What are the problems?

This car, marketed as the Honda HR-V for the export market, but known as the Honda Vezel in Japan, is a popular SUV which has been around since the late 1990s. In 2013, the hybrid version of this car was first released. Complaints about the HR-V have ranged from electrical issues to claims its wiring tends to attract rodents. Over the years there are few problems that are specific to the HR-V hybrid: as with all hybrids though it is important to keep an eye on battery health.

Honda HR-V 2013-15

There are few complaints from drivers about these HR-V model years. However, there was a recall overseas for

2015 Honda HRV

the 2013 car, due to a faulty double clutch transmission. The Honda HR-V 2015 drew complaints because of its loud suspension.

Troubleshooting: If your car has been noisy since you purchased it, it may simply be a feature of the car. However, if you notice a change over time, it’s best to take your vehicle to a mechanic to get checked out. Signs of problems with your suspension include: your car dipping nose first when stopping, pulling to one side, feeling as though it is floating when going around corners, or your ride feeling bumpier than usual. Read on for more information about potential problems with your suspension.

Honda HR-V 2016-2020

The Honda HR-V 2016 model drew complaints about a range of issues, from the car not starting, to losing power, malfunctions with the door locking and other issues with the car’s electrical system, including the start/stop button not working and unintended acceleration. One driver of a 2016 model complained the wiring appeared to be attracting rodents. The 2017 model was criticised for its noisy CVT transmission, and also drew complaints about electrical problems.

The 2018 model also drew complaints for problems with its starter, and electrical faults such as the stereo turning on and off. The Honda HR-V 2019 drew complaints about slow acceleration, stalling, and loud engine noise. Complaints about the 2020 HR-V were about slow acceleration, and electrical issues.

Troubleshooting: A dip in your ability to accelerate can be an indication that something is wrong with your battery, and should be checked out by a mechanic. Unintended acceleration can be a frightening problem, and should also be seen straight away. For all problems with your car’s electrical system, see a trained professional. If your car starter isn’t working – and if you’re not even hearing a “click” noise when you’re trying to push it down – take it to the garage straight away. Grimmer Motors can diagnose and replace broken starter relays.  Many hybrids have CVT transmission, and unfortunately this type of transmission tends to be noisy. A change in engine noise, however, might signal that something is wrong.

Keeping rats and mice out of your car

When rats or mice do get inside a vehicle and make a nest, it’s usually a car , ute or van that has been parked in one place for a lengthy period of time.  Other than setting traps in the area, some tips to keep rodents at bay are:

  • Don’t leave your car unused for more than a few days
  • Seal your car up completely if you are storing it for a long period of time
  • Make your garage secure
  • Deterrents for rats and mice include apple spray and peppermint oil. You can also use ultrasonic deterrents and visual decoys such as cat’s eye decoys.

Your hybrid battery

Your hybrid battery is expected to last at least 8 years (or more than 160,000km) but the actual life of the battery will depend on how much use your car has. If you notice a sudden drop in charge, or that your car is consuming more fuel, this could be a sign that your battery is nearing the end of its life. Grimmer Motors reconditions and replaces hybrid batteries: check out our hybrid battery services here.

Honda HR-V Hybrid Problems Hamilton NZ

If you have any problems with your Honda H-RV Hybrid, or any queries about your car or its hybrid battery, don’t hesitate to contact the friendly, experienced and reliable team at Grimmer Motors today.

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