A problem with the 1.5-litre four-cylinder found in Honda’s CR-V and Civic is being fixed thanks to an update to the software.

In affected cars, the engine crankcase would unwantedly fill with gasoline upon cold starts.

Consumer Reports received complaints about the problem, and released a report on October 5th stating dozens of owners were experiencing a problem where the oil crankcase of their CR-V would fill up with gasoline.

This issue occurs when the vehicles were taken on short trips in cold weather, when the oil doesn’t have enough time to properly warm up.

To fix it, Honda will take the affected vehicles from model years 2016 to 2018 and update the software, change the engine oil, and replace the air conditioner control unit in certain vehicles.

Honda has said when this problem arose in China the software update fixed it, so they’re hoping the same can be done in North America. For Canadians, we are also getting a warranty extension for “up to six years from original purchase, with no mileage limit.”

Honda added, “The updates will allow the engine to warm up faster, improving fuel combustion and reducing oil dilution.”

The operation to fix the CR-Vs will take place in early November, with Civic to follow.

Source: Driving

October 30, 2018