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Honda Odyssey Window/Door/Hatch Problems



  • I have a 2005 Touring model that when ever I use the power button to open or close it creaks either going up or down. The dealer says he's never heard of that problem and would have to remove the headliner to check it out. He also says thats expensive I've squirted WD 40 and also lithium grease nothing helps. Does anyone have any ideas?
    Thanks in advance
  • sricansrican Posts: 12
    I have a brand new 2010 odyssey. Occasionally (i would say 1 or 2 out of 10 times), the sliding doors for the 2nd row does not open completely. It opens 70% of the way which means you cannot get into the 3rd row easily.

    Anyone else encounter this problem before.


  • robr2robr2 BostonPosts: 8,862
    Are the windows in the sliding door rolled down when this happens?

    If so, it's a safety feature. If the window is rolled down the door will not fully open to guard against a child's head or arm getting caught if they were in the open window.
  • kjn3kjn3 Posts: 2
    If anyone touches my doors, they will stop midway. Is that the case that maybe a child touches it before you unlock it? Good luck. Kjn
  • We went on a big trip last month and our 2010 honda odessey had intermittent problems with the door not opening all the way - it was very frustrating for those in the back seat. It happened on both sides of the van. I will try the windows thing - maybe our windows were partway down??
  • robr2robr2 BostonPosts: 8,862
    Please report back with the outcome.
  • Hi. Over the past couple of years that I've had my '05 EX-L, my wife or myself have observed all the windows being down a couple of inches on occassion ...but only ever at public places (i.e. the dog park, a mall, the zoo, etc.).

    We never hold the unlock button down very long, and upon testing this out, you really have to hold it down for quite a few seconds before the windows will start to roll down.

    So I'm wondering if anyone has heard of this happening as a result of other Honda owners possibly unlocking their cars (or purposely rolling down their windows using the remote)? Maybe a similar or the same frequency causes this, which would be a serious security concern?

    I've checked with a Honda dealership and they're not aware of any such security problems like I've described, but I'm curious to know if anyone else might be somewhat baffled by this too?


  • :surprise: My new 2011 Odyssey really endangered our family. While driving home on the Interstate and changing lanes, the interior lights started going on and off at random. Not good because I lost my night vision. Indicator was right sliding door was open (it wasn't) Honda is going to replace a latch on Friday...this is our first Honda and hope its not indicative of things to come.
  • I am also noticing this sqeaky noice on passenger sliding door for last couple of days on my 2010 odyssey. Everything looks good but kind of anoying.
  • 2006 Odyssey has gone through a slew of weird behavior, all kinds of noises, seen by a dealer who thought it was a problem with a little rubber bumper. It never got any better. Door ultimately became DEAD, no action at all. Couldn't open close manually or with power. Found a thread on another board advising fuse pull to reset some codes, and door became operational, but with repetitive loud clicking on trying to open it. With a little nudge of help, it opens. Same pounding/clicking when trying to close it. I have attached a youtube video to see if anyone finds this familiar. Any help appreciated.
  • fmichaelfmichael Posts: 95
    edited January 2011
    Started in December of 2009...The passenger sliding door will either close, and then re-open, or it won't close at all.

    No problems during the spring/summer/fall - only winter when the van gets damp/wet, and the outside temp drops to freezing levels...Service folks at the dealership last year said they think it was due to some ice/dirt, and they're once again saying the same thing this year - however this problem still exists.

    Anyone else having these same issues?
  • Over the last couple of years, I have had the same window dropping experience after I have locked up the car and left it in a parking lot. I have tried to figure out if it is my remote or someone else opening their car. It mostly has happened at work, but last night it was in my driveway.

    I have taken the car to the dealership to check the electrical system to the windows. No problem was found and they denied ever hearing of this problem.

    We need to get as many people to post as we can about this issue so that Honda will have to do something to correct it. I, too, feel that it is a safety issue especially since you never know where or when it will happen.

    Thanks, Beth
  • Solved it. Attached video shows the fix. It was the "release actuator". There was a metal gear inside that broke. Very easy to fix. Much harder getting the plastic trim off the door to get to it than to actually fix it.
  • I have the same problem with my 2010 Odyssey. Was your problem resolved?
  • I had a keyless remote put on my 1997 Honda Oddessy. Now the remote will not open the door. I can unlock it (sometimes) if I hit the lock button first, then the unlock. When sitting inside the car, the driver's door lock will not lock any of the doors but it will unlock all the doors when lifted up.

    With the driver's door open you can't lock any of the doors with the button on the door unless you hold the inside door latch open...then the you can depress the door lock on the door.

    This is a very frustrating situation. Dealer said it might take HOURS to troubleshoot. Does anyone have any ideas for narrowing the problem down as it in the electrical system or in the door lock actuator or the remote units themselves or what? Seems like there is a problem with the locks since you can't depress the door lock unless you hold the door opener open???

    Thank you.

    KJ in Ohio
  • 2009 Honda Odyssey EXL having the same problem. About 2-3 minutes after leaving home, I hear this beep for about 20 seconds. All doors are shut and seat belts are on, no indicator light on the dash of any problems or open doors. Then it just stops and everything is fine. Have not contacted dealer yet, but anxious for a resolution!
  • I tried to follow directions in manual to program door locks to open with car is turned off. It states to hold down master unlock button until it clicks (unlocks), and then continue holding until it clicks again (or multiple times, depending what you want the locks to do). When I do this, I only hear the initial unlock click, and no additional clicks even after 5 or 10 seconds, any solutions?
  • cvr109cvr109 Posts: 2
    I bought a 2011 odyssey ex-l w/nav just about 2 months ago and I am just starting to see this same problem ! I locked the car and walked into my house ,5 mins later I looked out the window (it was snowing very hard) and noticed that I could see my sons car seat. All the windows and the sunroof were completely open ! I live in ct. And its been snowing here on and off for the past couple of weeks so the last thing I would be doing is opening a window ! The strange part was that the car was off and locked with everything closed and then 5 mins later everything was open ! Honda has to address this issue. My wife and I use our honda to transport our severely handicapped son and if god forbid a door decided to open instead of the window or something else like that it could be very dangerous for him or one of our other three children ! My vehicle was purchased at Weymouth Honda in Mass. I hope this problem can be corrected quickly because this is our only car ! Thanks Chris,
  • alangpalangp Posts: 13
    I got the same problem with my eight-month old 2010 EX-L(Actually my wife did). It seems to happen once a month for the previous three months. My wife told me when it first happened around Thanksgiving and I told her to lock the windows so it would happen by accidentally hit the button by person other than the driver. Then she told me it happened again around Christmas.

    Last Saturday, it did again right before my eyes after one hour stop outside the mall, one-inch gap for all the four windows. I was speechless.

    I know it's hard to argue with dealer since I can not "Repeat" the situation before them. But I guess I just need their check report first, then write to honda directly to complain.

    This is ridiculous, once Spring comes, any heavy thunderstorm will ruin the interior, let alone the security issue. How could honda have such a annoying and stupid flaw on their mini-van.

    I had two honda cars at home.
  • I have the same problem with my windows opening randomly on my 2010 Odyssey after my car is shut. First i thought it was just the key fob then i switched DID NOT Help. The windows would open after locking the Odyssey no matter which key fob I used or if I just shut and locked the car. I am very happy I found this forum as I agree the more people that talk about the windows opening Honda will see this annoying and dangerous problem is widespread and have to address it. There have been a few times where it actually rained inside the car as the windows opened by themselves.
  • I have a two week old 2011 Honda Odyssey EX-L and have experienced this problem twice (window opening on its own overnight). I read everything about how holding down the key remote can roll all of the windows down. However, my problem on both occasions was one individual window rolled all the way down both times (once the passenger side and once the driver side). I know I didnt do it before I got out of the car accidentally as my window lock button is on at all times. This is extremely frustrating. I live in a townhome community and there are people out and about all of the time. This is a major security issue and possible damage issue. I am in Baltimore and the temperature went down to 9 degrees last night while my window was down! Something has to be done about this. Has anyone else had luck fixing the problem?
  • dmcg1dmcg1 Posts: 1
    Same deal with our 2010 Odyssey. Has happened to my wife on more than once. Happened to day. Parked the car (its winter so all the windows were up) and locked it with the remote. Came back an hour later and all four windows were open the came amount (a couple of inches). Anyone had a legitimate response from a dealer as to what is happening?
  • For those who are having a problem of finding all their windows opened a bit I was having the same problem (well my wife was). It turns out there is a feature (at least on our 2011 EX-L Res) where if you hit the unlock button on the remote twice but keep the button pressed down the second time you press it the windowns will roll down. What was happening is my wife was unintentionally holding the unlock button down the second time (in order to unlock all the doors) just a fraction too long and it would roll the windows down just a tad. Repeat this a few times and before you know it the wondows are down about an inch leaving you wondering why they did that when you finally notice it. In fact I tested it and you dont have to hold the button down long for this feature to kick in. By the way it also opens the sunroof.

    I know this may not be the problem everyone is experience especially if it is only one window that mysteriously opening but after us noticing the windows "rolling down by themselves by an ich a couple of times" this is what it turned out to be. Hope this can help explain what is happening for others out there.
  • teddydteddyd Posts: 1
    edited February 2011
    I noticed that all my windows were down about 1 to 2 inches and rolled them up figuring it was some feature that I didn't know about. What I didn't realize is that the sun roof was also open (just noticed today after about 1.5" of rain here in New York - hope water didn't get near the DVD player). Checked out this forum and realized for my 2011 Odyssey that when you click the open door button twice and hold the second time down it rolls all the windows down. Maybe useful for a hot day but pretty annoying if you don't know about the feature. Would be cool if you could shut it off. Also experiencing the LOW BATTERY warning about 50% of the time. This looks like a true bug with the car. Kind of frustrating given the car was so expensive and is so new. Also had my wife's Uncle come by one morning and told us, "you know the sliding door is open on your van." Also kind of frustrating considering it was freezing cold out...
  • 4toscore4toscore Posts: 1
    To fix the "My door won't open" problem, I removed the weather stripping on both sides. It was replaced under a recall, but I had more problems after the replacement than before. It can be cleaned and reinstalled. I just left it off.
  • nellie7nellie7 Posts: 1
    My 2011 Odyssey has windows and sunroof that open without asking. Once in Seattle and once in Portland it rained all night into the car. Meanwhile the dealership is saying "What Problem" and are making superficial attempts at correction while at the same time denying that there is a problem. They ignore and do not recognize the entry's on GOOGLE that describe the frustrations of other Odyssey owners with the same issues. A car whose windows open at random is not saleable and is a safety problem because car entry is permitted when the oiwner is absent. I will be happy to talk to others who wish to pursue an equitable and lawful solution.
  • I have a 2010 honda odyssey EX and it is by far the worst 32k my hubby and i have ever spent. i am afraid to trade it cause i don't want us to lose our butts on it. And the fact its another credit check is not good either. here is my problem my windows rattle, pass and driver sliding doors do to. The drivers window creaks and tries to force itself higher up in the track when it is already fully up. I have a terrible spark knock or something going on in my engine. All i know is my van has less than 8k on it and it has a knock that makes me sick. My tranny fights to get into drive or park sometimes I have to fully depress the brake to the point where there is no further to push it in to get it to shift. I have trouble with it not wanting to start. It revs high when i first start it like 1000rpms or more in the morning. I've taken it to the dealer they wont fix it. They said they dont know whats wrong with it, they stated they took the doors apart and fixed the creaks, reprogrammed the window and lubed the doors, but none of this is seeming to help. Please i need some advice help me. I have kids and dont have the time to run back and forth to the dealer or worry if my car is gonna die on me what do you think i should do..
  • sickofhonda2sickofhonda2 Posts: 4
    edited May 2011
    ha it seems like i have all the problems of the past couple yrs all rolled into one car. my transmitter key wont work half the time i was about 10 feet away from my car and the remote wouldnt work. i just had it tested they said it was fine. i have a feeling the dealer is feeding me a line.. :lemon: law
  • 01intrigue01intrigue Posts: 92
    Can you get it to another dealer? Have you gone on a ride with the service rep at the dealer and pointed out the problems? if they acknowledge the symptoms but cannot fix them, threaten using the lemon law in your state to get a new one.
  • I have a 2005 odyssey EX-L. The sliding door on the drivers side won't unlock electrically or manually. This means i can't open the door. Can anybody help.

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