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2007 Ridgeline was stuck in mud up to chassis. After removal, vehicle vibrate. Had tires balanced and rotated. Problem still exists. Help.
 

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I have a 2007 Ridgeline. Was stuck in mud down to chassi. After removal, vehicle vibrated. Had tires rotated and balanced. Did not solve problem. Please help.
 

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That's pretty general.
Check for anything underneath that is loose, cracked, bent or broken.
It could also use a alignment.
Change fluids.

I use to bury my trucks all the time....."" If you're gonna play, you're gonna pay.""
 

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2007 Ridgeline was stuck in mud up to chassis. After removal, vehicle vibrate. Had tires balanced and rotated. Problem still exists. Help.
First check wheel alignment.... and then depending on what you did to try to get it out, you might check motor mounts. You could also have mucked up your shocks I suppose, but that's not a usual "vibration" cause. Likely some kind of suspension thing in any case. Check to see that your CV joints are still fully inserted into tranny. Depending on what you were actually stuck in (what "kind" of mud), it's possible you might have bent a drive shaft component (front to rear particularly). THAT would definitely cause vibration.
 

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How was the RL removed from the mud?

Did you check for mud on the propeller shaft? In the snow and ice, that's been a common source of vibration issues... resolved when placed in a warm garage and melted off. But not that easy with mud. ;)
 

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How was the RL removed from the mud?

Did you check for mud on the propeller shaft? In the snow and ice, that's been a common source of vibration issues... resolved when placed in a warm garage and melted off. But not that easy with mud. ;)
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This was my first thought as well.
 

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Unless he's a total mudding noob, undercarriage cleaning at the local car wash should be common sense.
 

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Yep...if it was fine before, and is vibrating now, there's likely mud or debris stuck on SOMETHING that's rotating... That, or something like a CV shaft or propeller shaft was bent during the encounter, or some wheel weights dislodged themselves.
 

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It would be interesting to know what they hooked to to pull it out.
I believe Honda only recommends the loops for light duty towing and I read a article that one Honda Tech even made the statement stressing "light".
Until we get more detailed info from the OP, he's on his own.

I wouldn't even think of making a mudder out of this rig.
There isn't a plethora of Ridgelines laying around junkyards to get cheap pulls from and parts aren't cheap.
I use to always have a 'mudder' truck until the kids came along. If you're gonna play, you're gonna pay. Been there, done that and got 2 T-shirts....lol.
My first mods to all of my play trucks were a 4" suspension lift and 35" buckshot tires, they are old school diggers.
Nothing beats the sound of a balanced & blueprinted 350 bored .030" over with headers; dual exhaust and cherry bomb glasspacks straight out the back. :garfield:
 
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Are we talking about the tow hook in the left rear? (newer RLs omit this)

http://www.ridgelineownersclub.com/forums/242207-post10.html
Yes I call it a tow eye though since it makes a loop, just me.
Before I purchased my RL I did a lot of research. The wife said I was obsessed.
For 12 months I read every article of every page I could find.
Google Honda Ridgeline and I've read it.
They were talking about the rear tow eye on the 06'-08' MY
Long story short, it mentioned some issues reported with this eye and from what I recall, it was going to be modified, but now we see it was a delete.
If I ever come across this article/video again I will update this post.
 

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I'm not aware of any issues resulting from the use of the tow hook/loop. From what Gary Flint says, it's designed for extraction and certainly is engineered to take a lot of stress at 2.5x the weight of the RL.
 

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I agree and it sounds good to me too, but I've also seen real world vehicle retrieval.
Everyone starts out pulling nice with even pressure, but when nothing is working, the yanking begins.
I've seen idiots snap 2" and 3" nylon straps then get out the heavy duty logging chains.
I've seen designed tow bumpers fly off and even tow receivers ripped out.
But hey, if it's good on paper and signed by a engineer then life is good right.
 

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I guess when you're yanking and snatching, all bets are off!
 
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