Honda CR-V: Starting the Engine / Models with smart entry system

Honda CR-V 2017-2022 Owner's Manual / Driving / When Driving / Starting the Engine / Models with smart entry system

  1. Make sure the parking brake is applied.
    • The parking brake and brake system indicator comes on for 15 seconds when you pull up the electric parking brake switch.

    Honda CR-V. Models with smart entry system

  2. Check that the shift lever is in Honda CR-V. Models with smart entry system, then depress the brake pedal.
    • Although it is possible to start the vehicle in Honda CR-V. Models with smart entry system, it is safer to start it in Honda CR-V. Models with smart entry system.

    Honda CR-V. Models with smart entry system

  3. Press the ENGINE START/STOP button without depressing the accelerator pedal.

    Honda CR-V. Models with smart entry system

Keep your foot firmly on the brake pedal when starting the engine.

The engine is harder to start in cold weather and in thinner air found at altitudes above 8,000 feet (2,400 meters).

When starting the engine in cold weather, turn off all electrical accessories such as the lights, climate control system, and rear defogger in order to reduce battery drain.

If you live in a region where winter is extremely cold, an engine block heater will improve starting and warming of the engine. Consult a dealer for details.

If the exhaust system sounds abnormal or you can smell exhaust gas inside the vehicle, have your vehicle checked by a dealer. There may be a problem with the engine or exhaust system.

The immobilizer system protects your vehicle from theft.

If an improperly coded device is used, the engine’s fuel system is disabled.

Bring the smart entry remote close to the ENGINE START/STOP button if the battery in the smart entry remote is weak.

The engine may not start if the smart entry remote is subjected to strong radio waves.

Do not hold the ENGINE START/STOP button to start the engine.

If the engine does not start, wait at least 30 seconds before trying again.

Stopping the Engine

You can turn the engine off when the vehicle is completely stopped.

  1. Shift to Honda CR-V. Models with smart entry system.
  2. Press the ENGINE START/STOP button.

    Models without smart entry system

    Make sure the parking brake is applied. The parking brake and brake system indicator comes on for 15 seconds when you pull up the electric parking brake switch...

    Remote Engine Start with Vehicle Feedback*

    * Not available on all models You can remotely start the engine using the button on the smart entry remote. WARNING Carbon monoxide gas is toxic and can rapidly accumulate in closed or even partly enclosed areas...

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    Honda CR-V 2017-2022 Owner's Manual: Jump Starting Procedure


    Turn off the power to electric devices, such as the audio and lights. Turn off the engine, then open the hood. Open the terminal cover on your vehicle’s battery positive terminal. Connect the first jumper cable to your vehicle's battery terminal...

    Honda CR-V 2017-2022 Owner's Manual: Exhaust Gas Hazard


    Carbon Monoxide Gas The engine exhaust from this vehicle contains carbon monoxide, a colorless, odorless, and highly toxic gas. As long as you properly maintain your vehicle, carbon monoxide gas will not get into the interior. Have the exhaust system inspected for leaks whenever The exhaust system is making an unusual noise...

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