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Honda Odyssey Care and Maintenance



  • hondalovahondalova Posts: 189
    Yes, its an EX - not an EX-L. As it turns out, tech heard it right away and believed it was the left front wheel bearing. He was changing it when I called and was going to then road test to be sure the right didn't also need replacing.

    After reading your post, I surfed this board for other posts pertaining to bearings and couldn't find any (unless I did a bad search). Where else can I learn more about this problem?

    Oh, and I DO have the droning noise - but that noise is different from the bearing noise. The drone is only heard at around 2000 rpm in top gear, whereas the bearing noise was more of a metallic hum coupled with a small lawnmower engine sound, heard at various speeds and rpm, but with particular resonance at around 42 mph and 65 mph. Two different thangs.

    I'm picking it up from service tomorrow AM - let's see if the A-pipe mesh replacement fixes or at least minimizes the drone. :)

  • bobber1bobber1 Posts: 217
    Wheel bearing can go even on new cars. If you a pot hole and ding it just right, they'll wear out quick. I put a new one my Chevy Impala last fall(but that did have 135,000 miles on it). The guy who did the work told me the problems is more common than you'd think.
  • cuongcuong Posts: 45
    The message went away in about a week. Guess you need a numbers of on/off cycle.
  • hondalovahondalova Posts: 189
    If this is the only thing that ever goes wrong on my Odyssey, I'll be the most satisfied Honda customer on the planet. I've been a driving enthusiast my whole life - never owned a car w/o a manual transmission until I got married - always had hot (or at least hot-looking) cars when I was single and even some pretty darn nice ones after I was married (my current ride is an '04 Accord EX-L V-6 6 spd. Coupe - you've probably seen my posts on the Accord board).

    I have my wife in a minivan b/c its practical for my family - but I'm almost ashamed to admit how much fun it is to cruise 'round with the wife and kids in this thing. Its definitely the nicest driving, quietest, most comfortable family vehicle I've ever owned.

    So bearing - shmaring! ;)


    p.s. - It was the left front wheel bearing - and the wife says the pipe replacement seems to have greatly dimmed the 2000 rpm drone though I haven't driven the car enough myself yet to tell for sure.
  • bobber1bobber1 Posts: 217
    Yeah I agree the Odyssey is really fun to drive. Gosh it handles better than a lot of cars. Glad to hear you're pleased with it and have looked past the bearing problem.
  • nowakj66nowakj66 Posts: 709
    My oil life was at 30% and I accidentally reset it to 100% without doing the oil change. The next service reccomended was a "B service" with no numbers.

    What are my options here?

    The display that comes up if you get to the reset screen for maintenance minder still says the next service will be a "B" even though the oil life is now 100%.

    How did this happen? I sent to the reset screen to see what my next service was, pressed the button and it reset. Ooops. My bad!

    I am thinking of waiting for the oil life to drop 10% and then just doing the B service and oil change. Any flaws in that plan?
  • pgroganpgrogan Posts: 7
    I normally do not buy extended warranties, but I am considering one for the Odyssey I purchased yesterday. Does anyone have any thoughts or recommendations on where to purchase? Also what warranty did you get and how much did you pay?
  • hondalovahondalova Posts: 189
    I purchased an '07 Odyssey EX for $26k in December, 2006, with a 5 year 100k HondaCares warranty. The warranty cost was around $1000 and is a zero deductible package.

    Be sure you are getting a HondaCares warranty and not some P.O.S. Universal Underwriter's aftermarket policy or you will have lots of problems down the line. I also recommend negotiating for the zero deductible. Otherwise, after the 3/36 expires, every time you come in with a warranty issue, they'll clip you for $100 just to tell you that either its working the way it should or it's not a covered item.

    Finally, when you get your warranty packet, make sure you check that it actually specifies the terms you agreed to - I negotiated for a zero deductible, but when it came, it said $100 deductible and I had to leave boot prints on the business manager's rear end to get it changed to what it was supposed to be (which they finally did).

  • dsrtrat2dsrtrat2 Posts: 223
    I live in the Phoenix area where it gets above 110 degrees about 10-20 times per year. All the dealers say I should change the timing belt at 60,000 miles because of the heat. What would be the best thing to do? BTW they want about $500.00 for the job, which seems on the high side.
  • mvfergmvferg Posts: 1
    Does anyone have any idea how to reset the service light on an 05 Odyssey Touring? I've tried holding the 'i' button but service reset is not one of the options. HELP!!!
  • hondalovahondalova Posts: 189
    My wife's '07 Ody-EX (8k miles) is knocking noticeably and fairly consistently under normal acceleration. I tried changing fuel suppliers, but no improvement noted. I've not increased the octane b/c the car is supposed to run on regular gas.

    Anybody else had problems with persistent engine knocking on regular gas? If so, what was the cause/how'd ya' fix it?


  • dsrtrat2dsrtrat2 Posts: 223
    Fill the gas tank with the highest octane gas you can get. It is hard on an engine to have it knock. Get it to a dealer before damage occurs.
  • user777user777 Posts: 3,341
    sounds like it's got a problem with the knock sensor and can't adjust the timing properly. it is very odd the vehicle is knocking. i concur - see the dealer, and change fuel providers.
  • jchan2jchan2 Posts: 4,956
    I would change it at 60K miles; $500 isn't terribly expensive for the job. Check to see if that price includes any other repairs, such as replacing the water pump (I was told by my dealership that the two jobs involve a lot of the same procedures, so replacing them at the same time makes sense)
  • user777user777 Posts: 3,341
    isn't the schedule 90K or something like that? certainly NOT 60K.
  • jchan2jchan2 Posts: 4,956
    On the severe schedule, it is 60K. On the regular schedule, it is 105K.
  • hondalovahondalova Posts: 189
    Thanks dsrtrat2 and user777. You've been helpful to me (along with several others) with several of the problems I've posted here and on the Accord board.

    Much appreciated. :)

  • carboncarbon Posts: 2
    ">Can anyone tell me if replacing the odometer light in a '01 Ody is a Do It Yourself project? Dealer will probably want mucho $$$$ to do the job.

    Appreciate the help!!!!
  • hondalovahondalova Posts: 189
    FYI - I had the car at my Honda dealer this week - they said that there is a defect in the Power Control Module that is not permitting the computer to correctly adjust the engine timing and prevent knocking. They ordered a new PCM and it will be installed next Saturday morning.

    They said it was OK to drive until then. The knocking is moderate (faint sound of a baby rattle from under the hood - kinda like the old GM Iron Duke 4 cylinders used to knock - and I hear it only when accelerating, not at steady speed) and was unaffected by a change to higher octane gasoline.

    Will post again once PCM is installed.

  • dsrtrat2dsrtrat2 Posts: 223
    Try searching these forums, as I think some time ago someone described doing something similar.
  • user777user777 Posts: 3,341
    interesting. you sure they didn't say ECM (Engine Control Module) instead? to be honest, i'm not sure which of the modules manages the knock sensor and timing, but would think the ECM is responsible. yes, tell us how it works out!
  • hondalovahondalova Posts: 189
    Here's what they wrote on the service invoice:


    and they ordered part number: "37820-RGL-A83"
    which they described as: "CONTROL M 37820"

    Will post again after work is complete.

  • user777user777 Posts: 3,341
    ok, you're not confused, i am.

    ecu engine control unit
    ecm engine control module
    pcm power-train control module

    all one in the same.

    there's another module in the honda called a power control unit (pcu) i think, which is totally different serving a different function and was confusing me. :shades:
  • bwaltzbwaltz Posts: 1
    I have a 2005 Touring Edition. It is the biggest rip-off I have ever experienced. We just passed over the 34k mile mark and needed new tires. Well, the Tourin has the PAX system and only the dealer can change. After said and done, cost $1500 for 4 new tires. Don't waste your money on this otherwise useless feature. Go buy a Toyota or step down and buy the regular Odyssey. I told the GM their sales practices were deceptive as it was not clear when we bought the amount we would pay to replace. He tried to tell me that congress is trying to pass a new law that requires all cars to have PAX tires. that is fine as it should drive down the replacement cost. shame on you Honda. I will never buy another Honda even if they come out with a 1,000 MPG car.
  • hondalovahondalova Posts: 189
    Its OK - don't be so hard on yourself. I mean, I though I'd made a mistake once, but I was wrong. ;)

    Seriously, you and the others have been a big help with this issue.

  • hondalovahondalova Posts: 189
    PCM was changed on Saturday. I haven't driven it yet, but my wife says she thinks its still knocking. I'll drive it tomorrow or Wednesday, but if it is, it has to go back yet AGAIN.

    This is NOT what I bought a Honda for. Add this hassle to the right front wheel hub bearing that was replaced a month after I got the car and I'm starting to think I should've just bought a Dodge Caravan - more car for less money and no less reliable apparently. At least the Dodge dealership is 3 miles away and owned by one of my best friends - the Honda dealership is 30 minutes away b/c they won't license a dealer area smaller than the state of Rhode Island.
    Will keep you all posted.

  • blackexv6blackexv6 Posts: 503

    Our '06 Odyssey is our 3rd Honda in the past 5 years. We had pretty significant mechanical problems on all of them.

    '03 Accord: transmission failed at 40k, rear struts blown, front tie rod ends bad, & unresolved creaks/rattles sold the car at 59k miles.
    '00 Odyssey: 2 transmissions, first at 95k & second at 100k.
    '06 Odyssey: Droning defect, bad motor mount, A-pipe failure, numerous creaks

    Had a '06 Ford Taurus SE rental last week while my Ody was at the body shop. Much to my surprise, the car was tight as a drum - no creaks or rattles. Also, less road noise than all 3 of my Hondas (all 3 were +$25k-$35k) embarrassing ! And finally, the rental Taurus laughed at potholes and sucked up every road imperfection. I always have to steer clear of every little crack in the road or my teeth will chatter.

    I am looking at other manufacturers right now. Hopefully will win my Lemon case this fall & can dump my '06 Odyssey for a Sienna. Also, my next commuter car will probably be a '08 Camry if they work out the hesitation issues.
  • hondalovahondalova Posts: 189

    I guess that's why they make Fords AND Hondas - everybody has their own opinions. I would never buy another Ford (except possibly a V-8 Mustang GT).

    I owned a '94 Taurus GL with the 3.8 V-6 that I bought used in July of 1996 with 31k on it. Car drove beautifully - when it ran. In November, 1999, I finally sold it, having put only 43k additional miles on it, but having built a whole new car around my key. At the time, it needed over $5,000 worth of work and was only worth about the same.

    Our family has owned several Fords over the last 20 years and, with the exception of those powered by V-8 engines (a Mustang GT, a Crown Victoria, and a Lincoln Town Car - all of them the old 5.0, not the new modular 4.6), anything with a 4 or 6 cylinder (two Tauruses, two Escorts, and a Focus) has just sucked.

    Found On Road Dead
    Fix Or Repair Daily
    Feeds On Real Dollars
    Flip Over Read Directions
    Foolish Overpriced Road Disaster

    Why do Fords have the best crash-test ratings? Because its harder to get hit badly when you're broken down and standing still.

    Of course, that's just my opinion - millions of Ford enthusiasts would, no doubt, energetically disagree.

    With over 10k on my Odyssey already, and having financed 90% of the purchase price, I'm pretty much committed to this car at this point.

    -FS :sick:
  • kidlkcfkidlkcf Posts: 23
    I just had all my brake pads and rotors replaced for a whopping $550 on my 2004 Odyssey. I have almost exactly 20k miles on the car, and I've had the car for under 3 years. I am livid, too because I'm leasing and the lease is up in a few months. The techs tell me that the brake pads wore out b/c I do "mostly" city(I live in a small town) driving. And, I "must" be a driver that late brakes. Does this sound normal? Looking for some input.
  • tommyk1tommyk1 Posts: 1
    hey everyone,

    My name is Tom, just bought a new Honda Odyssey this past weekend. My family and I have been planning a trip to Lake Tahoe few months before we were in the market for a new car. Now that it's here, I was wonder if any of you can advise me if should or should not take my new car for a long drive so soon. It only has bout 10 miles on it. I heard yes's and no's from family and friends. I just wanted to see if other Odyssey owners had been in this type of situation and can share their experience. Thanks
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