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Most Common Honda Odyssey Problems

There have been some issues reported with the electric sliding doors. Our technicians remind us that proper diagnoses will be necessary to determine the cause of various faults which may occur.
A brake pedal that pulsates under the foot while braking the vehicle has been noted by many owners of the Honda Odyssey. This issue spans many years, and multiple generations of the well-known mini...
The Honda Odyssey may develop issues with the automatic transmission. Rough shifting may occur, and the “D4” light and check engine may begin to blink. The check engine light will also...
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4 Known Honda Odyssey Brakes Problems

A brake pedal that pulsates under the foot while braking the vehicle has been noted by many owners of the Honda Odyssey. This issue spans many years, and multiple generations of the well-known mini...
On certain models the rear brakes can groan when coming to a stop. Replacing the rear brake drums may be necessary to correct this issue.
Some models the front brakes make a groan when coming to a stop due to improperly formulated brake pads. Replacing the front brake pads with an updated pad and turning the rotors will stop the noise.

4 Known Honda Odyssey Drive Train Problems

The Honda Odyssey may develop issues with the automatic transmission. Rough shifting may occur, and the “D4” light and check engine may begin to blink. The check engine light will also...
There have been reports of various transmission problems with this model.
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...

8 Known Honda Odyssey Electrical & Lights Problems

The clock light has a tendency to burn out.
Rear vent windows not operating properly is a common problem with Honda Odesseys. The solution is to replace the window motors.
Children feeding coins into the radio's CD slot can cause blown fuses, lights to stay on (both interior and exterior), and can ruin what was once a perfectly good radio.

18 Known Honda Odyssey Engine Problems

A rear engine mount that is broken can cause an engine vibration felt in the vehicle. Replacing the failed mount will repair this problem.
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 ...
A rough idle and harsh transmission shift can be caused by a broken front engine mount. Replacing the broken mount will address these issues.

7 Known Honda Odyssey Exhaust & Emissions Problems

The exhaust recirculation valve (EGR) on the 1999-2016 Honda Odyssey V6 may fail, causing: Illumination of thecheck engine light OBD trouble codes P0401 and P1491 Rough idle Reduced fuel econom...
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.
The Honda Odyssey may have issues with the idle air control system, causing: Erratic/bouncing idle Poor fuel mileage Illumination of the check engine light OBD trouble code P0505 Engine ...

4 Known Honda Odyssey Heating & Air Conditioning Problems

The AC evaporator drain can clog and cause a water leak inside the vehicle, usually on the passenger floor. Cleaning the drain will fix this problem.
An AC refrigerant leak may develop from the condenser. Replacing a leaking condenser will be required to restore proper AC operation.
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 fail...

0 Known Honda Odyssey Maintenance Problems

7 Known Honda Odyssey Miscellaneous Problems

There have been some issues reported with the electric sliding doors. Our technicians remind us that proper diagnoses will be necessary to determine the cause of various faults which may occur.
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 wit...
Third row seat latch cables can come loose from the handle and can prevent the seat from unlatching. Reinstalling the cables and retaining them with clips should correct this issue.

3 Known Honda Odyssey Suspension & Steering Problems

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 ...
On some models faulty front wheel bearings can cause a growling type noise from the front of the vehicle. Replacing both front wheel bearings is recommended for this repair.
On certain models moisture can get into the rear wheel bearing and cause a noise. Replacing the rear wheel bearing is needed for this issue.

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Known Honda Odyssey Problems & Complaints

Rear vent windows not operating properly is a common problem with Honda Odesseys. The solution is to replace the window motors.
The 1999-2016 Honda Odyssey may have problems with the EVAP canister vent solenoid. It stops responding to commands to open and close, and the following occurs: Illumination of the check engine li...
The 1995-1998 Honda Odyssey engine oil pressure sensor is known to leak from normal operation. More information about the oil pressure sensor here. To correct the leak, the sensor must be inspect...
The exhaust recirculation valve (EGR) on the 1999-2016 Honda Odyssey V6 may fail, causing: Illumination of thecheck engine light OBD trouble codes P0401 and P1491 Rough idle Reduced fuel econom...
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.
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
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...
Problems with the sliding door windows can cause the sliding doors not to open all the way because it thinks the window is open. Replacing the window regulator will repair this problem
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 ...
Honda issued a recall on some 2005 Odyssey models due to a defective fuel pump relay. If the fuel pump relay fails, the car will stall or fail to start. For more information on this recall please...
The Honda Odyssey has a known issue with engine oil leaking from the ignition distributor shaft seal. Leakage from the shaft seal coats the electrical components of the distributor with engine oil...
The front axles are prone to failure on the 1995-1998 Honda Odyssey. This will be evident as fast clicking or popping sounds will be audible while driving, most commonly when the steering wheel is ...
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