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Honda Odyssey DIY Tips

hypercorehypercore Posts: 16
Here's an opportunity for all you know it alls to help others with doing the simple things on the Odyssey. Give detailed instructions (step 1, step 2). Provide links to where you bought the parts.

For instance, oil changes and air filter inside the van are examples.

If you have done something unique, share it with the Ody community. If you have found some technical tid-bit that is of help, share it.



  • jipsterjipster Louisville, KentuckyPosts: 5,651
    I believe you meant the title to be, "Odyssey: How to DIY" in Do It Yourself.
  • ClairesClaires Chicago areaPosts: 1,222
    Hypercore, good topic. You might also want to check out our Honda Odyssey: Care & Maintenance for tips from folks who do their own work on their vans.

    Jipster, always good to have an editor around :-)

    The title's been changed.


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  • I have indeed checked out the 'Honda Odyssey: Care & Maintenance' thread. There's a lot of good stuff in there... but I felt it was burried in there. I am hoping this thread 'DIY' will build up to contain very specific instructions.

  • panmaxpanmax Posts: 24
    Diy instructions good idea.
    DIY instructions would be even better if we could post pictures in addition to text.
  • One option may be to use a site to link to for pictures.

    Another option, which I may opt to do, when the occasion arises, is to put together the document in Acrobat format and have it available for download from a repository.
  • Our son put a coin(s) into the CD player and now it skips and scratches CDs. I understand that the dashboard has to be removed in order to remove the CD player to get the coins out.
    How would I find info. on how to remove the dashboard or just the CD player?
  • panmaxpanmax Posts: 24
    Good ideas if you have a picture posting service or site of your own off your personal computer. You would not want to keep your computer on 24/7. Increases hacking issues. There are other car sites where you can post pictures and documents, of limited size. Just search the model you are interested in. Include forum or club or some other common group name. Remember, many forums with car names have been threatened with lawsuits unless they changed from the car model name to something else. Yes, lawyers at work.
  • kominskykominsky Posts: 850
    I'm looking in the Chilton repair manual (previous generation Odyssey) and it says to:

    * remove steering column covers
    * CAREFULLY pry off center panel (trim around the stereo)
    * remove two bolts holding radio bracket
    * pull out bracket (disconnect electrical connectors as you go)
    * remove 4 bolts holding cd player to bracket
    * ta-da

    If you have a newer Ody or would like to see the pics, I'd recommend picking up a Chilton or Haynes manual. I've used mine often, fixing various things in my wife's Ody. There may be others available too... maybe better ones. I have a Bentley for my car but they don't make them for Hondas.
  • ClairesClaires Chicago areaPosts: 1,222
    Hypercore, why not open a CarSpace? You can upload images or multiple albums and link to them here. As for .pdf documents, it would be just as good for the instructions to be posted right here so that people who are leery of downloading can still get the information.

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  • "You would not want to keep your computer on 24/7"

    Actually, I have several computers that are on 24/7/365... even when I go on vacation for weeks at a time. I can access everything on my PC(s) from remote locations... My brother helped setup all of this. I don't know all the ins-n-outs of it, but I know it works.

    As for being prone to hacking, I have multiple firewalls setup.
  • SylviaSylvia Posts: 1,636
    In addition to your CarSpace page we can work with you on posting PDF's in here.
  • Has anyone here installed cross bars on Ody EX? Is it easy to do? Want to save some money from dealer installation. Thanks.
  • ny_odyny_ody Posts: 1
    I have read that vehicles can either drain/fill or completely flush their transmission fluid. I am getting ripped off royally by my local shops saying it costs $200 to change the automatic transmission fluid. here says about $35!!

    Could someone please post how this is properly performed for a 2001 Odyssey EX?

    Thank you :confuse:
  • dsrtrat2dsrtrat2 Posts: 223
    Do a search in these ODY threads and you will find what you need. Be sure to use Honda's ATF.
  • Guys! This is one website )and there are several others with the same pdf files) showing you how to install a lot of the accessories ont he odyssey. I am planning to order the roof rail cross bars and install them myslef. The only difficult one is the things that require removing the dash. I have messed with my old maxima several times to install an in dash receiver and an mp3 cd changer but am heistant to work on the dash of our brand new 06 Odyssey EX-L with NAv and DVD. I wanted to install the wood trims myself alond with the fog lights. Here is the site with most of the install guides. Check it out.
  • ClairesClaires Chicago areaPosts: 1,222
    For those of you who want to protect your A/C condenser from rocks and other debris by installing a grille insert, one of our members has uploaded a series of 'how-to' photos to his CarSpace. You can see the photos here:

    Chimrichalds Photo Album: Installing a Grille Insert


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  • I recently changed the ATF in my 2003 Accord myself. I change my own oil, but was a little apprehensive about messing with the transmission...Until I saw how simple it is - even easier than changing the oil (there is no filter to deal with). You simply remove the drain plug and refill. An easy way to make sure that you add the correct amount is to measure the amount that you drain. Of course draining the fluid does not empty the fluid that is in the torque converter. After the first drain and refill, drive the car a short distance allowing it to shift through the gears, then repeat the drain/fill process. The simple drain/fill service was around $60 at my local Honda dealership. If I wanted to flush out the T.C. it would be another $60. I purchased six quarts of ATF (3 for each D/F) for about $30 from Honda. I just purchase an '06 Oddysee for my wife, and it appears that the process is exactly the same. Hope this helps and wasn't too drawn out.
  • The battery in our 2002 Odyssey drained completely and when I jump start it, the panic alarm goes off and won't stop. Is there something I can do to reset it or am I stuck taking it somewhere???? Please help!
  • Can you elaborate on how you add the new fluid back to the transmission? Do you need to shift through all gears in the process? Thanks.
  • fred222fred222 Posts: 200
    I cannot speak directly to the Hondas, but for other ATF vehicles you add the trans fluid through the tube where the transmission dipstick goes. There are special funnels for this which are long, thin and flexible.
    I have performed quite a few automatic transmission fluid changes and in all the vehicles I have done you had to physically remove the transmission pan by un-bolting it and then change out a filter. I would guess that Hondas also have a transmission filter.
    When I perform trans fluid changes I measure exactly the amount of fluid that was removed. You can do this using a 12 oz disposable plastic cup and count how many times it is filled. Then I add the same amount of fluid back. You do not want to over fill the transmission, and as long as it was not over filled to start, this will work. You should drive the vehicle and check the fluid according to the manual, usually warm in Park. Add fluid as needed.

    Manual transmissions are much simpler. There usually is no filter and you just drain, measure and refill.
  • skyhawkskyhawk Posts: 126
    Can someone tell me the procedure for resetting the oil life message?

  • Were you able to install cross bars for your 06 Odyssey? I am having problems as holders don't fit into the rails.
  • I had a '99 ody, when it was wrecked, the service manual went to the people who bought it. I now have an 07 ody).

    200 bucks is a major ripoff! it is sooo simple and only about 20 minutes (once everything is figured out).

    First of all -what you need to get - use only HONDA Transmission Fluid - they have a special additives that no one else uses - warranties are null and void if you don't use Honda tran fluid. (Special additive packages are available to add to regular tran fluid, but, in the end, costwise, its not worth it - dish out for genuine honda fluid) and get a replacement "gasket" for the drain bolt.

    Ask your dealer how much to replace (if it isn't actually in the owners manual) (there are fluid capacities and refill quantities) - ask for refill quantity.

    drive the car first so that the tran fluid is at least warm -i think hot is preferred- (i suspect to get whatever particulates in there suspended and thus removed w/ the fluid)

    The fill bolt is on top of the transmission (roughly below and to the left of the brake cylinder in the back right side (drivers side) of the engine compartment). Loosen it, i believe its a 19 mm bolt - you'll need a long ratchet extension to get to it-
    remove the fluid via the drain bolt under the transmission (its sideways facing, if i remember correctly) and also about 19mm) - drain. Replace the drain bolt using the new drain bolt gasket.

    you'll need a long narrow funnel to get to the fill hole. there are a lot of tubes and cables and wires to get around/through to get the oil to fill hole - i actually used two smaller narrow funnels stacked to get in there. I believe you use around 3.5 qts of fluid to refill - but again, check with the dealer for refill quantity. make sure all bolts are in their place.

    if you want to flush the system - drive the first oil change around until the oil is hot and repeat the procedure.

    if you can get the oil change for $35 bucks, it is probably worth it since the tran oil is going to be around $16 alone - if not more. just make sure they use Honda tran fluid. (this is why i do myself in the first place - i don't trust repair shops that much and i don't like my local honda dealer)

    once you figure the logistics out, it is actually easier than an engine oil change - no filters, no transmission oil pans and/or gaskets.

    its been a while, so i'm not a 100% on quantities and bolt sizes - i'll let you check that out - but the procedure is simple enough.

    have fun
  • For those who had 2nd Gear transmission recall done, an oil jet is installed on top of the transmission and you won't see the fill bolt. It's pain to open the oil jet bracket and wiggle it out, there is some wire harness on top to prevent it from be pulled out unless you bend the harness pretty bad which is what I did. Next time I am thinking about filling through the dipstick hole instead. Is that acceptable?
  • For 2001 Honda Odyssey , I need step by step guide on removal of factory installed cassette player and install CD player (I bought compatible to fit into 2001 odyssey).
  • robr2robr2 BostonPosts: 8,863
    Go here:

    Pick CD player and select the one you have. You can then download the instructions.
  • Dealers and maint shops have ATF units that hook up on the radiator cooling line and work on the rule that the hot fluid rises in the unit and they swap all of the fluid while the car is running, complete change of trans fluid. Cost approx $ 75.00 .
  • complete change should run about $ 7500 plus fluid if shop has the unit that hooks up using the cooling line to the radiator.
  • ddywzddywz Posts: 1
    I tried to remove the rear bumper this weeked but was not successful in doing so. After removed all the plastic plugs, and six screws the bumper came loose but could not detach completely. Looks like there's something just below the tail lights that won't let it go. Do I need to remove the tail lights? Can someone please let me know how to remove this bumper?

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