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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: 33,262
    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.

    2019 Acura TLX A-spec 4 cyl. (mine), and 2013 Acura RDX AWD (wife's)

  • 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: 33,262
    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.

    2019 Acura TLX A-spec 4 cyl. (mine), and 2013 Acura RDX AWD (wife's)

  • 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!!
  • abbytobyabbytoby Posts: 2
    My husband did check it out. No luck. It was already tight. Noise is still there. :(
  • scoutleaderscoutleader Posts: 18
    I have an 05 EX-L w ~22,000 miles. I hear a constant tinny sounding rattle coming from the steering column. This has been going on for the past ~5000 miles. I hear it at driving around town speeds. I've mentioned this to the service tech @ the dealership on the last 3 visits. They can't seem to find anything and naturally when I've taken the service manager on a test drive, there's no noise. Anyone else experience this? Solutions? Thanks.
  • hound97hound97 Posts: 22
    I have a 2006 EXL bought in Oct. 2005 with 12k miles. The once very quiet sliding doors now make an awful creaking sound at both ends of their range, but especially when they are fully opened. It seems as though the motor wants to keep opening them even when there is no where left for them to go. My dealer told me they adjusted them, but it didn't help. They also seem to suggest that by nature the doors just get very noisy. I also have a problem with noisy door seals around my font doors. Over bumps (even little ones) I hear a rubbing or pulling type noise from the seals.

    Any thoughts?
  • gea001gea001 Posts: 1
    No noise on my 2005 EXL (purchased 11/04) sliding doors but over any bump door seals on all doors squeak and rub. Sounds like I'm hauling styrofoam coolers rubbing against one another. Severely disappointed in squeaks, vibrations (center console) and rattles (headliner). Visited dealer multiple times they are now going to replace all door seals. Thinking of trading this in for a Sienna!!!!! My Ford Windstar had more interior integrity.
  • kozinatorkozinator Posts: 3
    This past week I took my 2006 EX-L in for service (10,000 miles). One of the things I asked the dealer to look at was the driver and passenger front windows. Since the last time we had the van in for service we have noticed that when the windows are closed they both make a "creaking" noise when driving on anything but a piece of perfectly smooth and straight pavement. It seems that as the body flexes that noise is generated from the location where the glass seals into the rubber. When the windows not 100% up, the noise goes away.

    Of course, the noise is not heard when the radio is on.

    When I mentioned this to the service manager, he smiled and said he was familiar with this and knew exactly what to do. He said that a product similar to Vaseline needed to be rubbed into the rubber seal and the noise would go away. didn't. Now that we know what to listen for it is infuriating.

    Does anyone else have this problem? If so, how did you solve it?
  • anyone have any comments about this? I have scheduled a visit to Honda Service tomorrow and any info would be helpful.
  • rshtrsht Posts: 277
    Yap, we have the same exact problem as you've described. The noise mostly came from my drivers door/window than the passenger side. Yes, I also took our ODY to my dealership to have it checked. I was given the same reason as your
    dealership gave you, that is to apply some thin grease (Sil-Glyde from NAPA was suggested) to the seal but that never did anything to reduce the noise.... Please let me know what the result is after your re-visit to the dealership. Wish all goes well and have the problem resolved once and for all.. Looking forward to hear from ya soon. Thanks!
  • hound97hound97 Posts: 22
    I go in Friday for an oil change and to have this issue looked at for the fourth time. The dealer I bought my van from said my seals needed to be replaced, but they didn't have the parts at the time and are too far away for me to return there. The dealer I am working with now has looked at this at least three times. Each time I go home with the same irritating noise in my ear! I'll let you know if I have any luck.

    Anyone know why Toyota wasn't part of the recent comparison done by Motor Trend? Odyssey was #1, but Toyota wasn't even in the running. Kia seems impressive. Chrysler would be irrelavent if not for Stow 'N Go.
  • I am also getting some window noise from all front and middle windows in my 2006 Odyssey. I am wondering if it is the same kind of noise. The noise started after I drove the odyssey on a one mile unpaved road two weeks ago. The road was a gravel road with a few bumps. Since then, all four windows seem to have a "rattle" sound as if something was loose in the door. When I crank open the window a bit (1/2 inch), the rattle noise goes away for that door.

    I brought the odyssey to the dealer today. The dealer mentioned a service bulletin and that they did not have the new window seals in stock. I'm not sure if my "rattle" noise are the same as in the service bulletin. On top of that, instead of 90F and sunny weather, it is 70F and cloudy and the noise was not as present this morning. Could the heat makes it worse?

    Oh well, I will have to see what happens. It took 5 trips to fix my steering wheel vibration issue (4 tire balancing, and then new pads and rotor fixed). Hopefully this time it will only take two trips.
  • rshtrsht Posts: 277
    kozinator & hound97, is the "creaking" noise issue ever resolved by your dealers? Did replacing the window seals work for you?

    I believe I have found the exact location of the "creaking" noise, its not the channel where the glass touches the rubber seal (when the glass is all the way up/closed), but the seal that is in contact to the car when the front door is fully closed. To recreate the "Creaking" noise, I had the front window fully closed (up), I stood on the outside of the van and closed the front door; from the outside, at the top of the window seal where there is a Chrome strip (it runs on top the windows seal along the top of the door), I lightly pressed on the chrome around the window and Oh Yeah here comes that "Creaking" sound. The rubber piece/section "just" above the Chrome strip where in contact with the paint is where I heard the "creak, creak, creak" each time as I pressed on the chrome. I basically got rid of this problem (for now) by cleaned the under side of the seal with warm water and waxed the entire painted surface where the seal comes in contact with, real good. So far, it has been a week and no "Creaking" yet... Good Luck!
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