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Old 11 Apr 2011, 03:16 pm
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Default 2003 Honda CR-V makes high pitched sounds while driving?

I have a 2003 Honda CR-V and while I was home for spring break I kept noticing that while I was driving (regardless of what speed I was going) my car would randomly make a high pitched sound. It sounds exactly like a police siren. It starts off low at a low pitch and then rapidly gets higher. The sound itself lasts only for a second or two and I would say it happens maybe every 20-30 minutes while driving. I hear it while I'm driving on the highway and when I'm in bumper to bumper traffic. This doesn't happen when I'm applying the breaks and I've turned off the radio and it still makes the sound. What could this mean??? Thanks.
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Old 11 Apr 2011, 03:31 pm
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I typed 2003 Honda cr v high pitched whine, recalls? in the web search box, Please do this and in the results page start clicking on the different links and doing some reading. there have been a large number of complaints from many other owners about this sound. apparently the noise is in the transmission and is more pronounced in overdrive. I found this explained as normal for that vehicle, and that there is little you can do to stop the noise it has something to do with how the gears were cut for the transmission. Apparently some shops will recommend a tranny replacement. This results in the noise coming back in the near future, another shop recommends leaving it alone, it does not damage the transmission and even a rebuilt one will be the same or worse. I would recommend this, below 45 leave the overdrive off and only use overdrive on the freeway. while annoying it sounds like this is a common problem with that vehicle.

You can go online to there is a honda discussion forum that has many comments about this issue and there are more results when you type your year make and model , recalls? online. and find a lot more information. good luck hope this helps.
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