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Honda Odyssey Electrical Problems

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  • gotoyotagotoyota Posts: 280
    That sounds weird. Mine has a seperate switch on the stalk for the rear wiper. I would be annoyed if the wiper switched on every time I reversed :confuse: What if it's 100 degrees outside? It sounds like it would just wear out the wipers.
  • sreisssreiss Posts: 65
    It's only active if you've turned the front wipers on. Presumably if it is 100 degrees and dry, you would not have the front wipers on. And of course, there is also a separate control so should you choose to turn the rear wiper on, you can do that as well. It's just for convenience.
  • gotoyotagotoyota Posts: 280
    Thanks, that makes more sense. I thought it was just turning on every time reverse was engaged, so I was like what the !?@#?? That is a smart touch.
  • poocatpoocat Posts: 35
    1. My daughter noticed the other day while sitting in the 3rd row, that the cup holders on the passenser side were felt warm. I checked and sure enough the were actually fairly warm. Has anybody else noticed the same thing in their van?

    2. When you turn the engine off I find that it is strange that the van has retained power to the power windows and moonroff but no retained power to the radio. Even my dad's 00' Windstar has it.

    3. Auto-off headlights and no auto-on, how cheap can they get.

    4. Rattle from the passenger side middle row is driving me nuts. Can't figure out what it is and I checked everything.

    5. Had the Auto Day/Night Mirrow w/Compass installed when we bought the van. The drivers side plastic moulding for the side air bag was taken off and not installed correctly. There was a large gap between the dash and the moulding. The passenger side plastic piece under the door was taken off also and they broke 2 of the plastic pins holding it on. The plastic piece was sticking up on one end. Took it back to the dealer and they fixed it right away. They should have put it back together right in the first place. Not sure how it made it past their pre-delivery check.

    6. The outside temperature guage got stuck at 24C one day and it was 31C outside. I drove for over 4.5 hours and it didn't change. Parked it in the garage overnight and the next day it was fine. Strange, haven't had a problem with it since. Normal temp changes to outside temperature after a few minutes of driving.

    7. Helicopter buffetting noise effect from one of the middle windows opened slightly is unbearable at 30-60 km/hr. Kind of useless to have them if you can't use them. I would rather have the rear quarter pivoting vent window like the old model.

    8. Daytime running lamp light in the dash is blue but is so dim you can barely see it.

    9. When passenger side window is lowered about 1-2 inches I get a constant rattling sound from the door or glass. Has anybody else noticed this?

    Bottom line, still a good quality van but wish there weren't so many little problem with it.
  • AMcDanAMcDan Posts: 4
    I have a 2004 Odyssey with ~50k miles. Three days ago, I found it with a dead battery. My guess was my son left a light on or something like that. Had the battery and alternator checked out at AutoZone and they indicated both were good.

    However, now when I shut off the van and open the driver's side front door (keys out of ignition) I get a series of 5, somewhat high pitched beeps. It doesn't happen until I open the driver's side door. And this all started after I jump-started the van that one morning. It had never happened before.

    Any ideas? Thanks.
  • gotoyotagotoyota Posts: 280
    Bottom line, still a good quality van but wish there weren't so many little problem with it.

    Yes, it is a nice van, but minor niggles abound. If you can live with them and ignore the little things like rattles, minor electrical, etc., it's a great driver with nice looks. If you can't or don't want to, like me, the Sienna IMO is more satisfying to live with and seems more thoughfully engineered, but lacks some of the fun factor of the Ody. To me, your Ody sounds pretty normal. We had some ill fitting panels in ours, too. Rattles, yes - not like a GM, but always there in the background, and especially when you roll windows down or turn up the radio. I am surprised the new ones don't have auto on headlights though (mine is an '04). Minor electrical issues have always been around with ours too.
  • arbararbar Posts: 2
    Anyone have an 07 that likes to honk its horn when doors close? Sometimes the keys are not in and sometimes they are (but engine is off).

    Thanks.
  • joeiajoeia Posts: 1
    I own a 2003 Honda Odyssey and we have had problems with the sliding door since 40,000 miles. The door fails to lock/shut all the way. It appears to close and lock but the door keeps beeping. Also sometimes it will close all the way but doesn't lock and you have to open and close the door again. We have taken this in on three seperate occasions and it never does it for them. This is a real pain in the "you know what" and Honda wants to charge an arm and a leg just to test it. We are still under warrenty, luckly got the extended warrenty but sill no fix yet. I'm considering buying a Toyota next time.
  • gotoyotagotoyota Posts: 280
    I own a 2003 Honda Odyssey and we have had problems with the sliding door since 40,000 miles. The door fails to lock/shut all the way. It appears to close and lock but the door keeps beeping. Also sometimes it will close all the way but doesn't lock and you have to open and close the door again. We have taken this in on three seperate occasions and it never does it for them. This is a real pain in the "you know what" and Honda wants to charge an arm and a leg just to test it. We are still under warrenty, luckly got the extended warrenty but sill no fix yet. I'm considering buying a Toyota next time.

    This happened a few times on our '04 as well. It's best to simply drive to the dealer next time it happens, while the door is still partially closed. Unfortunately this means you have to listen to the annoying buzzer the entire time, but there will be no question when you get to the dealer. With ours the dealer had to adjust the cable. Good luck.
  • I have a 2005 Odyssey and we noticed that several of the lights are out on the dash. The last 4-5 times we've had it to the dealer they've seemed reluctant to fix them telling us, "it needed to be dark so they could see which ones need fixed," "they need to take the whole dash apart in order to replace the bulbs." Anyone else have this problem or know how to fix them easily?

    Thanks, I've learned much from your many posts!
  • Just bought 07 Exl-res, but experiencing problems with the sliding door on the drive side, it is working erratic...when we try to close the door, it beeps before latching and opens again...we have to keep trying till it closes...Took it to dealer once but the problem went away at the dealship, we were tolden by the tech there that the rubber gets stiff when the temperature is low. Since then, we encountered the problem constantly, and it is really a pain and limited us to one door access. Never expected such a problem for the 07 model, going to take the care back to the dealer tomorrow, wondering if anyone else had the same problem... :confuse:
  • I have an inverter connected to the front acc plug for my computer. My wife plugged in a heating pad and lost power but only to the right hand plug. The left hand plug still has power. I can find only one fuse for the front acc plug and it is good. Is there another fuse for the right hand plug. If not, how do I remove the center panel to check the wiring?
  • 06 Ody. that has a tag light issue. They do not come on sometimes and I have to "pluck" or tap on the clear plastic to get htem to come on. Poped the light out and it is not corroded and look in good shape. Anyone had this issue? Any suggestions? Dealing with trailers before, I would think it was a grounding issue, but I really don't think that would be the problem on an ODY.
  • ihardingiharding Posts: 1
    I have a really annoying problem with my 2002 Odyssey. It has been doing this on and off for over a year - the alarm just goes off whenever it feels like it. At first it was so rare that it wasn't a major problem, but now it's every time I leave the car! And I'm not even setting the alarm any more - but still it goes off. And if I'm not close by I come back to a flat battery too (the horn sounding and the lights flashing drain it pretty fast).

    Last night I took out the fuse for the automatic door locks, thinking that if the doors couldn't lock themselves then the alarm wouldn't set itself - that worked - but it meant that the car was unlocked all night.

    The price that Honda quoted me to 'try to find' the fault was ridiculous.

    I bought my '02 Odyssey new in 2001 with the intention of keeping it for ten years. This problem is only one of many that I've had with this truly awful car. I will be getting rid of it sometime this year and I will never buy another Honda.

    If anyone has any ideas about how I can disable the alarm but still be able to lock the car I would be very grateful (as would my neighbors).
  • carguy74carguy74 Posts: 18
    try getting your battery chkd and make sure you have good connections. a low battery will cause your alarm to go off. have seen this before.
  • ss777ss777 Posts: 8
    In my 2007 EXL, the AC compressor turns on when I turn the heater on eiter in auto or manual mode. The heater mode is floor or vent and NOT defroster. I realize it is normal for the AC to turn on with the defroster but this shouldn't be the case in defrost mode, at least according the manual.

    Has anyone else experience this and is it normal?
  • koh45koh45 Posts: 1
    I'm with you on never buying another Honda. I bought my 2002 Odyssey in January 2003, so I bought it used with 26,000 miles on it. At 43,000 miles had the transmission replaced. Free of charge, dealer did it. I did not buy an extended warrany because I thought it was Honda. After transmission went I did buy an extended warranty. Way too many problems with the Odysseys from reading others reviews.
  • skernskern Posts: 3
    I cannot find a spot to pass 2 wires from the battery to the passenger side inside(dc-ac converter).
    Seems there are no knockouts like the 2004 had
    Has anyone found a way to do this without drilling a hole
  • depireuxdepireux Posts: 1
    My wife or I often leave the interior lights on after parking, in our '04 Odyssey, only to find the battery dead a few hours later when we return. Is there an aftermarket system that somehow would turn the power from the battery off if it goes below a certain level (that could be manually reset once the offending power drain is found)?

    Obviously, we should turn the lights off, but you get to the parking, turn the lights on to look for something that slipped under the seat (anybody with 3 kids knows what I am talking about), collect all your junk and before you know it, you have totally forgotten about the lights.
  • cgs878cgs878 Posts: 1
    Hello CarSpace forums people,

    On my 2001 Honda Odyssey EX, the driver's seat electric recliner does not work properly. Once reclined (towards the back seat passenger), the seat back raises up slowly and then stops. I must wait a while (a few minutes to a few hours) to get it to raise up some more. Getting it back to vertical can require extra force from behind. It is as if the power seat battery inside the seat is dead. Does this seat have a battery? Can this be possible for it to die? If so, can this be fixed/replaced easily by a lay-person (non-shop techie)? Please let me know. Thanks!

    - Chris S.
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