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#5879 of 6484 Odyssey will not crank
Nov 15, 2005 (5:47 am)
I have a 1998 Honda Odyssey with under 45,000 miles and am the original owner of this van.
When I got in it this morning and turned on ignition, nothing happened not even a click. I assumed the battery was bad and took it to auto store, and they checked the battery and it showed bad, so I bought new one. I replaced it and there was no corrosion on cables, but still the car does not crank. The dash lights come on and the headlights burn bright, but when you turn ignition to crank, nothing happens, not even click. I returned to auto store, and they said I need to check starter, but why would starter with so low mileage be bad, and I do not trust them very much after them selling me battery which I did not need. This car does have Viper alarm system, which I had installed, and works fine. Anything else, I could check? thanks
#5880 of 6484 Re: Odyssey will not crank [bomoor12]
Nov 15, 2005 (10:08 am)
The vehicle is 8 years old so it could be the starter. However, I would follow up on the electrical side of things. I have had several vehicles where there was plenty of juice to run the accessories (lights etc.) but not enough to make the starter even click. I would suspect the connections to the battery. Do whatever you can to assure a good connection. Clean them with sandpaper, make sure that they are not loose. Also, your new battery will probably need a charge now. If you don't have a charger, after you have cleaned and connected the terminals to the best of you ability, hook up jumper cables use and try to start the van. This helps to charge the battery and connecting the jumper cables directly to the cables from the van will guarantee pretty good electrical current to the starter irrespective of the condition of the connections to the battery. If you do all of this and you still don't get a click out of the starter, you probably need a new starter. If it turns even a little bit, you need more current.
#5881 of 6484 Re: Odyssey will not crank [bomoor12]
Nov 15, 2005 (11:30 am)
Highly unlikely it's your starter. On Hondas they rarely go bad even after a lot of miles.
I have a strong dislke for aftermarket alarm systems and I suspect that could be the problem.
#5882 of 6484 Re: Odyssey will not crank [isellhondas]
Nov 15, 2005 (11:50 am)
I did not realize that you have an alarm. This should have a starter kill circuit which will kill the starter. A blown fuse or a malfunction in the alarm could be disabling your vehicle. You did have a bad battery though.
Let us know when you get it fixed.
#5883 of 6484 Re: Should I get a 2001 Odyssey or a 2002 Odyssey? [thehinge]
Nov 15, 2005 (2:17 pm)
I would check to make sure that the 2002 wasn't one of the first ones to roll off the line.
The main differences between the 01 and 02 (besides mileage) are the 4 wheel disc brakes on the 2002, side airbags, cupholders on the sides of the second row bucket seats, grocery bag hooks on the back of the third row, a different alloy wheel design, and the bigger engine and transmission.
The Side Airbags simply add a little peace of mind, IMO.
#5884 of 6484 Engine Mount Question
Nov 15, 2005 (5:13 pm)
Is it normal for the engine mounts on my 2003 Odyssey to break with only 45,000 miles? I do live in a city.
#5885 of 6484 Re: Should I get a 2001 Odyssey or a 2002 Odyssey? [jchan2]
Nov 15, 2005 (7:50 pm)
How do I know if it is one of the first to "roll off the line"? What do I check? Thanks.
#5886 of 6484 Re: Should I get a 2001 Odyssey or a 2002 Odyssey? [thehinge]
Nov 15, 2005 (8:09 pm)
Stay faaaaaaaaaaar away from HONDA, I know I will get rid of my 05 Odyssey what a piece oh junk... I am planning to trade it in for a Toyota...
#5887 of 6484 Re: 05 Odyssey Touring - Immediate Tranny Replacement [soupboy]
Nov 15, 2005 (8:12 pm)
Yep, never ever again HONDA, lessons learned... I tried to go with Lemmon Law with all the issues I had, but I will trade my 05 Ody in for a Toyota Sienna since my health is more important that getting stressed out about it...
#5888 of 6484 Re: Should I get a 2001 Odyssey or a 2002 Odyssey? [hondaconvert1]
Nov 15, 2005 (8:22 pm)
I will probably purchase it tomorrow. There seems to be arguments on both sides of the car "thing." Many satisfied customers though and it is still highly rated by CR and other places. I'm tired of researching (but thanks). I have just seen both sides. I hope I don't get a lemon. Going with the 2002 EX Sport Van 38k miles. 16,977.