Honda Odyssey Problems

Vibration When Braking Due to Rotor Problem on Honda Odyssey

Problem Description and Possible Solution

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 minivan, and Honda has taken measures to correct concerns.

The front brake rotors are the cause of the break pulsation, and are subject to a condition known as lateral run-out, or simply called warped brake rotors. 

As the brakes are used, heat builds quickly in the brake rotors and brake pads, as a normal byproduct of friction. This heat can become too great for the original rotors, and cause the metal to warp over time. 

Once the rotor begins to warp, the warping process accelerates due to uneven heating of the brake rotor, and the issue will quickly turn from light pulsing of the pedal to full-vehicle vibration. 

Revised brake rotors have been released by Honda, and will correct the concern. The brake pads will need to be changed at the same time. 

Note: this error has been known as early as 20,000 miles. 

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Honda Odyssey Vehicles With This Problem

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Average mileage: 46,549 (1,000–257,000)
22 model years affected: 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, more1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
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I started feeling vibrations when breaking an highway speeds, suspected brakes. Went to the honda dealer they had front brake pad special at $79.99 pads and instalation, I assumed it was a good deal. Left the car there, about 45 minutes later got a phone call from the dealer and he told me the rotors are "out of round" and needed to be resurfaced ( new car at 15000 miles!) for additional 250 BUCKS . I couldnt believe it. There should be a recall for those rotors, it is INSANE TO RESURFACE ROTORS with EVERY BRAKE PAD CHANGE. There should be a CLASS ACTION LAWSUIT to get HONDA responsible for LOUSY BRAKES AND ROTORS.
Just brought my Odyssey in to Honda service center because of vibration when braking. This van only has 20,000 miles on it. THey told me Rotors need to be cut. I have owned many vans and cars and never had a problem with rotors at 20,000 miles. Something is wrong and after reading these other reports I think Honda should be responsible for fixing these problems.
Our trusted local repair shop just called to say the front brake rotors on our 2010 Honda Odessey are SEVERLY warped and that he has NEVER seen such bad warping at so low a mileage. He suggests that we call the Honda dealer to see if the rotors are under warranty. My wife and I are the only drivers and we are careful drivers and brake carefully at all stops and do NOT drive with two feet.

I think that Honda brakes are lousy and that this is a serious defect with this car. None of our other cars have experienced anything like this with their brakes until at least 50,000 miles.
Noticed that when traveling on the highways that as I slowed the van from 65 to 55 or 70 to 65 that the steering wheel would shake. I took the car in and was told that my rotors were warped and that I needed to smooth them out. I asked how did this happen, since it has never happened to any other car I owned. Was told that if the brakes are hot and they get wet that the rotors will warp. I could not believe it. In 30 years of driving I had never heard of such nonsense. What are you supposed to stop driving in hot wet North Carolina. Supposedly the dealer fixed them. Well, now the situation has just returned. I am fed up! Am calling Honda now.
Same story here, the dealer: "manufacture problem with rotors warping?" "First time I've heard about that." " your wife must be too hard on your brakes." Guess he doesn't ever look up anything in the internet. Anyway he wanted $450 to grind the rotors which I thought was funny. Went online and bought some high performance rotors, you know, the ones with the holes and grooves in them? That way they won't heat up again as easy or quickly. Cost $180 on line and two hours to swap out-would have been quicker but I had to drill out one of the the rotor screws. I did find that if you place a Phillips driver and give it a few wacks with a hammer it almost comes out by time! Oh yes, the rotors are guaranteed for LIFE against warping.
My Honda started shaking when I was braking. I took it to the dealer, and they said that the rotors were warped. The dealer said that they have had multiple problems with Odyssey brake rotors. VERY disappointed withonly 6500 miles.
I bought my 2008 Odyssey in March of 2008 and by November of 2010 I began replacing my pads and rotors almost every single year. I am on my 4th set of rotors and my car just turned 70K miles. There needs to be some type of lawsuit regarding this issue because no $32K vehicle should require this much money in repairs when the cars have such low mileage. When I talked to Honda all I got were excuses. The issue from what I can tell is the brakes are too small for such a large vehicle - so the brakes get hot more easily becuase they are working twice as hard to slow down such a heavy vehicle. It also seems to be related to where Honda is now getting their parts - they seem cheaper now and more easily damaged. Even though we love our Odyssey in every other way.. I will never buy another one again and would certainly not recommend one.
This has happened to me twice on our 2012. Once at 25K miles and again now at 46K. This is a ridiculous problem and I am quite tired of the dealership telling us we are "hard" on our brakes. The brakes aren't built right for normal driving. COME ON HONDA! FESS UP AND MAKE THIS RIGHT!!
I leave in Mexico.
High vibration when braking at high speeds (over 50 miles/hr).
Honda says I should learn braking with the engine.
Never had something like this in other cars in 25 years.
Honda says brakes are not inclulded on warrranty because are "waste parts"
I will never buy or recomend Honda again.
this actually started around 25k miles and is just getting worse-just talke to the dealer where we purchased the vehicle and he said "no service bulletins on that problem" then he quoted $440 to machine the rotors. Im going to replace with non-OEM rotors. You are all right-there should be a recall on these rotors-its criminal that they are failing at these low miles.
I purchased a certified used car at 29,000 miles at Scott Robinson Honda. At 32,000 miles, I've noticed that braking at 55 or higher speeds causes vibrations on the steering wheel.
My vehicle started to vibrate while applying the brakes. The dealer stated that the rotor was warped and need to be turned. By the way that's not covered under the warranty and will cost $250. Thank goodness for Midas!!! Very disappointed in Honda!!!
Began having vibration at 20,000 miles. At 30,000 miles had rotors turned. Now at 37,000 vibration is very bad again.
problem with warped rotors 4 times now-going to have to replace rotors and pads again! Husband blaming my driving but it's not me-it's the rotors!!
Car would shake while breaking (actually started at 15,000 miles). Bad to have rotors resurfaced. Thinking it will just happen again. Only explanation was the metal goes from hot to cold too quickly. Doesn't make sense. Never had an issue with any other vehicle.
steering wheel vibrates and front of van shakes when brakes applied after freeway driving for at least 10 minutes. Suspect warped rotors