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Honda Odyssey Rattling/Whistling/Squeaks Noises

yeppoyeppo Posts: 17
Overall have been having a good driving experience with new Ody. Have got 850 miles on it. Got it in dec end 05. Getting about 20 MPG in mixed conditions. Was getting 17 MPG. Apart from the droning at certain speeds it is a good ride. However on slightly rough roads I notice a rattle coming from the sliding door on passenger side. I don;t know if this is a window rattle or the door (seems more like the window). Is this soemthing a dealer can fix easily. I notice it bcos there seems to be no other sounds like that coming from the door behind me on the driver side.




  • stickguystickguy Posts: 13,587
    get it looked at. They can fix the problem most of the time.

    I think it can be the door itself, although sometimes it is the window shade that rattles.

    I have something similar in my '05 that I need to have looked at. It's not particularly noticable most of the time, so it can wait until thenext oil change.

    2013 Acura RDX (wife's), 2007 Volvo S40 (when daughter lets me see it), 2000 Acura TL (formerly son's, now mine again), and new Jetta SE (son's first new car on his own dime!)

  • My 2005 Odyssey with 5000 miles also has a sliding door rattle that won't go away. It has been back to the dealer 3 times, twice they kept it over night. Still a rattle problem. It is especially bad in cold weather (30-40 degrees F).

    Please let me know if your dealer is able to fix the rattle. I will have my dealer (who is unable to fix the problem) call your dealer.


  • yeppoyeppo Posts: 17
    I have'nt yet taken it to the dealer. Intend to first make a list of all/any complaints and get it fixed hopefully at one go. Will keep you posted.

  • yeppoyeppo Posts: 17
    Took my car today morning for rattle on sliding door and also
    humming noise.

    Got a call saying it was fixed. Will check and let you all know.

    According the service advisor I talked to he said

    1) rattle noise - door adjustment - has been done
    2) Humming/droning noise - according to him The windsheild which has been rectified. My hummming and droning was not that high anyway but windshield hmmm..

    Lets see. I will post when I check the results out after I pick up the car.

  • yeppoyeppo Posts: 17
    An update :

    For rattle : They say door has been adjusted. Have yet to really test it as dealership is close to home.

    Regarding the droning, according to the dealer it is coming due to windshield moulding ( I really wonder...) He has replaced windshield mouldling front both right and left and something called garnish ( I thought that term was used in cooking !!!).
    Again still have to test both out. Hopefully they have not made matters worse.

  • Be aware!! I have the same problem, the adjust the striker more that 7 times, and the problems continue, the Honda Service dept. said that they tried everything, but they don't know what to do, and because they don't know how to fix the problems there is not recall on the matter, also that they only have my case.

    If you want please contact HNTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) 1-888-327-4236 and complain about your problems they need to have more complains to open an investigation, before any accident happens. In the past Honda recall the Odyssey because the door don't lock and they open when you were driving.
  • yeppoyeppo Posts: 17
    Another update :

    When I tried to reproduce the humming sound with the mechanic sitting in the car (after the replace Windshield moulding) it did not happen. In all fairness in my case the sound has come down a lot, it seems maybe in my case it was a combo of both windshield noise and engine, and at least it is better. I am not going to do anything for now. I will wait as sometimes they may screw up something else if they touch the engine. The rattle is something I cannot test till we get some snow/ice on the ground. It seems like a window rattle.

  • We have recently been shopping and comparing the '06 Odyssey vs. the Sienna. Both great brands, but I find myself gravitating towards the Toyota because I think that in general, Toyota vehicles appear to be more refined/quiet vs. the Honda's that have a more sporty feel/better handling, but maybe not so much emphasis on comfort/quietness.

    We currently have an '04 Odyssey EX-RES that we did a 24mo 15K/year lease on (it ends in June). Mechanically, the van has not given us any problems, but it has been a real rattle-trap since it was brand new. You can hear the gasoline slushing in the tank after filling it up, there is an annoying tapping in the dash near the radio, a whistling noise in the air vents when a/c is on, the sliding doors rattle, a harsh thumping noise after putting it in reverse sometimes, etc... Needless to say, we had higher hopes on the Odyssey (since they are so popular) vs. our actual experience with this one.

    We drove an '06 Odyssey EX-L last weekend, and it appeared to be fine, but I am worried considering the annoyances of our current vehicle, and some of the recent posts in the Odyssey Problems/Solutions forum regarding sliding door rattles and a humming/whining noise when accelerating.

    Please don't think I am nit-picking the Odyssey because it has been fine, but I also have to keep reminding myself that it is a short term lease (and a great monthly payment) most of the time I drive it and hear rattles. We just sort of accept them now... I just am not willing to put up with this again on another minivan that will be alot more money and a longer term lease or buy.

    Has anyone else had the same kind of experiences that I had with thier Odyssey or am I just fooling myself with thinking that the Sienna would prove to be more refined/quiet?
  • hansiennahansienna Posts: 2,312
    I did not buy another vehicle from the same company...for 30 years. My 1970 Dodge van was so horrible that I would NOT even consider another Chrysler Corp vehicle until my son got a nice used 2002 Grand Caravan Sport in 2003.
    You may forget the problems you had with your Odyssey more quickly. If the experience has not been too ugly and you like the Odyssey the best, chances are high that you would not get another bad Odyssey.
    If I were in your situation, I would buy a Sienna...unless you really like the Odyssey the best. Always buy the vehicle you like best.
  • user777user777 Posts: 3,341
    not to go too far off topic, but either vehicle you choose, don't lease it, buy it. look at how they maintain their value. i don't know how you'd be doing yourself a favor, specially with a short-term lease, and specially in a mini-van, but i guess the economics work for you as a payment shopper. one thinks with one of these fine vehicles, you come out ahead if you drive it a long long time, then surprise yourself when 10yrs down the road, you sell it for a pretty decent price.

    some of the things you are complaining of are explainable, but should not be considered measures of refinement. personally, you are nit-picking and will do so on any purchase or leased vehicle you drive.

    for example the AC whistling? any chance you pulled in some debris from the intake (like leaves or pine comb pieces) at the bottom of the windshield cowl under the wiper blades?

    the clunk you hear when going in reverse is probably fixed with lubrication to the rear brake mechanism, and the rattling? is that the cup holder between the front seats? your door, a seat-belt clip against a door pillar? did you get the car serviced for the noise?

    ok, i'll admit, i had a ticking up front in my '03 that turned out to be a front strut tower on the passenger side whose welds needed to be ground down and lubricated.

    yeah, once in a while i notice the gas sloshing in the tank when pulling to a stop somewhere quiet like my garage after recently filling, but hardly something detracting from the vehicle or driving characteristics (which for me are much more important than overall quietness).

    you may be fooling yourself... you may not. chances are when you drive a new vehicle, you are not going to be as sensitive to particular noises because your going to be focused on other things and making sure you dont mess up the demo. ;)

    but seriously, drive both and see which has the qualities you prefer most. buy it if possible, and enjoy it.
  • petras2petras2 Posts: 104
    i've noticed others have had rattling or "creaking" noises in the right sliding door. i took mine in for an adjustment but the noise reappeared after a day, has anyone with this problem had it corrected permanently? thanks
  • yeppoyeppo Posts: 17
    Yes, same thing happened for me. he adjusted door, but though I told the service advisor that it seems that the window rattles the message to the mechanic was "lost in translation"!!! The rattle is there when I go over rough road s. I also noticed that is more pronounced when the weather is very cold (near freezing) rather than at around 37-40 deg.

    My engine hum is still there, but is random now. Dont want to take the chance of messing up any more !!!
  • I have bought a 2006 Ody last week. 2 problems - (a)Vibration in the steering. Dealer says the rotor in the brakes warped - ordered for a new part. Hopefully that should take care of the problem. (b) I can hear rattle and squeaks in the back when the van goes over rough surfaces. Dealer lubricated the door weather seal citing that to be a common problem. That did not fix it. They tightened the bolts on the seat and now states that is how the van is designed. The third seat in the second row is squeaky nothing much can be done abbout it. Has anyone else noticed this rattling while going over rough surfaces and does this van squeak more than others. Thanks.
  • khalterkhalter Posts: 4
    We noticed a rattling sound in the back of our 05 Odyssey after about 2 months of owning it. My wife went to the back and tightened the spare tire bolts and it disappeared. This might be the source of your problem.
  • abbytobyabbytoby Posts: 2
    :mad: We have an '06 Odyssey with an absolute annoying rattle in the back. Have had the van in the dealership-didn't get any help whatsoever. They "didn't hear anything" when they test drove it! Well, I hear it every time I drive the van over rough surfaces!!!!!!!!!! My husband thinks it's in the suspension, possibly a strut. We haven't felt any vibration in the steering, however, we do have the wonderful sliding door noise that many refer to. Ours is on the driver's side, not the passenger as I have read. Again, after trips to the dealership and a few so-called "adjustments" by them, we still have the marvelous rattle, click sound. Especially when it's real cold outdoors. I'm now to the point of taking the van to a body shop to see if they can possibly locate the problems. This van makes our sixth Honda vehicle and up until this purchase, we were extremely happy with the Honda product, but not anymore!!!! And we are even more disappointed with our dealer and their lack of consideration and help towards us to get to the bottom of these complaints! We wish all of you out there with the same complaints-GOOD LUCK and keep us posted of any rectifications.
  • stickguystickguy Posts: 13,587
    don't be surprised if it isn't really in the dash. between the various cubbies, and the sunglass holder, it is possible that it is just a loose object bouncing around. I keep thinking ours has a metalic rattle that turns out to be a soda can sitting in the coin holder (aka the center tray cupholder).

    Oh, and I don't think the center indicator lights up. I don't know if I could really see that too well anyway, and normally just look at the dash display.

    2013 Acura RDX (wife's), 2007 Volvo S40 (when daughter lets me see it), 2000 Acura TL (formerly son's, now mine again), and new Jetta SE (son's first new car on his own dime!)

  • fred and stick,
    Thanks. I haven't heard the rattle lately and since it's clearly not the center highlighted gear selection indicator that's loose (since there isn't a center highlighted gear selection indicator) I think I won't worry more about this until I hear a rattle again. And then I'll remove everything from the lazy susan, sunglass holder, etc and check to see if I still hear a rattle. Thanks again.
  • baijujbaijuj Posts: 1
    I also own a 06 odyssey and having the same problem. Went to the dealer, left the car for two days. They said they fixed the problem. After one week I am having the same problem. I don't know what to do. I am very disappointed. Friends any update pls let me know. Thanks.
  • fred222fred222 Posts: 200
    don't be surprised if it isn't really in the dash. between the various cubbies, and the sunglass holder, it is possible that it is just a loose object bouncing around. I keep thinking ours has a metalic rattle that turns out to be a soda can sitting in the coin holder (aka the center tray cupholder).
    One of my kids stashed a Game Boy oin the draw under the passenger seat. It drove me nuts for a while. I also had a pen in the top glove box that rattled. Also, around here we (not me) used studded tires in the winter so the road are really ROUGH. I noticed the remote control on the key chain rattling.
  • cliffprdcliffprd Posts: 1
    Check your spare tire, the nut haolding it in place comes loose!!
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