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#167 of 174 Re: $4 to $5 cost & 45 mins job can save you a bunch ... [bigdadi118]
May 25, 2008 (8:22 pm)
Below is the Polished Chrome Grille Inserts for my 3 wks old 08 Pilot (traded-in 07 Odyssey due to certain things I don't like and 08 Pilot was in great discount).
Insert is online ordered from grilletech.com. 5 pcs overlay to OEM grille. No need to remove anything. Put the plastic tie in from front then use a hook shape paper clip to pull the tip from back to front to secure the insert. Use box cutter to trim the excess tip. Plastic tie is in black color so it blends in well and won't be seen. 1/3 of the tie process needs longer tie, so 2 ties joined together to get the job done. The whole process is less than 30 mins.
#168 of 174 Same Old Story
Jul 26, 2010 (10:48 am)
Just had the same problem this past weekend on my 2006 Odyssey with only 33k miles. AC suddenly stopped working, brought car in to dealer and was told condenser had a leak, probably due to damage by road debris. Repairs (parts + labor + tax) cost $870
To date, has anyone heard of any resolution regarding complaints to Honda or nhtsa.gov . I was going to file a complaint with nhtsa.gov , but they only seem interested in safety complaints. Any other recourse available?
Also, noticed that Mr. Grille is having their website redesigned, and it doesn't seem to be working properly. Anyone have any dealings with them recently? I'm looking for the grill insert to prevent this problem from reoccurring.
#169 of 174 Re: Same Old Story [jmasone]
Jul 26, 2010 (2:11 pm)
I never heard anything, but have not been following this in a while. I was victimized by this two times. For the extra $1700 I've paid out, I might as well have gotten a Siena.
I solved the problem for $11. I went to Lowe's and bought some heavy wire mesh and cut it to fit the grill with heavy-duty wire cutters. I then took black plastic ties I had also bought and attached the heavy wire mesh to the inside of the grill. I made certain to attach from the inside and trimmed the extra black plastic tie back with the wire cutters. You can't even see the black plastic ties unless you bend down to look closely. No further road debris since doing this. The wire mesh holes are only about a 1/4 inch apart, far closer than anything you'll find on any car.
#170 of 174 Re: Same Old Story [jeff777al]
Jul 27, 2010 (7:24 am)
Thanks for the quick reply. When installing the wire mesh, how did you get it in behind the existing grill/bumper. Did it require you to disassemble anything, or is there an existing opening to slide it through? Also, do you notice any problem with airflow to the condenser (i.e. any hit in AC performance)?
#171 of 174 Re: Same Old Story [jmasone]
Jul 27, 2010 (8:55 am)
As I recall, I had to take raise the hood and remove all the many plastic items that hold the hard plastic over the AC unit. It's not hard to do, just use a flat-head screwdriver to pry them up.
You then drop the wire mesh down the inside. I would suggest jacking the car up (if you have a 2-ton jack). If not, you can probably still work with it from the ground. Regardless, I had to lie down on my back then and place the cut wire mesh into the grill. I then would feed the black plastic tie through one of the grill holes around the vertical pieces of the bumper, secure the tie, and then cut back the excess from the inside.
I have noticed no problem with airflow to the condenser. The AC has continued to cool for me just as it did before.
#172 of 174 Re: Same Old Story [jeff777al]
Aug 02, 2010 (6:27 am)
Worked on it this past weekend. Installed a Home Depot stainless steal gutter guard which I spray painted black. Very easy, and looks good.
Thanks to you and everyone else on this thread that contributed. Good to know that if Honda doesn't have your back, fellow enthusiasts do.
#173 of 174 Re: Photos Uploaded [claires]
Feb 11, 2011 (3:12 pm)
For one reason or anothe I can not find the pics...gould you please respond.