CRV won't start in P

Noel Buyne

Asked by May 28, 2013 at 07:31 PM about the 1997 Honda CR-V LX AWD

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

Hi sometimes the car will start in P but sometimes it won't.
Then I have to put it in N and then it starts right away. I
noticed that my left front wheel is leaking brake fluid. This
was about the same time it won't start. The lights on the dash
come on but the engine won't crank. Could this mean some
sort of safety because it is leaking brake fluid ?

5 Answers

Michael Mierzejewski

You may have to adjust your DTRS.

1 out of 1 people think this is helpful.
Noel Buyne

Is that something I can do by myself or do I need to see the mechanic? What does DTRS means? Thanks

Michael Mierzejewski

DTRS is Digital Transmission Range Sensor. Your shifter is connected to your transmission via rods. At the opposite end of those rods, at the transmission, is the DTRS. Its usually a flat, slim box about 4"x4" with a swingarm and an electrical connector. You can try putting the car in park and marking the position of the arm, the disconnecting the rod and gently try to move the arm a little further to the end that its at. If that doesnt work, look up how to adjust it for your vehicle. It can be a little intimidating, so dont hesitate to bring it to a pro if youre in over your head.

6 out of 6 people think this is helpful.
Best Answer
Noel Buyne

Hi Michael I tried doing what you told me and yes it works fine again. However I must confess that I ve been driving for 4 days in a flooded area and I think that may cause the problem. It was all dirty and muddy and branches sticking out under the vehicle. So I cleaned it up and now its ok again ! Thanks for the advise !

Michael Mierzejewski

Awesome. Glad it worked!

Your Answer

Add photo

Related Questions

  • CRV Timing Chain? 95 answers

    Is there a problem with the Timing Chain/Belt on the Honda 2005 CRV?

    2005 Honda CR-V


    Maintenance & Repair

  • Is it me or my CRV? 1 answer

    My CRV has recently been making sounds like the door is locking (clicking), then like the signal lights are on (ticking); this happened 3 times while driving and Honda checked the steering column stat...

    2012 Honda CR-V EX-L w/ Nav AWD


    Maintenance & Repair

  • problems with AC compressor 29 answers

    I have 46,000 miles on my CRV. The AC compressor went up. Is this typical

    2004 Honda CR-V EX AWD


    Maintenance & Repair

  • 2002 Honda CRV wont start will turn over but wont start 1 answer

    we just replaced the spark plugs and fuel pump the car still wont start it turns over but won't start up. Could it be the Timing Belt? Need Help bad

    2002 Honda CR-V LX


    Maintenance & Repair

  • new 2015 CRV won't start? 8 answers

    Just bought a new 2015 CRV. Picked it up Tuesday night & wouldn't start Wednesday. It was towed to the shop & they think it's just the battery. I was able to program the radio, phone book, seat, al...

    2015 Honda CR-V EX-L AWD




Looking for a Used CR-V in your area?

CarGurus has 80,989 nationwide CR-V listings starting at $1,695.


Search Honda CR-V Questions

Honda CR-V Experts

#1 Tom Demyan
Tom Demyan
Reputation 2,770
#2 PEng
Reputation 1,380
#3 saman2812
Reputation 1,370
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Toyota RAV4"
1,185 Great Deals out of 49,062 listings starting at $2,499
Used Honda Accord"
1,258 Great Deals out of 78,695 listings starting at $1,400
Used Honda Civic"
1,143 Great Deals out of 59,092 listings starting at $995
Used Toyota Camry"
1,590 Great Deals out of 98,367 listings starting at $895
Used Subaru Forester"
351 Great Deals out of 19,314 listings starting at $1,099
Used Toyota 4Runner"
367 Great Deals out of 18,996 listings starting at $2,200
Used Toyota Corolla"
1,412 Great Deals out of 67,098 listings starting at $1,295

Used Cars For Sale

2016 Honda CR-V LX AWD For Sale
7 Great Deals out of 7,924 listings starting at $20,488
2015 Honda CR-V LX AWD For Sale
9 Great Deals out of 236 listings starting at $16,988
2014 Honda CR-V LX AWD For Sale
57 Great Deals out of 1,248 listings starting at $13,292
2013 Honda CR-V LX AWD For Sale
39 Great Deals out of 651 listings starting at $11,800
2012 Honda CR-V LX AWD For Sale
7 Great Deals out of 138 listings starting at $11,728