Skip to comments.Need advice regarding changing battery in a 2006 honda crv
Posted on 09/22/2012 4:58:41 PM PDT by InvisibleChurch
The battery in my wife's crv is losing its pep, it seems. It takes just a moment longer for the engine to crank over. The boys at Honda have been on me to change it for about a year now. It seems easy enough to switch a battery knowing I have to reset the clock and radio but would there be any other electronic issues involved?
I think Walmart and Auto Zone and those places will replace batteries for free. Why DIY?
Just take it out and put the other one in.
Oreilly does it here for free too!!
I wouldn’t think there would be any more issues than if you left the lights on and ran it down entirely.
To save labor costs. If they do it a n/c then my question may be irrelevant. Thanks ... So far
Clock and radio are it. I’ve had CR-Vs for some time now.
Make sure you know the security code for the radio. You will need to enter it after a battery change.
Thats what i thought as well, just concerned if there’s an issue w an onboard computer, if there is one.
AND you don't have to futz around with getting rid of the old battery. It's a consideration in these days of EPA tyranny.
Radio and clocks are it. My radio holds its programming due to EPROM or flash module. Clock too.
Only thing I have to re-do is the analog clock.
I went to honda.com forum, garage section, they wanted to chg me 19$ for ananswer.
Take it to Autozone or one of those places. They’ll replace it as part of buying a battery and you won’t have to pay the core charge.
Get a good battery. A bad battery can leave your wife stranded.
Put a charger on the cables before you change it, and nothing will be lost.
Pretty sure old Ted Baxter doesn’t spin wrenches. Bit of a prissy pinhead
Any particular brand?
Trust me change it now:)
WARNING: Do NOT do this on your own!
You will have to manually reset your coffee maker, toaster oven and each LED light. Plus, you will have to use LifeLock to protect your credit report and identity.
Unless you have the ability to program in LINUX, do not do this!
Unless you have a basic understanding of Argentine Tango, don’t try it on your own.
Unless you are multi-lingual, I warn you not to do this on your own.
It is a Japanese car. It may also have radiation exposure from the Fukishimo reactor. You will endanger your life.
Not really sure one brand, don’t get a Advanced Auto Parts brand. I had two of those and they both went bad in 6 months. (hence the don’t go cheap part).
Autozone brand has worked fine.
If you have an anti-theft radio, it will lock up and you’ll need to reset the code.
The only “problem” is it won’t pass inspection until you drive it a few hundred miles.
i'll change it outside the local democrat headquarters then
A few months ago I had the Honda place put a new barrery in my 2007 CRV — the only real work I’ve ever had to do on it except oil changes and a headlight bulb. No complications like you mention.
Battery, that is. Darn ipad.
Keep the battery and go get a real car.
I read a thread like this and say to self: “Buy a “62 Impala, “65 Falcon.....any Studebaker.....something the Iranian nuke wont fry, and I wont be afraid to change the damn battery.
where does one buy a running Tucker for less than a jabillion dollars?
thanks to all for answers
My uncle is a car mechanic. One day my car was making funny noises and smelling like gas fumes. He stuck his head under the hood and tightened a bolt. That’s all. And he said, “If you had taken this car to an auto repair shop, they would have charged you 300 bucks just to tighten that bolt. Because you don’t know any better.”
Before you pull the battery make sure you have the radio code. I changed my battery on my 2005 CRV and or wouldn’t work without it. Lucky for me it was in the glovebox.
In the “good old days” there were not a lot of electronic controls installed in cars. The shop manuals describe some diagnostic tests as removing one of the battery cables while the engine is running.
Point being, you don’t want to do this with modern cars! People used to brag about how many years they could make a battery last. Well in those days it didn’t much matter to the vehicle when a battery started to go bad, eventually it just wouldn’t start.
The problem today, the battery, in addition to providing starting power, acts as a kind of filter for the electrical system. Sensitive (read: expensive) engine control units, computers really, have low operating voltages and currents. When a battery gets weak - the current drawn by devices goes up. This is just a long winded way of saying that a bad battery can damage other components leading to expensive repairs. It’s hard on the electrical system, which is really only designed to maintain a battery. it’s not wise to cheap out on replacing a battery with moder. cars!
The wind up is, if it’s acting sluggish now, the first cold snap will kill it. Hot weather is generally what does them in, but it doesn’t become apparent till the frosty temps arrive. Regardless of what the kid at the Auto Parts counter sez “Your new battery is already charged”; go ahead and put it on a low ampere charge for 24 hours before installation.
Oh, and be prepared for sticker shock - prices have gone up since 2006!
the first frosty temps.
The computer will reset itself after driving it 5 miles or so. It may run a little funny until it resets (shift points off, a bit sluggish).
I don’t know where you would get one but I’ve seen a thing that you plugged into the cigarette lighter with a attachment for a 9 volt battery. You would plug it into the cigarette lighter with the 9 volt battery and it would give the car enough battery juice to keep your stations on the radio. I don’t know if they work or not but it might be something for you to look into.
I am going to give a piece of advice.
That car is a sitting target for catalytic converter thieves. I don’t have one but my friend does. It sits high to the ground and they can get it in less than 5 minutes. Expensive fix.
At least get under your car and scratch in your license number on it. Probably won’t make much difference but it might.
The clock should be easy.
The radio probably has a code that can be typed into the buttons on the radio face when you have the new battery in. You’ll have a short time to type this, so be ready with the code #.
Outside of retuning your beeber to stune ... I think you about got it.
as long as I don’t need to mess with the k’nuter valve or the wobbler bearing, I should be ok . Thanks.
Check the manufacturing date sticker (it’s a little round colored sticker) to make sure the battery is not an old one.
Also, if they have your battery model, Costco has by far the best warranty on batteries right now and their prices are excellent.
1) While you’re at it, buy the black and red felt circles that go around the terminals on the battery. Check your car terminals to see if they need replacing, they probably do but you might get by with a good cleaning. If not, buy the best terminals you can find, they’re usually copper not lead. Get the battery goop you use to cover the assembled terminals to keep moisture out, stop that nasty green growth and extend the life of the terminals. Also, make sure the + and - terminals are in the same place on the new battery and not reversed.
Beware the 5 years battery warranty. It’s heavily pro-rated with the first years using up most of it. When you take your 4 1/2 year old battery to get it replaced under warranty, they’ll kindly inform you of the pro rating and that at this time, your warranty is worth $4.99.
2) Unless you relish the opportunity to replace the alternator, and other expensive parts make sure you have the polarity correct.
3) Your radio might have a security code that needs to be reset once it loses power. It’s either in your manual somewhere or call Honda with the VIN and they’ll help you.
When the counter person is younger than my car, I think I prefer to do my own work; not to mention over 30 years of experience.
It’s a battery, not a crankshaft.
In my house, wife took the car in to a oil change place for servicing; they also told her the battery is bad.
It just needed the posts and terminals cleaned off; the battery was fine after I did that.
You are right about that.
Don’t mess up the flux capacitor or you’ll wind up in the 50s.
A 9v transistor battery has enough juice to keep your radio from resetting. I think you can find a nice little adapter in the parts store that plugs into the cigarette lighter that was made just for this purpose. If the cigarette lighter works when the ignition is off, this should work.
I have a 2006 Honda CRV. Just take out the old battery and put in the new one.