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Old 01-15-2009, 01:22 PM
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I have an 08 CRV EX AWD, about 18,000 mi. Now that we are seeing our first real cold temps here in missouri, I have noticed that our CRV dosen't start nearly as easy as it does in warmer temps. The starter turns the engine over slower and it takes more turns to get the engine started. It's almost like you are trying to start a car on a half dead battery. I realize this is typical of all cars, but it seems that the CRV is affected more than normal by cold temps.

Has anyone else noticed this?

Am I worrying too much?
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Old 01-15-2009, 01:44 PM
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I have an 08 CRV EX AWD, about 18,000 mi. Now that we are seeing our first real cold temps here in missouri, I have noticed that our CRV dosen't start nearly as easy as it does in warmer temps. The starter turns the engine over slower and it takes more turns to get the engine started. It's almost like you are trying to start a car on a half dead battery. I realize this is typical of all cars, but it seems that the CRV is affected more than normal by cold temps.

Has anyone else noticed this?

Am I worrying too much?


it's fairly typical for a honda to take a bit longer to turn over in the cold than it does in the warm.
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Old 01-15-2009, 01:47 PM
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oh yes. My '04 sounded like it could barely start in temps below 10F, especially if it had sat a couple of days. Never failed to start though. Even in warm weather, never really got a gratifying start. I blame it all on the riding lawn mower sized battery. My 4-banger accord is the same way. Turned over slow this morning - still started though.

I wouldn't worry too much about it, assuming you keep on top of the oil changes. Come battery replacement time, I might be looking into something with a better rating though.
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Nothing to worry about.

ALL vehicles do that in cold weather...
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I have an 08 CRV EX AWD, about 18,000 mi. Now that we are seeing our first real cold temps here in missouri, I have noticed that our CRV dosen't start nearly as easy as it does in warmer temps. The starter turns the engine over slower and it takes more turns to get the engine started. It's almost like you are trying to start a car on a half dead battery. I realize this is typical of all cars, but it seems that the CRV is affected more than normal by cold temps.

Has anyone else noticed this?

Am I worrying too much?
Check your owners manual for the cold start procedure. This was from the 07 manual as I recall it. It is along the lines of, don't touch accelerator pedal, turn the key to start, do not hold longer than 15 seconds at a time, if engine does not start, pause for 10 seconds and try again.
If the engine does not start after 15 seconds, or stalls, repeat above step with the accelerator pedal half way down, release pedal as it starts to avoid over revving.
If flooded, hold accelerator pedal to the floor to clear flooding.

This morning we had -17*, I first cranked about 5 seconds, released key, waited for the fuel pump to stop and cranked again, it started immediately. The starter was dragging considerably though. A higher CCA battery wouldn't hurt a thing when it is time to replace.
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yup, cranks slow, even in warm weather.
doesn't always start on the first try, but always does on the second.
turn key to on and wait for fuel pump to stop running before trying to start.
20 below this morning.

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Colder temps effect the CRV that way. One of the weaker spots of the CRV is a baby (small) battery. A higher CCA battery wouldn't hurt a thing when it is time to replace, as long as it fits.
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Colder temps effect the CRV that way. One of the weaker spots of the CRV is a baby (small) battery. A higher CCA battery wouldn't hurt a thing when it is time to replace, as long as it fits.
Last winter I searched for a larger CCA battery, don't recall exactly what I found. IIRC I didn't really have any luck because of the battery case size. Seems like finding the grouping size to know what to search for was difficult.
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Thanks for the replies. Sounds like this is typical behavior for the CRV and nothing to worry about. I will look into getting a higher CCA battery when time to replace.

Love the site! Thanks Again!

Has anybody had any luck finding a higher CCA battery that fits?
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Thanks for the replies. Sounds like this is typical behavior for the CRV and nothing to worry about. I will look into getting a higher CCA battery when time to replace.

Love the site! Thanks Again!

Has anybody had any luck finding a higher CCA battery that fits?

From what I have found, the gen 3 CRV uses a group 51 R battery. If the info I found is reliable (Exide Batteries Site) it is a 510 cca battery. They (Exide) only has one replacement it is a 60 month with 400 something cca's.
I have found some high end $200+ that have 685 cca's, but that is pretty pricey.
It doesn't appear that many make replacements. The search will continue as time permits.
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