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Honda Odyssey Electrical Problems



  • 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.
  • jangardjangard Posts: 1
    I have an '04 Odyssey with what I believe is a series of electrical shorts. I haven't had it diagnosed yet, as the warranty is up and I know electrical problems cost a fortune!

    It is strange how it moves about. Sometimes the interior lights won't come on, then sometimes they will flicker when one of the side doors is being opened. I have had the driver power window work when the engine is off and the keys are not in the ignition, and I've been able to pull the key from the ignition when the car is running!! There are several other instances, but this gives you a rough idea. Any ideas on what it could be?

    Also, the ignition has recently started to reject the keys! I mean, you can put them in, but you can't move them. Then you turn the key around and it works fine! Any ideas on that one??
  • bigdadi118bigdadi118 Posts: 1,207
    There are batteries with reserve power. Once the battery is dead, flip a switch on the battery then start the car to recharge.
  • i have own this car for only 7 months and bought this van through a small dealership that i have bought this car from PA through an action.
    i did a carfax and it came out to be no trouble at all and one owner for this car and it was for personal used only.
    i purchased it when it was 69,000 miles.

    i have quesiton about my engine light being on. light show on 10-27-08 and i had reset the car and it had turn off eversent today. the light came back on and i don't know what to do.
    i took it to a local auto zone store to do a free engine check and it define it as
    Electrical load detector curcuit high input
    Probable causes
    1. open or short circuit condition
    2. failed ECM

    do anyone know what it exectly what it is telling me. i don't want to waist money to go the dealership to disnosg. it and if someone could get me some answer to this question.
    if it dones't help, maybe it'll be best to take it to the dealership.

    i have another question.
    when my car is put into reverse(front is facing down the hill) it seem to be reversing it, if i don't put enough gas paddle on the car. i goes down and then when i put gas on it, then it'll reverse.
    same thing when the car is going up the hill; and when i stop and then go, it'll roll down and i have to put gas on it so it won't roll down.

    is that normal or is there something wrong with the van?
  • bigdadi118bigdadi118 Posts: 1,207
    is that normal or is there something wrong with the van?

    It is considered to be normal by Honda though ... I used to have 2007 Odyssey (traded for 2008 Pilot) did the same thing as you described ... Since I am aware of it (car will roll backward when car is in "D" when car front facing uphill in slope & car will roll forward when car is in "R" as car front facing downhill in slope.), put into gear "D" or "R", my left foot will be stepping on the brake, then right foot gives a little puch on gas before releasing the brake.
  • Hi, I have a 2004 Odyssey, and it has started to do the same thing with me also. What did you do? or what was the problem? I changed the battery and still it has set off the alarm. And it seems to like to go off in the in the middle of the night. If you found the solution please share. thx
  • smilysmily Posts: 9
    I own 2007 Odyssey with 14000 miles on it. I bought it new in 12/2006. I got the battery replaced last month under warranty as it was dead one morning. Now I have another issue. Once every five times or so, especially when the engine is warm, the starter motor doesn't react when I turn the ignition key. I hear "zeeeeee" noise from the left side of the steering column but nothing happens. If I stop and try one more time, the starter motor reacts as usual and it starts the engine. Has anyone experienced the same issue? Battery is brand new and has no issues.
  • I read your posting about your van. I have the same van and experienced similar for past couple of weeks. I have a 1999. Rough idle when starting up, then I turn off and try again and it's fine. Then one day a picture of the key flashing on the dashboard indicating didn't recognize the key and then went dead on a realatively new battery. Car repair cannot duplicate after putting in a new battery. I'm sure it'll happen again. Was thinking of taking it to Honda dealer. I know it's more exspensive but they must have heard of t his problem before.
    So my question to you is what did you find out it was? Or did you ever?
    Also when I park and take the key out it make a dull whinning sound.

    Thank you
  • I have a 07 Honda Oydessy that we bought used 6 months ago. the issue you open the rear sliding door and then get in to start it and EVERYTHING is dead (radio, clock, no sound on start up). You then reshut the door (which has power) and it then starts right up......This has happend 2x in the last 3 days. The second time she slammed the driver door and it worked. What does the doors have to do with the battery not giving power?

    please help solve this mystery!
  • smilysmily Posts: 9
    Hi Monica,

    I took my van to a nearby dealership but guess what! It didn't happen when the service adviser tried several times on the spot. The van worked fine without any issues. It was embarrasing but my can still has the same issue from time to time. I don't know what to do.
  • You need to change your starter. The starter clutch slips when you hear zeeee, especially when it's hot.
  • smilysmily Posts: 9
    Thanks to this forum. I printed out a copy of SB in regards to the engine pinging (knocking) and get the knocking sensor replaced on my wife's 2007 Odyssey yesterday. Now the annoying pinging is gone! If anyone is having the pinging issue, I will strongly recommend to get it fixed at a dealer.
  • smilysmily Posts: 9
    Hi actually it was the main relay, making the noise. No issues not. :)
  • narmitagenarmitage Posts: 2
    Mine just started doing the same thing. I bought the thing so I could unlock and open and get the kids in. Also have issues with the radio controls on steering wheel getting crossed. Never, and I do mean NEVER, again.
  • narmitagenarmitage Posts: 2
    My '04 did that on the passenger's side vent just a few months out of warranty. Dealer said it would cost a lot to fix and I told him to stuff it. The other vent works fine. It's odd, because I only used the thing a few times. I really hate this vehicle and its many small, but hugely annoying, problems.
  • john321john321 Posts: 1
    My car is a 2002 Odyssey. Due to my forggeting turning off a small overhead light, I had a dead battery. After jump start, seems many switches are in a mess (even thought the car is perfectly drivable):

    Mainly on driver side switches, the door lock not working; cannot control the passenger side window from driver side (but the switch on passenger side has no problem to control its window); even more weird, the light of the shift indicator (indicates if the shift is on P, R, N, D, D2) is light up normally, but if I trun on the car's main lights, that indicator dims down. Seems the whole car's logic in a mess. Please help me!
  • hmrhmr Posts: 1
    I have a 2002 EX that I bought new. The van now has 140,000 miles on it, but I have had electrical issues for most of the past 7 years. I went through the vents now operating and they were fixed by the dealer. I go through head lights and brake lights way too often. However, the big issues that I have had, no one can seem to find the problem. It started about 3 years ago when my horn would not sound when I locked the car. This would occur for a couple weeks then it would start again. Later, my brake light would flash on and off. Again, repair shop could not find any issues. The car locks will just unlock for no reason or the alarm will sound for no reason. My TCS and SRS lights now blink on and off as well. Again, the mechanic cannot locate what the issue is. Has anyone else out there had this problem?
  • My wife has a 2007 Odyssey. If she leaves anything - and I mean ANYTHING - on in that car when it isn't running, even for a few minutes, the battery dies and the car won't crank or start. Jump starts fine and starts fine after that - unless she leaves something on again. Example: overhead reading light was left on for 30 minutes. Car wouldn't start. The dealer said the battery was fine, and that this was the way Odysseys are. He blamed it on technology. Can this possibly be true, or do I have some other drain on the power...but only when something is left on??
    HELP!! And sorry if this has already been discussed somewhere.
  • I have one of the original 1996 Honda Odyssey Vans. The van still runs well after 200 Km. but it has experienced a few electrical problems. This one is a mystery and I hope someone can help... Last week the driver side headlight stopped working. I changed the bulb...still no light. I tried the working bulb from the passenger side...that didn't work. I checked the fuse..ok. I tested the voltage at the socket. There are three connectors, each one showed 12.3 volts when the light switch is in the on position. I cleaned the contacts and checked the ground connection, all ok. The hi-beams work fine, but the @#!@#$% headlight still doesn't go on. Please help!!!
  • It started about a year ago: once in a while while driving the "door" lights on the dashboard flickered on and off. No big deal I thought...I few months ago my DVD player started acting up. Randomly I could play a few songs then the Err message would show up, DVD would stop working, it's not stuck I can eject it fine, when I try to put it back in the system will reject it... I realized I could get the DVD to play the longest when the radio/DVD unit was still cold (when I first started driving the car in the mornings) then it would stop working after 3-4 songs. The other day I was driving with the radio on, all of the sudden the radio flickered on/off, the lights on my dashboard flickered on/off, then the TCS, Brake and ABS lights stayed on. I pulled over turned the car off, waited a few minutes, turned it back on, the 3 lights on the dashboard were still on (hand brake was not engaged). Next day, dashboard lights didn't come on, radio worked like normal. This morning, I turned the radio on I get the "CODE" on the display as if it was disconnected from the battery (it was not), the dashboard lights stayed off. Now I need to find the radio code to see if it will reset my radio at least. What is going on here? Has anyone else seen these kind of problems? Please help...(Van has about 70k)
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