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Thread: Problem: "D" drive light starts, & stays flashing?

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    Default Problem: "D" drive light starts, & stays flashing?

    On my 2003 CRV, as I am driving along, the green "D" light on my console just starts flashing, and continues flashing until I stop and restart the car! I suspect a short-circuit, but has anyone heard of or seen this before and is there any danger? Started a couple days ago, and only occurs periodically.

    Even when I stop and put the gear selector in another position, the "D" continues to flash! The other letters and numbers light up as they should when I select them, but "D" remains flashing. When I turn car off, and then on again, flashing stops. It may start again, but as on the way in to work this morning, when I turned off/on at a light, the flashing stayed off for remaining 20 minutes to work.

    The only non-Honda device I have connected to the 12v outlet is my garmin Nuvi GPS, which I use for Bluetooth only! (I don't need directions!!!)

    Appreciate any tips. Will schedule service, but really want to know if this could go critical and overheat some wires, in which case I will get in quickly.

    Thank you.
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    It's your CR-V telling you there's something wrong with the transmission.
    The flashing D light information should be in your Owners Manual.

    Time to see the dealer.

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    Have you recently had a dead battery and a boost?

    What's the mileage and when did you last change the tranny fluid? Did a Honda dealer do it?

    Are you handy? Do you like to save money?

    I looked for the word 'flashing' and found 516 hits, many being about flashing 'D'.


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    Thanks for quick replies. I have just passed 150k, and have not had tranny fluid changed recently. I am now taking CRV in for regular service tomorrow (Apr,. 21st) and am debating to mention the flashing "D" light. It has not recurred in two days and I am now considering buying an ODB2 reader. It will cost Me $110.00 to have the dealer do the diagnostic, and the service Rep' tells me it may not even show a problem, or display the code. Twits!

    Is it not true that, once the light has flashed the error, the code will be stored in memory. The service Rep said that because I turned off the engine, the code could be lost. Twit?

    So I do not feel confident paying $110.00 for a diagnostic that may show nothing! Oh, but they guarantee it for "so many" km's that if I get the code again, they won't charge the $110 again???? But if the code is erased by turning off engine, you'll never see the code??? Twits. Is this possible?

    What ODB2 Code Reader do I need to buy to do this myself? My wife's car is a 2001 Civic, and aren't the CRV & Civics almost same car with different body? (For certain years?) The Honda manual I bought from Canadian Tire store is for Civic and CRV!!! So, an ODB2 Reader would do for both cars? She has the SRS light on, I believe because of driver side seat belt sensor?

    Thanks so much for responses so far! These forums are so valuable because of people who participate and respond! I wish I was more car savvy & technical (computer guy...). You guys and gals are great!

    Appreciate all input and feedback, and suggestions!
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    You need to have a OBI reader and a special cable, to reset, under the Hood no. 10 fuse I believe. there are proceedures, and you'll lose the radio if pulled. will need a service, not owners manual for these proceedures

    the sheet below gives you more than what wesay here. there is a whole List ratehr than guessing.

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    That's a strange troubleshooting chart.

    Is it a HONDA document ?



    Neophyte, you just need an OBD II reader, about $60 at the store, or half that on eBay. Be aware it won't read HOnda tranny codes, usually, but you can still take a paper clip out to your car and read the 'blink codes' for the tranny, ABS, and SRS.

    Tell us about your O2 sensor questions so we can stop giving money to that dealer.

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    I think I said no. 10, which is really no 6 for 10 secs.





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