Honda Odyssey Problems

RepairPal has identified the most common problems with the Honda Odyssey as reported by actual vehicle owners. We'll tell you what the problem is and what it'll take to fix it.

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Known Problems

There have been reports of Catalytic Converter failure that causes the Check Engine light to come on. Replacing the catalytic converter will repair this issue.

Manual sliding doors will stick or not open easily due to the door seal sealing too well. Sometimes this can cause the door handle to break when trying to open the door. Replacing the door seal with an updated seal from Honda will repair this issue.

A knock or clunk type noise may be noted from the front suspension over bumps. This is can caused by worm stabilizer (sway) bar links. Replacing both stabilizer bar links will commonly repair this issue.

The engine may develop and oil leak due to a porous engine block casting. The repair procedure is dependent on where the leak is located. Honda has released a service bulletin covering model years 1999-2003. Honda may offer assistance with repairs, determined on a case by case basis.

 

A seal in the 4 cylinder engine around the balance shaft tends to fall out, causing a large oil leak. There is a retaining device available to prevent the seal from falling out, which can be put in place during routine timing belt maintenance.

In colder climates moisture in the throttle control relay may freeze and cause the Check Engine light (MIL) to come on. Replacing all the relays is recommended.
On certain models the Powertrain Control Module (PCM) can misinterpret data from the coolant sensor and set a false Check Engine light (MIL). A software update from Honda is needed for this repair.

On certain models the Electronic Load Detector (ELD) can cause the head lights to dim and set a Check Engine Light. The ELD will need to be replaced for this repair.

A faulty Idle Air Control valve (IAC) can cause the engine to surge and the Check Engine light (MIL) to come on. Replacing the IAC valve will repair this issue.

A faulty gasket can cause coolant seepage from the water passage near the exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) valve. Replacing the gasket should correct this coolant leak.

Certain models in colder climates can exhibit a Check Engine light (MIL) when moisture freezes in the Manifold Absolute Pressure (MAP) sensor. Replacing the MAP sensor repairs this issue

A buzzing noise at freeway speeds can be caused by the engine and transmission resonating through the transmission shift cable. The Power Control Module (PCM) must be replaced to stop the resonating noise. 

There is an issue where the transmission can have a torque converter problem, or the computer monitoring the torque converter can misinterpret the information, and in either case this can cause the Check Engine Light (MIL) to illuminate. The problem will need to be diagnosed and depending upon what is causing the issue, the transmission will have to be repaired or the computer replaced.

A refrigerant leak may develop from the AC evaporator causing the AC to blow warm air. Verifying failure of this component is difficult. A good shop will use leak detection dye to verify a failing evaporator.

An AC refrigerant leak may develop from the condenser. Replacing a leaking condenser will be required to restore proper AC operation.