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Honda Odyssey Droning/Humming Noise

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  • ee4lifeee4life Posts: 14
    I would not diagnose it that way, due to safety.

    Diagnose wheel bearings per the TSB or by checking for excessive wheel bearing play (trying to rock the front wheels up and down/side to side), while the Ody is on a lift.

    TSB 06-018 Bearing Noise From the Front Wheels
    Applies To: 2005 Odyssey – ALL
    2006 Odyssey – 5FNRL3...6B000001 thru 5FNRL3...6B012830
    2006 Odyssey – 5FNRL3...6B400001 thru 5FNRL3...6B403543
    http://www.in.honda.com/Rjanisis/pubs/SB/A06-018.PDF
  • Does anyone notice whether the grinding is worse when you back up on a hill, like a driveway? thanks.
  • yeekyeek Posts: 18
    EX-L only has 1800 miles on it.
    On several hot days, loud droning noise happened around 2000 RPM in all gears.
    It follows a pattern. Drones for 2 sec, quiet for 2 sec, drones for 2 sec, quiet for 7 sec, then repeats the pattern. At other RPMs, engine seems noisier then normal.

    Doesn't matter whether ECO light is on or off.

    Noise pattern does not happen all the time, especially whenever I take it to the Honda dealer. Then the cabin is very quiet at all RPMs.

    Dealer says they can't fix it if they can't hear it.

    Ideas?
  • 2010van2010van Posts: 1
    2010 EX-L Odyssey. Exactly the same problem. Just returned from vacation driving through, KY, TN, NC mountains, drone or groan from the Odyssey around 70-75 mph. Sounds like transmission is having trouble with overdrive up or down shift. I wonder if it has something to do with the VCM dropping to 3/4 cylinders. My Honda dealer couldn't explain, but I didn't ask about VCM. The more I think about it, VCM may be an issue.
  • I am experiencing the same problem with my 2003 Odyssey. I can almost guarantee that the problem is being caused by one of the oxygen sensors. One of the sensor is fowled and needs to be identified and replaced. To help in preventing reoccurrance, try sticking to one brand of fuel. This may be a challenge when going on long trips.
    I am finding it hard to believe that the dealer diagnostic is not able to identify this problem.
  • I took my 07 Ody ExL to the dealer today for the front droning/humming noise at 40-70mhp. Dealer said The front wheel bearing goes bad and cost $350 to fix it. I call American Honda, they said that Front wheel bearing is covered by the powertrain warranty, which the dealer did even know, and I have to tell the dealer.
  • yeekyeek Posts: 18
    2010 EX with 12K. Loud, droning, resonating noise started around 3K. Sounds like a trombone. Happens between 2000 and 2500 RPM in all gears. It's sporadic. Only seems to happen when van has 5 passengers and it's hot outside. Drone pulses every 2 seconds, over and over again. EVO light on or off does not change sound. Vehicle seems to lag slightly with every drone. Not sure, but I think RPMs are higher at any given speed when it is stuck in drone mode as if tranny is slipping. Dealer can't find problem. Seems to doubt there is a problem. Of course, it won't drone for them because they won't put 5 people in it and drive it on a hot day. Sound is so loud it's difficult to talk over it. My kids beg me to drive them around in my rusty 1991 Econoline work van so they don't have to hold their hands over their ears in the Odyssey. That's a sad testimonial for Honda.
    Any ideas since Honda dealer is no help at all?
  • hondaowner56hondaowner56 Posts: 8
    edited August 2011
    On a recent long drive, I noticed a train horn-like sound/noise emitted from my 2000 Honda Odyssey EX. Sound is not consistent and goes on/off at the same freeway speed. I've lowered the windows but sound is still there. Only happens at freeway speeds above 60. It looks like it's coming from the A pillar area-driver's side. Does anyone know what it is and/or causes it?

    Here's the sound:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rpHWZkJNfI0
  • .....out on a limb here. Since this is a 2000 I would think the 1st thing to investigate are your wheel bearings.
  • I know you posted this a year ago; however, I just watched your YouTube video & my 2000 Honda Odyssey makes that exact noise at high speeds. Were you ever able to figure out what it was? Thanks!
  • No. The local Honda dealer wanted to charge me $150 (or $200) just to diagnose the problem. I figure fixing it (if they're able to) would probably cost more.

    My mechanic (non-dealer) was not able to diagnose it either.

    I decided to give up and replace the Ody with a new SUV.

    Please try calling 1800 CAR TALK on Saturdays (Click and Clack... cartalk.com).

    Good luck...

    Thanks.
  • Thanks for responding! Our mechanic said it may be a noise coming from the wheel bearing, but said the bearings are still good. I think we may just replace it too!
  • On a different token, just fyi when buying a new car that not all infotainment systems that come as standard or optional are the same.

    My experience with Toyota left me with a 4 yr old useless technology that costs $2500+. (Case in point : gps that is disabled for data entry, even for the front passenger, while the vehicle is in motion)...

    Lesson learned: spend sometime with the vehicle you like before buying it. If it means renting the vehicle for a couple of days, do so.
  • Have you found any solution ? I have the same symptoms in mine 09 EXL 45000 milage. Warries about transmition.
  • Thanks for that info!
  • I was told that it is normal to notice a slight humming when the vehicle switches to ECO mode as it shuts off a cylinder or two to save gas. Watch the ECO light and try to see if they coincide, it did for mine.

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  • Did you ever find a fix to your your honda noise.
  • LISTEN UP DRONE NOISES - I read on here somewhere - some guy say - this noise is related to the Noise Cancellation System "if" you open the drivers door and it stops the drone noise. I laffed but got desperate enuff to try it before I spent thousands on repairs. IT WORKED!! The Noise Cancellation System cancels out noise of the 3 cylinders when in ECO mode. My stereo amp had a short which broke the circut on the Noise Cancellation System and with it off I had a loud drone. I fixed that and the drone was instantly gone - no expenses. Feel free to email me for more info: AlanMartin@mindspring.com

  • yeppo said:

    2006 EX-L

    Its been now 2 weeks since I have had my Odyssey. I keep getting a loud droning noise at around 40mph (somtimes) and between 59-64 mph (always). This goes away at speeds higher than that. Given that at an average we drive around that speed, it is painful. Is this a known issue as I don't want to take the car to the dealer for nothing.

    Thanks,

    Yeppo

    LISTEN UP DRONE NOISES - I read on here somewhere - some guy say - this noise is related to the Noise Cancellation System "if" you open the drivers door and it stops the drone noise. I laffed but got desperate enuff to try it before I spent thousands on repairs. IT WORKED!! The Noise Cancellation System cancels out noise of the 3 cylinders when in ECO mode. My stereo amp had a short which broke the circut on the Noise Cancellation System and with it off I had a loud drone. I fixed that and the drone was instantly gone - no expenses. Feel free to email me for more info: AlanMartin@mindspring.com
  • jnt said:

    Yeppo,

    Many people have complained about this same booming sound problem on EX-L and Touring models since 05 Model Year. So it is a carried over problem. If you also look at the Tach , you should also notice the sound typically happens between 2200- 2500 RPM. At high speed (above 70 MPH), the problem goes away. My 05 has it from the first day we got the vehicle. It sounds like air induction resonant noise and it spoils the overall very nice and quiet powertrain. No one has reported any word from Honda yet. They probably deny the problem at first.

    jt

    these two models have the noise cancellation system and thats probably the problem. Rev engine to 2100 RPMS and make the noise, then open the door, if the noise stops instantly - its the NCS.
  • fred222 said:

    Its been now 2 weeks since I have had my Odyssey. I keep getting a loud droning noise at around 40mph (somtimes) and between 59-64 mph (always). This goes away at speeds higher than that. Given that at an average we drive around that speed, it is painful. Is this a known issue as I don't want to take the car to the dealer for nothing.
    The Odyssey EX-L and Touring have special active engine mounts and active noise cancellation through the stereo to help negate the out of balance condition which is present when the VCM system is operating. This is a characteristic of this engine and is not going to change. I was aware of this prior to purchasing the vehicle and am actually surprised how well the system works considering that half of the cylinders, all on one side are not firing when the VCM operates.

    yes this is the noise an engine makes with 3 cyc stopped - but honda put a noise cancellation system in the car and it is FAILING you - its tied in with your stereo. Get that electronic circut looked at (maybe u have a short in a speaker) and that will fix your noise suppression system and take away the noise.
  • bhola said:

    I have 2006 ODY EXL-RES. I was unable to reproduce this or at least not sure i was trying correctly. I tried with two ways. Raise gas when car is in P and brind RPM between 2100-2300 but no humming or vibration. The second way is when car is running and did not notice this. Am I doing this correctly?
    Thanks for all reply.

    the rev to 2100 and then let off is what activates the ECO feature and starts kills 3 cycl from working for that 4 second period - and makes the noise. There is no vibration its a noise problem. Its at that precise moment that a harmonic resonance takes place and the noise cancellation system doesnt work to eliminate it.
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