About Honda Ridgeline
Honda Ridgeline, as a sport utility truck (SUT), was produced by the renowned Japanese automobile manufacturer Honda Motor Co., Ltd. from 2005 to 2014. But after two-year hiatus, it has been again put into production since 2016. The first Honda Ridgeline was introduced in 2005 and went on sale as a 2006 model. Despite its low sales numbers, Honda Ridgeline has received awards and accolades such as North American Car of the Year for the truck category, Motor Trend's Truck of the Year, Car and Driver magazine's #1 mid-size truck and so on. Until now, Honda Ridgeline has been through two generations.
When the first generation Honda Ridgeline (2005-2014) was released to the United States market, it was offered in six trim levels: RT, RTX, Sport, RTS, RTL, and SE. All these models were powered by a 3.5 L J-series V6 engine and the engine was mated to a 5-speed automatic transmission. However, the engine output got increased during first generation. From 2005 to 2008, the engine could produce 247 hp and 245 pound feet of torque and from 2009 to 2014, it generated 250 hp and 247 pound feet of torque. Then at the 2016 North American International Auto Show, the second generation Honda Ridgeline was introduced to North America as a 2017 model. RT, RTS, Sport, RTL, RTL-T, RTL-E, and Black Edition are available trim levels. Ridgeline's 3.5 L V6 engine with output of 280 hp and 262 pound feet of torque is mated to a new 6-speed automatic transmission.
Honda Ridgeline Common Problems & Maintenance Tips
As a SUT, Honda Ridgeline has features of both traditional trucks and pickup trucks. And that is why it has to undertake jobs such as hauling, towing and loading for long distance. After years of heavy undertakings, problems as follows will appear on it:
First, blown engine. Engine problem is very normal to see when a vehicle is on the way of expiring, what you should keep a close eye on your Honda Ridgeline engine is to stop it from failing prematurely. Some Honda Ridgeline drivers told that they could hear tapping sound from the engine while driving, and at first engine started with white smoke then run roughly. Engine performance reduced as well, loss of power while accelerating, no start or hard start happen from time to time. And the illuminated Check Engine Light is the most obvious sign calling for thorough inspection on Ridgeline oil filter, air filter, rod bearing and oxygen sensor.
Second, suspension and braking system failures. Suspension system enables occupants free from unpleasant experience brought by vibrations while driving, however, in Honda Ridgeline, some drivers complained about its suspension failure. If your Honda Ridgeline also makes loud clicking sound when turning, or you feel harder to control the vehicle due to loose and vibrating steering wheel, then the Ridgeline sway bar link, control arm or control arm bushing, axle shaft and sway bar bushing may need replacements. As for braking failure, Ridgeline brake pad set and brake disc are often the reasons.
For your overall excellent Honda Ridgeline, you need more efforts to spare. Wiper blade wonderfully cleans your windshield by advancing across the windshield left and right to improve your vision so you can safely drive down the highway. However, it could not last as long as your Ridgeline could; you are supposed to replace it every six months. Antenna, headlight, and fog light also need routine maintenance.
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