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The issues haven’t been resolved after the drivers took their CRVs back to the dealership as the technicians call it a design fault and are unable to diagnose it. This design fault occurred when Honda designed the 2016 CRV to be more fuel-efficient by working at lower RPMs. 

Poor and/or Unintended Acceleration

Another one of the numerous 2016 Honda CRV Engine Problems is acceleration. The 2016 CRV struggles with lagging acceleration. Drivers say the car often seems hesitant to accelerate when you put your foot down. This can be attributed to ruined fuel injectors, or a faulty fuel pump, among other factors. 

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Another issue related to this is when the 2016 CRV accelerates when you’re braking and you don’t want it to. Mechanics say that this problem stems from the brake pedals sticking to the floor mats. 

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Oil Leakage and Mixing

This is a recurring problem on many Honda CRVs. The engine oil leaks out and it is because of the oil pressure sensor. This sensor leaks oil due to improper installation or ineffective/damaged oil sealing. If this isn’t the case, then the oil sensor must be changed. This is one of the 2016 Honda CRV Engine Problems that happens at around 65,000 miles.

Valve Failure 

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Premature valve failure is another one of the 2016 Honda CRV Engine Problems. Drivers have reported the dreaded Check Engine Light coming on due to the intake/exhaust valves malfunctioning.

This is because the cylinder head enduring more wear and tear, and being in need of replacement. In response to this, the CRV won’t perform well and cannot pass emission tests.

Miscellaneous

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But the 2016 Honda CRV Engine Problems don’t end there. The car also suffers from other problems such as poor fuel economy.

This happens when the engine oil mixes with the fuel when the latter gets injected into it. The solution for this is to change your oil, and you may need to do it more than once to truly correct the problem. 

You can also encounter problems with the rear differential. Drivers report a weird noise when the differential fluid breaks down. If it happens, Honda advises a diff service. 

One thing to be noted about most of these problems is that the cars in question usually have a CVT gearbox. 

One of the 2016 Honda CRV Engine Problems was so horrendous that it required a recall. Some Honda CRV cars from 2015-16 were called back by Honda due to bad pistons. These were incorrect pistons and they greatly affected the car’s performance. They resulted in malfunctions, specifically stalling. 

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Max Anthony

Max is a gizmo-savvy guy, who has a tendency to get pulled into the nitty gritty details of technology and cars. He attended UT Austin, where he studied Information Science. He’s married and has three kids, one dog and a GMC truck and a Porsche 911. With a large family, he still finds time to share tips and tricks on cars, trucks and more.

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