Last post on Nov 08, 2013 at 1:45 PM
You are in the Honda Odyssey
What is this discussion about?
Honda Odyssey, Electrical, Van
Go to NHTSA to file a safety complaint.
Or call Monday-Friday (8 am to 8 pm ET) (888) 327-4236 TTY: (800)424-9153
#74 of 190 Re: 2007 Odyssey Dead Battery Over & Over [bigbouncer]
Feb 25, 2010 (11:51 am)
I have a 2008 Odyssey and have the same problem! We bought it brand new and the first time we had a problem was the day be bought it! Dealership apologized and put a new battery in. We have replaced the battery 4 times in less than 2 years. Honda isnt much help. I can have this problem even after 15 min of something left on. Don't know what to do
#75 of 190 Re: 2007 Odyssey Dead Battery Over & Over [kaleen]
Feb 25, 2010 (12:52 pm)
For the multiple posts dealing with this issue: Persistent dead batteries are usually caused by a steady electrical drain that is still present after you turn everything off. In other words, something is still drawing power at a rate of an amp or two at all times when it should not be. There are some ckts that are always in 'keep alive' mode (radio, clock, ECM, headlight & interior light monitor, alarm system), but the total draw should be something like a hundred milliamps or so depending on the vehicle.
A mechanic should be able to put an ammeter in series with the battery terminal (or a voltmeter in conjunction with a known value shunt) and see what is going on. If he detects a real, constant draw, then the next step would be to start pulling fuses one at at time until the offending circuit is isolated. What to do next depends on what circuit is still alive, but step one is to understand why this is happening.
Only other comment is that wet cell batteries can be damaged by bouncing around. Make sure that the hold-down clamp is properly in place.
#76 of 190 Van acts like battery is dead then starts
May 10, 2010 (6:42 am)
I've got an 04 Odyssey. When I turn the key, the van acts like the battery is dead, sliding doors don't work, navigation system resets itself and requests a pin code, engine doesn't turn. Then I let the van sit and turn the key again, it starts. Can this be a part of the main relay problem or is it something else? Thanks.
#77 of 190 Re: 2003 Odyssey - Dashboard lights flicker, no radio or DVD [arlena1]
Jun 01, 2010 (1:48 pm)
I have been chasing the same problem for the last week on my 96 Ody..As if my battery was dead. No dashboard lights came on, the electrical system seemed dead. after dismantling the entire dashboard I stumbled on your post and decided to clean the battery terminals.. bingo! All systems go! Boy do I feel foolish..Thanks!
#78 of 190 2005 Odyssey SRS light
Aug 23, 2010 (1:39 pm)
I've discovered the procedure for resetting my SRS light; looks easy enough but cannot find the MES connector! Is it always yellow? Is it always near the fuse box? There are more connectors near the fuse box (down just in front of the driver's door) than I can count! Where is the MES??? Help, please!
#79 of 190 Dead Van Syndrome Again (2007 Honda Odyssey)
Nov 07, 2010 (6:29 am)
We've had our van for 3 1/2 years now and love it for all of its conveniences; however, we have experienced the 'dead van' syndrome now twice with the most recent being Nov 6, 2010. The symptoms started on Friday, Nov 5, 2010 while idling at the mall. The engine suddenly had an unusual crack pop noise. (It sounded like a live electrical wire touching metal.) I was a bit frantic over the noise but decided since the van was still running and not smoking that I'd drive it straight to the closest Honda dealer for diagnosis. I explained the symptoms to the dealer and they ran a diagnostic test for a $50 fee. After an hour they indicated that they could find anything wrong with the van. That night, the van started sluggishly and the door indicator light indicated the driverside passenger door was open. I tried pushing the button to close it but it didn't respond so I got out and forced the door closed manually. I ran my errand and returned without turning off the van. I parked the van in our garage and the next day when I went to start it, the van was completely dead. The last time this happened we simply replaced the battery. This time we're going to have the battery tested, charged, and demand an answer from Honda as to why this 'dead van' syndrome is happening not just to us but to others. It's comforting to know that we're not going crazy!!!
We love our van, but Honda needs to identify this as a real issue and warn its owners of the problem via a recall. This could result in a catastrophic issue if this syndrome happens on a busy highway with many passengers inside. Let's take this issue to the media and demand an answer from Honda!!!!
#80 of 190 Re: Dead Van Syndrome Again (2007 Honda Odyssey) [joago]
Nov 07, 2010 (7:55 am)
I have a 2005 Odyssey and have experienced "odd" electrical issues like radio not working suddenly, random dash lights being out and the drivers side sliding door not shutting completely. Today, by far, has been the worst. Like "joago" in the previous post, the car made a bizarre noise like a wire touching metal, all the lights on the display above the steering wheel started blinking, and the car will not start. When the key is turned, nothing happens other than the "sizzling" or "static sounding" noise and the lights blinking. Since this is a Sunday, I can't contact my mechanic or Honda until tomorrow. With so many other people experiencing very similar issues, we should all join together and demand answers & a resolution from Honda...at no cost to us!
#81 of 190 Re: Dead Van Syndrome Again (2007 Honda Odyssey) [kbartlett]
Nov 21, 2010 (3:54 am)
Took the van to Honda twice now. The first time they said nothing was wrong (Thursday, November 4th, 2010). The next time (Monday, November 8th, 2010), I had it towed from my home as is (completely dead) so that Honda could 'fully' diagnose the problem. They declared the problem to be a dead cell in the battery (their battery which they replaced in 2008 in my 2007 van). Honda replaced the battery, declared all to be well (Tuesday, November 9th, 2010), so I picked it up and off I went. It drove fine for the rest of the week. On Friday, November 12th, I had to leave on travel for a week and decided not to take the van to the airport and leave it in long term parking (for fear it might not start upon my return). Well, my fear was founded because on Tuesday, November 16th I received an email from home that the van was completed dead again!!! It wouldn't do a thing!!! I just returned from my trip and now am afraid to 'jump the van' and drive it anywhere.
Something is terribly wrong with Honda's mechanical system and somehow I feel like I'm fighting a losing battle!!! (Funny how our 2000 Nissan Altima has few to no problems in the 10 years we've owned it and our Honda is causing us grief after 3 years!!!)
#82 of 190 Re: Dead Van Syndrome Again (2007 Honda Odyssey) [joago]
Nov 28, 2010 (8:53 am)
Have a 2008 Odyssey with the same problem of the battery suddenly being drained. Happened once last week and once this week. I have seen numerous posts about this issue on many different forums, but I do not see an answer anywhere. Has anyone found out an answer?
#83 of 190 Re: Dead Van Syndrome Again (2007 Honda Odyssey) [honda2225]
Dec 01, 2010 (10:13 am)
No, no answers yet. IT is extremely frustrating, especially since Honda is suppose to have such wonderful customer service. I have had my van in 12 times and everytime they tell me nothing is wrong and replace the battery. I make sure dome lights, radio, dvd, and everything is off and it still dies. Just dont understand!